Soaring Above Lake Worth High School

Soaring Above Lake Worth High School
Posted on 09/14/2019
Lake Worth Community High School graduate (class of 2019), Mya Valdez, completed two years of college coursework as an Air Force JROTC Cadet enrolled in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University program.  In late 2018, Ms. Valdez volunteered to take the Aviation Qualification Test in hopes of being selected to attend the AFJROTC Flight Academy.  

In May of 2019, she was selected as one of only 150 cadets worldwide.  As Palm Beach County School District's first AF JROTC Flight Academy selectee, Ms Valdez  attended training at Delaware State University.  At the conclusion of the 8 weeks of instruction, she received her Private Pilot Certification.  She now intends to pursue her career in aviation.

The Air Force JROTC Flight Academy at Lake Worth Community High School offers students who wish to be pilots the opportunity to fulfill their dreams by attending eight weeks of instruction at one of several designated college campuses located in proximity to civil airports.  Upon successful completion, selected cadets will compile roughly 40 hours of flight time and are then awarded a Private Pilot Certification.  

This training would otherwise cost cadets approximately $15,000 if they sought the training on their own. Participating in the Air Force JROTC Academy sent Ms Valdez, and hopefully other current students, soaring high above Lake Worth Community High School.  

Ms. Valdez, class or 2019 earns her pilot wings.

Ms. Valdez, class of 2019, talks with current students in the AFJROTC program about her accomplishments.