Clearfield Area High School Student Heading to U.S. Air Force Academy

April 30, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, announced today that Parker Herrington, a Clearfield Area High School senior, has accepted a fully qualified appointment to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Parker is the son of David and Jill Herrington.

“Military service is the highest level of volunteerism, and a true commitment by both the soldiers and their families,” said Congressman Thompson. “I am confident that with young people like Parker, who is willing to serve our nation voluntarily, that our military will remain the gold standard throughout the world. The education, leadership training, and skills that he will learn at the Air Force Academy will not only prepare him for a distinguished military career, but also give him the tools that will enable him to become an asset to the community he serves.”

Maintaining a 3.65 grade point average and a class rank of 13/240, Parker has excelled both in and out of the classroom. He has been a member of the National Honor Society,  a mentor to middle school children, and a camp counselor all of which demonstrate Parker’s commitment to the community and enriching the lives of others. It’s clear that he can manage his time efficiently and effectively – both of which are critical attributes needed to succeed at the Academy. Parker also received 7 varsity letters, in four different sports over the course of his high school career.

 “Parker’s experience and involvement in the school community will serve him well at the Academy. His commitment to academic achievement and athletic excellence are traits that will allow him to compete with the most well rounded students in the country. I am grateful for his commitment to our country and wish him and his family all the best as he begins his road to military service.”

Parker’s paternal grandparents are John and Margie Herrington of Spring Hill, Florida, and his maternal grandparents are Charolette Michaels, and the late James Michaels of Woodland, Pennsylvania.