Brien McMahon junior Sabrina Echeverry can be a general as the keeper on the girls soccer team, but a recent weekend as a cadet has her eagerly looking to the future. As a member of the Brien McMahon Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Echeverry recently took the first steps toward becoming a part of "the few and the proud."
"My whole family is Colombian, but I'm American," Echeverry said. "I love this country, and I want to serve this country. I'm going to be the first Marine in my family."
Echeverry makes her commitment to the Junior ROTC program a priority. She received permission to miss a recent game to spend a weekend at an ROTC boot camp at West Point. Cadets got a taste of military life, being roused at 4:45 a.m., running, doing physical training, getting yelled at by officers, and completing lots and lots of pushups.
"The officers liked to pick on me and get in my face," Echeverry said. "It was tough, but at the end I was really, really proud I didn't quit. I like discipline."
Echeverry tries to translate that discipline onto the field, where she said her teammates push each other to make the team better. Unfortunately, a neck injury has sidelined her from soccer for the past couple weeks. But she won't let the injury stop her from attending a month-long boot camp that begins next week. She is serious about the armed forces and is looking forward to the real thing when she graduates.
"I'm going to go to college while serving and hopefully get my degree in medicine," Echeverry said. "Before I graduate, I want to become a SEAL or a chief. Then I want to be a sniper."
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