REINBECK - When it comes down to one phone call that can shape the future, they don't come any bigger than the one Pete Meyers got Tuesday.
Meyers, 17, got the call that he was one of four Iowa students to receive an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
"I was just really excited," Meyers said. "I kind of didn't believe it at first. They say only 10 percent of those who apply are accepted."
Pete Meyers is pictured inside Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School Friday. Meyers, 17, a senior at G-R, was recently informed of his appointment to West Point.
Photo by Andrew Potter
Meyers is a senior at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School and the son of Laura and Joel Meyers of Reinbeck.
He has an interest in science and plans to study physics at West Point in New York, where he'll have a familiar face waiting for him.
Pete's older brother, Andy, is currently a cadet there studying environmental engineering. Pete said he has visited West Point a few times to see his brother and feels the academy is also the right fit for him.
"I just want to serve my country and it's a good way to do that and get a good education," Pete said.
After he graduates, Meyers will serve five years in active duty in the Army and at least two years in non-active duty. It is part of his commitment to West Point as his tuition is fully funded.
Meyers has received plenty of words of encouragement the past few days in the hallways of the high school in Reinbeck.
"Everybody is telling me 'congratulations,'" he said.
The family connections with the military don't stop with his brother as Pete and Andy's uncle, Maj. Steve Thorpe, is in the U.S. Army stationed in Italy.
"He's been a good role model," Pete said of his uncle.
Meyers feels his good grades and busy list of high school activities helped him get selected. He has been involved in football, basketball, track, soccer, student council and the National Honor Society at Gladbrook-Reinbeck.
His dad said the family is thrilled for this news.
"We're really excited for Pete and I know it's something that he really wanted," Joel Meyers said. "It's a great reward for his hard work. He'll get to join his brother out there and they were pretty close all along growing up."
Others Iowa students appointed to West Point for the 2014-15 school year include Connor Gillette of Des Moines, Neil Harte of Iowa City, and Seth Horsley of Carroll. The appointments were announced by U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, who nominated the students.
"Admission to the service academies is highly competitive and a great honor," Grassley said. "Students work very hard to earn this kind of opportunity. I wish Connor, Neil, Seth and Peter well and thank them for their commitment to serve our nation."