Antilles High School

Abigail Kate Darner, daughter of Master Sgt. Richard Darner (ret), United States Air Force, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (father) and Chief Master Sgt. Tommie Tracey, United States Air Force, 182nd Airlift Wing (stepmother), has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy. Her current GPA is 3.80 and she is ranked number nine in her class.

Despite the fact that she transferred to AHS at the end of her junior year, she has transitioned to the school in a remarkable way, according to Dr. Vilma Rodriguez, guidance counselor. Abigail has participated in school sports and the choir.

She is an accomplished pianist and has played in solo and ensemble competitions, where she received superior solo ratings in all contests, to include state. She also performs in community-level piano recitals. Abigail sings soprano in her church choir.

Abigail has spent hours at the Volunteer Bone and Joint Saturday Injury Clinic. While there, she took classes in prevention and care of athletic injuries and learned how to do ultrasound therapy treatment as well as Tens Therapy (electrode therapy treatment). She was also exposed to the administrative aspects of the clinic as she learned medical record keeping. Previously gained knowledge as a head student athletic trainer, where she learned how to tape athletes’ injured ankles, wrists and knees, allowed her to successfully help the clinic patients.

All of her time spent at the clinic and as a student athletic trainer has led Abigail to focus on her future career. She wants to become a medical doctor and specialize as an orthopedic surgeon.

When asked how being a military “brat” has been for her, Abigail replied, “Being a military child has been a blessing and an awesome experience for me. Since I was very little, I have been able to experience things that most people my age have not been able to experience, to include watching SEAL training, touring many different military installations, and living in many different places. Moving from place to place has provided me the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and to immerse myself in many different cultures.

“My values have been highly developed as a result of being a military child; I believe in honor and respect, and I am very proud to be a United States citizen. To be a member of a military family, whether as a child or a spouse, is a sacrifice; however, it is a huge honor as well. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”