Dad and Daughter Approach Future with Confidence
Vol.8 Issue 3
Kent Mitchell with daughter, Kylee

Kent Mitchell’s started his career with the FAA as a contractor in December 1992. For seven years, he worked in various capacities supporting the FAA, but with primary emphasis on being a programmer and working as a Database Administrator. In March 1999, he became a federal employee with the payroll office (which was then AMI-420). In 2005, Kent switched career paths and became an Information System Security Officer (ISSO) within the Enterprise Services Center. Four years later, his career track shifted again as he transitioned to an Audit Liaison within the same organization. This month, Kent celebrates three decades of service working for the FAA.

Kent and his wife, Kerri have three children. They take great pride in Kylee’s (their only daughter) recent accomplishments. This year, she was notified by her high school counselors at Mustang High School that she had been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program. Every high school in the nation has an opportunity to nominate one student. To the benefit of Miss Kylee Mitchell, her school representatives completed all the necessary paperwork detailing Kylee’s leadership experience and her academic records. In January, Kylee was notified that she was selected as one of 5,000 candidates chosen to apply for the program! The next phase of the program required Kylee to answer 5 essay questions, with further explanations about her roles in high school and submission of her test scores. The high school counselors also had to submit extensive paperwork, recommendations, and transcripts. Kylee won’t know until late April 2022 if she gets accepted.

While Kylee humbly doesn’t believe she is superior academically, her superiors feel otherwise. She has taken several accelerated courses and has scored nearly perfect on the American College Test (ACT). Leadership is very important to her, Kylee explains, "I’m super grateful to have attended a high school with so many opportunities to serve." She has served as Treasurer of Student Council and is currently serving as Student Council Vice President. She is also on the Leadership Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is the Varsity Manager for the boys’ soccer team.

Kylee Mitchell plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University on an academic scholarship
Kent and his wife, Kerri celebrate their daughter’s college declaration

Outside of school, she’s on the Leadership Team for the First Baptist Church (FBC) Mustang youth group as a small group leader and greeter. Kylee sings in the FBC Mustang youth choir Passion, and leads children as a Sunday School teacher. She feels that all of these opportunities have taught her how to be a better leader and listener. Interacting with so many types of people provides her with a more well-rounded viewpoint of the world, and aids in teaching her about what is best for most people. Her involvement in so many activities has accelerated her time-management skills.

This fall, Kylee plans to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma on an academic scholarship. Her goal is to major in Children’s Ministry. Like her father, many people are proud of Kylee being nominated for one of the nation’s highest honors among high school students.

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