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Former prom dates and Anderson County High School classmates Victoria Yeaste and Matt Sprague both received well-deserved and extremely competitive appointments last May to the United States Air Force Academy.
More than 12,000 students across the country applied and only 1,033 applicants were accepted to attend the Air Force academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to a news release.
During a ceremony a few weeks before Yeaste and Sprague’s graduation in May 2012, former Congressman Ben Chandler officially extended the students’ appointments to the academy.
“The military has always been a big part of my family,” Sprague said in an interview with The Anderson News after learning about his appointment to the academy. “My grandfathers were in the service (both were in the Army and a great-grandfather served in the Navy). My father enlisted in the Air Force. I was looking at careers in the military and decided that the Air Force was the branch I wanted to go to.”
Every cadet receives the equivalent of an all-expenses paid grant worth more than $400,000 to the Air Force Academy. Cadets can refuse the grant at any time during their first two years at the academy, according to The Anderson News. After graduation, however, students are expected to fulfill a five-year commitment with the Air Force.
Back in May 2012, Yeaste expressed a desire to become a cargo pilot and Sprague said he wanted to study engineering and become a fighter pilot.
Sprague is the son of Jeff and Linda Spague of Lawrenceburg. Yeaste, whose brother Josh was scheduled to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May, is the daughter of Ed and Ginger Yeaste of Lawrenceburg.