By Denise DuBois
Jada Lester, 18, of Fort Mitchell was recently accepted to United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Lester is a 2018 graduate of Central High School. Lester is the daughter of Kathryn Bryant and Shaun Lester.
“She wanted to be in the military and do school as well,” Bryant said. “West Point was one of the choices among the other academies to get her education and serve her country afterwards.”
Bryant said she felt proud of her daughter and scared at the same time.
“All those emotions together, but super proud. Jada was sweet, very helpful and almost like a momma bear even though she was the middle of three children. She was always nurturing and an enforcer growing up. You know, looking back on it, she always had those leadership roles, but never knew it until she matured,” Bryant said.
Jada was in seventh grade when she first mentioned being in the military. Mom and daughter spent many nights researching the right school and the right branch of the military to fit Jada’s long term goal of being a neurologist. Army was the perfect route.
For seven weeks, Bryant and her daughter are only allowed two phone calls. The first was 10 minutes long last Friday. The second will be July 22.
While at Central High, Jada graduated third overall in her class and received $1.3 million in scholarship offers, was involved in NJROTC, National Honor Society, Hosa and many more clubs. She also volunteered.
“She is a great pillar of the community. She spent countless hours of volunteer work and at the homeless shelter. She is an awesome woman of God,” Bryant added.
Bryant has been with the CTV Beam family for six years. She is the business office manager coordinator.
Melissa Gauntt, Executive Director of Business Operations for CTV Beam, wrote a letter of recommendation for Jada. In it, Gauntt said: “ Jada is a talented, intelligent student with the charisma, confidence, strong values, and respect for others to make a huge difference in the world around her. I am looking forward to seeing all the good that Jada continues to do for her fellow humanity in college and beyond, as well as the excellent work that she will continue to produce at the college level.”