TRiO Spotlight: Kamryn Schmidt (Amelia Earhart Award Recipient)

Photo: Goshen News

Photo: Goshen News

What happens when an ND TRiO Scholar believes she can fly? Well, she does just that…fly!

Kamryn Schmidt, a senior at John Adams High School and a ND Talent Search Scholar has been awarded the Amelia Earhart Award for her participation in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. Named after Amelia Earhart, the American Aviation pioneer, Earhart is the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean – receiving the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for the accomplishment. To earn the prestigious honor, cadets must complete 11 of 16 achievement levels in the CAP cadet program and pass a comprehensive exam which covers aerospace topics and leadership theories. In addition to what is said to be “an intense” examination, cadets must also complete duty reports, provide mentorship to other cadets in aerospace training, pass a physical fitness exam, and independently lead character development sessions and discussions with fellow cadets. Only three percent of 22,000 CAP cadets nationwide earn the honor. With this award, Schmidt received a promotion to the rank of captain cadet and will be afforded certain privileges if she applies to any military academy or ROTC.

Schmidt was recognized by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and the South Bend School Corporation for her accomplishment.

Congratulations, Cadet Captain Kamryn Schmidt for receiving the Amelia Earhart Award! We are very proud of you!