Ava Szalay attended Holy Family School and is a 2021 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School.

From an early age, Ava was fascinated with the US military, inspired by a family member’s service in the U.S. Air Force. Though she decided to study biology and is on the pre-med track at the University of Pittsburgh, the thoughts of a career in the military have not faded. The summer after her freshman year at Pitt, Ava began investigating the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. After weeks of research, she completed her formal application and was soon accepted into the Air Force ROTC program as a sophomore.

“I have never made a better decision in my life,” said Szalay.

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