Hello! I attended AHS from 2009-2013. During my time at AHS, I participated in Collegiate Studies, Soccer, and NJROTC. While it may not seem like it at the time, high school is an amazing part of life and Arnold was certainly no exception for me. I still look back at cherished memories of being with my friends and cheering at AHS vs Mosley football games dressed according to the Pep Club’s theme, playing in the District Champion Soccer games, and much more. Sports and friendships aside, Arnold’s Collegiate Studies program was a tremendous advantage to have when moving on to college. The ability to take and get credit for college courses while still in high school proved to be invaluable. Not only does it look great on transcripts when applying to colleges, but it can also reduce the time and money spent in college because you have already completed some of the required courses. I was able to jump into Sophomore and Junior level courses as a Freshman without skipping a beat and be ahead of my peers, affording me time for electives and extracurriculars. Take advantage of every course you can take. I know a few friends who were able to get their Associate’s Degree before actually graduating high school!
Coming out of AHS, I was very fortunate to be awarded the Navy’s ROTC full tuition scholarship at my first choice college of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. I believe being in the NJROTC program at Arnold helped me stand out to the selection board on the NROTC scholarship. It also helped me easily transition into ERAU’s NROTC unit because I already knew a good portion of general military knowledge and drill which again gave me a leg up on my peers.
I graduated from ERAU with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in High Performance Vehicles. Upon graduation, I earned an Officer’s Commission into the US Navy and was selected to train to become part of one of the world’s most elite groups, as a United States Naval Aviator. I started my training in Pensacola, Fl where I moved on to fly the T-6B Texan II in Milton, Fl for Primary Flight Training. After completing Primary, I was selected to further my training in Meridian, MS flying the T45-C Goshawk under the Navy’s Advanced Strike-Fighter Training Syllabus. Upon completion of my training in Meridan, I will earn my Wings of Gold and move on to fly some of the most advanced jet aircraft known to man.