Juliet Arcila-Rojas ’13, Sabrina Caballero ’14, and Ixel Ochoa ’15 have been selected to join Randolph-Macon Academy’s High Flight program.
High Flight is R-MA’s specialized track for students who have aspirations of attending a United States service academy and pursuing a career as a military officer. Randolph-Macon Academy has a history of successful admissions to the service academies–the valedictorian and salutatorian of 2011 are both currently enrolled at the Air Force Academy. However, applying to a service academy is a difficult task. Students must be organized and have not just top grades and test scores, but extracurricular activities, leadership experience, and community service hours. High Flight takes advantage of strong programs already in place at R-MA, all of which are necessary for a service academy appointment: advanced academics; SAT/ACT preparation; leadership development; athletics; and community service. In addition to these components, High Flight adds in the physical fitness preparation needed for the service academies. Students are also assigned to a mentor who is experienced in the service academy application process.
Interested cadets completed an application and were subsequently interviewed. A selection committee reviewed all of the applications, interviews, and the applicants’ performance in academics, extracurricular activities, and AFJROTC at R-MA.
Students enrolled in the High Flight program receive a $2,000 scholarship each year.
Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, which is currently recognized as a Distinguished Unit with Merit, and have the opportunity to fly in the Academy’s unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.