Pico Rivera's Matthew Archuleta Elected Vice-President of His Class at West Point
April 29, 2008
After graduation he wants to serve his country in the infantry and eventually intends to follow in the footsteps of his father, Pico Rivera City Councilman Bob Archuleta, by serving in elected office.
His older brother, Brandon, also attended West Point and was President of his class. First Lieutenant Brandon Archuleta is now serving with the 3rd Infantry in Iraq.
Matthew grew up in Montebello, attending La Merced Elementary and Intermediate Schools before graduating from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower. He entered the West Point Military Academy in June 2006.
He was also chosen to be one of only five cadets selected to spend June in Ghana as part of a volunteer effort spearheaded by Women in Progress, an organization to works to alleviate poverty in Ghana by helping women start and grow their own businesses.
Matthew is the youngest of the five cadets leaving for West Africa.
“Over the past two years at West Point, I've faced a new challenge everyday,” he said. “I encounter failure on a daily basis. The challenge and the failure remind me that I made the right decision. I wait anxiously for each failure, knowing that with it comes an opportunity to succeed. It is an honor to serve my country and to represent my family and friends from home.”
“The 38th District has a proud history of sending young people to attend West Point,” said Rep. Napolitano. “Matthew is a credit to his family, to our community and to his country.”