BATH TWP.: Even as a child, Revere High School senior Alec Fetzer was interested in all things military, according to his mother Mari Fetzer, reading books about airplanes, war machines and military leadership. That interest will dominate the next 10 years, if not more, of his life, as Alec is the recipient of an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
Introduced by Revere High School Principal Phil King at the March 19 Revere Board of Education meeting, Alec was accorded a prolonged round of applause.
“His appointment would be the equivalent to a college scholarship and training totaling more than $400,000,” said King. “We appreciate Alec and his commitment to success and have high expectations for him.”
Alec has a 3.5 grade point average at Revere and is a four-year varsity letterman, having been senior team captain on the Revere wrestling team. In addition, he is involved with the Revere Players, the theater club at the high school, active in his church and youth group at CrossPoint Alliance Church, and works to earn extra money in landscaping.
“Brian, Alec and I are grateful for the outstanding education and opportunities he received at Revere,” Mari Fetzer said, “And for the influence of head wrestling Coach Dan Mosher, as well as his teachers and administrators. They are the best.”
Alec’s application process for an appointment started last October with applications, interviews and letters of endorsement. On Dec. 31, Alec was awarded a principal nomination by then-Congresswoman Betty Sutton, which put him in line for an appointment from a pool of some 12,000 candidates. Annually, the Air Force Academy selects approximately 1,200 appointees from that candidate pool.
The core curriculum at the Air Force Academy is engineering intensive, explained Mari Fetzer, and all graduates earn a Bachelor of Science. At graduation, Alec will be designated a 2nd Lieutenant and will then serve a minimum of six years in the Air Force, with an additional two years of service if he trains as a pilot, she said, which he would love to do.
“We are very proud of Alec and know that this experience will be very challenging and rewarding,” Mari said. “We are very excited and apprehensive, too. We will miss our son.”
On June 27, just weeks after his graduation from high school, Alec will begin Basic Cadet Training, in Colorado Springs.