LHS student selected for National Flight Academy

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Cody Quarles, a junior at Lafayette High School, has been selected to participate in the National Flight Academy program this summer. This selection marks a significant achievement for Quarles, part of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) at Lafayette High.

Major Harvey Rice, senior Aerospace Science instructor with the JROTC at Lafayette High, outlined the criteria for Quarles’ selection. Rice said Quarles passed the Air Force Qualifying Test (AQT) and a physical fitness test. Additionally, Quarles secured recommendations from Rice and the school counselor, underscoring his qualifications for the program.

The National Flight Academy, located in Pensacola, Fla., offers a unique educational experience focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The program is known for its interactive and immersive approach to learning, providing students with practical experiences in aviation and aerospace.

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Quarles’ selection as the only cadet from Mississippi for this program highlights his exceptional performance and dedication. As part of the program, he will undergo an eight-week college course, culminating in obtaining his private pilot’s license. This opportunity not only reflects Quarles’ capabilities but also the quality of training provided by the JROTC program at Lafayette High.

The achievement of Quarles serves as an inspiration to his peers and demonstrates the potential for students in Mississippi to excel in fields related to aviation and aerospace. The community and school have expressed pride and support for Quarles as he prepares for this exciting and challenging summer program.