Wednesday 22 May 2019

Rosewood H.S Grad To Report To Air Force Academy

In less than two weeks, Rosewood High graduate, Caden Reiss will report to the United States Air Force Academy, located near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year degree program that is designed to help cadets develop the knowledge, character, leadership, and motivation skills essential for careers as Air Force officers. Following the completion of the program, each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

“Being accepted into the Air Force Academy means the beginning of an arduous journey ultimately leading to a career serving the nation as an Air Force officer,” states Reiss. “Myself and fellow cadets will complete four years of academic, military, and physical training, imparting us with the qualities necessary to serve in this capacity. Furthermore, at least five years of military service are required of each graduate. It is a tremendous honor to have been accepted, and I look forward to beginning my journey.”

Earning an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy is a highly competitive process. The appointment is awarded to approximately twelve hundred out of more than nine thousand applicants each year.

“Being awarded an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy is a prestigious honor,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent. “In addition to receiving a congressional nomination, Mr. Reiss had to demonstrate to academy officials that he had the necessary qualities to be a successful cadet through his academic performance, personal accomplishments, and athletic ability. This is an outstanding opportunity and we wish Mr. Reiss the very best in his academic and military aspirations.”

During his high school career, Reiss had served as the Vice-President of the RHS National Honor Society and participated in various extracurricular clubs and programs. As a student athlete Mr. Reiss was a member of the school’s track and tennis teams. He also competed in a private year round gymnastics program and was a North Carolina Men’s State Champion through USA Gymnastics in 2014. Reiss also volunteered his time through various community outreach and service programs. One example was when he assisted Protestant Preschool after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, by helping collect and distribute clothes, food, and other personal items for families in need.

It is worth noting that in addition to the United States Air Force Academy, Reiss was awarded an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy (West Point). By accepting the appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, his parents, Jason and Heather Reiss, will have the unique distinction of having two sons earning their education at the academy at the same time. Caden’s brother Evan earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in 2015.

Caden Reiss

One Comment

  1. CJ says:

    Congratulations! It’s so nice to see a young man with such aspirations and goals. Wishing you the best for a great career and future.


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