Air Force Academy accepts SE senior


ATTICA — Following a year of preparation, one Seneca East High School senior is to get his chance to fulfill his military aspirations.

Jacob Margraf has been appointed by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Margraf said he had considered a career in the military because of two uncles who have been in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.

“I really like the structure,” he said.

Margraf said aspects of being involved in the military he is looking forward to are the opportunities for free college and secure employment.

“I am really excited for this opportunity,” he said. “I’m glad to not have to be a civilian and deal with civilian responsibilities.”

Margraf said it was his desire to become something more that really led him to choosing a military life. He is looking forward to traveling and getting a chance to study meteorology and the climate in the field.

Margraf, along with his parents Joel and Melody Margraf, are excited for his opportunity, but apprehensive.

This is his first time being away from his family and home.

“It is going to be a big change,” he said. “I’ll have to grow up in a hurry.”

Margraf said he really is looking for the chance to eventually fly jets.

While at Seneca East, Margraf has been involved in track and field, National Honor Society, quiz bowl, science club, the golf team, weightlifting and was a member of 4-H.

Margraf said he has had a positive outlook during high school.

“I’ve had good teachers. Even though they were busy, they helped me accelerate academically,” he said.

Margraf is to report for basic training in June to Colorado Springs, Colorado.