Second Annual Cadet Choice Award Winner Announced

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Today the West Point Corps of Cadets recognized the 2008 movie character who best exemplifies West Point leadership, Bruce Wayne from "The Dark Knight." The cadets here selected a number of characters from movies released last year who best embody values-based leadership. The Corps of Cadets then voted via the Internet, 1,700 actually voted, and the cadet leadership announced the winner this afternoon.

Today the West Point Corps of Cadets recognized the 2008 movie character who best exemplifies West Point leadership, Bruce Wayne from "The Dark Knight."

The cadets will recognize the screenwriters Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan; the producers, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, executive producers Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy, Thomas Tull and the actor Christian Bale.

The cadets here selected a number of characters from movies released last year who best embody values-based leadership. The Corps of Cadets then voted via the Internet. 1,700 actually voted, and the cadet leadership announced the winner this afternoon.

The cadets will invite the screenwriters, producers, and actor to the U.S. Military Academy for an awards presentation in the spring. The actual award is a "Tarbucket," the tall ornate gray and black parade hat with a feather plume.

"We understand the cultural power of movies, here and abroad," said Cadet Cristin Browne the cadet public affairs officer "And this award, from America's future leaders, is a statement about what constitutes the best in character and leadership as presented by America's leading exporters of popular culture."

Dr. Robert Neville in "I Am Legend" was last year's winner.

About West Point:
West Point, The U.S. Military Academy, is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. The world's preeminent leader development institution, it was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering. Its mission remains constant-to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army. For more information, go to http://www.westpoint.edu

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