Junior Ryan Clancy Chasing West Point Dream

Ryan Clancy, from Oak Lawn’s St. Catherine Parish, joined the Celtic Boxing Club in February 2016 and immediately fell in love with the sport.  At the time, he was playing both football and baseball at St. Rita, but ultimately he made the decision to focus solely on boxing.

Recently, Congressman Dan Lipinski visited the Celtic Boxing Club to discuss the admission process for U.S. Military Academies.

Clancy first started to think about West Point when he boxed on a card featuring the Army West Point Boxing Team.  That prompted a conversation between Clancy and their coach furthering his interest in attending West Point.

He decided to apply to West Point’s high school summer camp program and was accepted.  The camp runs for one week in the summer and provides a full West Point student experience for the campers.  This is the first step towards admission to the Military Academy.

The application to the summer camp focused on leadership, grades, athletics, and community involvement.  Clancy, who holds a 4.39/4.00 GPA and scored a 30 on his ACT, easily met the academic requirements and his past experiences playing football and baseball at St. Rita as well as his involvement in his community made him a prime candidate.

When Clancy isn’t spending his time training at the Celtic Boxing Club, he also stays involved in activities outside the classroom at St. Rita, such as the School Culture Committee and the Social Justice Club.