Pinkerton junior pursuing her dream to become pilot
Grinnell has become the first female JROTC commander in the school’s 14-year history.
Grinnell recently left for the U.S. Air Force Academy to attend a summer seminar. When she’s done with that, she’ll attend a U.S. Naval Academy seminar for about two weeks.
Grinnell grew up in Derry and knew at an early age that she wanted to become a pilot. Her father is a private pilot, and the family is related astronaut Alan Shepard Jr., the first American in space.
She began participating in JROTC as a freshman at Pinkerton. When speaking to program administrators, she told them of her ambition to become a pilot. They recognized that she had leadership qualities and told her that if she worked hard, she could eventually become the program’s commander.
I decided right there that was something I wanted to do.
She earned good grades and decided to become more active in the program when she became a junior. Grinnell began coming after school to participate in the drill team and color guard and was placed in charge of two classes, she said.
“I’ve made it this far, and hopefully if I successfully lead next year, then everything they’ve ever said will just fly back in their faces.”
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