Ian Knight

Luray-Page County Center Student Prepares For Lift Off

Ian KnightAspiring fighter-jet pilot Ian Knight is graduating with his associate degree in math this spring – and he has been able to earn his degree without leaving his native Page County.

The Shenandoah resident’s courses have all been online or at the Luray-Page County Center (LPCC).

Choosing LFCC was easy for him.

“I decided to enroll in Lord Fairfax in the fall of 2017 because I live in Shenandoah, and there’s the center in Luray,” Knight says. “I would tell others thinking of attending LFCC to go for it. It’s definitely affordable. It’s very enjoyable.”

The fourth of eight siblings, Knight was homeschooled his entire life until arriving at the LPCC.

“I had changed my mind regarding my future career many times, but in my last two years of high school, I decided that I wanted to be a fighter pilot,” Knight says. “I was watching jets taking off on YouTube, and was impressed with the one from the U.S. Air Force. I thought, ‘That’s it, that’s it right there.’”

Looking back, he realizes he’s always loved military aviation, with a whole collection of model airplanes and helicopters.

Knight’s next step is transferring to James Madison University, where he will continue to major in math. After attaining his bachelor’s degree, he plans to enlist in the Air Force.

As he approaches graduation, Knight reflects on some of his favorite educators:  math instructor Penny Cornwell, political science instructor Corey Harlow, former math instructor Samantha Gilmer and English Professor Jenni VanCuren.

“The biggest thing that I liked was they didn’t act like professors,” he says. “They acted more like helpful friends than teachers. They were very easy to talk to, and very easy to learn from. And, they were very knowledgeable about their subject matter. Classes were so enjoyable.”

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