Mountain Home honor graduate has high visions with the U.S. Air Force Academy
Madelyn Marie Smith, a recent honor graduate of the 2021 class of Mountain Home High School, has an exciting future ahead of her. The extension of her education is not just beginning, but rather started back when she had a dream while in her sophomore year in high school. She was introduced to the world of flight by a family friend and flight instructor, and the direction of her career was laid out before her in an enlightened vision. She knew she wanted to fly, and “to fly big planes,” in her words.
Since those early high school years, Smith has been on the path to earn her private pilot’s license which she will complete very soon. She and her parents decided together that the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) would offer the best opportunities for her flight education. She plans to get an economics degree there, and her visions carry her beyond that. She explains her foresight, “My future plans involved going into the flight program after I graduate…I want to be a tanker pilot because I can fly some of the biggest planes while not necessarily entering the line of fire.”
Smith’s academic and extracurricular achievements, including three-year yearbook editor, lettering in golf and Future Business Leaders of America state winner for marketing, led to some national attention. In fact, she has interviewed with and was nominated by Arkansas U.S. Senator John Boozeman and U.S. Representative Rick Crawford to attend the USAFA. Smith has chosen to attend the academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she will start basic training the week of June 21.
Madelyn is the daughter of Stephanie and Jason Smith of Mountain Home and granddaughter to Susanne and Gerald Jones of Cherokee Village. Congratulations to Madelyn and to her entire enthusiastically supportive family!