M-P senior gets rare honor of being chosen to go to West Point

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 2:45pm
  • News
M-P senior gets rare honor of being chosen to go to West Point

MARYSVILLE – Aaron Kalab, a senior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

It is a rare achievement as only 1,200 students are accepted each year.

“It is an honor and a blessing to be accepted,” Kalab said.

Kalab, who has a 4.0 grade point average, plans to become a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers or maybe a mechanical engineer. He doesn’t have to pick a major until his sophomore year.

He said his grandpa was in the Navy and a cousin was in the Marines.

“They introduced me to the military, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s my calling,” he said.

Part of the process is being nominated by a member of Congress. Suzan DelBene, 1st District-WA, filled that role for Kalab.

Once he gets his college degree he will serve as a commissioned officer in the Army for five years of active duty followed by three years in the reserves. That is in return for the full ride he receives at the expensive school.

At M-P, Kalab recently made second team all-league in basketball, and he was a captain on the squad. He’s received the WIAA Academic Student Athlete Award for three years. Kalab’s been an ASB ambassador and officer. A National Honor Society member, he’s also been Math Student of the Year.

For community service, he’s been involved in the Miracle on State Street; Hoops for Hope; basketball camps at M-P and in Italy; a church camp counselor; built houses for Housing Hope; volunteered at the food bank; and worked with a homeless shelter in Lake Stevens. Kalab got a little taste of what to expect at West Point by attending a leadership camp there in New York last summer.

“It was eye opening,” he said. “I’m a little nervous about the unknown, but excited to start.”

More in News

Arlington Times Logo
Inslee: Stay home for 2 weeks

By Jerry Cornfield and Zachariah Bryan The Herald OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay… Continue reading

Fences have been put up around Marysville playgrounds to keep kids off. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Marysville leaders concerned as (almost) everything’s closing

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – Within hours of Gov. Jay Inslee’s… Continue reading

Arlington Times Logo
Briefly

Beware of coronavirus scams SEATTLE – U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran is… Continue reading

Jennifer Thompson, left, and her father Ron Thompson secure a new remembrance plaque to the Oso slide site gate on Sunday, near Oso. Ron Thompson handcrafts a new plaque for the gate every year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Community remembers Oso slide victims, survivors

By Ben Watanabe The Herald OSO — The power of remembering the… Continue reading

People gather to pick up special allergy meals before leaving Lakewood High School on Wednesday in Marysville. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Districts taking meals to students since schools are closed

By Stephanie Davey The Herald LAKEWOOD — Children wearing pajamas stood outside… Continue reading

Jon Nehring
Letter about coronavirus from Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring

This is an edited version of a letter Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring… Continue reading

DOUGLAS BUell/Staff Photos                                Lead cook Keina Gowins with Presidents Elementary hands out free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches to students and parents outside the school Wednesday. Presidents and AHS serve as central kitchen sites for preparing meals, which starting next week will expand to 12 delivery sites from Silvana to Oso. Right, Arlington Food Bank executive director Carla Gastineau and Mike Simpson, food bank board president and owner of Arlington Grocery Outlet, partnered with the district with their Meals Til Monday program, and gave a woman a box of donated food while at Presidents.
Arlington students won’t go hungry during the COVID-19 school closures

ARLINGTON – Arlington schools are closed through April 24 to help fight… Continue reading

Scott Beebe hands out Chromebooks to people in their cars. (Steve Powell/Staff Photos)
Marysville parents anxious to pick up school materials for kids

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe.com MARYSVILLE – A few days ago Marysville schools… Continue reading

Jon Nehring
Marysville leaders’ trip to D.C. productive

MARYSVILLE – City leaders recently obtained advice on how to get more… Continue reading

Crews will blow garbage into the street and sweep it up over the next few weeks. The city is asking people to move their cars, trash cans and recycle bins when they come around to help them do a thorough job. (Courtesy Photo)
Marysville shuffles workers due to virus, seeks public’s help for sweepers next week

By Steve Powell spowell@marysvilleglobe. MARYSVILLE – From working from home to teleconferencing… Continue reading

City of Arlington carries out operational changes to encourage social distancing
City of Arlington carries out operational changes to encourage social distancing

ARLINGTON – The city has made a series of operational changes in… Continue reading