New U.S. Military Academy cadet Ryan Giles, center, with Pine Lake Prep Upper School Principal Timothy Hoffman, left, and PLP’s Executive Director Andrew Moceri.  

Mount Mourne – A new graduate of Pine Lake Preparatory will continue his education as a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Ryan Giles, a member of the PLP Class of 2019 and a resident of Cornelius, has accepted a commission after receiving a Congressional nomination from U.S. Rep. Alma Adams.

Giles said he chose West Point over a traditional university out of "a desire to serve my country, for the team aspect, and for the opportunity to receive an amazing education and have a job afterwards.”

He will begin classes at the academy in the fall and is scheduled to report for incoming cadet basic training on July 1, when he said he will start “the transformation to become a better leader and person.”

The son of Jon and Julie Giles of Cornelius, Giles played varsity soccer at PLP for four years and has also been a member of the charter school’s orchestra, pep band and track team. He also served as a student percussion teacher for one year.

In addition to achieving a strong academic record, students applying to West Point must also meet fitness requirements and receive a Congressional nomination.

At West Point, Giles will follow the same path as his brother Cameron, who graduated from PLP in 2014 and completed studies at West Point in 2018.

Attendance at West Point is free and the academy’s mission is to educate, train and inspire cadets for pledged post-graduate service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.


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