"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."
"The only way to find the limit of the possible is by going beyond them in to impossible."
Arthur C . Clarke
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
Henry Ford
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs, Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
Dale Carnegie
"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident they came by work."
Thomas Edison
"To finish first, you must first finish"
Sam Walton
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."
Elbert Hubbard
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
Dale Carnegie
"I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near."
Margaret Thatcher
"The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life."
Charles Schwab
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"
Earl Nightingale
"Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work."
H. L. Hunt
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
John Ruskin
"Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great."
Fernando Flores
"It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up."
Babe Ruth
"Those who let things happen usually lose to those who make things happen."
Dave Weinbaum
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
Winston Churchill
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is."
Yogi Berra
"The more I want to get something done the less I call it work."
Richard Bach
"Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition."
Sir William Osler
"The common denominator for success is work."
John D. Rockefeller
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt
"Life is about creating new opportunities, not waiting for them to come to you."
Salma Hayek
"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them."
Michael Jordan
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
Althea Gibson
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
Chinese Proverb
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."
Jimmie Johnson
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal."
Joe Paterno
"Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles."
Bob Richards
"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."
Richard L. Evans
"It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret."
Jackie Joyner-Kersie
"I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given."
Michael J. Fox
"There are no office hours for champions."
Paul Dietzel
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure."
W.J. Slim
"Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom."
Merry Browne
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
Vincent Van Gogh
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you."
Frank Tyger
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
"Winning doesn't always mean being first."
Bonnie Lair
"It's always too early to quit."
Norman Vincent Peale
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
John Wooden
"I choose to focus on not what has happened but what we can do."
Ellen Pompeo
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
Booker T. Washington
"Courage faces fear and thereby masters it"
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"He who dares nothing need hope for nothing."
"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can."
Henry Drummond
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself."
Soren Kierkegaard
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers."
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
Ambrose Redmoon
"With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity."
Keshavan Nair
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by doing the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt
"It's easier to prepare and prevent, than to repair and repent."
"We more frequently fail to face the right problem than fail to solve the problem we face."
"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
John Wooden
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
Dale Carnegie
"There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control a firm resolve of a determined soul."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
Theodore Roosevelt


Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.
- Marabel Morgan

For those candidates seeking an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy or the Merchant Marine Academy, they are required to obtain a nomination in order to complete their academy application requirements and be considered for an appointment.  The Coast Guard Academy does not require a nomination as part of their application process.

Unlike any other academy preparatory school in the nation, Greystone requires candidates to apply to all nomination sources for which they are eligible.  All candidates will apply to their congressional representative from their home district, both of their home state senators and the Vice President - a minimum of FOUR nominations!  Additionally, for students who are eligible, they will also apply for the Presidential nomination (one application is sent to each academy to which they are applying). 

The major differentiation that separates Greystone from all other programs is the amount of detailed oversight that the Greystone Staff provides for each nomination application. To ensure completion of this task prior to the start of the academic year, Greystone begins working with each candidate during the summer training process which begins in June.  During this period, students participate in a series of online GoToWebinars in the comfort of their own home. Each session is designed to address each part of the entire nomination package requested by each separate nominating source and then provide opportunities to work with the candidates on their individual applications.  Where most recent high school graduates are occupied with "other" things (distractions), Greystone students are busy completing the administrative requirements necessary to apply for all nominations. Completing these tasks over the summer enables the Greystone students to focus on their academics once the Schreiner academic year begins. This is key to enhancing a student's academic performance so that they can be as competitive as possible!


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Winston Churchill

Since the start of the Greystone program in 2004, 100% of all Greystone students have earned at least one academy nomination and most Greystoners have earned multiple nominations.  For every nomination earned, the qualified candidate is afforded one opportunity for his or her academy application package to be presented to the academy admissions board.  Without a nomination, a candidate cannot be presented to the admissions board, which makes the nomination a critical key in the appointment process and the reason why Greystone dedicates so much time and effort into each candidate's completed nomination package.  A 100% success rate is not something that is easily achieved, but rather it is an indication of the total effort put forth by the prep school and the student - a major team effort! 

Murder Board

That which we persist in doing becomes easier – not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Each Greystone student receives a list of questions that have been compiled from many years of student nomination interviews.  These questions, along with a series of documents that each student writes over the summer helps the candidate to realize exactly what attending the academy means, what their service commitment means and what their future as a military officer means to them.  Through this process, the student develops a strong sense of self-confidence, self-respect and self-esteem, which is essential to each Greystone candidate who must present him/herself as serious contender for that particular nomination. 

Prior to their nomination interview, all Greystone students will be presented before a formal board which is comprised of senior military officers, University Faculty and Staff as well as community leaders. The board members will ask the candidate questions and then evaluate their responses.  Each member of the board is asked to write an evaluation which will be briefed to the candidate by the board.  The performance evaluations allow each member of the board to grade the candidate on their appearance, poise and composure to the way in which they answered each question.  The intent is to provide candidates with a means to identify areas that need immediate attention and also to reinforce those areas that are exceptional.  The Murder Board is a professional preparation for the actual nomination interview whether that is in person, over the phone or a video teleconference. 


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Clearly, given the success rate of our students earning their nominations, Greystone students are truly prepared for their nomination interviews.  How a candidate presents him/herself to their nomination board means all the difference when it is time for the nomination board to determine who receives the nomination and who does not.  At Greystone, we are very serious about the entire process and therefore, our students are very knowledgeable and prepared to impress not only the nomination boards, but all who they meet and interact with during their year at Greystone. Greystone students know that as academy candidates, more is expected of them professionally and therefore, it is imperative that our candidates begin and then sustain a process of development and maturity that will signify to all they meet and interact with that they are academy material and they are worthy of full consideration for not only a nomination, but ultimately, their appointment. Greystone students just don't dream about going to an academy - they live it every day that they are part of the Greystone program. Much is expected of them, but much is earned for those serious about competing for their nomination and appointment.

If you perceive that a prep school is not doing all it can to assist you across the broad spectrum of requirements you need to earn your nomination and academy appointment, then you should seriously consider Greystone.