Skip to main content

Oxford grad to enter the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Scholars Program

07/09/2014 09:23PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print, Schools

Boohar is pictured with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr at a reception for students who were nominated to U.S. federal service academies. Sen. Casey and members of his staff shared personal words of encouragement and advice with each student.

By Steven Hoffman

Staff Writer

Rachel Boohar has had her eyes fixed on the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a while.

As a sophomore at Oxford Area High School, Boohar participated in a one-week U.S. Naval Academy STEM Program. As a junior, she took part in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s AIM Program, which introduced students to what life in the Academy would be like. Those experiences convinced Boohar that she wanted to study engineering and enter the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Boohar, a 2014 graduate of Oxford Area High School who excelled on the soccer field and in the classroom, has been accepted into the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Scholars Program, and will leave on July 21 for the orientation to the program in Connecticut. After three weeks there, she will head to the Georgia Military College for the summer orientation before classes begin in September.

“I’m really excited,” Boohar said in a telephone interview last week.

During Boohar’s four years at Oxford Area High School, she was one of the area’s top goalkeepers, and was lauded by her coaches for her leadership on and off the field. She helped turn around a soccer program that had struggled in the years before her arrival.

She was a four-year varsity starter at Oxford, earning numerous accolades, including a First Team All-Ches-Mont League selection during the last three seasons. She was the team’s MVP for all four seasons. During a game in her freshman year, Boohar tallied 74 saves in one game.

Her coaches at Oxford and with the West Chester United Soccer Club travel team considered Boohar to be a field general, a natural leader for her teammates.

“She is such a competitor and works so hard to be the best at what she is doing, whether it’s academics, music, singing, or her part in a play,” explained Paul Oechsle, who coached her for five years, in an interview last November. “She is a strong personality and very good leader. As a soccer coach, I will tell you that the goalkeeper position is a leadership position by nature and it takes a person with strong leadership traits to be successful and play at the level Rachel has been able to achieve at that position. She leads by example through her focus, work ethic, competitive attitude, great abilities and constant communication with teammates.”

Boohar was a standout academically, too. She served as the president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the French Honor Society. She was also involved in the Select Choir and the school musical.

Boohar said that she’s looking forward to the challenges that U.S. Coast Guard Academy will bring.

If she maintains a good grade-point average at the Georgia Military College’s prep school program, she will get direct admission tot he U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the summer of 2015, with an anticipated graduation in 2019. She plans to major in Naval Architecture.

“It’s all planned out,” Boohar explained.

Boohar also sought and received a nomination for the Merchant Marine Academy before deciding to go to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She went through the rigorous application process, which included a 30-minute interview with a panel of screeners who were asking challenging questions.

“They would trick me a little bit,” Boohar explained. “It was definitely intense.” 

Boohar and her family were invited to a June 19 reception with Sen. Casey that recognized those students that he selected as nominees to the U.S. federal service academies. The Boohars also got to tour the Capitol Building as part of the experience.

oxford area high school u.s. coast guard academy u.s. coast guard academy scholars program

You might also like


Oxford Area High School students awarded travel grants

Two Oxford Area High School students named the 2014 recipients of grants from the Niles-Milner Fund for Student Travel/Study.

Enrollment for Oxford High School pre-school now available

Enrollment is currently available for the Oxford Area High School Child Development Lab Preschool.

  • Kennett Flash schedule


    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...

  • Annual Fall Family Fun Day and Craft Fair

    09:00am — 04:00pm

    Nottingham Presbyterian Church hosts a family fun day and craft fair annually on the third Saturd...

  • Nottingham Presbyterian Church

    09:00am — 04:00pm

    A fun day for the entire family. Come out and enjoy great food, unique crafts, free entertainmen...

  • Zoo Yoga: OM’ing Otters

    09:15am — 10:15am

    (Ages 4-7 years old) Weekly Saturdays or Sundays, September-November (Classes held in the Educati...

  • International Red Panda Day

    10:00am — 01:00pm

    Become a Red Panda Ranger! A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to a child who has learned...

  • Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday at Milburn Orchards this weekend! Share a piece of his birt...

  • Saturday Zoo Tales

    10:30am — 11:00am

    Join us for a fun, animal or nature themed story and a visit from one of our fun program animals!...

  • Open Hive Day

    10:30am — 12:00pm

    Join TLC apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Partici...

  • Harvest Day Cookout

    11:30am — 06:30pm

    The fall is approaching and this means one thing - The 45th Annual Yardley Harvest Day is right a...

  • Goo Fest

    02:00pm — 05:00pm

    As part of North Star Orchard's Adventure in Flavor tasting series, you are invited to Goo Fest! ...

  • Brews for Books

    06:00pm — 09:00pm

    Sample fine craft beers with friends and support public libraries at Brews for Books, a craft bee...

  • Kennett Flash schedule


    The following acts are scheduled to perform at the Kennett Flash (101 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Squ...

  • Celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday at Milburn Orchards this weekend! Share a piece of his birt...

  • Taste Kennett Food Tours

    01:00pm — 04:00pm

    Taste Kennett Food Tours, creators of memorable, unique and fun food experiences, offer three-hou...

  • Writing Baseball


    What happens when baseball leaves the field and swirls around in the imaginations of great writer...

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

Chester County High School Sports