Keller Letter Boosts Patton’s A. F. Academy Application

December 12, 2019
In The News

Wyalusing Valley High School (WVHS) senior academic and athletic standout Alex Patton recently received a boost in his application to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller recently wrote a congressional recommendation on behalf of Patton as part of the student’s application process.

“In his application, Alex Patton demonstrated superb academic and athletic capabilities,” said Jason Gottesman, who is Rep. Keller’s communications director. “In addition, he stood out with a vast array of community service and extracurricular activities. Alex clearly displayed a passion for joining the Air Force Academy and is thrilled about the possibility of serving his country at one of our incredible service academies.”

Patton is a member of the WVHS National Honor Society and consistenly appears on the school’s honor roll.

Last year, he was one of 35 members of the WVHS chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America to attend the state leadership conference. He earned his trip to Hershey after placing second in the job interview category at the regional conference.

Patton has also been a standout cross-country and track athlete for the school.

This year, Patton won a District IV title as a member of Wyalusing’s boys’ cross-country team and placed 11th at the state competition.

He was named the boys’ runner of the year by the coaches of the Northern Tier League.

Last year, Patton broke a 47-year-old school record when he completed the 800 run with a time of 1:58.72. The previous record of 1:59.97 had been held by Tom Bride.

In 2018, Patton, then a sophomore, won the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 5K at Penn State. That year he was also honored with the “Male Runner of the Year” by the NTL coaches.

Alex is the son of Todd and Rachel Alexander of Wyalusing and Chad and Diana Patton of Tunkhannock.