U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today announced that the U.S. Air Force Academy accepted Winter Park High School senior Matthew Kuczajda. Kuczajda, who Murphy nominated earlier this year, will attend the prestigious university starting this summer. Upon graduation, he would be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Kuczajda serves as a captain of the varsity track and cross-country teams and as the trumpet section leader of the school’s marching band, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“Our nation’s service academies accept only the best and brightest and train them to be the best military officers in the world,” said Murphy. “Matthew displays leadership qualities and character that will make him a great cadet and ultimately an outstanding Air Force officer. I’m proud to have nominated Matthew, and I encourage other students from central Florida to consider applying to a service academy. Any interested student who lives in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District should contact my office for more information.”
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Kuczajda is a member of the National Honor Society. He also serves as the Cadet Deputy Commander of his local Civil Air Patrol squadron. The Civil Air Patrol is the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and carries out emergency services and disaster relief missions across the country.
“It is an honor to be accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and I look forward to the experiences that lie ahead. I am very grateful to Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy for having nominated me for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Kuczajda. “I plan to major in astronautical engineering and upon graduation will use what I have learned to make a positive contribution as an officer in the Air Force.”
The U.S. Air Force Academy is one of the nation’s five service academies—along with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy—and ranks among the finest universities in the world. Admission to a U.S. service academy is highly competitive. All service academies, with the exception of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, generally require applicants to obtain a nomination from a Member of Congress or another authorized nominating source. The academies offer young men and women a tuition-free college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academic program, while preparing them for leadership roles in the U.S. armed forces or the Merchant Marines.
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