John Kubeika, VIII graduated from East Pennsboro Area High School in 2004. As a student in the East Pennsboro Area School District, John was the epitome of the type of person the teachers working for East Pennsboro School Area District strive to help create. Academically, he was superior. As a person, his character was impeccable.
John was very active in school activities such as student council, sports and various clubs. In 2003, he was named Academic All-American by Who's Who Among American High School students. He also participated in The Johns Hopkins University Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth Program.
As a student-athlete participating in soccer, he broke the scoring record not once, but twice. He led his team to back-to-back division championships. He was a three time division all-star, two time team MVP, two time recipient of the East Pennsboro Boys Soccer Team Fighting Heart Award and at the end of his senior season he was chosen as an all-state player as well as MVP of his division.
John went on to further his education at Army West Point. There are numerous achievements for which John was recognized at West Point, most notably that he was the only graduate in the Class of 2008 to graduate with Honors in Nuclear Engineering. He was the recipient of the Academic All American award as a junior and a senior and he was named ECAC scholar-athlete of the year. Also, he received the Superintendent's Award "for scoring his first soccer goal within the first minute of his first collegiate game at the University of Maine,” a feat that has never been done nor repeated at Army.
John’s platoon has been previously awarded the highest possible distinction, the Presidential Unit Citation Award. This award is given to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and allies for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. In order for the unit to receive this award, it must display such gallantry and determination in accomplishing its’ mission under difficult and hazardous conditions.
Although John’s achievements in the classroom, the soccer field, as a cadet at West Point, as a soccer player at West Point, and as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army are outstanding, it is John’s character that truly inspires others. He is the type of person who inspires any individual who knows him to strive to achieve greatness and become the best person possible. Truly, he is the epitome of East Pennsboro Area School District’s Vision, “World Class Performers and Productive Citizens.”