Local student-athlete Kelly Motes graduates from the United 
States Air Force Academy

Contributed Photo: Former Thatcher Eagle Kelly Motes has graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and has received a pilot slot.

Former Thatcher Eagle flying high

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THATCHER – Kelly Motes a 2016 Thatcher High School graduate has completed her studies at the United States Air Force Academy. She has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geospatial Science while competing at the Division I Level for the Air Force Volleyball team.  Kelly has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant and has received a pilot slot.

Contributed Photo: Kelly Motes

While competing in Athletics she received the 2018 Iron Bolt Award and the prestigious Air Force Academy Volleyball Amy Svoboda Memorial Award.  This award is given to the player that best exemplifies effort, enthusiasm, and team-first attitude. 

As a cadet, her military leadership positions included Wing Athletics NCO/Covid Wing Athletics Officer, Squadron Director of Operations, and Wing Plans and Programs Officer.

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