WAPAKONETA — Garrett Etzkorn, 17, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, is hoping to combine the college experience with military service.
“I’m planning on going into college after I graduate and possibly the Air Force, do like ROTC in college and become an officer,” said Etzkorn. “In order to become an officer in the Air Force, there’s different ways you can go to the Air Force Academy; you can enlist and become an officer through there, or you can do the ROTC where you go in and get a degree in whatever you’re set in and then you do ROTC on the side, and afterward if you do like a scholarship, you’ll sign, and they can pay for that. You just have to commit to joining the Air Force afterward.”
Etzkorn likes the opportunities the Air Force offers.
“I’ve felt like the Air Force would be the best fit for me because I’m intelligent, so I think that would be the best field, the brains, I guess. I think I have a fascination with some of the things they do with drones and surveillance, nuclear engineering and some of the engineering things that they have,” Etzkorn said.
Etzkorn is considering specializing in nuclear engineering.
While at Wapakoneta High School, Etzkorn has developed a love for the FFA program.
“I’m an officer in the FFA. I was the reporter, so I kind of handled the social media aspect of it. Then just this year, I got elected for the vice president for the chapter, so I’m looking forward to the next year and all that it brings,” he said.
Etzkorn is also involved with the school’s academic team.
‘It’s kind of like the Quiz Bowl. You just go in, and they’ll have a set list of questions you can answer with your team, and then they’ll have questions on your own. I’ve been doing that since I was a freshman,” he said.
Etzkorn is also appreciative of the experience he’s had at Wapakoneta High School.
“I think we’re definitely one of the more lucky schools,” he said. “We’re keeping up with technology with things like Chromebooks. We all have access to Chromebooks and the internet, and being an FFA student we also are lucky and fortunate to have access to the animal barn that was built a couple of years ago. So students who grew up in the city and would like to raise animals have that opportunity to do that.”
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.