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Hard work, support led to West Point

Bailey Adams has lots to be proud of.

Likewise, our country has lots to be proud of in Bailey Adams.

Not only does Bailey carry a 4.0 GPA as one of Newton Falls High School’s top students and a class valedictorian, but she is the first young woman from Newton Falls to be accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point, and only the second Falls student overall to be accepted to the academy since the 1970s.

Serving in the military while earning an engineering degree is something Bailey, 18, decided to do while she was still in middle school, and she never really wavered from that commitment.

At West Point, this impressive young woman expects to major in chemical engineering with a minor in terrorism studies.

“I work really hard, and I’ve always believed I could do whatever I wanted to do because I never give up,” she said, noting that she actually started thinking about going into a service academy when she was just 13.

Providing service to her country is something she has always known she wanted to do.

“I’m proud of my country,” she said. “I want to give back some of what I’ve been given.”

It’s apparent that Bailey has had clear direction, coupled with strong work ethic and, of course, good lessons from her family, especially her parents, Brian and Patricia Adams.

“Our family has a love for country and a respect for the military,” Patricia Adams told our reporter recently. “They have been protecting our freedoms and our rights.”

Bailey said she decided on the Army in part because so many of her family members serve or have served in the Army. It was their pride in serving and providing freedom that motivated her.

Now, Bailey will begin her six weeks of basic training in late June and then classes at West Point shortly afterward.

We get goose bumps just thinking about the drive and dedication this young woman is exhibiting. We wish her the best of luck, but we doubt it’s luck that will propel her into a successful future with her studies and her service to our nation. It’s her hard work that will do that.

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