Our View: Congrats to Slaughter for Air Force acceptance

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Jasper High School senior Mayson Slaughter was informed last week that he had been accepted into the Air Force Academy.

Slaughter has been a busy student this year, and throughout his high school career. He is class president at JHS. He was a running back and linebacker on the football team and plays third base on the baseball team at Jasper. Slaughter has a 4.12 grade point average. His results on the field and in the classroom earned him the honor of being the Bryan-Jordan Award area winner.

Slaughter says he may play football, baseball or both at the AFA, but it is his willingness to serve his country that stands out the most in this young man. Throughout the Jasper Vikings’ football season, Slaughter could be seen before every game leading the team onto the field carrying the American flag. Slaughter did not do that to seek attention; he did it for the love of his country and the passion he has for America. It is his patriotism that has led Slaughter to enter the Air Force Academy, and he deserves accolades for deciding to serve our country.

All of our area high schoolers who have decided to enlist in the Armed Forces deserve that same pat on the back. The Daily Mountain Eagle is planning on highlighting those students this year. If you know of a student from the Class of 2021 who is enlisting, please send their contact info to Jennifer Cohron, our features editor, at jennifer.cohron@mountaineagle.com. Help us be able to recognize these area students who are willing to sacrifice for us all.