She is the first member of the track/field and cross country program to earn the conference's top honor.
The women accounted for five honorees to pace the Academy's 26 total selections.
Esselstein is the first athlete in Academy history to earn Academic All-American of the Year honors.
Esselstein (overall, academics) and Siotame Latu (military) were the top-ranked graduates in the Class of 2015.
Esselstein is the first athlete in Academy history to claim three straight academic all-district awards.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012-13: CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-American...ran the leadoff leg of the distance medley relay team that captured the conference title at the Mountain West Indoor Championships...all-conference honoree...recorded the fifth-fastest indoor 800-meter time (2:12.56, adjusted for altitude) at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic...won the 1000-meter run at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational (2:55.29)...competed in the mile once during the indoor season (5:14.38a, Air Force All-Comers Meet)...scored for the Falcons in the 1500-meter run at the MW Outdoor Championships, placing eighth with a time of 4:33.36...clocked a career-best time of 4:31.28 during the conference preliminary heat...competed in the 800-meter run twice during the outdoor season...clocked a career-best time of 2:14.69 at the Arizona State Invitational...received the team's Most Improved Award...earned "Standout" distinction from the team on four occasions...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete...academic all-district selection (first team)...only sophomore to be named to the CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All-America Team.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011-12: Competed in the 800-meter run four times during the outdoor season...recorded a career-best time of 2:15.08 at the Beach Invitational...that time was ranked third on the team...finished second at that distance at the Front Range Classic (2:17.24, adjusted for altitude)...participated in the 1500-meter run at the Colorado Invitational (4:45.46a)...ran on the 4x800-meter relay (9:14.04) and the distance medley relay (11:50.86) that clocked the second-fastest times in Academy history at the Drake Relays...also ran on the 4x800-meter team that won the Air Force Relays...also competed in the 800-meter run during two indoor meets...clocked a season-best time of 2:21.63a at the Air Force Invitational...academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL: Archbishop Alter High School...member of three state championship teams (2007 cross country, 2009 4x800-meter relay, 2011 4x800-meter relay)...four-time state qualifier in the 800-meter run...placed within the top-10 at the state meet all four years (fourth in 2009, seventh in 2010, eighth in 2008 and ninth in 2011)...served as co-captain of the 2010 cross country team...earned academic all-Ohio recognition for cross country...also earned academic all-state honors in track...two-time recipient of the Coaches' Award for cross country...earned the 2011 Coaches' Award for track...class valedictorian...received numerous department awards...received Scholar-Athlete honors from the Girls Greater Cincinnati League...AP Scholar.
PERSONAL: Full name is Rebecca Ann Esselstein...nicknames are "Becca" or "Reebs"...daughter of Brian and Lisa Esselstein...has one older brother, Matt, and two older sisters, Katie and Hilary...also has one younger brother, Andrew...majoring in astronautical engineering...future plans include becoming a pilot and, ultimately, an astronaut...serving as Flight Commander during the 2014 fall semester...has also served as Ops Group Deputy Commander (summer 2014), Element Leader (spring 2014), Group Standardization/Evaluation and D&C NCO (fall 2013)...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance during five of six semesters...named to the Commandant's List for military performance all six semesters...three-time member of the Dean's Aces List (spring 2012, fall 2012, spring 2014)...received jump wings in the summer of 2012...hobbies include drawing, watching movies and reading...completed a five-week Cadet Summer Research Program (CSRP) at MIT Lincoln Labs over the summer...saw humpback whales in the wild...also managed over 1800 cadets as the Ops Group Deputy Commander for summer programs...has one cousin in the Air Force Reserves and several uncles that are retired from the Air Force...named a Rhodes Scholar...member of Cadet Squadron 19.