In your community: Wellington teen to attend West Point camp

Some high school students might use their summer to go to the beach, read a book or just relax. But a Wellington High School junior is going to be a lot busier than that.

First, Nicole Wantlin will head to West Point for a leadership camp starting Saturday where she will live life like a cadet. More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied for the camp, and Wantlin was one of 1,000 selected to attend.

She thinks she wants to attend The United States Military Academy at West Point for college, but she wants to get a taste of the cadet life to make sure.

Nicole Wantlin (Photo provided).

After just a three-day break, Wantlin will fly to Germany for a foreign exchange student program in Bavaria. There won’t be much of a chance to relax in Florida, but she thinks she’ll have enough downtime overseas where she will experience life through the eyes of a German student.

“I’ll just be chilling in Germany instead, so it’s not a bad thing,” she said.

Wantlin will return in late July, but the summer doesn’t end there.

The next stop will be a national rugby tournament in Utah in early August. An avid rugby player, Wantlin wants to continue playing in college, and she expects to get that chance at Army.

It’ll be a busy few months, but her father Burt and mother Deborah are proud. Burt Wantlin’s message to other teenagers is to put themselves out there and try to pick up extra activities in the summer.

“It’s worth the challenge to go for it,” he said.

Nicole Wantlin (Photo provided).