Korean Air Force cadet tops class in US academy
A Korean cadet studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy was at the top of his class in the first semester, the Air Force here said Thursday.
The 21-year-old Choi Jung-gyu received a perfect 4.0 grade point average, after scoring straight A's in his five courses, which include engineering, computer science and behavioral science. Choi, who entered the Korean Air Force Academy in 2010, joined the U.S. institution in August last year and is majoring in aeronautical engineering, officials here said.
According to officials, Choi was the only one among 1,066 cadets in his class to receive perfect marks. They said of those 1,000-plus cadets, about 100 are from overseas, from such countries as Poland, Colombia, Singapore and the Philippines, and take commissioned programs. Korea first sent Air Force cadets to the U.S. academy in 1968 and 21 have taken courses there so far, officials added.
"I am pleased that I've been able to prove the excellence of the Korean Air Force Academy," Choi said through a statement by the Air Force here. "I will continue to do my best over the remaining three and a half years at the academy."
Officials said Choi also earned high marks in his military training. He was awarded both the Dean's Pin for his academic achievements and the Commandant's Pin for his military excellence, officials added.
They said Choi graduated from Daewon Foreign Language High School in Seoul and developed some English skills there, but he had never lived or studied abroad before entering the U.S. academy. (Yonhap)