Streamwood High School student Alyssette Rosado traveled to Washington, D.C., recently to meet with members of Congress and advocate for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadet program.
Rosado was one of four CAP cadets selected from Illinois for the trip. She enjoyed meeting with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico.
"Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth took her time to sit with me and talk about my future in the military, colleges and academies," said Rosado. "At the end of our extensive talk, she presented me with a challenge coin of excellence."
Rosado and her fellow cadets highlighted the benefit of the CAP program and requested the representatives co-sponsor legislation to honor CAP members who helped protect the nation during World War II.
Chartered in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. At its inception, the aviation volunteers flew coastal patrol searching for German U-boats or American victims.
Today, the program provides emergency services, promotes aerospace education, and runs the cadet program. Cadets like Rosado learn aviation history, develop leadership skills, and are trained to assist in emergency services.
"After my visit with Rep. Pierluisi, my view of education changed," Rosado said. "I will apply for the Air Force Academy and West Point Military Academy. I should never limit myself to one since there are so many options and choices available."
"I'm always impressed when students like Alyssette begin developing their advocacy skills at such a young age," said Superintendent Dr. José M. Torres. "Alyssette should be commended for her ambition and commitment to service."
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