by Capt. Brandon Lunsford, CAP, Oklahoma Wing
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (February 28, 2021) – Hila Levy, Civil Air Patrol’s 2004 Cadet of the Year and recipient of CAP's highest cadet honor, the Gen. Carl A. Spaatz Award, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2008.
While a notable achievement in itself, she was not the first CAP cadet to do so. About 10% of Air Force Academy incoming freshmen each year are CAP cadets. She was, however, the first to earn top of her class honors, and she then went on to be CAP's first Rhodes scholar, receiving one of the only 32 prestigious scholarships awarded in the U.S. that year.