Victoria East student accepted into U.S. Air Force Academy

Ross Mantey, a Victoria East High School senior and Eagle Scout, has fulfilled a lifelong dream - being accepted into the United States Air Force Academy.

The military academy has a rigorous application process involving fitness tests, medical screenings and congressional recommendations, in addition to applications, essays and questionnaires.

Out of the 9,700 applicants, the academy accepted 1,200 students into the academy.

Ross' decision to apply to the the academy was in large part because of a desire to fly airplanes and also his desire to follow in the footsteps of his father, who is a retired colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves.

Ross has been involved in Boy Scouts and has been part of the East soccer team for the past four years, serving as defender.

He has worked at building a resume to show that he is the type of cadet the academy would want to attend their campus.

Ross has his heart set on flying when he graduates and said he is looking forward to experiences the military career will give him.

He begins his military training June 26 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is the son of Mike and Lanell Mantey.