Third Maceri makes the grade for West Point

It was toward the end of her Advanced Placement biol­o­gy class and Emily Maceri was check­ing her can­di­date por­tal with the United States Military Academy. When she saw the large green box that con­firmed her appoint­ment, a huge smile broke out on her face. 

A good friend sit­ting next to her noticed and asked what was up. A buzz quick­ly cir­cu­lat­ed the class with the excit­ing news. Emily’s fel­low stu­dents offered con­grat­u­la­tions on the offer to attend West Point. “I was so over the moon,” she said. I was just in shock.”

She called her mom, dad and old­er sis­ter. “Word spread very fast,” she said.

Emily, a Quakertown Community High School senior, worked extreme­ly hard to achieve her appoint­ment, award­ed to only about 10 per­cent of appli­cants. She’s tak­en 15 AP class­es, has a 4.39 GPA and scored 1420 on the SAT. Outstanding accom­plish­ments! She’s also had the advan­tage of famil­iar­i­ty with Army life.

Her father is an Army Colonel and a 1996 West Point grad­u­ate. Col. Craig Maceri is Brigade Commander of the Rhode Island National Guard. Her old­er sis­ter, Lizzie, a 2019 QCHS grad­u­ate, is a sopho­more at West Point. Each has giv­en her all the infor­ma­tion about the USMA that she’s needed.

They helped me make sure it’s what I want so I don’t end up mak­ing the wrong deci­sion,” Emily said. “And it def­i­nite­ly is, espe­cial­ly after watch­ing my dad.”

Her mom, Mary Maceri, said “We’ve been there so much now. She’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly.”

This is the third year in a row a QCSD grad­u­ate has received a “Certificate of Appointment” to West Point. Last year Tyler Einolf earned the hon­or. Emily also con­sid­ered the cov­et­ed four-year Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps full schol­ar­ship. Those were earned by 2019 QCHS grad­u­ate Nathan Gruver of Lehigh University and 2018 grads Jared and Jason Susnoskie of Penn State. Another for­mer Panther, 2016 grad Rudy Levinski, was hon­ored last year with the Commandant’s Distinguished Leadership Award, pre­sent­ed to the Cadet who has pro­vid­ed excep­tion­al lead­er­ship through­out the corp at Virginia Tech University.

QCSD Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner, who grad­u­at­ed from West Point and enjoyed a 20-year career in the Army, rec­om­mend­ed each of these stu­dents for their appoint­ments. He praised the stu­dents and their fam­i­lies for their com­mit­ment to service.

Mrs. Maceri said Dr. Harner would often attend the high school’s cross coun­try meets and speak with Emily, who com­pet­ed on the var­si­ty cross coun­try and indoor and out­door track teams. He likes to check in with stu­dents to make sure they’re on track with their aca­d­e­mics and ser­vice requirements.

Mrs. Maceri also said QCSD teach­ers have been “phe­nom­e­nal” to her daugh­ters, includ­ing Grace, a QCHS fresh­man. Emily is quick to name Mr. Auger (AP physics), Mrs. Waddell (AP cal­cu­lus and AP sta­tis­tics), and Mrs. Eisenmann (AP psy­chol­o­gy), as her favorite teach­ers. She said AP chem­istry might have been her favorite class as it incor­po­rates “the per­fect com­bi­na­tion” of sci­ence and math.

Emily excels and car­ries her­self with poise while jug­gling mul­ti­ple extra-curricular activ­i­ties with her extreme­ly chal­leng­ing aca­d­e­m­ic cur­ricu­lum,” said Brenda Roth, her school coun­selor. “She is a stu­dent of integri­ty, aca­d­e­m­ic excel­lence, and has the dri­ve to suc­ceed in all areas of life. Emily works hard in and out of the class­room and should be very proud of her accomplishment!”

In addi­tion to becom­ing an Army offi­cer, Emily plans to fur­ther her ser­vice in the med­ical field by becom­ing either a psy­chi­a­trist or an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist. “I’m real­ly fam­i­ly ori­ent­ed and those pro­fes­sions will allow for fam­i­ly life, she said.

Craig and Mary Maceri couldn’t be more proud of their chil­dren. “It’s sur­re­al,” Mrs. Maceri said. “We can’t believe we have two strong, inde­pen­dent women. We feel blessed.”

Col. Maceri, a 24-year Army vet­er­an, said “Raising my right hand to sup­port and defend the Constitution of the United States is some­thing I strong­ly believe in. I couldn’t be more proud that they have found a high­er pur­pose than themselves.”