Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

Former resident earns West Point diploma

August 2, 2007

Cadet Douglas David Snodgrass, son of David and Cindy Snodgrass of Leavenworth, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 26, 2007.

Snodgrass attended Lansing High School for two years before moving with his family to Fort Richardson, Ala., where he graduated from Anchorage's Bartlett High School in 2003. While at West Point, he concentrated his academic studies in life science and also graduated from the Army's elite Airborne and Air Assault schools.

Vice President Dick Cheney presented the commencement address for the graduation ceremony, and numerous Army officials, including Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, attended.

Following graduation, Snodgrass was sworn in as a second lieutenant by his father, who retired from the Army in March 2006 as a colonel after 17 years of service. The graduation and commissioning ceremonies were attended by Snodgrass' parents, brother Brian, grandparents Bruce and Joan Snodgrass of Lawrence, and Brawley and Theresa Vaughan of Omaha, Neb., along with several other family and friends.

Snodgrass has been awarded an Army Medical scholarship and will defer his active duty obligation to pursue his medical degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

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