An impressive achievement for Esther as she worked diligently to successfully navigate the Academy’s admission process that will ultimately place her in a career that she loves and has great respect for. Esther comments, “I knew after attending encampment as an in-flight cadet that I wanted to serve as an officer in the United States military. I decided the army was the best branch for me after attending West Point’s, the Naval Academy’s, and the Coast Guard Academy’s week-long summer programs during my summer as a rising senior. While I did receive an army ROTC four-year scholarship to NYU, I chose West Point because the training the cadets receive is unlike any other. I am attracted to the school’s atmosphere of discipline and integrity and the school’s core values of duty, honor, country.”
Esther poses with her crew team after their last race of the season, and her last race with Lourdes.
A member of Lourdes Varsity Crew since freshman year, Esther also served in the Civil Air Patrol for three years, and last year was a soccer coach. Civil air patrol is the official auxiliary of the Air Force. She belongs to the Dutchess County Cadet Squadron in which she is the first sergeant of the squadron. She served as the color guard commander for the past year and serves as the cadet advisory council primary representative for her squadron. Esther has attended NY Wing Encampment, a week of leadership training for all squadrons in New York, as an in-flight cadet and as a staff cadet. In addition, she attended CAP’s Hawk Mountain search and rescue school, a 9 day camp in the wilderness with limited resources where she learned emergency services training.
Esther plans to major in Mathematics, hoping to branch as an Army intelligence or cyber warfare officer.