Four Columbus students accepted at West Point

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Indiana has always been known as a state that did more than its share when it comes to sending soldiers to defend our country.

But this spring, Columbus is going above and beyond, sending four of its high school seniors to West Point.

"I opened the mailbox and yelled and just ran back to my house," said Andrew Baldwin, a senior at Columbus North.

"I ran out of the classroom. It was Congressman (Luke) Messer and said, 'Congratulations, Michael, on your appointment to West Point'," said Baldwin's classmate, Michael Vogel.

"We missed the phone call from Senator (Dan) Coats' office. We had back and forth, then he called me back and said I got in," Daniel Kotnik said as we sat on the back porch of his home.

"I was in the middle of gym and just stood up and shouted. I was so excited. People were looking at me, but I didn't care. Best moment of my life," Kian Geraghty stated proudly as he sat at a desk at Columbus East High School.

Andrew Baldwin just can't believe four from Columbus got in.

"That is remarkable to me. Let alone any city this size. That's gigantic. You are lucky to get one, so four people is incredible," he said excitedly.

"We are going to be split up when we get there. All different companies, but it will be funny to see a familiar face once in a while, like, 'Hey, I know that kid!" Vogel added.

Kotnik is home-schooled.

"It means a lot, because I am finally giving back to my country that has given a lot of things to my family over the years," Kotnik said as his mother used her iPad to record the interview.

"It means everything. It's my future. I plan on going career military," Geraghty said. "That is the next chapter of my life."

In Columbus, the toughest ticket to get on Memorial Day will be a ticket to festivities where they will honor those who have already done their part for America and recognize they have at least four more who can't wait to do theirs.

All four students will report to West Point for basic training July 2.