Thompson Announces State College Area Student Accepts Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

Jan 13, 2010

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that Alec S. McGlaughlin of State College, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.  Alec is the son of Ronald and Ann McGlaughlin.

“Military service is the highest level of volunteerism and a commitment by both the candidate and his or her family,” said Thompson.  “When young men and women of Alec’s stature apply to the military academies, it gives me confidence that the future of our military is in capable hands.  The education, leadership training, and skills that he will learn at the Naval Academy will prepare him for a distinguished military career and assure his success in other endeavors.”

McGlaughlin, who ranks 16th out of his class of 706 at the Senior High School in the State College Area School District, has a grade point average of 4.66 and won the Principals’ Award in grades 9 and 10 for straight A’s in every semester.

He was the first volunteer mentor in a new program called S.H.O.E.S., Students Helping Others to Excel and Succeed, and he was part of a program of student ambassadors who welcome and assist new students in transition to high school.  McGlaughlin also served as a representative from the junior class and attended a United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar.

McGlaughlin excelled in sports lettering in football in grades 9 through 12 and in baseball in grades 10 through 12 and also played basketball.

“This is a young man who is looking forward to the academic, physical and emotional challenges of the academy and his future as a naval officer,” said Thompson.
McGlaughlin’s paternal grandparents are Ron and Crystal McGlaughlin of Huntingdon, and maternal grandparents are Carmen and Bernice Terrizzi of State College.