the wild blue yonder
By Tara Nelson
Blaine high school senior Tegan Bukowski is one of two Whatcom
County students to be nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy
by a U.S. senator and the first student from Whatcom to be
appointed to the academy.
A member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, she
was also vice president of her senior class, a varsity golfer,
cheerleader and an honor roll student. In addition, Bukowski
is an active community volunteer working at the Sardis raptor
rehabilitation center and has traveled to Uganda, Africa
with her father for missionary work, according to a press
release from the U.S. Air Force.
Academy liaison office Stephen Cook in Bellingham said Bukowski
was selected because of her achievements both as a student
“She’s a very well-rounded person,” he
said. “Not only is she involved in athletics, but she’s
a very outgoing person, very focused and very intelligent.
When we look for a person, we look for a person who’s
well rounded. We don’t look for kids who are just padding
a resume. We look for substance. She also showed a level
of maturity that we don’t see in most people.”
The Air Force Academy’s 18,000-acre campus is located
in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While there, Bukowski will
receive military training as well as the opportunity to earn
a bachelor of science degree in the field of her choice.
Completion of the academy’s curriculum will earn her
the commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force,
Bukowski is one of 1,300 students nation-wide and one of
two students in Whatcom County to be nominated by a state
senator to the academy. She was nominated by U.S. Senator
Patty Murray (D-Wash.).The other student, a resident of Ferndale,
has not yet been appointed to the academy.
Bukowski will begin her appointment in late June.