Paint Branch High School Junior Malik Aremu Selected for Prestigious CNAF Flight Academy Summer 2023 Class

by MCS Staff

Student Spotlight, per MCPS: Paint Branch High School 11th grader Cadet Malik Aremu is one of 26 students from across the country selected for the prestigious Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Flight Academy Summer 2023 Class.

According to the Flight Academy, “recognizing that the time to instill a love of aviation is best done early, the Flight Academy is an eight-week STEM program for high school students participating in both Navy and Marine Corps JROTC.” The program is intended to inspire and encourage high school students to consider aviation careers. The program is offered at zero cost to the student, and with no obligations. The program is a new STEM initiative that was selected for funding by the Naval STEM Coordination Office — located at the Office of Naval Research — which oversees investments in STEM education, outreach and workforce initiatives.

“STEM education is vital to maintain maritime superiority,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, who leads the Naval Research Enterprise where Naval STEM resides. “Our continued development of young minds will be our decisive edge in any future conflict.” Cadet Malik Aremu Of Paint Branch High School will attend the fully funded pilot training to obtain a private pilots license and college credits.

Original MCPS social media post can be seen here.


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