CRANFORD, NJ - Cam Hay, a senior at Cranford High School has recently been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point. Hay is a highly-decorated student who is very involved at school and within the community.

Hay’s academic accomplishments include: secretary for the National Honor Society, which she was inducted into her junior year; a member of the Model United Nations and Youth and Government for three years; an officer at this past MUN conference and a student in the challenging University Program since freshman year.

Beyond the classroom the seniors’ interests are varied, she is a three-year varsity soccer player and was captain during her senior season, the drummer for the Cranford High School band along with being accepted into the Jazz Band. Also one go give-back, Hay has been a member of the Relay for Life committee for two years, with her team “Combat for the Cure” being a top team for the last three years.

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When asked when she fell in love with West Point, Cam responded “I knew this school was perfect for me after doing a week-long summer program at West Point called the Summer Leadership Experience.”

Hay had to apply to get into this program, and had to simulate the life of a cadet for a week. She woke up early, went to academic classes, participated in competitive sports with other squads, and had briefings from faculty and officers in the Army.

“When I was leaving SLE, I felt like I was leaving home not returning home,” said Hay.

Besides the regular application, Hay was required to apply for nomination that involved interviews with Congressman Leonard Lance, and Senators Cory Booker, and Bob Menendez.

When asked how she reacted when she got accepted Cam stated, “I barely maintained my composure when Congressman Leonard Lance called and told me that my acceptance letter was on his way. My mom was there when I got the call and she knew immediately that I got in. I called my brother right away, who is ironically in Navy ROTC at Rutgers, and I told him the good news.”

Hay will be heading off to West Point on July 2, for basic training before the start of her first academic semester.

Anna Kalafatis is a student writer for TAPinto Cranford through the Junior Internship Program at Cranford High School.