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Reader says, “a school also significantly influences (more than we’d like to admit) a student’s priorities. This is where Ridgewood falls down significantly”

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Selection to go to a military academy DOES have A LOT to do with internal desire. No argument there.

HOWEVER, a school IS also one of the MAJOR contributors to shaping a student into a successful military academy candidate.

Obviously the emphasis on stingent academics is a part of it, but there are many schools with sringent academics (and for the sake of this discussion will allow that Ridgewoods academics are stringent – even though I beleive they can be significantly improved).
BUT, a school also significantly influences (more than we’d like to admit) a student’s priorities. This is where Ridgewood falls down significantly.
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A school DOES have a lot to do with producing attractive candidates for military academies.
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So:
1) if a student DOES NOT have drive, ambition, persistence and leadership qualities EVEN if they attend a school that prepares them for a military academy, they will never get into one.
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2) if a student DOES have drive, ambition, persistence and leadership qualities and attend a school that DOES NOT prepare them for a military academy, they will never get into one.
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Obviously there are other factors (parents, etc.) that are also critical to being a successful candidate, but I am limiting my comments to “school” and “internal desire”.

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RHS DECA Excels at States

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RHS DECA Excels at States
March 4,2015

Ridgewood NJ, In late February, 108 RHS students attended the DECA State Career Development Conference. Students completed exams, role play scenarios, and presentations, with the top three in each event moving onto the International Career Development Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida.

The RHS chapter took home a variety of awards and honors from the week’s events. RHS DECA will be sending over 30 students to the international competition. Among those honored at the Cherry Hill competition was junior Alex Formichella, who was elected as a New Jersey state officer. She is only the third RHS student to win this distinction.

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