Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Waxhaw student follows brother to Air Force Academy

Mar 17, 2017
Press Release





WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Will Kern, a senior at Weddington High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.

Mr. Kern was selected to play on a U.S. Soccer Development Academy team, serves as the Business Editor for the Weddington High School yearbook, and received a personal letter of recommendation from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“From a very early age I have been passionate about my country and our military,” said Mr. Kern.  “America stands for freedom, opportunity, and morality.  I value those same principles and want to defend them.  I love learning about military history and, even as a young boy, I would read every book available about past wars, military strategy, and weaponry.  So much so, that my grandparents purchased a subscription to Military History magazine for me each year.  For the past four years I have watched my brother face the many challenges of cadet life at the Air Force Academy, and I have never been deterred from my desire to attend.  It has only strengthened my passion to attend college there.”

Mr. Kern is the son of Matthew and Jennifer Kern and lives in Waxhaw.

“Will is an outstanding young leader, and I am grateful for his determination to attend the Air Force Academy and serve our great nation,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Congratulations also to his parents, his teachers at Weddington High School, his coaches, and his Young Life leaders for their commitment to raising and developing this tremendous young man.”

Mr. Kern is one of thirteen local students to receive a prestigious U.S. Service Academy appointment for the 2016-2017 school year.  Congressman Pittenger will host two “Service Academy Days” later this spring in Charlotte and Fayetteville to give local students the opportunity to learn about the rigorous nomination process.  Call 704-362-1060 for details.