Okkodo High School senior receives appointment letters from 2 service academies

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(Courtesy Guam DOE)

Okkodo High School senior Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Saber received appointments to two military academies. Saber received his first letter of appointment from the United States Naval Academy in January and the second letter of appointment from the United States Air Force Academy in March. In May, Saber also received an offer of appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy Scholar Program. United States military academies are prestigious academic institutions and have an acceptance rate of less than 15 percent. Of the 15,000 applications submitted each year, only 1200 candidates are appointed.

On April 1, 2020, Saber accepted his letter of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and is scheduled to leave mid-June for six weeks of Plebe Summer training. He is the only GDOE senior to enroll in a U.S. military academy this fall.

Saber enrolled in the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program upon entering high school and became part of the Cyber Patriot Team. He discovered that becoming a cadet helped him to achieve self-discipline, confidence and self-determination. Saber developed a desire to serve his country, and soon aspired to apply for the U.S. Naval Academy. He stayed focused on his goal, earning accomplishments throughout his senior year including MCJROTC Legion of Valor Bronze Cross Award for Academics and Military Leadership (only for 4 presented nationwide), All-Island Cross-Country 8th place, Running Club Treasurer, Student Body Association Sergeant of Arms, National Honor Society Vice-President, Mu-Alpha-Theta Math Honor Society President, and the Bulldog Battalion Cadet Commanding Officer.

Saber will begin his journey at the Navy Yard, Annapolis, Maryland this summer. Upon achieving his four-year degree, he will become a Commissioned Officer and serve a minimum of five years of active duty military service in either the United States Navy or United States Marine Corps.

“I want to congratulate Alex on his hard work and dedication to his school and to achieving his goals” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said. “It is exciting to see another one of our graduates being selected for the U.S. Naval Academy and I encourage our students to look into these unique opportunities after high school. I wish him well on this new journey.”