Bourne Alumnus First In Decades To Graduate From West Point | Bourne News

A Bourne High School graduate has gone on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, making him the first Bourne graduate to do so in decades.

Matthew C. Schmitt, Bourne High Class of 2013, graduated from the academy in May. While in school he studied mechanical engineering. An announcement from the school said that through his studies he developed the Muzzle Obstruction Obstacle Sensor.

The sensor is designed to find obstructions in and around the barrel of an Abrams tank and makes operating and firing from the tank safer.

Upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army. Lieutenant Schmitt is currently a combat engineer officer with the Army Corps of Engineers stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, with the 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

West Point is one of the most highly selective schools in the country, accepting less than 10 percent of those who apply. One of the requirements to apply is that students must be nominated by the vice president, one of their US senators, or their US representative.

Lt. Schmitt’s mother, Lisa A. Schmitt, said her son was nominated for several of the country’s military academies.

“Matthew was nominated by Congressman William Keating for West Point, Annapolis (Naval Academy), and the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point,” she said.

She said Lt. Schmitt graduated fifth in his high school class and that he was an all-star athlete and captain of the football, winter track and lacrosse teams.

Ms. Schmitt said that the last Bourne graduate to go to West Point that she is aware of is Michael Brown, who graduated in 1981.

“There were some others I remember who attended the US Coast Guard Academy, which is also a big deal,” she said, “but I don’t know of others who…

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