OM Gosh.. My school staff is SO DUMB!

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by J Collins, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    I just called to inquire about the awards/scholarship night for seniors...

    I was told that they do not recognize "prep school" appoints ?!?!?!
    "There is anohter student here that is in the same boat (Hey Linds I know you are here too) I told her I know Lindsay is going NAPS.. The Registra then told me that a Prep School appt. is the same as if Joyce would enter the local community college for a year and then go to UW ?!?!"

    After all she has to enlist as a private!! (I dont know if NAPS does that too)

    OM#$)@%^__$)#!Q@$(!@_#(@_+#!#+!_@(*)&^%$#

    I called Lt Brunaugh at the CGA and almost started crying.. she will be happy to talk to the lady and explain what the program is, but she certainly didnt want to hear it from me.. :thumbdown:

    I am so angry I think I am gonna go outside and spit several times.. :shake:
    and SCREAM

    OHHHH my... I am REALLY REALLY PO'ed the level of ignorance is unbelieveable.. but then again in September the same lady had no idea what a School profile was until I gave her the format and the type of information I needed........

    I am so mad my stomach is upset.. UGHHHHH

    Julie

    Hey Lindsay.... drop me a note or call us at home please !
     
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  2. Objee

    Objee USCGA Admissions

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    Unfortunately, it's up to the high school (not USCGA) to decide who they want to formally recognize at award/graduation ceremonies, but hopefully LT Brunaugh can explain what the CGA Scholars appointment is and what it represents.

    The Coast Guard/Navy enlisted rank is Seaman Apprentice, not Private...we actually give them the "fake rank" of Cadet Candidate and the Navy folks are Midshipman Candidate while attending NAPS.
     
  3. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    I understand... but it just doesnt seem right as CGA Scholars is still a scholarship.... and to say it isnt isnt right..

    LTJG Parker has sent a nice email to the registra....:biggrin:
     
  4. shellz

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    go get 'em Julie!!!

    Sorry you are up against this. I am just now finding out that most folks don't understand much about the service academies. A shame really, but understandable I guess. They are among the most selective schools, but many kids don't want the committment to serve afterwards, so somehow people just don't think of CGA or MMA, or USNA or USMA as "real" schools with huge prestige attached to them.

    Those of us in the know understand just what an honor it is to be selected to an academy through direct appointment, prep school or prior service. Your daughter should be recognized, that's for sure. :thumb:

    Good luck and keep us posted.
     
  5. officer

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    I just read a post on college confidential where this kid got accepted to Harvard, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, etc., and he turned those down to go to the US Air Force Academy. Earning an appointment/scholarship to any of the academies or prep academies is highly commendable. So...GO GET 'EM! Gosh people really should know better, especially if they're in the field of education. -officer
     
  6. Mindy G

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    We are having he same problem, someone actually said that an Academy Appt is no big deal. I do not know what planet these people live on. Much educating needs to be done.
     
  7. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    Mindy send me a pm with you email address...
     
  8. GHLord

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    A little education goes a long way....

    Julie,

    You must be so frustrated! This is a huge deal. I'm hoping her school staff gets educated on this issue and sees it for what it is. Keep us posted on where things are. Stand up for your Girl! She needs you in her corner.....
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    The frustration will not end with high school, nor will it end once your child graduates from an academy.

    If I had a dollar for every time someone didn't understand what they Coast Guard does, what department it's under, its history, etc....I would be fairly wealthy.

    If I have a dollar for every time someone in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force had absolutely NO idea what it is where do, I would be significantly more wealthy.

    Is it annoying? Yes. Do we have less than desirable comments for some of our sister services and DoD when those kinds of statements are made? Yes. Will it ever end? Not likely.

    At some point you just say "We're the best at what we do, and no one is close. Them having no idea makes no difference to our performance."
     
  10. J Collins

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    ROFLMBO

    So I talked to the the other girl (NAPS)...and her dad.. Oh my... :)

    and I just got off the phone with the president of our School Board (he was NAVY ROTC) he understands.. he knows.. and well he has a meeting with our superintendent tomorrow and will address this, as even PREP appts "scholarships" should get recognized at the school "awards/scholarship night"

    so I went from fuming earlier to almost laughing... this poor lady has no idea what she got herself into... Both of these girls worked hard and deserve the same pat on the back the kids get that go to other colleges and universites.

    my anger over this isnt because I think they are better then anything or anyone, just that they have also been successful and deserve the same "way to go" that the other kids get.... :)
     
  11. Capt MJ

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    You go, J Collins! I've been reading this thread with shared annoyance. I was just thinking earlier today the key would be to find who in the upper reaches of the school system had a military background. Have fingers x'ed school will see sense. Perhaps the lady needs a Go Navy sticker in her office...
     
  12. Luigi59

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    Perhaps those Marines had heard the story of SM1 Douglas Munro and how he won the MOH evacuating a battalion of Marines while piloting a Higgins boat on Guadalcanal, an act of courage that (supposedly) endears all Coasties to all Marines to this day.

    (at least that's what an older retired USMC Colonel told me while we both were looking at the Munro exhibit at the USCG Museum a few years ago)

    :cool:
     
  13. AquaRain_2009

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    Hey, sorry it took me so long to respond Mrs. Collins. My computer was acting up.
    Anway, they are so wrong with comparing Prep School to Community College. I doubt that the adverage community college student could survive one day let alone 10 months of military prep. They are not the same thing at all and neither is a Service Academy and a State University. Most State University graduatese unless they do ROTC, do not go into carreers in which they are putting their lives on the line every single day to protect our country.
    What she said was rediculous. This should be resolved in an immediate fashion, that we should be aknowledged at the Graduation Awards Ceremony. We worked hard and deserve to be recognized.
     
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    Oh yeah and my dad can be quite firey LOL:shake:
     
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    My son turned down Yale and Rensaeler Polytechnic to go to USMA... that sad thing is his High School isn't big on "celebrating the military" so his appointment has gone unnoticed. I congratulate all these students for going above and beyond to learn and serve... no greater reward will you ever have than in your later years to tell your kids and grand kids you served your country. GO GET 'EM! The USCGA is about to inherit a warrior - congrats.
     
  16. J Collins

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    Well My DD, Aquarain and Aquarain's dad were at school first thing this morning... there were greeted with apologizes from the Vice Principal and Principal! Evidently the registrar that was making the pre-emptive decision as she spoke to me was spoken to yesterday.. and well.. I guess she now understands :thumb:

    I can't thank LTJG Parker at the USCGA for speaking with our Principal and the registrar and explaining the PREP program (Objee give him another pat on the back from me). :biggrin: (I knew he would understand more so since I remembered him telling me that he is a NAPS grad)

    I just spoke to both girls and they feel like they just won another battle...
    they will get the "congrats" the earned! :thumb::shake: But I really don't think this was a battle that should of had to have been fought.

    Thanks all for letting me vent... and your support.. !!

    You all are awesome!!

    Julie
     
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  17. J Collins

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    Linds he made me laugh a few times! :shake:
     
  18. juswaitin

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    You go j collins!

    YES!!! They should announce your daughter at the honors ceremony! These kids have worked very hard to get where they are. A scholarship is a scholarship! My son has decided to go with his Falcon Scholar offer, and while it is "prep", the lady at our school was willing to acknowledge it at our awards ceremony. Go J Collins!!!!
     
  19. WaterDog

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    We too have seen a lot of anti-military sentiment at our high school. A teacher was chastised by the principal for allowing his son, a graduate of the school, speak to a class about his experience as a Blackhawk pilot in Iraq. Unbelievable!

    Fortunately, we have a very strong Service Academy liason, retired AF Colonel, who works closely with the college counselors. He presents the Academy and Prep Appointments at our awards ceremony. If your HS does not have someone identified in this role, perhaps you could seek out an individual like this who could be an advocate for your military sons and daughters.
     
  20. shellz

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    Yay Julie! Good for you for stepping up to educate those less informed! It's a lesson I'll bet she won't soon forget. :rolleyes:
     

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