Anderson County high schooler chasing sky high dreams of becoming pilot

An Anderson County High School football player has gotten a jump start on his career.
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 6:53 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An Anderson County High School football player has gotten a jump start on his career.

Garrison Terry, 17, spends four days a week at the Downtown Island Airport in Knoxville learning how to become a pilot.

“It’s a good rush,” said Garrison Terry, “They [his friends] think I’m crazy.”

Garrison’s older brother lives in Florida working for BMW. After flying down there every other month he knew he wanted to be a pilot one day.

“Being on a plane all the time really got me interested in flying,” said Garrison Terry.

The high school junior is in a middle college program. He’s earning his his high school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time.

“The fall semester it was a little difficult. just because I had football and college and this at the same time,” explained Garrison Terry, “I just had to kind of figure out a time for this and that and make sure that I have a schedule planned out for the entire day.”

Due to the pandemic his classes at Roane State Community College give him the flexibility to develop his career path.

“We always talk about chasing your passion down, and he’s doing that right now and we’re excited for him,” said Gary Terry, his dad.

Garrison knows his studies and career can launch him sky high.

“It feels really good,” said Garrison Terry.

Garrison is set to earn his private pilot’s license this summer thanks to his parents paying for his flight lessons.

When Garrison turns 21 he can apply to fly for a commercial airline company.

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