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

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 08:58 AM.

During high school, Smith played on the lacrosse team and also participated on the swim team. He was also a member of the band among his activities.

He becomes the third straight Havelock High graduate in as many years to accept an appointment to a military academy. Last year, Joseph Whitley received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. In 2012, Scott Whitley received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

“Being in a military area, there are more students dedicated to the service,” Smith said. “But it speaks volumes about the teachers and what they put in for the students for us to be able to achieve what we have. It’s awesome knowing that there are other people in Havelock who are at service academies or have graduated from service academies, and that I’m able to join the elite few, it’s awesome.”

Kendall Smith will join more than 200 of his classmates for Havelock High’s graduation ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the school’s football field. Though he’s looking forward to the day, he’s also looking forward to the day he steps foot on the Air Force Academy campus to begin his college years.

“I can’t wait to be there and explore new places,” he said. “I’ve never been farther west than Texas. Colorado is definitely going to be an experience. I’m excited.”

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