Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, June 10, 2002

Cadet Bebo leaves for West Point soon

By Julie Yurek

Recent Holy Trinity graduate Matt Bebo will be leaving for school sooner than other students headed for college.

He and his parents, Stan and Sue, and siblings, Ryan, Steve, and Laura are leaving Friday, June 28 for the 16,000-acre West Point Academy, which is about 50 miles north of New York City. The Bebo family will have a few days to visit the post, and Matt will have a chance to settled in.

However, he won't have to worry much about packing.

"I basically take the clothes on my back," he said. "Very few personal items are allowed."

After his family leaves, he starts six weeks of basic training July 1. Classes start in mid-August, he said.

He is leaning towards being a mechanical engineer, he said.

Bebo applied to three of the four military academies in the country. He applied to West Point, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was accepted at West Point and the Air Force Academy.

"I already knew which one I wanted to accept," Bebo said.

After his four years at West Point, Bebo will be an officer in the Army, in which he has to serve a minimum of five years.

The first chance Bebo will have to come home for a visit could possibly be Thanksgiving, but he thinks it will more likely be Christmas, because cadets get two weeks off, he said.

In the meantime, until he leaves he is working for Tim Purcell Plumbing and Heating, he said.

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