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Blue Angels fly by Decatur to share lessons from field

Lt. Andy Talbott and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Piatek deliver words of wisdom to cadets

As the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
prepare to produce its first full routine at the OC Air Show this
weekend, local students got a lesson from two members of the crew at
Stephen Decatur High School.
Blue Angels Lt. Andy Talbott — pilot
of the No. 3 jet — and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Piatek spoke
with cadets from the Stephen Decatur High School Navy National Defense
Cadets Corps, Pocomoke High School Marine Corps JROTC and Wicomico High
School Army JROTC on Friday, June 12, at the Decatur auditorium.
Decatur
senior naval science instructor Kelly Reavy said it is good to hear
perspectives from those in the armed forces who they don’t typically see
in the classroom.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity and we’re very happy to have them here,” she said.
In
the hour-long presentation, Talbott and Piatek spoke on the importance
of teamwork and how they rely on each other to succeed.
Lessons
they taught to the students dealt with figuring out what to do, giving
one’s all, not taking no for an answer, leading by example by
surrounding one’s self by good people and to refrain from closing any
doors that may lead to an opportunity.

Blue Angels Lt. Andy Talbott and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Piatek
deliver words of wisdom to students at Stephen Decatur on Friday, June
12.
 

 “You can do anything as long as you can give 110 percent at it every
single day of your life when you’re out there trying to achieve a goal,”
Talbott said. “With that said, achieving that goal, as well as trying
to help others out along the way and kind of lead by example, is my
thought process.”
The students then got to have a question and answer session with Talbott and Piatek.
For
Decatur sophomore Michael Knowles, the presentation reinforced to him
what is taught in the classroom, as far as leadership and pursuing
goals.
“The Blue Angels are the best of the best of the best,” he said. “Better than all the rest.”
After the presentation, Knowles stayed behind to take a photo with Talbott.
“I just really wanted to remember this experience and tell all my friends, ‘Hey everyone, I just met a Blue Angel,'” he said. “It was amazing to be able to meet somebody of that stature.”

 

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