Class of 1979

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Class of ’79 Reunion (40 years)

Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Clay’s Restaurant – 8900 Walnut Street #500 Rockford MN
More info found on Facebook – Rockford Rockets Class of 79
Tour of Rockford High School 3:00-4:00pm

Distinguished Alumni Recipient –
Cory Bartholomew (Class of 1979)

Rockford High School alumni of the Class of 1979, Cory Bartholomew, is a great example of the motto—live fearlessly. While in high school, Cory participated in football, wrestling, track, drama, speech, yearbook, student council, and National Honor Society to name a few, and ended up being valedictorian. Since then, he earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in public administration from American Public University. Cory served as an officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force for over 27 years. He spent over 16 years as an instructor pilot for the U-2 airplane—setting an all-time record for number of landings in that aircraft by a single pilot—and logged over 6,000 flight hours across the U-2, B-52, T-37 and T-38 aircraft. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal. He currently is a research pilot at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center located on Edwards Air Force Base. His work at Armstrong includes conducting airborne science as a pilot for the DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory and the C-20A Environmental Science Research Aircraft. He also serves as a chase car driver for the ER-2 high-altitude airborne science aircraft. Rockford Area School is proud to name Cory Bartholomew as a distinguished alumnus and look forward to see what he will accomplish next.

Pictured above: Cory Bartholomew
Pictured above: Rebecca Pedersen and Cory Bartholomew at the Superintendent’s Dinner. Thank you Rebecca for nominating Cory!