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First Student in Bioscience's History to Enter a Military Service Academy

Kyle Wagner    

Bioscience High School’s Kyle Wagner (at left) has always been interested in the military, and now, they are very interested in him.  He was awarded an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in March, and will be heading to Annapolis, MD in June.

Wagner is the first Bioscience High School student to enter a service academy in the 11-year history of the small specialty high school, and one of two naval Academy appointees from Phoenix Union this year.  Andres Jimenez (at right) of Alhambra is Annapolis-bound, as well.

Wagner has been at the school all four years, attracted to its medical pathway as an 8th grader coming out of Madison Meadows.  He found out about the service academies late in his freshman year, but didn’t “crack down” until his junior year.

 “I really didn’t like biology and all that went with the medical pathway, so I went with engineering because it sounded interesting.   Something clicked.  Physics, I loved it.  I got a 4 on the AP (Advanced Placement) test.  Mr. Waxman was fantastic,” Wagner said.

“It’s awesome. It feels real good to be the first from Bioscience.  It is tough to get into the academy, but academically, I am better off having gone here.”

Now, he wants to pursue engineering at the academy, and go into aviation or combat engineering, eventually for the Marines.  He also would like to make the armed services a career.

He was recommended by Congressman Ruben Gallego, himself a former Marine.  Wagner also had an opportunity to go to West Point, but he had already seen Annapolis, spending three weeks there in a summer seminar.

“At first I hated it…it was too green, coming from the desert.  But the campus is spectacular and there is a lot of history. He already got a taste of what comes next with an eight-week “basic training” before classes start.

 “They make you do some ridiculous stuff.  Like meal roll call, where first year midshipmen have to stand and scream out the menu of the day.”

Wagner had to face an interview panel with three veterans.  They asked a lot of tough questions to find out why he was a good fit, and the last one was the clincher.

“They asked me, ‘Would I be willing to die for my country?’  It’s not good to say no to that one.”

 So what is he most apprehensive of in his first year?

 “Waking up for PT (physical training).  I don’t mind being yelled at, though, because I’m 6-2, and I can look at the top of the person’s hair.”

 He is also not intimidated by the competition, being in an elite class of 1,000 students from all over the country.

 “I don’t feel like we are competing.  We are all there for the same thing, and for the same career, serving our country.  It is more like being a member of a team.  We will get through it together”