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Abraham Lincoln Senior Selects The United States Air Force Academy

Jacob James, a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, has selected the United States Air Force Academy for his next stop after high school, after being nominated to academy by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne.

“I have had dreams of receiving the appointment and when I did, it was really hard to believe,” said James.

James credits his appointment to the experiences he has received as a cadet in the AFJROTC program and as a student at Abraham Lincoln High School.

“I worked and got leadership positions within the ROTC program and it helped me learn how to lead and how to interact with all different types of people.” 

His interest in the Air Force Academy began at a young age as his father, a 10 year Air Force Veteran, often spoke of the academy. His interest only grew after speaking with Lieutenant Colonel Bishop and discovering a love in mathematics and science.

“The Air Force is very STEM orientated and I have always thought myself to have STEM mind,” said James. “I also wanted to fly and the Air Force is a pretty good spot to go if you are looking to fly.”

His willingness to be as attractive as possible to the Air Force Academy, James has participated in various activities around school, volunteered at local business and has pursued getting his private pilot’s license.

When talking to James about receiving his private pilot’s license. James stated, “That it is a sense of freedom that you really can’t find anywhere else and I want every day to feel like an adventure and I think that flying would be the best way to do that.”

 Jacob currently holds a 4.15 GPA and will leave for the Air Force Academy in late June.