BRISTOL - Michael Kaminski feels a commitment to give back to his country.
“The best route to do that I feel is through the U.S. Air Force Academy, and then ultimately to become a pilot,” he said.
The son of Jolanta and Leszek Kaminski, he is valedictorian of Bristol Central High School’s Class of 2018.
He said he was inspired in his choice by his older brother David, who graduated BCHS two years ago and is currently attending the academy in Colorado.
“I’d like to become a fighter pilot but at the moment I’m just seeing where it goes and how the needs of the Air Force shift. If the demand is for a different type of pilot, say a cargo pilot, increases I wouldn’t have a problem changing my plan,” he said.
Kaminski plans to study chemistry at the academy, because the sciences are his favorite subjects.
“I enjoyed chemistry the most in high school,” he said. “I took AP Chemistry, as well as AP U.S. History, AP English Language, AP Psychology, and AP Human Geography. This year I’m taking AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C, and AP English Literature.”
He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, the BCHS Math Team and RAMbassadors -- a peer mentoring program that pairs seniors with freshmen. He plays clarinet in the band, and outside of school is an altar server at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church.
Kaminski credits Kevin Estela, his AP U.S. History teacher, with assisting him “outside the classroom with life lessons, and just helping me get to the point where I am today.”
Kaminski said that guidance counselor Foo Field, “has been an awesome help, for me and my brother when he was going through here, helping with all the college applications and getting everything straightened out.”
While Kaminski said he is ready to move ahead in life, one thing he will miss about high school is the sports. He has participated in men’s varsity swimming and tennis all four years, and captained both teams as a senior.
“I’ll definitely miss the sports atmosphere here and all the friends that I’ve made through that,” he said. “I’ve definitely enjoyed that a lot.”
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