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SOMERSET, Ky. - U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) recently invited Bekkah Star Trachtenburg, a senior at Pulaski County High School, to the Somerset District Office to congratulate her on receiving a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. Bekkah is one of only four students in Kentucky's Fifth Congressional District to receive a military academy nomination from Congressman Rogers this year.

"I count it a great honor to support the endeavors of our brightest high school students to pursue a military career," said Congressman Rogers. "While I have the opportunity to recommend a handful of students each year, they must earn the following appointment with impeccable grades, strong character and exceptional extra curricular activities. Bekkah is an impressive student and I am grateful for her decision to serve this great Nation."

Bekkah has been a member of the the JROTC throughout her high school career and serves as battalion commander of her drill team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Raider Team, the Knowledge Team, Future Business Leaders of America, the Disc Golf Club and her high school soccer team. As a Link Crew Leader, she also mentors freshman students. Bekkah will graduate with a 4.1 GPA.

"I'm very excited to serve in the U.S. Air Force," said Bekkah Trachtenburg. "I've already accomplished one of my life goals by being accepted into the academy. This has been one of my biggest dreams since my sophomore year." 

The Air Force Academy is both a military organization and a university. The mission of the Air Force Academy is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.

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Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit Congressman Rogers' online office at or follow him on Twitter or Instagram @RepHalRogers, and on Facebook.