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Bethany Tennyson

Evansville, Indiana
Bethany Tennyson


My name is Bethany Tennyson, and I will be a senior at Central High School in Evansville, Indiana. Though I am not originally from the Indiana region, I have adapted quickly to the area and enjoyed making new friends during high school. Over the course of my high school career, I have held many roles in a variety of extracurricular activities, including Lieutenant Governor of my Key Club, captain of my school’s lacrosse team, cadet of the JROTC, and an active volunteer of the Red Cross. Being a part of activities such as these has enhanced my desire to lead, along with the willingness to do whatever it takes in order to make a positive impact in people’s lives.

If I were to be accepted into the United States Coast Guard Academy, I plan on majoring in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. This is because I have always had a curiosity in marine life, along with a broad interest in the way machines and vehicles function. I am also interested in how machinery can be used to transport and protect. No one in my family is currently military affiliated. However, I always knew I wanted to make a lasting impact in society.

In order to be a part of such an effort, I know I will have to challenge myself. I was drawn to the United States Coast Guard Academy because I know that, if I had the opportunity to attend, I would be challenged academically, physically, and mentally in order to become a leader who can make a lasting impact in our country. I was especially drawn to the Coast Guard because of its focus on humanitarian based missions in comparison to the missions of the other branches. I hope that I can experience the daily challenges cadets face during my attendance at the AIM program. These experiences will enhance my drive to become a potential cadet and develop bonds with other potential cadets who may have similar aspirations as me.