Alumni Spotlight: Krystal Irwin (2014)

“My K-8 experience at High Point Academy was my foundation to strive towards excellence in everything I do.”

By Norma Richman

My Brief Bio—

It was just a few months ago that I graduated from the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) as a Second Lieutenant. I am currently going through a six-month training session at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas, with the goal of becoming an Intelligence Officer for the Air Force. While the instruction keeps me busy pretty much day and night, I still managed to meet my best friend and love—a fellow graduate who is going through USAFA pilot training. We are now engaged!

My High Point Experience—

Even if I didn’t realize it at the time, High Point was teaching me how to comfortably be myself and how to set myself up for success in the future. I felt like I graduated eighth grade with an arsenal of skills to take on high school and beyond.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to come back to High Point for alumni events or casual visits; my schedule has kept me too busy. I do hope to return some time to see both High Point and my high school, Polytechnic.

My Personal Observations and Reflections—

Among the many great teachers I had at High Point, Mr. Millard was the most memorable for me. In addition to helping me with high school applications, Mr. Millard brought humor into my least favorite subject at the time—7th and 8th grade math.  After graduating High Point in 2014, I was the only one in my class to go to Polytechnic High School in Pasadena. I was absolutely terrified to step into a new place and leave my old classmates and HPA’s nurturing environment behind. Despite those feelings, my family and High Point’s staff and faculty—as well as my classmates—helped me gain the confidence to walk into Poly without fear and has led me into the future with a career in the USAF.

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