Lufkin High School senior Elias Moore was acknowledged by United States Congressmen Pete Sessions for his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point at a ceremony at Lufkin High School today. Friends, family, students, Lufkin ISD staff, school board members and Congressional dignitaries gathered to show their support of this well-deserved honor.

Principal Julie McManus extended a warm welcome to the distinguished guests. Associate Principal Harlan Neal spoke of us his personal connection with Elias and how he began at Lufkin High School in 2022 and made instant friends. He spoke about Elias’ character and how his attributes line up with West Point values.

Elias outlined his aspirations to pursue a major in Economics and aviation during his four years at the academy, followed by eight years of military service. Congressman Sessions offered his heartfelt congratulations to Elias, reminiscing about a former classmate who received a similar honor during their senior year. Addressing the underclassmen in attendance, Sessions encouraged them to consider following Elias’s path by exploring the opportunities provided by the four U.S. service academies.

When questioned about why West Point, Elias reflected on his father’s teachings about striving to be among the “one-percenters.” He expressed gratitude toward mentors and role models who have guided his life.

Elias will report to West Point on July 1.

(Photos by: ANDY ADAMS/Lufkin ISD)