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Turn of the Tassel: Alex Hutcheson

West Hall High School

POSTED: May 28, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Alex Hutcheson

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  • Interview with Alex Hutcheson.

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s West Hall High School’s Alex Hutcheson.

Hutcheson grew up with his father, Craig Hutcheson, in the Air Force, and said he’s set his sights on soaring through blue skies for as long as he can remember.

After graduating from West Hall High School on Saturday, Hutcheson will set off on June 25 to begin basic training at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will start the first of four years of classes there this fall, where he will be molded into a high-flying military man.

“I really want to become a pilot,” Hutcheson said. “Every time I get on a plane to go to Colorado Springs or visit family, it’s so exciting to me. The feeling of flying is more exhilarating to me than any other feeling.”

As one of the top-ranked students in his graduating class, Hutcheson was paired with pilots at the Lanier Flight Center in Gainesville his senior year through the high school’s honors mentorship program. The program further ignited his passion for flying. He was even able to visit Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, where he watched F-22 Raptor fighter planes take off and land from the runway.

“If I could fly one of those F-22s, it’d be a dream come true,” he said.
Hutcheson said he was anxious to start basic training in Colorado — yelling sergeants, sweaty push-ups and all.

“I’m ready to meet the challenge,” he said. “I just want to get there and serve my country. I’ve been planning to do this pretty much my whole life, and now I’m finally getting ready to do it.”


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