Marion County Public Schools has announced that five local Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets recently completed the United States Air Force’s Flight Academy program.
The competitive eight-week program was held this summer, and it included approximately 250 cadets from both the high school and college levels across the country. Five of those cadets were selected from Forest High School in Ocala: Alex Ross, Jason Tomasetti, Emily German, Brad Harrinaraine, and Alex Rooks.
“Imagine flying a plane while being in high school,” stated Marion County Public Schools on its Facebook webpage.
These five cadets, along with the other graduates of the program, will receive their private pilot certificate, which licenses them to act as a pilot in command for a non-commercial private aircraft.
While the flight academy has an estimated cost of approximately $25,000 per attendee, the selected cadets were able to attend for free.