Faith West Academy senior Stan Stanulonis, 19, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He will report for duty with another FWA alumnus, Eric Pearson (class of 2009), and 1,150 new cadets for this incoming class of 2017.
John Talhelm, admission representative for West Point and West Point Class of 1973, was on hand 5/28 for the formal presentation on behalf of the President of the United States and the Superintendent of West Point, LTG David Huntoon, Jr. “Over fifteen thousand young men and women applied,” said Talhelm. “This appointment is valued at $440,000 over the course of a four year program where Cadets can choose from 45 academic majors that span a broad spectrum of academic disciplines.”
“It truly was a group effort in getting his appointment. It may not have happened if Sandye Reed (History Department Head at FWA) didn’t make it possible for him to go to Boy’s State which is an accomplishment that carries a lot of weight,” said Stan’s mother Michelle Stanulonis. She elaborated that many played a role in Stan’s appointment; “Mrs. Reed, Coach Stephon Leary, Flenoyd Turner, Charles Crawford and Diane Williams, wrote letters for Stan to Congressman Michael T. McCaul, 10th District, who later gave him a nomination. Christina Martin, Denise Best, and Jeanna Bickerstaff wrote teacher’s appraisals. Mark Lamendola also sent a letter of recommendation. And Kim Derry was extremely helpful as Stan’s counselor and as such the point-person for the (Faith West) Academy.”
“Stan is one of our most outstanding students,” says FWA Principal Mary Strickland. “He has an unwavering commitment to excellence as he has demonstrated in the classroom on the sports field, and in his other extracurricular activities.”
Stanulonis is an accomplished trumpet player taking State Superior Ratings for the last two years. Also, Stanulonis’ interests include basketball and cross country. He was the president of the 2012-2013 FWA Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Stan is the son of Stanley and Michelle Stanulonis of Katy.