March 30, 2013 10:59 AM


An Apollo-Ridge High School student has won an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Senior Will Duff is to report to the academy on June 27, about three weeks after he graduates. A member of the class of 2017, Duff plans to major in aeronautical engineering and minor in Russian.

Duff, 18, said he applied because he has wanted to be a pilot ever since he was a boy. He added that his grandfather's service in the U.S. Army Air Corps helped spur his interest.

Duff's application was supported by Congressman Mark Critz, D-Johnstown.

At Apollo-Ridge, Duff serves on the student council and is its representative to the school board. He also is a member of the National Honor Society, County Chorus, District Chorus, and the track and field team, among other things.

He has been listed on the honor roll in each of his four years at the high school. He is a varsity letterman in track and field and academics. In addition, was named student of the month by the Apollo Lions Club in December.

He is the son of Bill and Michele Duff, of Kiskiminetas Township.

"It has always been his dream and goal," said Michele Duff. "He takes pride in the honor of his country."

— Sam Kusic

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