Dalton’s plan was to go into the Air Force after graduating high school this year, but his paperwork came back, which announced that he is medically disqualified because of the hardware in his shoulder. He fractured his collarbone snowboarding his freshman year, earning him a plate and six bolts in his shoulder, disqualifying him from enlistment. He found out when his medical paperwork came back from San Francisco a couple weeks ago. Degeneffe said, “I was very disappointed. I spent almost two years meeting and doing paperwork with my recruiter, and then all of a sudden, that was no longer possible. So my whole life plan came crashing down.”
Because there is no way he can go into the Air Force, Dalton is still focusing on the same career, just a different way of going about it. Another career he is interested in is aviation, which he would have pursued in the Air Force. Other interests Dalton has outside of the Air Force and BHS are personal fitness, lifting, and running. However, music is his biggest interest. He plays guitar, drums, and even sings.
After asking Dalton how it feels to be graduating this year, he said, “Good and scary, because I don’t like it. I’ve gone to school my whole life and now that I don’t have to anymore, it’s going to impact my life a lot, but it’s something I have to face. I look forward to the possibilities and what is to come from being out of high school.” Dalton said his experience here at BHS has been insane, because seeing how much he has changed is astonishing. He also says to the rest of us BHS students that if you're still young take as many classes as you can and get all the work done, because it really pays off in the end.
Now, Dalton’s plans are to either go to DMACC first and then go to ATP flight school, or straight to flight school right after high school.