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Cadet Willow Beckmen

Name Willow Andrea Beckmen

Position Flight Control Cadet

Rank Cadet


Demographic Information

Species Human
Gender Female
Sexuality Homosexual
Age 21

Physical Appearance

Build Athletic
Height 170cm
Weight 75kg
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Brown

Family

Other Family Grandmother - Ann Weir-Beckman, Councilwoman in New Vienna, Berengaria VII
Grandfather - Dr Jacob Beckman, MD (Retired)
Uncle - Andrew Beckman

Personality & Traits

General Overview Willow Beckman's entrance into Starfleet was never a certain thing, despite her own ambitions and the support of her mother. She was and still is determined to fly among the stars and saw Starfleet as the best option to pursue this goal. However, historically poor performance at scholarly affairs weighed at her possibility like an anchor.

However those traits that Starfleet likes to see - Determination and Perseverance - were harnessed by her in the final two years of her secondary school education to pull her grades into the band where Starfleet would at least consider her application versus outright rejection.

Willow's personality can best be described as energetic. She's usually willing to give anything a go at least once and more then willing to just leap into action with minimal forethought - ask for forgiveness only if you get caught, though she does at least recognise certain barriers to action, though her self imposed ones tend to be set way past others. However that energy and impulse can become a problem when she becomes bored as he grows dismissive and loses focus fairly quickly.
Strengths & Weaknesses Willow's intuition when it comes to flight dynamics, astrophysics and spatial geometry is nothing short of remarkable. She'd be considered a prodigy if she could only support her assertions. General a poor academic student, Willow tends to perform in the midrange for flight related academic work due to a self-imposed determination as her ability to document and support math is considered average despite the amount of time she spends on this studying.

Typically a rather outgoing personality Willow does however take very, very poorly to bullies and pushy personalities which has landed her in trouble a few times, most recently in her third year at the Academy.

Her greatest weakness however, in her own words, is her complete inability to handle her liquor and is best to either avoid drinking or have someone agree to be a chaperone and cut her off when required.
Ambitions Willow doesn't hold some lofty ambition of commanding a starship or being in charge of any group of people. Her ambition is relatively simple - to fly! She wants to simply fly among the stars and explore, to see what is past the map borders and be the first to see something new. Let other people study and analyse and classify her discoveries. Exploration ships is where it's at and where she'd like to go.

If she could learn to fly amongst the stars without the aid of a starship she would leap at the oppurtunity, but failing that she'll take tried and true warp drives any day of the week.
Hobbies & Interests Willow has a fascination with artificial flight methods across the width and breadth of history - from the earliest aircraft built by numerous species to modern day vessels. She's particularly interested in primitive flight systems. Part of this hobby extends to understanding how these craft worked and as such she is rabid consumer of maintenance manuals and holodeck flight simulators.

Willow also has gained an appreciation for tea from her grandfather. Be this simply in tea itself to the preparation, pouring and drinking of. What started as imitation of her grandfather at an early age has turned into a true interest. This interest has grown to the point that she owns no less then 3 tea sets, 2 human and 1 Vulcan, as well as enough leaves of differing variety to put most tea shops to shame.

Personal History Willow Andrea Beckman was born December 9th, 2377, to one Chelsea Beckman, on Berengaria VII. Her mother took two years away from her Starfleet career before returning to duty, leaving Willow in the care of her grandparents, Ann and Jacob. Willow's fascination with flight started at an early age with her first encounters with the dragons of Berengaria VII.

Luckily for the mother/daughter relation, Chelsea Beckman was initially assigned to a ship in the sector and so was able to return home to see her daughter on a semi-regular basis and more importantly be within daily communication range most days for Willow's formative years.

When Willow was old enough to ask who her father was her grandparents both referred her to her mother, who for years dodged the question from her daughter. Luckily for Chelsea her daughter's inability to stay on task long term proved helpful in this regard until Willow's mid-teens. In a rather serious conversation before Willow's departure for Earth and Starfleet Academy she confessed that she doesn't know who Willow's father is and frankly can't think of anyone whom it might be.

Growing up Willow was a bit of a tomboy at school, always keen on the physical activities and less so on the academic. It was however discovered that she had a remarkable intuition for mathematics but could easily be tripped up by actually having to show her working. She could grasp and understand the principles of equations and formulae, but the actual arithmetic was her stumbling block. What her teachers considered remarkable was just how close her gut feelings could get to the actual answer.

By her mid-teens Willow had started experimenting with who she was and came to several realisations - she wanted to fly more then anything and that meant Starfleet. That in turn meant she'd have to pick up her academic performance from barely passing to Academy entrance acceptable. The other is she realised that she had been crushing hard on her best friend Viv for some time. It took until she was 16 to admit her crush to Viv.

Though this did strain their friendship for awhile, it was Viv who reconciled it. She flatly told Willow she loved her but as a friend. While Willow was heartbroken, she was glad to at least still have her friendship. Her and Viv have to this day maintained their friendship as they essentially are each others confidants. Much to Willow's chagrin Viv spent most of their final year trying to find Willow a girlfriend.

Willow barely managed to squeeze through the Academy entrance exam on absolutely truly average scores but with good remarks on her interviews. While at the Academy she earned a reputation for bouncing off the walls and pushing the boundaries, though more to learn where they are versus deliberately trying to break them. It was in her Flight classes that her scores shined as she easily out performed her colleagues. Though as her academic performance was still substandard in her own words she gained a reputation as a studious individual as she forced herself to study far more then others, though was still a constant poor or adequate performer barely able to maintain passing scores. She missed out on numerous social events in order to put more time in to making sure her grades would allow her to remain at the Academy. When discussing this with a guidance counselor and her dean, she remarked that time spent studying to stay in the Academy was time well spent even if it was a force of pure willpower to stay the course.

The only blemishes on her Academy record to date involve an incident of reckless shuttle piloting through the Utopia Planitia shipyard in her second year while responding to a simulated distress call and a fight with an upper classman early in her third year. Cadet Victor Sandys, the flight leader of Red Squadron, had offered Willow a position within the squad after an Academy Top Gun competition had been upset by Willow's performance and ruining an all Red Squadron top finish by besting a handful of Red Squadron pilots before she was taken out, doing far better than was expected of any of the pilots of her experience group. Willow's refusal and follow up that all things being far she could fly circles around Cadet Sandys apparently didn't settle well with the older Cadet. According to witnesses he said something to Willow which caused her to smile, laugh and then punch the Cadet, breaking his nose before tackling him to the ground. The following brawl did result in both cadets in the infirmary and before the Commandant.

While it ruined any chances she might have ever had of joining or even befriending Red Squad, it did earn her a few new friends at the Academy.
Service Record 2396 - Starfleet Academy
2399 - Starfleet Academy Barzan II Annex