Saying Goodbye: High School Edition

“What feels like the end is often the beginning.” -Unknown

With summer at an end and senior year baring its face, this last year of high school seems very scary and overwhelming. Deadlines for scholarships and college applications are rapidly approaching. Whether you know where you are going to college or not, the thought of college is a staggering realization. As the Class of 2020 we must put both feet forward. Don’t look back. Instead, look forward, to the path that you are forging.

The next 7 months will consist of many hellos and many goodbyes, tears shed and smiles given, but through it all none of us need to forget that this isn’t an ending to a long chapter, but rather a new beginning to an even longer chapter. Some of us try and stretch this time out, wishing it would never end. Others, can’t graduate fast enough. No matter where we are headed in life, our senior year in high school is part of what will define us for the rest of our lives. Whether we decide to go to college or to just jump right into adult life, we should all try and make the best of this final year of our childhood. “Tomorrow will be a new chapter in my life. This book is getting very interesting.” – Unknown

In the coming months, study hard for your tests, find a college that is right for you, look back on the good times, and make new memories. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and do things you wouldn’t normally do. This is the last year before you are out in the real world, whether that’s college, or straight to work, so don’t forget to be yourself and go out with a bang.


“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


Ambition Baby…

I bet you know of a lot of people that spent a week of summer hanging out at the beach (bleh), surfing, fishing, or some other mundane thing. Me, I participated in a search and rescue mission in the middle of the ocean. I flew planes. I dropped weather buoys from the sky to prepare for a hurricane. I even went to Havana airport in Cuba. I really did! No exaggeration. But maybe there’s a slight nuance in my truth that you should be aware of.

During the month of June 2017, I participated in the week long Ambition program that is offered to teens through the National Flight Academy (NFA). The NFA is stationed on the Naval Air Station (NAS) in Pensacola,FL. While on a simulated aircraft carrier called the CVT-11 Ambition, I had the opportunity to fly an X-12B Triad (which goes Mach 2.5 by the way) using a flight simulator, learned how to navigate a plane using radar, planned my course (how far,what direction,fuel consumption), met new people, and made new friends. On the Ambition, the schedule can be kinda crazy but the morning is a little less hectic. I mainly spent it with my squadron or my cag (3 squadrons make up 1 cag). I spent some of the mornings taking field trips to various places such as the  National Naval Aviation Museum, seeing the Blue Angels Fly and even visited a control tower. After lunch the hard (& fun) stuff began. I helped plan and fly missions while helping other AXPs (Ambition eXperimental Pilots) was the agenda for the rest of the day. When the day came to a close, I proceeded with a little R&R with my bunkmates. At the end of the 6 day Ambition program I graduated. I earned a diploma and a CVT-11 Ambition patch. I even received my wings from retired LtGen Duane D. Thiessen.

That my friends is what I call a summer well spent…Ambition baby

If you want to take a peek at the NFA head on over to this site:

Below is the link to one of the primary organizations that made my scholarship to the NFA possible. Thanks OBAP!