continued “They stood up and started yelling and clapping for me,” Carr said. “I honestly didn’t know how to react to receiving such a prestigious award. I had never dreamed of being a recipient of such a large amount of money that would allow me to finish my last two years of college for free. Being part of the football team here at Castleton means everything to me and I am very proud that I can say I play for the Castleton Spartans and there isn’t anybody else I would rather have taken my oath in front of. We are all one great big family here and it showed today with all of their support.”
Carr completed his oath in front of the team, and after another round of applause stepped out into the hallway to text his mother and inform her of the great news.
Looking to the future, Carr knew that serving his country was something he wanted to do and this gift and opportunity only solidified those feelings.
“Being a cadet and serving my country is one of the greatest honors I could imagine,” Carr said. “Once I graduate, I can look back on this experience and thank everyone that has been involved from the beginning.”
Carr is currently pursuing his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. Upon his graduation he will be a second lieutenant in the Vermont National Guard.