A Jackson High School Red Devil is about to take off on a Delta Dream Flight.
Jalen Medlock, a rising junior at Jackson High School and a student in the Griffin Region College and Career Academy, was recently chosen for the flight as a participant in the academy’s new aviation program.
Dream Flights are sponsored by Delta Air Lines and presented by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals. Each year, students chosen for the flight travel from Atlanta to a major aviation facility, such as an airbase or aerospace museum, to learn about the field.
Medlock, who was awarded one of five seats on the flight being filled by Griffin Region College and Career Academy students, will travel on the Dream Flight to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, just outside Fairborn, Ohio, July 25.
On past Dream Flights to Wright-Patterson, students have been able to interact with members of the U.S. Air Force and tour aircraft.
Medlock said he has enrolled in coursework through the Griffin Region College and Career Academy to become an aviation mechanic.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen for this program,” he said. “This will be a great experience for me personally and it will expand my opportunities towards aviation.”
Jackson High School Principal Will Rustin said Medlock is an exemplary Red Devil on the field and off.
“I am proud that Jalen was selected for the Delta Dream Flight and I am sure it will be a great experience for him,” Rustin said. “Jalen is a true scholar-athlete. Not only is he is a great Jackson High School student who is taking advantage of the opportunities that are available to him through our CTAE and dual enrollment programs, he is also a great athlete that led our football team in tackles this past season. We expect many great things from Jalen and all of our students.”
The July 25 Delta Dream Flight will be the 19th in the program’s history.
Last year, the Delta Dream Flight traveled to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a companion facility of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum outside Washington, D.C., with 150 students. Students had the opportunity to learn from pilots, view aircraft and experience a flight simulator.
“In order for a young person to understand what’s available [to them], they have to be introduced to it,” Capt. Robert Brown, chairman emeritus of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, told Delta News Hub in an interview on last year’s flight. “If you don’t know about it, you don’t dream. Our goal is to give them dreams and show them what’s out there.”