Valparaiso youth completes basic training at West Point

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in People in the News

Published on September 06, 2011 with No Comments

Cadet Scott Steggerda, son of Glenn II and Kelly Coppage of Valparaiso, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Steggerda entered West Point June 27 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, land navigation, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship as well as nuclear, biological and chemical training.

Steggerda began classes Aug. 15. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Steggerda graduated from Valparaiso High School in 2010 in the top 10 percent of his class. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2015 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. While at Valparaiso High School, Steggerda was a two sport athlete participating in track and football. He attended Hoosier Boys State in 2009 and was named to the first team all academic his senior year. After graduation, Steggerda attended IU Bloomington where he was admitted to the Kelley School of Business and a member of the ROTC.

About West Point

The U.S. Military Academy is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. Founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering, it consistently ranks as one of the top colleges in the nation. A pre-eminent leader development institution, its mission remains constant — to educate, train and inspire cadets for careers of professional service to the Army and the nation. For more information, visit

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