West Point calls to a Wahiawa prep football standout

| June 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

 

Wahiawa native Jaryn Villegas (top) sits down for lunch, recently, at the Nehelani, with officers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Divison, who all attended the United States Military Academy. Rischell Lot (middle left), who also will attend USMA in the fall, joined Villegas for the meeting.

Wahiawa native Jaryn Villegas (top) sits down for lunch, recently, at the Nehelani, with officers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Divison, who all attended the United States Military Academy. Rischell Lot (middle left), who also will attend USMA in the fall, joined Villegas for the meeting.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Jaryn Villegas, a graduate of Leilehua High School, class of 2013, saw that he needed to make a change in his life, so he started playing football, a decision that has led him to the opportunity to play football for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Each year, thousands of high school students apply for admission to U.S. military academies, but only a few are accepted.

Getting accepted into West Point is an exceptional honor reserved for the nation’s most exceptional students.

Those who are selected to attend USMA receive a college education that is unparalleled in the world and paid for entirely by the U.S. government.

“I knew I wanted to go to college and play college ball. West Point offered that to me so I took it,” said Villegas, a Wahiawa native who found football in his freshman year in high school.

Darren Matsumiya, football coach at Leilehua, and mentor to Villegas, said he was really happy to hear about his player being accepted into the military academy.

“This opportunity is a testament to the success he has achieved so far,” said Matsumiya. “Knowing what the academy has to offer him, I am confident that he will be able to do great things.”

Villegas is going to pursue a degree in engineering while he attends West Point.

By graduating from USMA, he will have a degree that will speak volumes about his abilities, character and leadership. He will also be part of a highly distinguished and internationally respected membership, known as the Long Gray Line, a distinction that describes all cadets and graduates of the USMA at West Point.

This opportunity is going to allow Villegas to accomplish many things; one of those things is returning to his native land and making a difference.

“I look forward to coming back here and (giving) back to the community,” said Villegas. “Hopefully, I can use my engineering to build some type of machine that will help this place grow.”

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  1. Linda Nash says:

    Hi my name is Linda Nash! My son is a new soldier in your unit Pvt Andrew Barnard! My best friend’s husband was in the class of 1983 fromUSMA, their oldest son was in the class of 2010 and there youngest son is presently away RDay on Monday and will also be in the 2017 USMA class!

  2. Amanda Pepin says:

    I think this is the same “kid” that volunteered to be a buddy with my son’s soccer team. He played with the Mililani Miracles and I liked that there were young males volunteering to help the smaller kids. Big ups on all you’ve done for yourself.

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