Please join us in congratulating Sophia Vaughn (Class of 2019).
Sophia earned acceptance to the highly selective Air Force Academy and will begin in the fall of 2019. Competition to earn an appointment is fierce. The United States Air Force Academy is a challenging environment by design. The program pursues its mission by inspiring and encouraging excellence in all applicants. In assessing the “whole person” the extensive admissions committee assesses academic, athletic, character and leadership potential as demonstrated by the life experiences and achievements of each person who applies. Who applies? On average, nearly 12,000 young men and women from around the nation vie for just over 1,000 spots. Sophia has more than earned her spot. Sophia is number one in her class. Her standardized test scores place her, not surprisingly, at the top of the class as well, although in the larger, national pool. Sophia remains relentlessly positive and focused; given her wide range of strengths, she is not easy to pigeonhole. She loves and excels at computer science and math; yet, she is equally satisfied reading and writing literary criticism.
We are proud of these achievements, of course, but Sophia is much more than the sum total of her numbers. A serious student of great depth and potential, Sophia is committed to a wide range of activities outside of the classroom. From community service to the NHS blood drive coordinator, cross country to the interact club, Sophia stays purposefully engaged. She was selected to participate as part of a Rotary Club leadership program where she was viewed as a natural leader by those who selected her. She is also a highly decorated member of the school's UIL program where she routinely brings home the hardware. Sophia can be spied running with the cross country team throughout the neighborhood. College and Career Coordinator, David Swartwout, offers this snapshot: “It is quite fun watching Sophia while out walking my dog. Eyes down, face set, pace quickening as she tracks down her male team mates. She is exudes a quiet but impressive steeliness.”
More difficult to describe but far more compelling is Sophia's character. She is ethically grounded, kind and demonstrates considerable empathy and compassion. Sophia is an extraordinary citizen and person.
Sophia is an exemplar to her peers and to this community. She is the best of Rockport Fulton. We celebrate her present body of work and the future she is sure to embrace with courage and verve.