Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Waynewood Principal Turns on the Afterburners

Waynewood Principal Jamie Meier got to live every elementary school boy's dream the other day riding shotgun in an after-burning F/A-18 Hornet as part of the U.S. Navy's Key Influencer Ride-A-Long Program.

The Key Influencer Program is designed to recognize people who are:

"...people who help to shape attitudes and opinions of youth in the community. People turn to Key Influencers for advice or information because they have credibility. They may be experts int heir field, public figures, leaders of yougt organizations, teachers, guidance counselors or school administrators. They are not always the people at the top but have a strong impact recruting on age youth and/or a specific target audience."

Principal Meier tells me that he was selected from among thousands of people nominated for this position. It's an amazing honor for him. A video of his takeoff is below. It is VERY cool.

I'm not sure what it is about the Meier Family. Principal Jamie Meier's brother Dan was my guidance counselor at West Potomac High School in my senior year, helped lead WePo to the State Championship in 1990, and is now the principal at Robinson Secondary School. This family seems to have leadership grafted into its DNA. Waynewood Elementary is lucky to have Principal Jamie Meier leading the school.

As a kid who doodled many fighter jet attacks while bored in school, I am soooooo envious.

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