Daniel Hill, a Junior at North Warren High School, approaches the ball in a game of soccer. Considered a top student at NWCS, Hill was recently chosen to attend the West Point Leaders Experience — out of more than 4,000 applicants nationwide.
North Warren High School Junior Daniel Hill, who has dreamed of a career in the military since childhood, has been chosen to participate in the 2013 West Point Leaders Experience.
The seminar, set for June, is held primarily for prospective candidates for attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Hill was among 500 chosen for the one-week leadership seminar out of about 4,000 qualifying applicants nationwide. Among these top-achieving students, he was again selected to attend after the three sessions were reduced to one earlier this year due to federal budget cutbacks.
Daniel is the son of Margaret Hill of Adirondack and Dan Hill of the same hamlet in the town of Horicon. Margaret Hill is an employee of the North Warren School District, and Dan Hill serves as a patrol officer for Warren County Sheriff’s office.
Daniel Hill Jr. said that he is looking forward to the leadership session, he’s hoping to attend West Point in fall 2014, and has his sights set on a military career. He said he’s imagined himself in the military since elementary school, and has envisioned attending West Point since 7th grade.
“I’ve always wanted to be part of the Army and represent the United States and what it stands for,” he said. Hill applied for the session the very day that applications were first being accepted.
North Warren guidance Counselor Mike Terrio praised Hill’s ambition, focus and work ethic.
Daniel has been the North Warren Class of 2014’s top male student for years, garnering dozens of academic awards, Terrio said this week. Also, Hill was elected as President of North Warren’s Student Council.
“It’s inherent in his character to work hard toward his goals,” Terrio said.”Few people are willing to sacrifice short-term gains for long-term benefits like Daniel has through the years.”
Daniel is co-captain of the North Warren soccer and boys’ basketball teams, and he’s a key member of the Cougar baseball team — alongside participating in school drama productions.
His community service is exemplified by his participation in the North Warren Natural Helpers team which counsels students going through challenging circumstances, Terrio continued.
“Dan’s regard for people around him is outstanding,” he said.
Hill has also gained some experience in public policy, having assisted in the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson and recent Congressional candidate Matt Doheny.
Daniel is a member of the National Honor Society and has received class leadership and character awards. He serves as Class Treasurer and president of the Foreign Language Club. Recently, he was selected by the local American Legion to attend Boys’ State.
Dan’s other activities outside of school include serving as a lector for St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church. He’s also worked summers since 9th grade as a Lake Steward, patrolling Brant Lake for the towns of Chester and Horicon in an effort to curb the spread of aquatic invasives.
Additionally, Dan loves the outdoors, lifts weights and pursues his interest in History.
His mother said she was proud of his character traits and achievement — and was pleased that West Point officials apparently recognized them.
“Im very excited for Dan — It’s his dream to be at West Point, and he’s going to enjoy the experience of this seminar,” she said.
Daniel Hill, a Junior at North Warren High School, approaches the ball in a game of soccer. Considered a t top student at NWCS, Hill was recently chosen to attend the West Point Leaders Experience — out of more than 4,000 applicants nationwide.