Caroline Hamann says she first got interested in the Army during middle school. During high school, she refined her views and decided she wanted to attend West Point, the U.S. Army's service academy. Recently she was named Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's top pick for the military service academy.
"The United States Military Academy at West Point trains our next generation of leaders to serve and protect this great nation," said Whitehouse. "Caroline Hamann's exceptional athletic abilities, history of leadership, and commitment to service throughout her high school career make her an outstanding candidate for admission. I commend her for choosing this noble career path, and I was proud to nominate her for consideration at West Point."
Hamann attends East Greenwich High School. She has been the captain of the East Greenwich Rowing Club for the past three years. She also played Little League boys baseball through the 7th grade, and made the all-star team in 2009. She has been a counselor at the YMCA Coniston two-week overnight summer camp for the past six years and is a certified lifeguard.
“I am very honored to have Sen. Whitehouse's principal nomination,” says Hamann. “I originally wanted to just be in the Army. I have always disliked the idea of a desk job and doing something insignificant. I have thought about it for many years now, since about middle school. Throughout high school I realized I want to lead other people and take responsibility within the Army."
She only applied to West Point because she only wanted to be in the Army.
"The United States Army interacts face to face with civilians in attempt to instill order and morals around the world," Hamann says. "I was greatly interested that the army's values did not only involve fighting, but fixing as well."
Members of Congress are allowed to nominate a limited number of candidates to the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition to other eligibility criteria, Sen. Whitehouse seeks to nominate applicants who have demonstrated leadership qualities, strong academic performance, and proven athletic ability.