Air Force Academy Prep School cadet candidates are inspiring and helping Pioneer Elementary School fifth graders achieve their dreams.
Twenty of the officer hopefuls were at Pioneer on Friday to judge the school's seventh annual science fair. The cadet candidates' community volunteer efforts earned a Friday Military Salute.
About 130 pupils showed off their scientific prowess at the District 20 school at 3663 Woodland Hills. Fifth-grade teacher Jim Robertson helped pioneer the science fair at Pioneer seven years ago and told the group of cadet candidates, "Today your goal is to help my students become better science thinkers."
The premise to score high at this fair is for students to pose a question with their science display - and answer it.
Academy Prep School student Ana Sazi Coronel, 18, was excited to be part of the science and life learning, "It makes me feel like I can be a good inspiration and role model to others, which we are trying to be as an officer when we graduate the academy."
Prep school student Jared Kreuzer, 21, agreed that this is a great way to help mold what could be the next generation of leaders. "I want to use my knowledge to make them as successful as they can be."
Kylee, 11 wants to be an astronaut, "I want to be the first girl on Mars."
David, 11, says, "I think it is cool the cadets are here. The first thing I think about the Air Force is to be a pilot."
If you know someone who is deserving of our Friday Military Salute, email email@example.com. It can be someone in the military who is helping the community or someone outside of the military who is helping those in the armed forces.