LA CENTER — U.S. military academies are some of the most elite colleges in the country, with as few as one in 12 applicants being admitted. La Center High School is the smallest traditional high school in Clark County, with about 125 graduates per year.However, little La Center produced three military academy graduates this year. Patrick Mayolo, 24, graduated from La Center High School in 2012, and recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Also graduating from West Point was Sean Nolan, 22, a 2015 La Center graduate. Kristen Nye, 23, who graduated from La Center in 2014, recently wrapped up her four years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.La Center school officials can’t recall any other local students graduating from one of the United States’ five service academies, much less in the same year.“It says a lot about our rigor that we have with the curriculum, and collaboration we have with students and their families,” said high school Principal Carol Patton, who has been in the La Center district for 15 years. “They trust teachers to provide a well-rounded education.”It takes more than a well-rounded education to earn acceptance to one of the service academies. At West Point, applicants must fill out a cadet questionnaire, apply for a congressional or service-connected nomination and pass a medical exam and fitness assessment, along with scoring well on the SAT or ACT. The Air Force Academy asks for much of the same, as well as an extracurricular activities record, a writing sample and a personal interview.