Eric Kousky ... Brunswick High School class of 2015 graduate

Eric Kousky … Brunswick High School class of 2015 graduate

BRUNSWICK

Brunswick High School class of 2015 graduate Eric Kousky is looking forward to his appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, following the endorsement of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, D-Maine.

Kousky is a freshman at the University of San Diego, but next summer he’ll be packing up and shipping off to follow in the family footsteps. Kousky’s father, Todd, was a P-3 Orion pilot, stationed at Brunswick for much of Kousky’s life except for a two-year detour to Hawaii.

“He’s definitely been the main role model in my life. I always looked up to him and always wanted to be like him and also living on the Navy bases had an influence. I something I’ve always wanted to do,” Kousky said.

Kousky said that growing up, he wanted to do something more than just graduate from high school and get a job. He said he felt pulled to contribute something greater of himself, so he thought joining the Navy would be the best way for him to accomplish that.

Keeping his mind open to what the Navy has to offer, Kousky said although becoming a pilot like his dad would be pretty cool, he’s also really interested in the special warfare community. Kousky said if he could get into special warfare, he just might make a career out of it.

Kousky said he’s prepared for the rigors of both Annapo- lis and the Navy community. In high school, he played lacrosse, soccer and was on the swim team. He said Annapolis will require him to play a sport each semester as well.

Kousky said he knows Annapolis will be tough but he’s looking forward to it. Kousky said his father has already told him some of what to expect — the good and the bad.

“He didn’t have any bias, he straight up told me how it’s going to be. Sometimes it gets tough and you’re going to want to quit, but I think the end goal is going to be worth it,” Kousky said.

Kousky said his parents still call Brunswick home, saying it’s a great place to live.

“I’m ready for it. I’ve always envisioned myself being in the Navy and this is finally my chance. I’m pretty excited to be underway,” Kousky said.

Pingree’s office announced Kousky’s appointment, saying he has demonstrated “an incredible commitment to serving the country and a maturity well beyond his years.”

“Acceptance to a U.S. service academy is extremely competitive and reflects highly on a student’s scholarship, community service, and character,” Pingree said in a release.

Pingree wrote that she was very proud of Kousky’s acceptance into Annapolis and wishes him the very best of his time there.


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