Circleville High’s Oscar Knece to attend United States Military Academy at West Point

Pictured: Circleville High’s Oscar Knece holds up his appointment to United States Military Academy at West Point documentation he received last week

Circleville High School senior Oscar Knece has received an appointment, by way of a letter of assurance, to further his military and education career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The assurance letter, to be formally offered as a cadetship, is a prestigious and very selective honor from the preeminent leader development institution.

Knece is the first Pickaway County senior to receive an appointment to West Point in five years (Justin Trapp, Westfall High School Class of 2016).

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

Knece is a 2019 graduate of the U.S. Army’s basic training program (Fort Jackson) and is a member of the Ohio Army National Guard 91 Bravo out of Chillicothe and is a four-wheel mechanic.

Knece as pictured in his basic training graduation photo.

“I was working for it,” said Knece. “I was called by the National Guard liaison at West Point and he said he liked my application. He said the sooner I [turned in a supervisor letter] the sooner he could potentially get me in. I had to wait until November until my sergeant could do some of the paperwork himself and then I got the letter of assurance in November.”

While undecided on a field of study halfway through his senior year of high school, Knece sees himself as a candidate to major in history and political science – a passion he attributes to his high school history teacher Mr. Jason Beavers.

“Mr. Beavers class also was big for me,” said Knece. “His teaching honestly….he is one of the best teachers I have ever had,” said Knece. “Through him, just learning about the Army history of Eisenhower, McCarthur, Patton. I hope to just be a fraction of that leadership one day.”

To complete the formal appointment, Knece will receive a full informational packet in January to officially confirm his acceptance from West Point before graduating next May from Circleville High School.

On behalf of Circleville City Schools we would like to congratulate Oscar on his outstanding achievement and dedication to serving his country.

Circleville High School names 20 to Everts Chapter of National Honor Society

The Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Circleville High School today announced 20 new members into the prestigious ranks of the society as a result of distinguished, academic excellence. 

2020 Inductees are as follows: Abby Dengler, Hunner Griffith, Ella Jenkins, Olivia Wastier, Emily Cooper, Kat Stanley, Chloe Betts, Jordan Rhymer, Emma Beavers, Kilea Dupler, Addison Lowe, Taaliya Fulgham, Marissa Miller, Craig Fleck, Ed Zheng, Alaina Francis, Sydney Willams, Matthew Colburn, Lilia Winter, and Noah Woodgeard.

While Circleville High School has postponed the in-person assembly for the time being, CHS senior and NHS Everts Chapter president Gretchen Search will preside over the eventual ceremony with assistance from officers Ben Mogan (vice-president), Autumn Derosette (treasurer), Alyssa Heft (secretary), and Hannah Kegley (historian).

According to NHS.us, student eligibility is open to “students in grades 11–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.

At Circleville High School, the honors are open to all juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, received a recommendation from a staff member through an evaluation survey, submitted additional letters of recommendation, and were evaluated in the four NHS pillar areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These pillars character traits are detailed below:

Scholarship

Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)

Service

This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.

Leadership

Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character

The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Congratulations to these 20 Tigers for their induction into the Circleville High School Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.