High school senior Jonathan Spiro of Laguna Niguel has more than just graduation to look forward to in the next few days. Spiro is about to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy for cadet training.
“I’m excited to be able to serve my country while still going to college,” Spiro said.
The academy is known for allowing students to customize their curriculum and adjust schedules according to the student's needs.
U.S. Rep. John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) said he appointed Spiro to the academy for being well-rounded and having a strong character, as well as for his academic and extracurricular achievements.
During the school year, Spiro’s rigorous course load kept him busy, but he still made time for extracurricular activities, including gymnastics.
“I love gymnastics because it has made me very mentally strong,” Spiro said.
Spiro has been able to juggle a tough training schedule required of a level-10 gymnast and virtual schooling at Capistrano Connections Academy.
“I practice four to five hours, six days a week,” he said, “and was in two AP classes this past year.”
In his limited free time, Spiro likes being around the water: “boating, fishing, being at the beach.”
Spiro earned the Iron Cross Foundation Scholarship for the 2010-11 school year and finished Junior Olympics gymnastics with third place in the nation on rings. Spiro plans to continue gymnastics at the Air Force Academy.
Spiro said he is also looking forward to getting a law degree and becoming a JAG (judge advocate general) officer.
He chose the Air Force Academy because he took a recruiting trip to the school for gymnastics and “fell in love with the campus, team and coach” and believes that the “academics are untouched by other colleges.”