While most students look forward to receiving presents for Christmas, senior Brittney Wolford hopes her present will come in the form of a nomination for the United States Air Force Academy.
Wolford has had the dream of being in the Air Force since the third grade.
“I use to want to become an astronaut. When I was younger, I talked to Colonel Tom Henricks, via email, and he suggested that I go into the Air Force,” said Wolford. “When NASA cut the space program, I decided to be a pilot. My dream is to become a fighter pilot.”
Woldford is getting closer to making her dream come true. She had an interview with Senator Sharrod Brown on Oct. 29. She also has an interview with Congressman Bob Latta on Nov. 22. A recommendation from a member of congress in the candidate’s home district is required. Along with this nomination, candidates are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test and undergo a thorough medical examination.
This past summer, Wolford attended The US Air Force Academy Summer Seminar Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Summer Seminar is a unique opportunity for high school juniors going into their senior year to see a realistic picture of cadet life. The highlight of the program is “Doolie for a Day.” During this day, students experience what it is like to be a 4th class cadet — a Doolie. Wolford took part in activities including marching, room inspections, military knowledge tests, obstacle courses and physical training. She was also able fly a fighter jet via a 3D flight simulator which allows the user to fly through a landscape modeled to look like the landscape he or she would find at the United States Air Force Academy.
After graduation, Wolford hopes to attend the Air Force Academy and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. She then plans to fly jet fighter aircraft for the United States Air Force.
(Woodmore High School faculty member Carolyn Nitz is the advisor for Window to Woodmore, the school’s student newspaper)