Hard work pays off for Air Force Academy bound teen

CAROLINA FOREST, SC (WMBF) - With his neon laced shoes, socks and CrossFit sneakers, 17-year-old Dillon Graham shows off several of his favorite CrossFit exercises.

The Carolina Forest High School senior says he works out nearly two hours a day, six days a week. Graham is training for boot camp. He hopes to get accepted in to the US Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado and major in Aeronautical Engineering.

"I think I want to develop new innovations for either airplanes, jets or spacecraft," he said.

Graham was selected to be honored by WMBF News' Student Spotlight for many reasons. He is a straight A student, president of the National Honor Society at the school, works a part-time job and spends his down time doing community service.

"I worked down at the Swash Park Ministry Kitchen in Myrtle Beach; I also helped install an electric fence down at Huntington Beach State Park to preserve the birds that were going endangered in the area," he said. "It feels good to help."

Helping the community and staying involved is advice the senior has for other high schoolers. He gives credit to his parents, coaches and teachers for helping him on the right path toward success.

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