Kane to Air Force Academy
On Monday, June 4, 2018, recent graduate Cooper Kane (Class of 2018) became the first student ever from Community High School to receive a congressional appointment to attend one of the United States service academies. Cooper received an appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, CO. An academy appointment involves an extensive application that requires nomination from a U.S. Congressman or Senator, or from the Vice President of the United States. In addition to outstanding academic performance, appointees must also demonstrate outstanding character and commitment to community service. Recognized as one of the most prestigious and respected academic programs in the nation, only about 13 percent of students who apply to attend USAFA are accepted each year.
Cooper is the fourth student from the Fourth District of Texas to accept a nomination for appointment to the USAFA Class of 2022 from the office of US Congressman John Ratcliffe. The Congressman’s District Director Jason Ross presented Cooper with his certificate of nomination in front of Cooper’s family, members of CHS staff, Superintendent Roosevelt Nivens. Cooper will report for Basic Cadet Training on June 28th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Cooper has attended CISD since kindergarten. He is the son of Chris and Pam Kane. His brother Jackson (CHS Class of 2015) is currently serving in the US Air Force. Cooper applied to two military service academies earlier during his senior year, but had since accepted an offer to attend Texas A&M University. All set to enroll for classes and move to College Station this fall, Cooper said when he received the call from Congressman Ratcliffe’s office he didn’t have to think about it for very long. “This is really a once in a lifetime chance,” said Cooper. “I was planning to major in aerospace engineering and join the AFROTC at Texas A&M so I could commission into the Air Force after earning my degree,” he added. “The opportunity to study aerospace engineering at the Air Force Academy was just not something I could pass up.” Cooper will attend the United States Air Force Academy on a four-year scholarship worth over $450,000 which includes tuition, room and board, medical care and a monthly stipend. Upon graduation he will be commissioned into the US Air Force as a 2nd lieutenant and will serve at least five years of active duty.
During his time at CHS, Cooper participated in Student Council, Band, Football and Soccer. His senior year he served on the Leadership Team for the Braves Band and earned 1st Team Academic All-State in Football and Soccer. He was president of Student Council and the National Honor Society, a member of the Science National Honor Society, was a NASA High School Aerospace Scholar and was named CHS Student of the Year. Cooper is also an Eagle Scout.