North Mecklenburg High School senior Ivor Tiwari doesn't think he's a big deal, "I just try my best."
Tiwari was accepted into West Point, the Merchant Marines and the Air Force Academy, all of which require a senator's nomination to be considered.West Point came knocking on Tiwari's door; he initially didn't seek a nomination for West Point, but representatives asked him to apply. West Point accepted Tiwari and then helped him secure a nomination.
In congratulatory calls, which Tiwari's mother, Sharon, still has saved on the answering machine, Rep. Sue Myrick, a Republican in the 9th Congressional District, let them know that she didn't know of another student who had ever been accepted into all three branches before. Students commonly seek a nomination to one branch and wait to see if they were selected.
"I heard how tough the competition was," said Tiwari, of Huntersville. "I wasn't sure I'd get into one, let alone three. ... It's kind of unbelievable."
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Tiwari was born in South America, and has lived in the United States since he was 6 weeks old. In looking for a way to be helpful to others, Tiwari, who is active in his school's ROTC program, discovered he has a passion for the military.
He and his family take Tiwari's accomplishments in stride. Tiwari is quick to credit his parents for support.
"I wouldn't have been able to do it without them," Tiwari said. His father drove him to interviews. Both parents helped with the massive amount of paperwork to apply.
He's decided to go into the Air Force Academy; he will leave for basic training a week after he graduates.