Jones High School Administration, Faculty and Staff would like to express our pride in Abigail Stramski. Abigail has made the decision to go through the application and nomination process to get into the United States Air Force Academy. This process is very daunting and challenging and a very limited number of applicants receive nomination and get admitted to our Military Academies.
Abigail has to apply and be accepted for admissions to the Air Force Academy and in addition receive a Congressional Nomination to attend the Academy. In order to meet admissions requirements, Abigail has to have taken a rigorous course load throughout high school, maintained a high GPA and class rank. In addition, she has to have an ACT score above a 24. Applicants have to make a 28 or better on the math portion and a 31 or better on the reading portion. Another unique requirement about Academy admissions is that Abigail must pass basic physical test requirements which include performing a set number of situps, pushups, and pullups. She will also have run a mile in set time. In addition to these requirements, the applicant will be put through a variety of interviews.
The other major difference in this college application process that is different than all other colleges is the nomination process. Abigail will have to complete an application and essay process with Senator Inhoffe and Senator Lankford. She will also have to submit application and essay to Congresswoman Horn’s office. In addition to be accepted for admissions to the Academy one of these Congressional Officers will have to grant her a nomination to attend the Air Force Academy. This is also a very grueling process that includes a variety of interviews. The average ACT score for students being granted a Congressional nomination out of Congressional District 5 is a 30.
After securing a nomination Abigail will be put into a pool of roughly 11,000 applicants. Of those 11,000 approximately 1,400 will receive acceptance into the program. If Abigail gets accepted and receives a nomination she will receive a four year education in the field of Engineering at no cost. Upon graduation, she will have an Engineering degree, be an Officer in the United States Air Force and have commitment to serve in the Air Force for at least six years.
It takes a special kind of person to put themselves through this process with the risk of not getting in being great. Abigail has been striving and working towards this moment before she got to high school.
Abigail has been diligent and persistent in academic endeavors. She has consistently pushed herself to take the most rigorous courses available and excelled in all through continuous work and study. She has taken AP Courses, college classes and has been in the Pre-engineering program at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center.
One would think that a student of this academic level would not have time for extracurricular activities. This is not the case with Abigail. Abigail has been a four year varsity basketball player and was a member of the State qualifying basketball team that had their championship dreams cancelled due to COVID-19. Abigail has also been an athletic trainer/ manager for our Football team. She has also excelled in these athletic venues. These activities have also helped Abigail excel on the academic side by teaching her about time management, pushing through adversity and other major life skills.
In addition to her academic and athletic endeavors, Abigail has maintained employment and been involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She has also been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, and Jones Against Drugs. Abigail also spent a summer in a study abroad program learning Spanish and the Spanish Culture. In addition, she has been involved in a variety of Church Missions.
When asked why she is going through this process, Abigail said, “She wants to receive a Chemical Engineering Degree and live a life of service in the United States Air Force.”