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May 13, 2013

Topsfield's Burke headed to West Point

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“When I first started playing football I wasn’t very good, but after getting into karate in the sixth grade I got stronger which helped me be a better player. Karate is my true passion. I played lacrosse at the JV level, but I only did it to improve my cardio and running for football.”

Burke is also an outstanding student with a 4.7 weighted GPA, taking five advanced classes this year. He is excited about the challenge that lies ahead. His older brother Collin was a basketball captain at Masco and also a wide receiver on the Super Bowl football team. He now plays football at Bowdoin.

“I wouldn’t have the same kind of training in an ROTC program at Vanderbilt that I’ll get at West Point,” he said. “I will be leading a military life style, and if I keep my grades up will have a choice (of special areas) when I graduate. As an officer you are in a leadership position whatever you choose. Intelligence is a great field, and infantry is really popular. I like armor too, because you get to drive cool tanks.”

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