By Tia Lyn Lecorchick staff writer

Paul Broun, the Republican U.S Representative for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, presented Dillon Riedlinger, a 17-year-old Morgan County High School (MCHS) senior, with a special certificate of recognition for his acceptance into United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in New York on March 21 at MCHS. “When we have a young man like Dillon, who is a special person, we want to make sure the community knows about him,” said Broun.

“It’s a good part of my job being able to recognize students like Dillon who have chosen military service.” Dillon Riedlinger, a fourth-year cadet of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) and currently Group Commander of MCHS’ GA-945 Bulldog Group, does not know what the future holds, but is anxious to find out.

“I am unsure if I want to make this a career, but I want to look into joining special forces,” said Riedlinger. “I am very excited for all the opportunities this presents.” Riedlinger’s parents, David and April Riedlinger, and grandparents, Bill and Kathy Wood, attended the signing ceremony to celebrate Riedlinger’s accomplishment.

“We are very proud. Dillon made this his goal several years ago and he has worked very hard to be involved in school and in the community in order to achieve his goal,” said David Riedlinger. “He’s a fine young man,” added Bill Wood. According to the USMA website, acceptance into West Point is no small feat.

“Being accepted for admission to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point is an exceptional honor reserved for our nation’s most exceptional students.

But it takes more than excellent grades to be accepted for admission. USMA also wants leaders who are physically fit and of outstanding character. Those who are selected to attend USMA receive a college education that is unparalleled in the world with tuition, room and board and expenses full paid.”