Student Spotlight: Myrtle Beach senior has high-flying aspirations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Christopher Monte is a senior at Myrtle Beach High School, and with his work ethic, his achievements keep piling up.

Monte is using his last year of high school to add to his already impressive list of accomplishments.

"Last year I was a junior marshal," he said. "With that it was being in the top 6 percent in your class academically. I'm in the running to be  summa cum laude for my class. Right now I'm in National Honor Society.

Christopher has been a member of the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Civil Air Patrol, and is Beta Club President, but when he graduates high school he will look to become something much more: a Marine Corps officer in the United States military.

"Besides being a United States Marine Corps officer, I am dead-set on being a pilot, and just whether it's with a simulator on the ground or actually piloting an aircraft, it's just an exhilarating feeling and I just want to make a career out of it," Monte said.

When Christopher isn't at school, he is helping his community. He has been on numerous mission trips with his church and is also the senior patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. He says he just wants to make people more effective citizens.

"I'm an Eagle Scout, so keeping that altogether," Monte said. "I was a senior patrol leader for my troop so, I'm getting the new scouts in getting them altogether, knowing how to be a scout, and all the different principles with that. We're just trying to make more effective citizens, everyone just better Americans."

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