Patrick Hogan, a 2011 St. Mary’s High School graduate, received his official appointment to the United States Military Academy on May 30 from Jack King, a St. Mary’s and West Point graduate.
Hogan recently completed a year of prep school at Marian Military Academy in Alabama, which he attended on an Association of Graduates Scholarship presented by West Point alumni. Hogan was one of 60 students nationwide to be selected for the scholarship, which is given to students who have a “high potential to go to the Academy,” according to King, a 1970 West Point graduate.
Hogan is believed to be the first St. Mary’s graduate to go to West Point since King in 1966. King, who is chair of the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees, serves as West Point’s admissions representative in the sixth Congressional district. He will report to West Point with his fellow Plebes on July 2.
“I’m excited about getting there,” said Hogan, whose father, Mark, also served in the military. “I’ve always wanted to be a soldier. It’s the best way to give back. In my family, we’ve always had three priorities – God, family and country.”
At St. Mary’s, Hogan was a three-sport athlete (football, swimming, track), and a top student. He was co-president of the senior class and an active participant in campus ministry, Rachel’s Challenge and other service-oriented activities. His sisters, Christine ’00, Elizabeth ’02 and Maria ’03, and their mother, Margaret (Lang) ’72, are also St. Mary’s graduates.