Casey Cooper earns Billy Mitchell Award at Civil Air Patrol

Congressman David Schweikert, at left, and Casey Cooper at a recent ceremony honoring Mr. Cooper's recent award. (Submitted photo)

Congressman David Schweikert, at left, and Casey Cooper at a recent ceremony honoring Mr. Cooper’s award. (Submitted photo)

Notre Dame Preparatory junior Casey Cooper is the recipient of the Billy Mitchell Award, signifying his promotion to a commissioned officer in the Civil Air Patrol with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

The award was presented by Congressman David Schweikert at a recent ceremony.

The Civil Air Patrol is an Air Force Auxiliary that trains cadets with drills and classroom instruction and also performs search and rescue operations with the Air Force, according to a press release.

Mr. Cooper has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy’s Summer Seminar, a fast-paced, six-day leadership experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school, the release states.
The seminar teaches aspiring USNA candidates about life at the academy with an emphasis on academics, athletics and professional training.

Mr. Cooper has been flying since he was 14-years-old and is nearing his goal of obtaining a private pilot’s license. In addition to being enrolled in honors and advanced placement classes at NDP, he is president of the school’s junior class, founder of the NDP Aviation Club and a member of the Saints baseball team.

He hopes to attend either the U.S. Air Force Academy or Naval Academy with the goal of becoming a fighter pilot, the release states.

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