Nico Hillmann (STS Class of 2011) received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, where he majored in International Affairs and Military Strategic Studies in Latin America and minored in Spanish. Due to the rigorous STEM curriculum at the Academy, he will receive a BS degree as well as a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF.
Throughout his four years at the Academy, Nico was honored for excellence in academics, military performance, and athletics. In addition, he earned a spot on the highly selective USAFA Flying Team, accruing over 300 flight hours in military planes while adhering to the demanding academic and athletic requirements of the Academy. His senior year, he was named Team Commander.
Upon graduation, he will be assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base for pilot training in high performance, supersonic aircraft.
Nico cites the requirements of middle school at St. Timothy’s – organizing subject binders, being prepared for class, wearing uniforms, being tidy – with helping him to establish a level of organization and discipline that carried him through high school and the Academy.
“The exposure to faith, the emphasis on education, the small school feel that makes for lasting friendships,” he said. “All of these qualities of St. Timothy’s play into developing the next generation of thinkers and doers. I'm grateful to the faculty for what they do, and for helping me get to where I am today.”