My name is Courtney Gilliam and I was born and raised in Georgia, living in a small town called Tyrone. I am the youngest in my family and have an older brother, who travels for a living and a sister, who sings opera. I ran cross country and track for seven years, but coming to the Academy I now play rugby and absolutely love it. I love watching movies and making short films and writing, it is a big part of who I am. I was a part of the Coast Guard’s Scholars Program, having gone to prep school last year, which was an incredible experience. It gave me the tools I need to succeed at the Academy and lasting friendships that have only gotten stronger coming here and I have now met even more amazing people. In high school, I was very apprehensive about applying and coming to the Academy – I had a lot of worries and doubts – but it has been such a rewarding journey so far with so much more to come and I feel at home. If I can help answer any questions, contact me at Courtney.Gilliam@uscga.edu.