Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spotlight on Zack Bell

I love being able to highlight alumni who have gone on to great things and today, I'd like to highlight Zack Bell. I'm including below an excerpt from an e-mail that Mr. Dodd sent, below, which does a perfect job of telling you all about Zack and his accomplishments. Thank you, Mr. Dodd!!

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize a former District 66 student (and athlete) who has continued his education at Downers Grove South H.S., and then the United States Air Force Academy.

Yesterday, soon-to-be- 2nd Lt. Zack Bell (LV '03..DGS '07) was honored at the White House by President Obama as a senior member of the Air Force football squad. The Falcons were winners of the Commander-In-Chief trophy which goes each year to the winner of the series among Air Force, Navy, and Army. This year was the first year that Air Force has won the award in the last eight seasons.

During Zack's years in District 66, he participated in football, basketball, and baseball, continuing in all three sports at Downers South.

While at South, Zack became the first player in DGS football history to be a four-year starter (punter and placekicker), winning All-State honors his senior year. In baseball, he was named All-Area as an outfielder his senior season.

At the Air Force Academy, Zack participated in four bowl games, and helped the Falcons to a 9-4 record his senior season, capped off by kicking the winning field goals vs. Georgia Tech.

Following graduation and commissioning as a 2nd Lt. on May 24th, Zack will take a much deserved 60 day leave before reporting back to the academy on July 24th as a research assistant in the military history department during the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year.

Zack will then report December 21st to Vance Air Force Base; Enid, OK. to begin his pilot training. Zack has received this pilot-training-slot due to his class rank at the academy during the past four years.

I think I speak for everyone in the "Spartan Nation" when I say "GOOD LUCK", and "THANK YOU" for your current and future commitment to our country!!

Here, here! and congratulations Zack!! ~Mrs. Foellmer

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