Hello! My name James Engelhardt and I am from Burke, Virginia. This past summer I graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School – shouts Out to Bruin Nation! Growing up in Northern Virginia, I was around a lot of military brats and learned a lot about service to the nation from my father, who graduated from the Naval Academy. Living not to far from Annapolis, I visited the Naval Academy frequently and early on thought that was where I wanted to go. However, I learned about the Coast Guard Academy from a family friend and after visiting it my freshman year in high school I fell in love with the place. I applied to the Academy my senior year in high school and fortunately was accepted. After completing Swab Summer and my first semester at CGA, I couldn't be more happy with my decision to come here! I look forward to the future challenges the Academy presents me, and can't wait to see what my future holds!