Story of a Soldier-Scholar

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soracco  20120419 6121 resized 600It was the middle of the night in February 2009, and Adam Horning was sitting on his cot in a tent in Kuwait with his laptop in front of him. His fellow soldiers were sleeping; he was applying for admission to Waynesburg University.

Undeterred by internet crashes and power outages, Horning, a 20-year-old Army specialist, started his application over several times. In Kuwait on his way to Camp Taji in Iraq, nothing could keep Horning from thinking about playing football as a Yellow Jacket at Waynesburg University.

Now a 23-year-old junior criminal justice major at Waynesburg University, the Meyersdale, Pa., native successfully balances academics, football, baseball and his commitment to the Army National Guard.

“Academics are a priority because I know that the school work I produce will follow me through the rest of my life,” Horning said. “My batting average and career tackles won't mean anything after I graduate.”

Horning learned he had been accepted to Waynesburg University shortly after an over-the-phone admissions interview following a particularly bad day in the field. He immediately called his mom and asked her to order and send him a Waynesburg T-shirt.

“I just had to have that T-shirt,” Horning said. “I was excited to go to Waynesburg University.”

During his deployment, Horning found some solace in his first love – sports.

Playing pick-up football, softball and basketball gave him something to look forward to after long days of serving as an 11Bravo Infantryman with the B-Company 1-112th infantry, 56th brigade, and he awaited the day he would be on Waynesburg University's football field instead of in the field of fire.

“The military has shaped me into a mature adult and has led me to develop a greater work ethic and sense of responsibility,” Horning said. “This has carried over to my school work and involvement in sports at Waynesburg University.”

A testament to his dedication of serving and protecting, Horning aspires to become a police officer after graduating in 2013.

“Adam's moral and ethical character, coupled with his life experiences in the military, makes him a prime candidate for a career in law enforcement,” said Adam Jack, assistant professor of forensic science and chair of criminal justice and social sciences.

According to Jack, Adam is an excellent representative of the Criminal Justice Program and the University.

“Whether he aspires to be or not, and whether he is in the classroom or on the field, Adam is a role model to his peers,” Jack said. “He is mature beyond his years and is a shining example of honor and integrity.”