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Fort Gibson

December 1, 2010

Student gets spot in Air Force Academy



Last week, Libby Schofield’s parents received a Letter of Assurance from the United States Air Force Academy.

The teenager is a student at Fort Gibson High School, on the cheer squad, president of Student Council and much more.

Libby’s parents are proud of all their daughter’s achievements, but securing a spot in the United States Air Force Academy is the icing on the cake.

“Only 150 of these letters are sent out each year,” said Becky Schofield, Libby’s mother. “I am just so emotional. She works so hard and doesn’t just sit back.”

They waited until the whole family got together on Saturday to surprise Libby with the announcement.

“It has been a year-long process for her,”  said her father Kevin Schofield. “She had to write lots of essays, do physicals, and get letters of recommendation.”

The Letter of Assurance guarantees Libby a spot.

“I’m speechless,” said Libby, after reading the letter out loud to her family.

“I’m very happy and very honored,” she said. “A lot of people don’t get this type of opportunity.”

Libby’s father said he has mixed emotions but knows Libby’s self-discipline, motivation and drive will help her succeed.

“It’s my daughter but it is the military too,” said Kevin, “and I support her fully.”

Over the summer Libby went to the United States Air Force Academy summer seminary to see what it would be like to attend school there.

“We got to try out what a real day at the academy was like,” said Libby. “Once I got there, I fell in love.

“I was kind of mad at my dad that I had to go,” she said, “but he (her dad) told me to go with an open mind and I did. When I left, I knew that was where I wanted to be.”

Libby has a younger brother and two younger sisters and wants to be a good example for them, she said.

Both her sisters wrote papers over who they most want to be like for school assignments. They both chose to write about Libby.

“It makes me feel special,” she said, “I love them and it made me feel good about myself.”

Libby was also recently awarded with the Wendy’s Heisman (www.wendysheisman.com) and was honored to be in the top ten for the girls, she said.

“One student from every school in Oklahoma is chosen a boy and a girl,” said Becky. “It recognizes achievements in academics, athletics and service/volunteerism.”

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