The City of North Little Rock has recognized three residents that have accepted offers of appointment to United States Service Academies. The recognition took place when the council met in April 22.
Mayor Joe Smith proclaimed April 22 Lauren Rainbolt, Sam Scott, and Grant Strobel Day in honor of their appointments.
After graduation from the Service Academy, each student will be a commissioned officer, and serve in the United
States military for a minimum of five years.
Smith said that in a town like North Little Rock that has such strong military ties, the city is proud of the commitment these three young people have accepted to serve their country. Jan Scholl, Director of the North Little Rock Mayor’s Youth Council, was in attendance at the meeting. She noted that all three students have served as members of the Mayor’s Youth Council, an organization that offers North Little Rock youth opportunities to serve their community through volunteerism.
Of the eight appointments offered to the United States Air Force Academy in the state of Arkansas this year, three were offered to students from North Little Rock. Applying to a United State Service Academy is a rigorous process, including applying for and being awarded a Congressional nomination, passing a physical fitness test, successfully taking a challenging high school academic course load, and scoring well on standardized tests such as the ACT.
Lauren Rainbolt, daughter of Dr. David and Heather Rainbolt, of North Little Rock, attends Parkview High School. She was offered a scholarship to Lyon College, but chose instead to accept her appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
She stated that participation in high school activities such as NJROTC, National Honor Society, being captain of the Parkview girls soccer team, and refereeing and coaching soccer, have left her feeling prepared for the rigors of the Air Force Academy. She hopes to eventually become an Air Force pilot.
Rainbolt said, “It’s an honor to have been chosen to represent my school and my state as an Air Force Academy Appointee, and a privilege to eventually be able to serve my country as an officer in the United States Air Force.”
Grant Strobel is the son of Mike and Debbie Strobel of North Little Rock, and will be attending the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. He attends North Little Rock High School. He was also offered an appointment at the Air Force Academy, as well as scholarship offers from Baylor University and John Brown University.
After weighing his options carefully, Strobel chose the Coast Guard Academy. Strobel’s brother, Preston graduated from the USCGA in 2012, and is currently an officer on the USCG Cutter Active out of Port Angeles, Wash. When Grant reports to the USCGA in June, he will be the only Arkansas native enrolled at the school. His preparations for his career after high school include four years of soccer at NLRHS, co-editor of the yearbook, and producer of the NLRHS daily TV newscast.
The United States Coast Guard Academy announced that Strobel received an appointment to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy as a member of the Class of 2017. Recognized for superior academic achievement and leadership potential, he is a senior at North Little Rock High School. His brother, Ensign Preston Strobel, is also a graduate of North Little Rock High School and of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and currently serves on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active based at Port Angeles, Wash. He is the son of Michel and Debbie Strobel.
The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Conn., is an accredited college educating future Coast Guard officers and is the smallest of the nation’s five military service academies. The Corps of Cadets at USCGA represents the nation’s best and brightest students, ready to serve and lead their country.
Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive, with the most qualified applicants selected regardless of where they reside across the nation. In return for a commitment of military service five years beyond graduation, cadets receive a full tuition scholarship and monthly stipend. They complete college debt-free with a guaranteed position of leadership as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard. All cadets graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Strobel said, ”It is a true honor being accepted into a service academy! It’s always been a dream of mine to serve my country. Now being able to serve and get a college educate from an amazing school is more than I could have ever dreamed of! I cannot wait to be a part of such an amazing community like the Coast Guard!”
Sam Scott is the son of Shane and Joy Scott of North Little Rock, and is a senior at North Little Rock High School. He will be attending the United States Air Force Academy. He also received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., and a scholarship to Missouri State University. After visiting the Air Force Academy with his aunt, Summer Bartczak, a 1986 USAFA graduate, then attending the Academy’s Summer Seminar program, Scott decided that his college choice would be the Air Force Academy.
Upon graduation, he hopes to serve as an Air Force pilot. His high school activities include lettering in swimming and cross-country at North Little Rock High School, National Honor Society, and swimming for the Arkansas Dolphin-Lasers Swim Team.
Scott said, “Receiving my USAFA appointment was one of the happiest moments of my life. Each time I visited there I became more certain that this is the path that is right for me, and I’m very eager to get started.”