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      George Thayer becomes the first Central Lake graduate accepted to West Point

      One student in northern Michigan received quite the celebration for moving on to the next step after high school - and for good reason.

      Central Lake senior George Thayer IV is the first student in school history to be selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point - and they held an assembly Thursday afternoon to congratulate him.

      George was nominated by Congressman Dan Benishek.

      The Principal and Superintendent spoke about George during the assembly, and every student shook his hand or hugged him congratulations.

      "I'm honored that the community thinks this highly of me," said Thayer. "I'm very thankful for their support in my endeavors. I'm so excited for this - I'm excited to have all of these new experiences. I might stay in the military. I'm going to graduate as a 2nd Lieutenant and that's a good start. I might just keep serving my country in the Army."

      George said that both of his grandfathers were in the military and he decided freshman year of high school he wanted to work towards West Point.

      He is first in his class, has a 4.0 gpa, is student body president, National Honor Society Treasurer, and football team captain. He also volunteered with Boy Scouts and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

      George will leave for West Point in late June and start classes in September. He will earn a Bachelor of Science degree, but will also be able to study other subjects, and he's not sure yet which branch he'll go into.