2017 Graduate is one of 1,200 in nation selected for air force academy
2017 Graduate is one of 1,200 in nation selected for air force academy
Posted on 07/07/2017
Studio shot of Catallo

Utica High School 2017 graduate Elena Catallo is among only 1,200 of the nation’s seniors accepted in the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The academy is one of the most selective institutions in the nation, with only 17 percent of all applicants earning enrollment last year.

“The entire UCS community is proud that Elena has been accepted by the academy and is well prepared to be a future military leader,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “We know that she is well prepared for this important role through her commitment to academic excellence and record of community involvement.” 

The scholarship value of the selection is more than $200,000 and graduates are immediately placed as an officer after completion.

Each Air Force Academy candidate is assigned a score by a selection panel that determines their competitive standing among applicants. Applicants are evaluated based on academics, extracurricular activities and a composite of admission factors.

Candidates must complete an intensive 10-step process that requires, among other things, character and fitness assessments, and procuring a nomination from a congressional or military authority.

At Utica High School, Catallo earned a Seal of Global Language for demonstrating proficiency in multiple world languages and has served in officer positions for National Honor Society and the French Club. She spearheaded a successful glove drive for All Worthy of Love charity and participated in mission trips through her church. 

Catallo is the second Utica High School graduate selected for admissions to a U.S. military academy this year.
In the spring, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point selected 2017 graduate Gurjiwan Chahal one of only 1,200 U.S. graduates to receive an appointment.