Havelock's Smith flying high with appointment to Air Force Academy

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Havelock High student William Kendall Smith accepts his appointment to the Air Force Academy from Col. Chip Stine during the school’s Academic Awards Ceremony on May 27 at Havelock High. Smith will graduate Havelock High on Saturday and then move on to the Air Force Academy. The scholarship to the academy is valued at $414,000.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 08:58 AM.

Kendall Smith was in middle school when he realized he wanted to be like his father.

William Smith was in the Marine Corps, and young Kendall liked the idea of serving his country just like his father.

“My dad being a retired Marine, I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Kendall Smith said. “I thought the service academies would be the best way to do so.”

Smith officially accepted an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the Havelock High Academic Awards Ceremony on May 27 at the school’s Performing Arts Center.

Col. Chip Stine presented the graduating senior with the scholarship valued at $414,000, noting that just 1,200 of more than 9,000 applicants receive appointments to the Air Force Academy.

“It’s definitely a great feeling knowing that I’m going to receive such an awesome education and I’ll be among the best of the best,” Smith said. “I’ll have a guaranteed job after school and all of the incredible opportunities I’ll be able to take advantage of while I’m there, it’s really incredible. I’m really excited.”

Smith thanked his parents, Stacey and William Smith, for their support, and noted his father’s inspiration.

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