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MHS Student and Cadet John Blodgett Offered Appointments to West Point and Air Force Academy


(Maricopa) Recently Maricopa High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Captain John Blodgett was notified that he is being offered prestigious appointments to both the United States Air Force Academy and West Point United States Military Academy, a great honor and accomplishment for this MHS senior. This is Cadet Blodgett’s fourth year in the ROTC program where he serves as the Commander of the Mission Support Squadron.  Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Lt. Col. Allen Kirksey stated, “I have been mentoring Cadet Blodgett for the past year promoting academic excellence, leadership development, and officer career exploration and have seen his continuous growth and development.   He has learned how to take charge, demand the best of himself … and developed the ability to make a difference in his life and the lives of others.” 

Kirksey continues, “Cadet Blodgett is also a proven individual setting the highest standard of commitment and dedication to his nation and community ...  His motivation and positive attitude allows him to excel in all endeavors … Working with a young, energetic, exceptional cadet … has been a treat, a reward!” 

 Cadet Blodgett is also actively involved in athletic and club activities at Maricopa High School, and those activities include:

ü  Varsity athlete on cross country and track teams all four years, running at State two times and receiving the RAM Leadership award four times - 3 in cross country, once in track

ü  National Honor Society member as a junior and as a senior he is the treasurer of the club

ü   LINK Leader helping to guide and mentor a group of 11 MHS freshman. 

ü  He is a teacher assistant for the Career, College, and Technology class

ü  He has been a member of the Robotics for two years.


The District is very proud of John’s accomplishment as well as commitment of the all of the cadets and officers involved in the Jr ROTC program at Maricopa High School. For more information about the Maricopa High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Program and the Maricopa Unified School District please visit our website at

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