Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Cassady, Upper Arlington High School Class of 2010

College/career experiences

Upon graduation from Upper Arlington High School, Kyle attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a cadet, he learned to exemplify the service academy’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do.”

Through the academy’s aviation programs, Kyle knew right away that he wanted to pursue a career in the Air Force. After his graduation from the Air Force Academy, Kyle was selected to attend pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. He continued his training at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and was chosen to fly the B-2 Stealth Bomber. As one of the youngest pilots to complete the program, Kyle is grateful for the opportunity to call the B-2 cockpit his office and enjoys the continued thrill aviation brings him every flight.

How did UA schools prepare him for success?

Upper Arlington is a special place to grow up. Its premiere education system gives students the opportunity and skill set they need to be successful. Kyle’s experiences at both Greensview Elementary School and Hastings Middle School were highlighted by several role models who exemplified characteristics he needed to excel at the Air Force Academy.

Jason Wulf, Kyle’s fourth-grade teacher who is now the principal at Greensview, instilled the importance of hard work in him. Mike Golden, Kyle’s football coach at Upper Arlington High School, provided him the opportunity to grow as a leader in his role as quarterback and captain of the football team. Ted Wolford, Kyle’s lacrosse coach, taught him the significance of goal-setting and how to be a good teacher, which he frequently uses as an instructor pilot.

Above all, growing up in Upper Arlington fostered a sense of adventure and independence in Kyle. This spirit was what led Kyle to choose the Air Force Academy over Ohio State, where his Dad, Craig, and Grandfather, “Hopalong,” left a strong legacy.

In November, Kyle led the flyover for the Ohio State versus Nebraska football game – bringing together his Air Force and Columbus communities. It was an unforgettable experience, and he would like to thank the countless number of teachers, coaches, family and friends who helped shape who he is today.

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