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Adam Hoxeng’s fond­ness for the mil­i­tary can be traced back sev­eral generations.

His great-grand­fa­ther, Carl Hoxeng, re­ceived a Pur­ple Heart dur­ing World War I af­ter be­ing shot while fight­ing in the For­est of Ar­gonne in north­east­ern France. An­other great-grand­fa­ther, Alphonse Zeis, en­tered World War I at the age of 17 and by the end of his mil­i­tary ca­reer was the com­man­der of his own bat­tle­ship.

Adam Hoxeng is be­gin­ning his mil­i­tary ca­reer while at­tend­ing the United States Mil­i­tary Academy at West Point. While there, he will study space sci­ence, learn­ing

about the de­signs and in­tri­ca­cies of rock­ets and mis­siles.

“Space has al­ways been in­ter­est­ing to me,” Hoxeng said. “I would look for­ward to go­ing to new and un­ex­plored places, and there’s not many of those left here on earth to do that. I want to see the un­known. And I’ve al­ways loved math and sci­ence, so it just all came to­gether for me.”

Prior to his se­nior year, Hoxeng ex­pe­ri­enced a one-week res­i­den­tial sem­i­nar pro­gram spon­sored by the United States Air Force Academy in 2016. He also par­tic­i­pated in a one-week res­i­dent pro­gram in 2014 with the United State Naval Academy.

As a stu­dent at LISA Academy in Lit­tle Rock, Hoxeng achieved the high­est GPA in the school’s his­tory. His GPA from grades 9 through 12 was 4.53.

“It re­ally wasn’t a goal to get straight A’s,” said Hoxeng, who took 13 Ad­vanced Place­ment classes in his fi­nal two years of high school. “But I took as many AP classes as I could. I am proud of hav­ing the high­est GPA ever at our school.”

Hoxeng also made an im­me­di­ate im­pact for LISA Academy’s golf team. He was the team’s cap­tain all four years at the school.

“That was a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence,” Hoxeng said. “I’m good, but I’m not fan­tas­tic.”

Hoxeng has en­joyed two trips to Turkey, a place where he found the peo­ple to be charm­ing and wel­com­ing to vis­i­tors.

“It was fan­tas­tic,” Hoxeng said. “Hos­pi­tal­ity is their thing. Strangers would wel­come us into their homes for tea.

“But we went there at a good time. A year later, some of the places I vis­ited are now in trou­ble and in bad shape. It was strange see­ing some of the places I had vis­ited just a year be­fore and see­ing how dif­fer­ent it looks now. It’s crazy.”


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