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Grant is in the sky

Senior, Grant Schlichting, recently found out that getting accepted into the Air Force Academy is an epic journey.

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Schlichting does push ups to warm up for a speech tournament.

Schlichting does push ups to warm up for a speech tournament.

John Fogarty

John Fogarty

Schlichting does push ups to warm up for a speech tournament.

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When they grow up, most little kids want to be an astronaut, a police officer, or a baseball player. Some of these kids follow through with their young dreams, but many change their paths as they learn, and grow. Grant Schlichting was one of the few who just knew from the beginning. There was no doubt in his mind that joining the Air Force was the path he wanted to take. Everyone that is close to him was so thrilled about his acceptance. He states “I received a letter through my online portal in Physics class, which read, ‘Congratulations on your appointment to the class of 2022!’” His class was very ecstatic and supportive by cheering and clapping when he announced the acceptance.

Even though Schlichting always knew that he wanted to be in the Air Force his ambition really skyrocketed his sophomore year. It soon became his passion. One of the biggest reasons he was so driven was his mother. Schlichting’s mom was in the Air Force National Guard for seven years. When he was little, he always saw pictures of his mom in her formal uniform, and these photos guided Schlichting’s dream. Once he figured out his future, he took it into his own hands to get accepted. The process of getting accepted was long and tough. Schlichting had to have a secure nomination through either a congressman, senator, or the vice president. He also had to have five letters of recommendation, three writing prompts, and an interview. “I received a nomination from Congressman Lewis and Senator Klobuchar, which I was very thankful for,” mentioned Grant.

Schlichting and all of his supporters are so thrilled and can’t wait until June 28th when he starts training. After that, his academic year starts and he has to wake up at 5:30 every day and go to bed at 11. Schlichting states “I hope the academy helps me become the person I want to be.” All year he will be busy with what the academy has planned for him. Schlichting will be taking five three hour classes, as well as partaking in hard physical training, and military drills. “Although it may be a lot of work for the next four years, I’m excited to see what the the future has in store and where I’ll end up after the academy.” states Schlichting. So many people are so proud for what Schlichting is accomplishing. His parents are are a little sad but also very pleased with their son. Just like most parents, Schlichting’s parents try to squeeze as many activities as they possibly can before he leaves in the middle of the summer. Another supporter is one of Schlichting’s closest classmates. Grace Hall explains, “I am so happy and supportive of Grant because I know how long he has been working towards this goal.” Schlichting isn’t quite fearful about joining, but he is a bit anxious. He now knows that his dreams are finally coming to reality. When asked what he was most looking forward to, Schlichting said, “I’m excited to prepare myself to stay in the Air Force for as long as possible.”

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