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June 18, 2015
Westfield Republican

Kirsten Elliott

Appointed To U.S. Air Force Academy

Kirsten Elliott, daughter of Kathleen Sommer and Chris Elliott of Mayville, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is a 2015 graduate of Chautauqua Lake Central School.

Joseph L. Gugino, Major USAF (Ret.) explained that this appointment is the equivalent of being offered a full, four-year scholarship to a top tier university, valued at over $50,000 per year. From over 12,000 applicants nationwide, Kirsten is one of approximately 1,100 students who received offers to attend the Academy.

Kirsten's training will include flying aircraft, freefall parachuting, and participating in various training and foreign exchange programs around the world. She will study Air Force history, military affairs, leadership and management.

As a cadet, Kirsten will receive full tuition, room and board, medical and dental benefits, and a monthly salary. Upon graduation with a bachelor's degree, she will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Approximately half of her class will go on to pilot training, while others will go on to a variety of career fields. Many will have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree at another institution. All graduates will eventually work in one of 38 officer career fields in the world's premier air, space and cyberspace force.

"I am extremely proud of Kirsten," Gugino stated. "It is a great recognize the years of hard work that have brought her to this point."

Kirsten was nominated by Congressman Tom Reed, 23rd District, and will major in chemistry.

At Chautauqua Lake, Kirsten competed on the High School Bowl academic team - including in national competition in Washington, D.C. - and in the Science Olympiad. She was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, president of Rotary Interact, volunteered as a Peer Tutor, and served on the yearbook staff.

Since seventh grade Kirsten competed on the swimming and track teams and was captain of both during her senior year. She was recently recognized for academic excellence in Introduction to Engineering, and Jamestown Community College named her a College Connections Student of the Year for JCC courses she took at CLCS. Kirsten's additional honors include scholarship awards from William L. Travis Post 493 American Legion, Lake Chautauqua Memorial VFW Post 8647, and the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club. In recognition of her academic achievements at Chautauqua Lake, Kirsten earned an academic letter, pin and pullover and a gold honor pin for having achieved a grade point average of 94.5% or higher.

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