WINFIELD PARK – Vincent LaRocca, a resident of Winfield Park and senior at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The United States Naval Academy accepts only 14% of applicants and the rigorous admissions process includes a nomination from an official source such as a U.S. Senator, a fitness assessment and an interview with a Blue and Gold Officer.
“I was born and raised in Winfield Park which was a small town that was built by the federal government to house ship builders during World War II. That is where I developed my desire to serve my country and it has been a part of my upbringing,” states LaRocca. “When I got to Winfield Middle School and later Union Catholic I began to focus on attending the US Naval Academy. I have been fortunate to have great teachers at Winfield Middle School and Union Catholic. It is my teachers and role models that have fostered my desire to lead and inspire others.”
LaRocca currently serves as President of the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and National Italian Honor Society, and recipient of numerous academic awards in math, English and science. “The education and experience that I have had at Union Catholic has given me the confidence to accept the challenge of attending the Naval Academy,” he said.
Outside of high school, LaRocca is a founding member of the Winfield Youth Volunteer Organization and junior member of the Watchung Power Boat Squadron. He is also the founder and operator of two businesses: VJ the DJ Entertainment and Yardie-Man Landscaping. This past summer he successfully completed the Naval Academy Summer Seminar and the American Legion Boys State Program.
“None of this would have been possible without the support of my family and friends. My mother and father have always told my brother, sister and me to reach for the stars and that you can achieve great things if you work hard and stay focused,” LaRocca said. “When I received the appointment, I had a feeling of great pride not only for myself but also my family, town and school. I appreciate the awesome responsibility and challenge that lie ahead. I look forward to the experience because I know I have the support of a great family, teachers that have inspired me, and loyal friends.”
(Photo courtesy of Union Catholic High School)
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