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Hartselle Enquirer
Eli Jett, left, with U.S. Representative Dale Strong.

Hartselle sophomore represents Civil Air Patrol in D.C.  

Eli Jett, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hartselle High School, is not your typical teenager. Jett, first lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), recently represented the organization on a trip to Washington, D.C.  

During his trip the nation’s capital, Jett had the opportunity to meet and greet U.S. Representatives and Senators, showcasing the values of the Civil Air Patrol and representing Hartselle High School.  

Jett said he was chosen for the trip by his participation on the cadet advisory council to participate in National Legislative Day during which he met Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Rep. Dale Strong. He said he hopes to become a page sometime in the next year for either of the politicians.  

Jett said he thoroughly enjoyed representing Hartselle and CAP while in the nation’s capital.  

“We weren’t told to say only positive things about CAP, they told us to just talk,” Jett said. “They know this program can be successful and help young people.”  

Jett’s accomplishments extend beyond his role in the Civil Air Patrol. This spring, he is set to ascend to the rank of captain within CAP. He has been involved with the organization for three years.   

Additionally, this summer, Jett will further his academic pursuits by attending Early College at the University of Alabama. Jett plans on pursuing a career in medicine and one day becoming a neurosurgeon.  

In addition to his academic and leadership pursuits, Jett is an avid participant in many hobbies, including chess, scholar’s bowl, esports, drama and HOSA. He also works part-time at the Freight House in downtown Hartselle.  

Eli Jett is the son of Eddie and Molly Jett of Hartselle. Jett said the unwavering encouragement and guidance of his parents contributed to his success and his ability to excel in all his pursuits. 

“I would be nothing without the love of my parents,” Jett said. “I owe them everything.”  

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