Waianae's valedictorian heading to West Point

Waianae's valedictorian heading to West Point
Published: May. 28, 2015 at 7:23 PM HST|Updated: May. 28, 2015 at 9:31 PM HST
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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Excitement is building for hundreds of high school seniors.  Friday night students will walk across a stage and receive their diplomas. Many will go on to college in the fall.

But one Waianae High grad is headed to one of the most prestigious schools in the country.

For Nathanael Endo, graduation marks another milestone on his path to West Point.  A goal the Valedictorian's prepared for since freshman year.     
"All of us were focused on education because of our parents," said Nathanael Endo.
The second youngest of 11, Nathanael Endo comes from a family with strong ties to the Army, Air Force and Marines.  A tradition he's determined to carry on. "I feel very special to be able to compete with people that I consider as super humans since they are super athletic as well as super smart," said Nathanael Endo.
"When they made their selection Nathanael was the first one they offered it to in the state of Hawaii," said retired Master Sgt. Hines
Rego. Master Sgt. Rego has taught J-R-O-T-C at Waianae High School for 12 years.
"Our job is to motivate young people to  be better citizens," said Master Sgt. Rego.
He says the growth and leadership Nathaniel has demonstrated has been inspirational.
"He's a battallion commander of 249 cadets this year," said Master Sgt. Rego.
On top of that he's the raider team commander. 

"We run three miles a day.  100 push-ups 100 sit-ups," said Nathanael Endo.
Nathaniel Endo's also participated in dozens of community service projects all while maintaining a grade point average above 4.0. 

Endo's father is an Army man himself and can't help but smile as he talks about his son's accomplishments.
"Very very proud yea. He represents what can come out of Waianae," said Calvin Endo. Nathanael Endo says he leaves next month for West Point.  

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