Two Rutherford County high school graduates will be attending West Point in the fall.

Rutherford County Schools said Cadet Lt. Col. Christopher Curtis of Riverdale High School was selected to attend the U.S. Military Academy. Curtis, who is the class valedictorian at Riverdale, will report to West Point on June 29.

Calla Shotwell from Blackman High School also will report to West Point on June 29 and will play volleyball for Army, RCS said. Shotwell has attended all three Blackman schools and is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average.

Curtis had perfect attendance since third grade, participated in track and field, was the band president and section leader, and a member of many other clubs. He was a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow, earned an Eagle Scout rank and was the Middle Tennessee Council’s 2018 Scout of the Year.

Michael Schwartz, JROTC instructor at Riverdale, said Curtis “is an exemplary cadet, athlete and scholar.”

As a JROTC cadet his list of awards includes the Superior Cadet Award, American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award, Army Recruiting Command Award and AUSA Most Outstanding Cadet Award. 

His parents are Charles and Katrina Curtis.

Shotwell ranks first out of 572 graduates in the Class of 2020 at Blackman. She scored 32 on her ACT and is a member of the Blackman Collegiate Academy.

Her extracurricular activities included National Honor Society, Science National Honors Society; and EPIC Mentor for two years. She participated in a Summer Leader's Experience Camp at the U.S. Military Academy as well as an Education First Tour in London and Paris.

“The Army is getting a truly impressive young woman,” Blackman volleyball coach Madeline Young said, “and I am so excited to see her take on the world. Proud is an understatement.”

Shotwell has played volleyball all four years at Blackman, and was team captain her final two seasons.

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