West Point grads learn life lessons

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis alumnus Jeff Epps said the responsibilities he shouldered as a cadet during his four years at the United States Military Academy at West Point allowed him to experience life differently than most college graduates.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

If there was one thing 2004 Clovis High alumnus Jeff Epps took away from four years at the country’s military academy it would be learning to accept failure.

It wasn’t until the former Wildcat quarterback and linebacker went to the United States Military Academy at West Point that he made his first F grade.

“They just throw so much at you that you’re always going to have a failure,” he said. “You learn to accept that you’re not perfect.”

Epps, 23, graduated in May from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in mechanical engineering and the rank of lieutenant in the United States Army.

Josh Person, a 2003 Clovis High alumnus also graduated from West Point in May.

Epps’ father, Tony, said he is very proud of his son who graduated in the top half of his class.

“It’s pretty exciting, knowing the hard work it took,” he said.