Scholar of the Week

Cadet Jaclyn Kalik      
U.S. Military Academy

Cadet Jaclyn Kalik, a first generation American, is a senior at the U.S. Military Academy, pursuing a life science degree. As the daughter of an immigrant, Jaclyn learned early on to value the importance of hard work and perseverance in order to achieve success. Understanding and appreciating her Hispanic cultural heritage allowed her to wholly embrace the opportunities that this country provides.

Jaclyn always found enjoyment in math and science, and competed in various science fairs and math competitions during elementary and middle school. In middle school, she won an award for young women in science, which furthered her goal to pursue excellence not only in science, but also in every aspect of life. In high school, she was recognized as a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, AP Scholar, and was the Marcela Martinez Award Recipient for the Rotary Club.

In her first year at West Point, she observed and learned from her superiors the initial lessons of leadership and the importance of taking care of one’s subordinates. She also learned about peer leadership and how to unite others for a greater objective. In the summer between her sophomore and junior years, Jaclyn was selected to be Cadet Basic Training First Sergeant and was in charge of the accountability and training of 160 new cadets. Her challenging responsibility and life experience was to introduce the new cadets to military life and basic soldier skills and instill self-discipline.

While at the Academy, Jaclyn has earned several awards including: the Dean’s 2012 Pentathlete Award for Cadets for excellence in all academic, physical, and military classes. An avid soccer player, in summer of 2013, she was chosen to be a member of the Maccabi USA Open Women’s Soccer team competing in the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Above her academics and military service, Jaclyn finds time to volunteer at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, where she has participated for the past seven years. A transformational experience for Jaclyn, she was team captain and raised $2000 in her first year. The opportunity to meet these courageous people has taught her about the intense mental strength necessary to overcome this disease, and the importance of hope. Jaclyn aspires to become an officer and physician in the U.S. Army to serve and care for the men and women who defend our nation. The month she spent in Liberia solidified not only her desire to become a physician, but also gave greater purpose to her goals. Shadowing physicians and observing the lack of sanitation and supplies in most hospitals instilled in her a drive to improve medical standards and to create further awareness for socioeconomic issues in underdeveloped countries.

Congratulations Jaclyn for your outstanding contribution and meritorious service to this nation.

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