Two seniors receive Military Academy nominations

Two AHS seniors receive Military Academy nominations
Posted on 12/09/2020
For years, Kara Trim, a senior at Arlington High School, has dreamed of one day working in national security for the United States. That might sound like a heavy topic for a high schooler, but it’s a fascination Kara has come to love through her family roots.

“My dad has worked in surveillance, and I’ve even had a family member work in the FBI, so in ways I’ve grown up always hearing about this topic,” she said. “I just find it fascinating to watch people and analyze their decisions and see how they respond to situations.”

Hunter Moeschle, another senior at AHS, is also making future plans by gleaning from his family ties. Moeschle, who plans to study biomedical engineering after high school, wants to follow in the footsteps of many of his kin and join the military. “To have the opportunity to make advancements in medicine would just be an amazing contribution to society,” he said.

Talk to Trim and Moeschle for a short time and it becomes clearly evident they both have a drive to succeed, and perhaps that’s what recently caught the eye of U.S. Congressman David Kustoff.

Last month, Rep. Kustoff nominated both Trim and Moeschle to one of the five military academies, which is a must if you have hopes of joining one of these prestigious institutions. In most cases, students wishing to enter a U.S. Military Academy have to receive a congressional nomination. Both students were interviewed by a panel of leaders from the various academies in order to receive the nomination.

With Kustoff’s nomination, Trim, who was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Moeschle, nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, will now go through a series of examinations to compete for an official appointment to the academies.

They’ll face the Candidate Fitness Assessment, which puts them through several fitness events to measure their muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, power, balance and agility. Trim and Moeschle will also have to pass a medical examination to ensure they are in top physical health.

“Just receiving this nomination is a great feeling,” Moeschle. “Interviewing in front of military generals was by far the most stressful thing during this whole process, so just getting this nomination has been a great honor.”

“Even if I don’t get into the Academy, I’ll still have great connections, including a congressman, and a great experience to look back on,” Trim added.

They won’t hear until later in the spring if they’re accepted into their respective academies. The overall service academy acceptance rate is about 9.8 percent. But the benefits are great if they are selected, including free tuition and board and a 100 percent job placement in the military after graduation.

“One of my favorite parts of this job is calling these young men and women to let them know they were nominated to one of our military academies,” Kustoff said in a press release. “This is an incredible honor, and I am so proud of these men and women who choose to serve our nation.”