Central Catholic senior Colleen Slein’s life will change quite a bit on June 23.
Slein will be attending the Air Force Academy. She flies to Colorado with her family on the 23rd, four days before she is required to be there.
“I’m sufficiently nervous,” she said, laughing. “But I know I have a great support system behind me and I know everybody’s excited for me. I really appreciate that. That helps a lot.
“I’ve never experienced anything in a military lifestyle. So I just think the whole military atmosphere will be tough but challenging in a good way. I’m looking forward to it more than I am nervous.”
Slein, a tri-captain for Central girls lacrosse, would like to become a pilot. She, of course, is a very strong student. She takes AP English, psychology and biology.
Slein has no immediate family members who have been in the military but one of her grandfathers was in the Navy and the other was a member of the Air Force.
She visited the Air Force Academy in early September and immediately loved it.
“Our family friends have two daughters who are currently attending there so I got to actually shadow a cadet for a day,” Slein said. “It was an unbelievable experience. I just fell in love with it. After I walked out I was like, ‘Why would anybody want to go anywhere else?’”
The Air Force does have a club team that Slein plans to try out for. She attended a Falcons football game when she visited in September.
“That atmosphere was amazing,” she said. “The cadet section was awesome. There’s such an energy I want to be a part of.”
Slein is from Windham and Paul Cino, now a Windham assistant, coached her in youth lacrosse.