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  • Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.
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    Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.
  • Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.
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    Brady Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the United States Air Force.

Broadneck Salutatorian Soars To Air Force Academy

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June 27, 2018

While many of his peers have their summers ahead of them, Brady Morrissey is already underway with the next step in his life: basic training at the United States Air Force.

Morrissey, the salutatorian for Broadneck High School’s class of 2018, followed in his dad’s footsteps by joining the Air Force.

“He really inspired me because his job and lifestyle allowed me to see the type of family the Air Force has, so I’ve always wanted to pursue that,” Morrissey said. “If it’s not the right fit for me, then I can always try something else, but I want to pursue that and help serve the country.”

Growing up in an Air Force family, Morrissey has lived in a variety of places: South Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Colorado, Oklahoma, Germany, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland. Of all the places he’s lived, Morrissey said his strongest roots are in Maryland.

“I have really good friends here because we haven’t lived in places for a long time, so we’ve been here four years,” Morrissey said. “I kind of set down roots here and made really good friends.”

Until he started at Broadneck High School, Morrissey was homeschooled in a co-op of 30 other students. It was a big change going from a group of 30 students to “a class size of 500 in a school of 2,000,” Morrissey said.

“It was a little bit hard to adjust, but sports really helped earn my place and a group,” Morrissey said. “After about a year, I adjusted to the style of it and making more friends and getting around more and being more social.”

While at Broadneck, Morrissey ran cross country and track, and was also on the soccer team. He and some of his soccer teammates even founded the Ping-Pong club during their junior year.

Despite his adjustment year, Morrissey was able to use the time management skills he honed while homeschooled.

“As soon as I got home from soccer and track, I started my school work right away,” Morrissey said. “It really helps if you actually put your phone down and stay focused. That was a big key in getting it all done in a timely manner.”

At the Air Force Academy, Morrissey will major in aeronautical engineering and hopes to become a pilot. He also plans to join the track and field team.

“I’m really excited to find a family within [my] individual squadron and meet the best and brightest from all over the country, because it does attract people from all over,” Morrissey said.

Morrissey’s family packed up and moved back to Colorado with him — though he still isn’t sure if that’s where his family will settle.

However, one of Morrissey’s closest friends set aside a room in their house for him.

“It’s really nice. After moving around so much, you kind of meet people, and then you move and you cut ties and don’t talk to them anymore,” Morrissey said. “It’s nice to know that I have a place where I can always come back here and have a lot of friends. This place has been the best place for me because being in the public school system, I’ve had more opportunity to make friends than I did when I was homeschooled.”

One of Morrissey’s friends even made him some memorabilia to keep in his room: a painted Maryland flag.

“I’m going to keep it when I go to the Air Force Academy to always remember I have a home here,” Morrissey said.


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