On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, Kristen Guiney, Wakefield School Class of 2019, officially signed her letter of intent to play Division 1 women’s soccer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
“As both a talented athlete and a dedicated scholar, Kristen Guiney embodies a Wakefield student and athlete: she is capable, ethical and articulate and gives her best effort each and every day,” says Tee Summers, Athletic Director at Wakefield School.
For Kristen, it was important to find a school that allowed her to pursue her passion of science and math; she is interested in majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
“I’ve always loved playing soccer, but it wasn’t something I had ever seriously thought I’d go to college for.”
Fortunately, it happened to be that West Point could foster her love of both academics and athletics.
Last winter, Adrian Blewitt, Head Women's Soccer Coach, reached out to Kristen after seeing her play in a Florida showcase. From there, Kristen was invited by Coach Blewitt to a camp to play. After the camp, Kristen was offered a place on the West Point Women’s Soccer team as their next outside back.
Now, Kristen had to start the official application process for West Point. One of the most important steps in the process is receiving a congressional nomination. This includes writing essays and conducting an interview. Kristen was one of ten chosen to be nominated by Rep. Barbara Comstock.
Guiney has been playing soccer since she was four years old and has attended Wakefield School for eleven years.
For Kristen, West Point shares a lot of unique qualities with Wakefield:
“I love how West Point has small class sizes which lead to a good relationship with professors and students. That’s something that I’ve loved at Wakefield - and the camaraderie and support that comes with a small school.”
Overall, she is looking forward to the challenges at West Point and knows she has the tools and foundation to take on those challenges. In the classroom, Kristen is most looking forward to pursuing her interest in Biomedical Engineering as she sees this field is growing within the military. On the field, Kristen is excited to play soccer in a new environment with teammates from around the country.