Thompson Announces Nicholas Fink of Oil City Has Accepted an Appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point

Feb 25, 2010

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced Nicholas Fink, 17, of Oil City, has accepted a fully qualified appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.  He is the son of John and Erin Fink.

“One of the honors of serving the 5th District is having a role in helping outstanding young men and women apply to the service academies,” said Thompson.  “Nicholas has shown his qualifications for becoming part of the Long Grey Line at West Point, and I believe he will become an excellent officer and leader.”

Fink is ranked second in his class of 18 at Venango Catholic High School and has a grade point average of 3.978.  He has been class president for three years in a row and is president of the National Honor Society.  He took second place in both the Science Olympiad and the Math Competition at Clarion University. 

Fink is a member of: ski club, chess club, the debate team, the philosophy club, walking for fitness club, and weightlifting club.  He participates in drama and was co-editor of the school newspaper from 2007 to 2009.  No stranger to hard work, Fink also worked 15-20 hours a week last year at Perpetual Powder Coating.

He is captain of the varsity golf team and earned varsity letters in golf and baseball in 9th through 12th grades.  Fink has volunteered as a coach for Easter Seals T-ball and for the “Lil’ Dribblers” basketball program.  He has been an altar server for seven years and has volunteered for various school fundraisers and at a local nursing home.

“Nicholas’ family has a history of service that he seeks to follow,” said Thompson.  “His goal of following the history of the academy with `duty, honor, country’ is inspirational.”

Fink’s paternal grandparents are James and Cathy Fink of Franklin, and his maternal grandparents are Thomas and Faith Vickerson of Albany, New York.