After Mark Pellissier received a call that he was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, he pulled out flour and sugar, baked a chocolate cake and decorated it with the academy’s logo.
“The cake tasted pretty good,” said Pellissier, an Albemarle High School graduate who had been working towards a West Point slot since middle school.
Ten area students received appointments through Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, to national military academies. Nationally, only about 10 percent of applicants make it into the nation’s five academies. The local students said they aimed for the academies during their secondary education for the camaraderie, to honor family backgrounds and to get a jumpstart on ambitious careers.