Graduates Attending Prestigious Military Academies

Graduates Attending Prestigious Military Academies
Posted on 04/28/2020
 Cooper Pavlovich
Cooper Pavlovich
OSHS Lighthouse  Ian Mason 
Ian Mason

Old Saybrook High School Graduates Attending Prestigious Military Academies  


Two   members of the Old Saybrook High School Class of 2020, have been accepted into two of our nation’s military academies. Cooper Pavlovich will be attending the Coast Guard Academy and Ian Mason will be joining the freshmen at the Naval Academy. Both young men will begin their journey into the United States Military in the fall of 2020, but they have already begun their preparation for the rigors of military life through prescribed fitness regimens, healthy eating, and studying for validation tests that will help them earn credit for entry level courses before they even begin their first class. Pavlovich and Mason also participated in a week-long summer camp in 2019 at their respective academies to help prepare them for the daily life and routine of a cadet. 


Both seniors credit their families, community members, and several members of the Old Saybrook School District for their support and assistance with the difficult military application process. According to Pavlovich, “Everyone really went above and beyond to help me. Teachers wrote recommendation letters, former military members in the community spoke with me about their experiences, and one of my football coaches helped me to get an interview with the Coast Guard Academy.” Mason echoed that sentiment and discussed how Old Saybrook High School helped to prepare him for his college courses. “I have been able to get twenty-five college credits because of all of Old Saybrook’s college level and advanced placement classes. We also have a wide range of internships. Everything Old Saybrook has to offer has really helped me focus on my interest of mechanical engineering.” 


Pavlovich also talked about how his interest in joining the Coast Guard developed, first through his father as a former member of the United States Navy and culminating with an eight-grade field trip to the Coast Guard Academy. “Joining the Coast Guard has always been a dream of mine. I’ve seen a lot of people in the community who have led military lives, and they have always lived positive lives. I want that for myself.” 


Mason’s interest in joining the Navy began by accident when he accompanied his older sister to the Naval Academy for a college visit. “I went on the trip for my sister when I was about ten, and she hated it, but I fell in love with everything there right away. I actually found my way to the Alan Shepard Museum, and seeing everything that he accomplished made me want to follow in his footsteps.” 


Even though Pavlovich and Mason are at the very beginning of their military journey, both men are looking ahead to their upcoming college experience and beyond. Pavlovich is looking to spend his time at the Coast Guard Academy studying Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture. “In five years, I would definitely like to be on a ship doing something for our country and our community.” Mason wants to use his time at the Naval Academy to prepare him for flight school. He is still unsure about whether he will begin serving as an officer right away or if he will begin work to attain his Master’s Degree. “I’m hoping to spend the next ten years as a jet pilot. It’s not a bad way to spend your twenties.” 


Old Saybrook High School Principal Sheila Riffle looked further into the futures of Pavlovich and Mason while discussing what these young men bring to their community and, eventually, the world. “Both of these young men exude humble confidence, as well as the ability to make sound, level headed decisions. They are incredible role models for the Old Saybrook High School Community. As someone who will be relying on this generation to make good decisions on behalf of the greater good for all of us over the next twenty to thirty years, I feel quite confident in having young people like Ian and Cooper moving towards the helm.”