Class president, Dean’s List recipient, and 2nd team All-State football player, senior Elliott Higgins has made his mark on the Rocket community, leaving little room for surprise when he was recently accepted into one of the most prestigious programs in the country: The United States Air Force Academy. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Academy is a coeducational public liberal arts college whose stated mission is “to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.”
Application to the Academy involves many pieces. In addition to demonstrating high academic integrity, a full assessment of character and athletics is required for each applicant.
“Elliott and I began talking early on in his junior year [about applying to the Academy],” said his guidance counselor, Ms. Kaitlyn Richter. “He was very prepared and knew what he needed to do throughout the application process. I was very impressed with his follow through and his ability to be proactive and ask me for help when he needed it.”
Of the approximate 12,000 applicants each year, a little over 1,000 are admitted into the Academy, making for around a 15% acceptance rate. In perspective, The Ohio State University’s admission rate is 55.5% (2013) and Miami University’s is 66.7% (2013). In addition to three essays and countless interviews, a nomination from a member of the U.S. Congress is required, and the process of securing a nomination can be competitive and lengthy. Higgins received a nomination by Brad Wenstrup, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio’s 2nd district, all leading up to his acceptance into the academy.
“I’m most excited to go through basic training, where I will hopefully be trained by my cousin who will be a senior at the Academy,” Higgins said.
Higgins plans to accept and will leave for Basic Cadet Training on June 25.