Less than 15 percent of Civil Air Patrol cadets qualify for the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award.
“It's a long process,” said Lisa McCroskey of Kingston.
She knows from experience. McCroskey received the award last month during a ceremony in Oak Ridge.
“I felt very, very accomplished because it was a long road and a lot of work,” she said.
McCroskey, 16, is a member of the Civil Air Patrol's Oak Ridge Squadron. She attends Roane County High School.