PCTI Student Accepted to West Point Military Academy

Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) senior, Sebastian Balcazar of Haledon, was accepted into West Point Military Academy. The grand distinction ensures that the soon to be Automotive Technology graduate will attend the academy on a full scholarship.

Acceptance to the historical institution is dependent upon the following factors: receiving a nomination (congressional/service-connected), medical/candidate fitness assessment, and SAT/ACT scores. Sebastian has been an all-star student at PCTI. He ranks in the top ten percent of his class with a GPA of 4.013 and was selected for the National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and NJ Boys State. Sebastian has also received the Cadet Achievement Ribbon for Head Officer of Weapons and was selected to attend the Area Four Cadet Leadership Training Program in Newport, Rhode Island.

According to the website, West Point Military Academy’s goal is “…to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army."

Sebastian will pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering with the goal of becoming an Engineering Officer in the US Army. He one day aims to become a US Army Ranger or Paratrooper.



PCTI senior Sebastian Balcazar (Haledon) celebrates his acceptance into West Point Military Academy with Chief Naval Science Instructor Craig Santiago.