A Novel Naval Acceptance for Islip Senior


High school senior Cheyenne Coughlin has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the first female student from Islip to earn this distinction.

Coughlin, an AP Scholar and member of Islip’s National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, serves as vice president of the student union, She earned the National Association of Secondary School Principals American Citizenship Award and was named an Empire Girls State citizen.

A gifted multi-sport athlete, she is the captain of the varsity lacrosse and basketball teams, a member of the varsity volleyball team, and a participant in Athletes Helping Athletes. As a lacrosse player, she was named All-Division in 2014 and 2015 and an Academic All-American in 2015. She earned the school’s 2015 Suffolk Zone Award for physical education leadership, and served in the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps in Kingston, Jamaica last year.

“I’ve always wanted to do something ‘big’ in terms of service to others,” said Coughlin. “I also always wanted to be well prepared for a good future, and go to a top-notch school. The U.S. military academies provide the most rigorous and best education in the country, so of course, they also offer the best opportunity to serve.”

Several members of Coughlin’s family have served in the Navy, so it proved a natural choice for her, and the rigorous application process – including essays, interviews, a congressional nomination, and medical, physical and academic assessments – was a challenge she rose to.

“Let’s just say it took a good deal of time,” said Coughlin. “I might not have been successful in my application process without the teachers and administrators who supported me. They all had high expectations and counted on me to reach those expectations. I didn’t want to disappoint them, and I hope that quality makes me a good officer.”

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Cheyenne for years, and she exemplifies character, determination and compassion,” said Superintendent Susan Schnebel. “On behalf of the entire Islip Schools family, we are so proud of her.”