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CCCHS senior accepted to prestigious military academy
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Cheatham County Central High School senior Alexis Ford has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy. Her mother, Mary, works for the Cheatham County School Districts special education department.
Cheatham County Central High School senior Alexis Ford has been accepted to the United States Air Force Academy. Her mother, Mary, works for the Cheatham County School Districts special education department.

Cheatham County Central High School senior Alexis Ford has been accepted into one of the nation’s most prestigious military academies.

Last month, Ford received an appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Cadets for the USAFA must pass through a series of evaluations before being accepted.

If they first qualify as pre-candidates, they must then be nominated by one of their U.S. Representatives or U.S. Senators, pass a physical fitness examination, be documented as medically qualified by the Department of Defense and complete a personal interview with an Admissions Liaison Officer before being selected by their chosen academy.

Ford, who has served as class president for all four years at CCCHS, said this has been a yearlong process and she was fortunate to tour the Academy in September.

“I was introduced to the Academy by a family friend and my parents were supportive of the idea,” she said.

What resonated for Ford to pursue the USAFA were the Air Force core values, which are “integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.”

While she hasn’t decided on an exact major, she is looking to study linguistics, engineering or even aviation.

At CCCHS, Ford is a captain of the track and cross country teams and an active member of the theatre program and yearbook staff. She was also named a Commended Student through the National Merit Scholarship program.

“I have found my niche here and that is what has driven me to be a well-rounded student,” she said. “I was able to fulfill that by doing so many things and meeting and befriending all types of people here … and I want to continue that in college.”

Ford added she’s grateful to the CCCHS administration and staff for helping her through the application process to be accepted to the USAFA.

“They have always been supportive of me here, and everyone has been a part of this process,” she said.

 

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