Local Cool Kid: Ronald Taylor

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Arlington High School Graduate Dreams of Becoming a Pilot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It took some time, but once the plane took off, Ronald Taylor said he was hooked.

“I don’t know. It’s honestly a feeling that you really can’t explain,” said Ronald.

That feeling, so hard to put into words, but Ronald, a recent Arlington High School graduate, knew he needed more of it.

There’s was only one problem.

“I knew I wanted to be an airline pilot, but I had no idea how to do it,” said Taylor.

Years of researching colleges, flight schools and programs led him to the American Airlines Cadet Program, but the hard work was just beginning. Even with a 4.3 grade point average, getting accepted into the program is tough.

Thousands apply each year. But Ronald was selected for an in-person interview. He made it through that round and got his acceptance letter to start the beginning steps of his training, and ultimately, his career.

“All my life I’ve been just building, building up the excitement to get to this point,” said Taylor. “I didn’t want to finish my last semester of high school, I just wanted to start flight school.”

“He’s so driven, and knows exactly what he wants,” said Patty Taylor, Ronald’s mother.

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