A.J. Dimond HS: Lettered four years in baseball and ice hockey... First team all-district senior year as a designated hitter... Participated in the Washington State Selection Game... Made the all-state tournament hockey team and was won the hockey team most inspirational ward... Played on baseball state championship teams as a freshman and junior... State champions in hockey sophomore year... National Honor Society member... Accolades include University of Alaska Scholar Award and Alaska State Legislature Education Achievement Award.
Personal: A member of Cadet Squadron 17, The Stalag 17... Undecided on Major... Born February 15, 1985... Nickname is Moose... Plans on attending pilot training... Also recruited by Army, Leigh and Lafayette... Hobbies include hunting, fishing and snowmobiling... Has a younger brother, Jason... Son of Stephen and Robin Stralka.
Why I came to the Academy: “My decision to come to the Academy was not something that has been my dream since I was little or something that was pressed upon me by someone else. I decided to come to the Academy to push myself to the absolute max, both physically and academically. I ended up applying to 11 colleges all around the country but sided with the Academy in March of my senior year in high school. It was a decision I will never forget and something I will never regret. The Academy brings out the best in people and everyday makes you feel like you have accomplished something.”
My plans for the future: “It is hard to specify my plans for the future. In my first year here, I know I will do my absolute best and strive to be the best I can be. Serving in the greatest aerospace force in the world will come as great accomplishment after my duty here is fulfilled.”