Kodiak's own has been nominated to attend the U-S Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Senator Lisa Murkowski announced that Karsten Schick of Kodiak has made her
list of 43 nominees for appointment to U-S military service academies.
announcement, Murkowski described the students as "stellar candidates who have
demonstrated excellent leadership capabilities and strength of character."
selected as an academy nominee based on his academic record, extracurricular
activities and potential for leadership.
The news of
his nomination by the Alaskan senator was an early Christmas present for the Kodiak High
-- (nomination 1 "It
felt pretty ... I got back.")
Sophomore or Junior year, Schick knew he wanted to attend the Air Force
Academy. His interest was fueled in part by his friend Justin Blott who
currently attends the 4-year officer training school. In order to apply to the
school and to get Murkowski's endorsement Schick first had to tackle a mountain
-- (nomination 2 "Yeah, that's a bit ... 7 different sections.")
he attended a 2-week introductory program at the academy. There he got a taste
of Academy classes and physical training. He also learned that a first year
student is called a "dooley" which is the Roman word for slave.
-- (nomination 3 "The last day ... to be a
mother is Solveig Christenson. She said that service in the military
is a family tradition.
-- (nomination 4 "I've kind of ... a different
nomination from Murkowski is a coveted distinction however it does not
guarantee Schick admission in the fall. He's now in competition with other
candidates around the country for a space in the academy's class of 2014. The
Air Force Academy will make the final decision.
meantime, Schick stays busy with school, sports and activities. He can be heard
as one of the hosts of Kodiak
High School's radio
program "In The Know" here on KMXT.