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posted Jun 25, 2018, 10:33 AM by Scott Carter   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:16 PM ]

SPR 31-05-17

391st Composite Squadron

Group III, Texas Wing

Civil Air Patrol





Madison Applewhite, a junior at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, has been selected to attend the summer programs at three prestigious institutions this June: West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience, US Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar, and US Air Force Academy’s Summer Seminar.

Selection for the summer programs is highly competitive and offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at the Service Academies.  Attendees eat and sleep in the same barracks or dormitories as fully appointed cadets and midshipmen, undergo daily activities such as physical training, and focus on academics that give the potential candidate an immersive experience.  West Point explains that the one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives.  The selection criteria are based on academic performance, athletic and extracurricular achievement, leadership, physical fitness, self-discipline, and having good moral character.

Applewhite has been involved in Civil Air Patrol (CAP), where she currently holds the CAP grade of Cadet Captain and has served as Cadet Commander of the Dallas Composite Squadron.  Last summer, she completed solo flight at the CAP National Powered Flight Academy. In high school, Applewhite is a member of the Highlander Varsity Marching Band, which was ranked 10th in the State during the 2017 marching season, and the Wind Symphony, which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2016.  She plays the bassoon, flute, and piano, and is also a member of the Girls Golf Team, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Ambassador Program. Applewhite is active in Christ the King Church, National Charity League, traveled to Argentina for foreign exchange, and will be attending Girls State this summer.

Texas Girls State is held by the American Legion Auxiliary in Seguin, Texas, with the goal of educating rising senior high school students in the duties, privileges, and responsibilities of American citizenship. Applewhite is sponsored by American Educational Services, the CAP Dallas Composite Squadron, and Mr. Dulaney Howland.

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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 58,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit for more information or contact:    


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                                             Rebecca Costello, 2nd Lt CAP

                                             Asst Public Affairs Officer

                                             391st Composite Squadron

                                             Civil Air Patrol


Scott Carter,
Jun 25, 2018, 10:33 AM