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Senior Awarded Scholarship to Flight School

Aiden Wolfrey (12) flies with Tristan Rains (12) as part of the JROTC program. Aiden has been awarded a scholarship to Embry-Riddle University to become a pilot.

During his four years at Socastee, senior Aiden Wolfrey has done it all. At times, he could be found putting on the green as a member of the golf team, performing on stage as Larry the Lobster and Gary in the musical, dancing as one of the Socastee Singers, or marching and leading with the JROTC program. His extracurricular involvement, combined with strong grades and dedication to become a pilot, are what earned him a full-ride scholarship to Embry-Riddle University.

“He [participates] in sports. He is a part of the Junior ROTC program here, always assisting others in the school [while] being a part of the community,” JROTC Colonel Juan Silva said. “This made him to be a good fit to receive the four year scholarship by the Air Force.”

Embry-Riddle University is an aeronautical and aerospace school located in Daytona Beach, Florida. There, students train to be pilots, learning aeronautical engineering and aerospace science, Col. Silva said.

Aiden competed nationally against 100,000 cadets for the Embry-Riddle scholarship, which was given out to the top 1 percent of those who applied.He is the Senior Corps Advisor in the Junior ROTC program, which he has been a part of since his freshman year.

Aiden said he decided to join to serve.

Aiden Wolfrey (12) supervises cadets as Lead Cadre at a JROTC summer leadership program.

 “JROTC [has many] community service and career opportunities, and I always look for ways to give back to my community and provide a service for others,” Aiden said.

Senior John-Paul Hensley, who has known Aiden since freshman year, said he is an inspiration for others.

“Aiden is a leader because he motivates everyone to work harder,” he said. “Aiden [also] tries to be a good role model and sets standards for everyone else.”

Aiden’s family and childhood inspired him to pursue a career in the Air Force. His father was a first responder to the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and his grandfather  is the head of maintenance at the Hoover building in Washington D.C. He has also lived near military areas his whole life.

“Before moving to South Carolina, [my family and I] lived an hour outside of Quantico, a Marine Corps and FBI base in Virginia,” he said. “I now live ten minutes away from the Myrtle Beach International Airport, which used to be the Myrtle Beach Air Force.”

Aiden Wolfrey participates in the Chic-Fil-A fundraiser night with other JROTC members.

Aiden’s dream career is to become a pilot for the United States Air Force. He said regardless of if he earned the scholarship or not, he would still enlist in the military.

“I have always been surrounded by the military in some way, shape, or form,” he said. “Call it signs from the universe, but the United States Air Force is right where I want to be.”

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Rachel Lukas
Rachel Lukas, Staff Writer
Rachel is a junior who has been a part of the journalism staff for one year, and the yearbook staff for two years. Rachel decided to join the yearbook because she wants to be a part of a creative publication that students can look back on. She does not know where her future will take her, but she knows journalism will help her. Along with the yearbook, Rachel is in Quill and Scroll and the Girls Select Show Choir. In her free time, Rachel enjoys plants, sewing, riding her bike, and reading.

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