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Eight former students from St. John Paul II Catholic High School are attending the U.S. Military Academy. From left, first row, are Dianna Boyer and Bridget Cianfaglione; second row, John Boyer, Gerard McCarron, Gerald Moore, Seth Brown, Matthew Sauter and Adler Brininger.

One local high school has eight students attending the U.S. Military Academy.

“These eight students are from three St. John Paul II Catholic High School graduating classes of 2017, 2019 and 2020,” Sharon Wieter, director of strategic communications for the school, said. “This is quite an accomplishment as the class sizes were: 108, 79 and 101 respectively.”

The students are: Dianna Boyer, Bridget Cianfaglione, John Boyer, Gerard McCarron, Gerald Moore, Seth Brown, Matthew Sauter and Adler Brininger.

“Each of these young men and women embraced the core JPII values of Learn Enthusiastically, Lead Honorably and Live Responsibly,” Headmaster Jeremiah Russell said. “They are a reflection of the strong foundation given them through their faith, service to others, and academic commitment to excellence. Many of them have parents or relatives who served or are serving. It has been a pleasure to watch them continue their journey to be who God is calling them to be.”

During their time at the school all of the students were actively involved in school clubs, organizations and sports, according to Wieter.

“In addition to being competitive athletes, many were team captains and several went on to win at the state level, both as a team member and individually,” she said. “All were members of the JPII National Honor Society and other honor societies while at JPII.”

Each senior at the school is required to perform 100 hours of community service and, for example, the class of 2021 spent more than 11,000 serving others in Huntsville and Madison County, according to Wieter. The 89-student Class of 2021 also was offered more than $11.8 million in scholarships.

Since 2002, the school has had 24 students attend military academies with the U.S. Military Academy leading the way with 15 students attending West Point.

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