Destiny Drew, 17, knows where her future is headed and won’t stop until she gets there.
The former Copperas Cove High School student graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and was involved in several extracurricular activities, including National Junior Honor Society, the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and sports.
“With NJHS, I knew it would get me into a good college and I wanted to join JROTC because I wanted to be in the military,” Drew said.
From a young age, Drew knew she wanted to enter the service, partly because of her father’s military background, but mostly because of her love for the military.
“The opportunities it provides for you before and after retirement are great and people have so much respect for it,” she said. “There’s a wide ocean of jobs you can get and things you can do after the military.”
Drew described joining the military as a patriotic duty that all citizens should perform.
“I think everyone should join it for at least a couple of years to honor your country and serve it.”
JROTC instructor, retired Chief Warrant Officer Enrique Herrera, said Drew exemplifies the leadership qualities of a young adult and has the desire to serve her country.
“She’s got a lot of leadership ability and potential, she’s academically strong, and she’s physically fit, which are the three things that the military is looking for in young applicants,” he said.
This summer, Drew heads to the aviation training program at Central Texas College.
“While other kids are enjoying their summer, she’s going to flight training at CTC, taking the ground course training, and flying out of Skylark Field,” Herrera said.
Herrera promised his star student he would be there when she takes her first solo flight.
“I’m very proud of Destiny — she’s one of the best cadets I’ve ever had,” he said. “She’s had a couple bumps along the road, but she recovered and they are learning experiences.”
Drew, a member of the Grace United Methodist Church youth group, works part time in the church nursery and for Cinergy Cinemas.
In the fall, Drew will attend Texas A&M University, taking international studies and Russian in hopes of becoming an Army linguist.
Drew advises new students to do their research and look at all their options when they first get to high school.
“We have so many things at (Cove High) and I didn’t take advantage of them,” she said. “I know if I had taken advantage of the options that were given to me, I would be even better off than I am now.”