North JROTC cadet accepts academy appointment

Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet Chloe Babcock has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Babcock decided four years ago to pursue an appointment to the Air Force Academy. The admissions process requires numerous applications, forms, interviews and tests. She completed an interview with the admissions liaison officer, passed the rigorous candidate fitness assessment, and had a complete medical examination before the admissions review panel rendered a decision.

Babcock is the commander of the Air Force Junior ROTC cadet corps at North Gwinnett High. She has also earned three varsity letters as a member of the Bulldog softball team and will graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average.

"Chloe Babcock is the most determined and focused cadet we have ever had in our program," said Maj. Bruce Bonds, her JROTC instructor. "She has been a tremendous asset to JROTC through her loyalty, leadership and community service. I am confident that she will be successful at the Air Force Academy and look forward to seeing her commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force."

Babcock is the daughter of Steve and Christine Babcock and the granddaughter of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Leon Babcock and Valda Babcock of Bainbridge. She hopes to follow in her grandfather's footsteps and become an Air Force fighter pilot.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.