Seoul American High School

Seoul American High School senior's leadership skills, personality propel him to Air Force Academy YONGSAN ARMY BASE, South Korea— "Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun."

These opening words to "The U.S. Air Force Song" had new meaning for Seoul American High School student David Chong who mentally flew to the "wild blue yonder" when he opened a special message on the U.S. Air Force Academy's online admissions portal and read: "Congratulations!"

"I remember the day I found out about my acceptance to the Air Force Academy as I was on the car ride home with my father when he kept telling me to finish my West Point application," said Chong. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, he has been attending DoDEA schools for more than 11 years. "At that moment, I experienced the most thrilling, heart-racing, ecstatic feeling I've ever experienced in my life. For the first time, I actually had tears of joy and happiness."

Chong attributes much of success to his parents, older brother, and admissions liaison officer, Maj. Hwang.

"My parents were always there to motivate and encourage me to be a better person, academically, physically, and socially," Chong added. "My brother, Daniel, was always my role model and helped guide me through the college application process, which really took a big burden off my shoulders."

Chong is a well-rounded student who participated in wrestling, the Student Council Association, football, track and field, varsity strings ensemble, show choir, French club, Student-to-Student, Key Club, National Honor Society, the JROTC Drill Team and the JROTC Marksmanship Team.

"David has done so much for the high school and is an excellent role model for other students, both as a student and as a human being," said David Clausen, a teacher at Seoul American HS. "His disposition is always pleasant, contributing much to the esprit de corps of the school. His many contributions to the ROTC program are most likely directly related to his acceptance to the USAFA."