An Islip High School senior is her school’s first female student to be accepted into the United States Naval Academy.
Cheyenne Coughlin, 17, completed a “rigorous application process” that included a series of essays and interviews, a congressional nomination, and physical and academic assessments, school officials said.
“I’ve always wanted to do something ‘big’ in terms of service to others,” Coughlin said. “I also always wanted to be well-prepared for a good future and go to a top-notch school.” She has several relatives who have served in the Navy.
Coughlin is vice president of her school’s Student Union, a member of the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, and an AP Scholar, having scored 3 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement exams. She received the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ American Citizenship Award.
She is captain of the varsity basketball and lacrosse teams, and a member of the varsity volleyball team and Athletes Helping Athletes program. Coughlin won a 2015 Suffolk Zone Award based on her physical education leadership, and was named an All-Division lacrosse player in 2014 and 2015, as well as being an Academic All-American in 2015.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Cheyenne for years, and she exemplifies character, determination and compassion,” Islip Superintendent Susan Schnebel said.