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Hard work in the classroom and on the athletic field paid off for Alcovy High School graduate Robert Bullard, as the United States Air Force Academy came calling with the offer of a full-ride football scholarship to attend the prestigious military academy in the fall. According to their public affairs office, the estimated value of an education at the US Air Force Academy is currently $416,000. When he graduates, Bullard will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

A defensive cornerback for the Alcovy Tigers, Bullard admitted that the Air Force Academy wasn’t initially on his radar until eleventh grade, when an Air Force Academy recruiting coach contacted him.

“The more I learned about the Air Force Academy, the more I learned of all the good things I could get attending there,” said Bullard. He added that once he set his sights on the Academy, he focused on continuing to make good grades and staying on top of his academics.

“I wanted to be the best student athlete I could be,” said Bullard. Even though he was busy with football and academics he still made time for the FBLA Club and the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club at school.

“Robert has demonstrated a commitment to the total school program here at Alcovy,” said Alcovy football coach, Kirk Hoffman. “As a football coach, nothing pleases me more than seeing my athletes excel on both the field and in the classroom. Robert has shown the many characteristics that define what a true student athlete is.  Robert is intelligent, athletic, hard-working, and friendly. He shows equal persistence and dedication in his athletic endeavors as he does in his academic work. He has earned and deserves the honors that he has achieved on and off the playing field. I truly believe that Robert will make Alcovy proud as he takes his athletic talent to the Air Force Academy next year.”

Bullard said he’s already got his future goals mapped out.

“When I go to the Academy, I want to get my degree in business while playing football, which is a love of mine. I want to get a good education and a good job and provide for my family,” he said.

Bullard will attend the Air Force Academy prep school his first year then transfer to the Academy for the remaining four years. Ultimately when he graduates, his goal is to gain a job in contracting for the Air Force. Bullard said he hasn’t decided if he wants to pursue a full 20-year career with the Air Force at this point as he’s also got aspirations to play professional football.

“I know I have the abilities to make it far,” said Bullard. “In the Air Force you have to wait two years after you graduate before you can get into the NFL. So if it goes like I want it to, I can see myself doing that.”

He said when he thinks about it, he realizes attending the Air Force Academy is a “no-brainer.”

“It’s amazing,” said Bullard. “I don’t have to pay anything, I’ll get a great education, and I get to play a sport that I love—it’s just a dream come true.” 

According to Bullard, military service is nothing new to his family. His grandfather was in the US Army and two uncles and one cousin served in the US Air Force. His mother, Natasha Bullard, said the entire family is excited for Robert and his incredible opportunity to attend the Air Force Academy and ultimately serve his country in the US Air Force.

“Robert excels in everything that he does,” said Alcovy High School principal, Dr. Sandra Owens. “His accomplishments at Alcovy High School have opened the door of opportunity to attend the US Air Force Academy. I know he will be successful there and his family plus the Alcovy Community are very proud of him.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County Schools, at davis-viniard.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

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