The track and field team accounted for 41 of Air Force's 69 academic all-conference selections.
Rebecca Esselstein was honored with Academic All-America status for the second straight year.
Rebecca Esselstein, Josh Nielsen and Regan Rogers all claimed first-team Academic All-District honors.
The track and field team had 16 men and five women earn GPAs of 3.50 or higher.
A total of 30 men and 13 women comprised 43 of the Academy's 65 academic all-conference selections.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2011-12: Competed in the 400-meter dash during both the indoor and outdoor seasons...clocked an outdoor-best time of 49.19 at the Jack Christiansen Invitational...posted an indoor-best time of 50.67 at the Air Force Invitational...finished second in that distance at the Robert Shine Invitational (51.57)...also ran on the winning 4x400-meter relay (3:28.89) at that meet...also competed in the 200-meter dash (23.06, Air Force Team Challenge) and 1:07.49, Air Force Blue-Silver Open) during the indoor season...competed on sprint medley relay (3:38.38) and distance medley relay (10:31.02) that finished second at the Air Force Relays...academic all-conference selection...MW Scholar-Athlete.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2010-11: Did not compete.
HIGH SCHOOL: Home schooled...earned four varsity letters in track...served as team captain...placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at the state championships...three-time all-state and all-conference selection in that event...also lettered four years in cross country...champion of the Minnesota High School Lego Robotics competition...earned multiple all-conference academic honors...enrolled for two years at Anoka Ramsey Community College while in high school...member of the Youth Church Leadership Team.
PERSONAL: Full first name is Joshua, but goes by Josh...son of Mark and Pam Nielsen...mother competed in track at Concordia College in Minnesota...has one younger sister, Danielle...also has two younger brothers, Benjamin and Samuel...earning a double major in computer engineering and pre-med...future career plans include becoming a doctor...would like to explore the emerging field of combining robotics with medicine ("if I am fortunate enough to get a brain surgeon position as an Air Force officer, I would like to explore how I can relate the signals coming from the brain to electronic components, possibly prosthetics")...named to the Superintendent's List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance during three semesters...named to the Dean's List every semester...served as Squadron First Sergeant, Flight NCO, Flight Commander and CATM Cadre...member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society...named the Outstanding Squadron Two Degree of the Semester, which is awarded to one junior in each squadron and based on academic performance, military aptitude, leadership merit and community service commitment......member of the Academy Scholar Program...also a member of the "Great Books" Honors curriculum, which is open annual to top five-percent of incoming freshman class...ranked 12th out of 1,032 cadets, with an overall performance average of 3.64...hobbies include computer hardware, programming, photography and coin collecting...while in high school, taught computer programming and robotics classes to 9-14 year olds...participated in the Cadet Summer Research Program at Intel Corp., in Hillsborough, Ore., working on military applications of biometric sensors...applied for the Rhodes and Marshall UK Scholarships...both grandfathers served in the military...member of Cadet Squadron 05.