Farm­ing­ton Grad­u­ate And Foot­ball Cap­tain Joins Air Force


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — Ja­van Jowers has left the Car­di­nal air de­fense, grad­u­at­ing from Farm­ing­ton High School May 16 his next stop is the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ac­cord­ing to Farm­ing­ton coach Mike Adams, Jowers was the Car­di­nals’ best cover guy which dic­tated a move from safety as a ju­nior to cor­ner­back for his senior sea­son. As­sum­ing pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in cov­er­age didn’t di­min­ish Jowers’ will­ing­ness to track down the foot­ball.

He earned All-Con­fer­ence hon­ors as a senior mak­ing 71 to­tal tack­les, the ma­jor­ity on his own. Jowers had 54 solo tack­les, 17 as­sisted tack­les, and 2 in­ter­cep­tions which he re­turned for 29 yards.

Af­ter a fine senior sea­son at cor­ner­back, Jowers has made an­other team, this one com­prised of birds of prey known as Fal­cons.

Speak­ing at Farm­ing­ton High School’s awards night May 7 at the Fine Arts Au­di­to­rium, Jan­ice Scaggs, Ser­vice Academy Co­or­di­na­tor for Con­gress­man Steve Wo­mack; said, “At­tend­ing the United States Air Force Academy is just the be­gin­ning of op­por­tu­ni­ties that will be avail­able once Ja­van grad­u­ates the Air Force Academy.”

Scaggs noted the academy is unique and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual’s ex­pe­ri­ence is dif­fer­ent. Each ap­pointee has a unique ca­reer path. The academy is a cost-free ed­u­ca­tion that will earn Jowers a bach­e­lor of science de­gree. The ed­u­ca­tion re­ceived is equiv­a­lent to about $100,000 from a uni­ver­sity.

On grad­u­a­tion, Jowers will be com­mis­sioned as a sec­ond lieu­tenant into the United States Air Force where he will serve a min­i­mum of five years.

Scaggs read a let­ter from Con­gress­man Wo­mack, who was un­able to at­tend the awards assem­bly with the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in ses­sion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions on re­ceiv­ing an ap­point­ment to the United States Air Force Academy. You have worked hard to get to this point and it is well de­served. Your achieve­ments are im­pres­sive, and I am proud to know a young man with such re­mark­able lead­er­ship abil­i­ties, scholas­tic ap­ti­tude, and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar tal­ents. You will be a tremen­dous ad­di­tion to the Air Force Academy. I look forward to hear­ing about your fu­ture ac­com­plish­ment as you build a foun­da­tion to­ward an ex­cit­ing, chal­leng­ing, and re­ward­ing ca­reer as a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer in the ser­vice of our na­tion.”

Ja­van’s father, Nathan Jowers, ex­pressed thank­ful­ness for Ja­van’s op­por­tu­nity, “Just be­ing able to fol­low his dreams and know­ing he has a heart to help peo­ple. He’s also got a heart to pos­si­bly learn how to fly. Be in the pi­lot­ing pro­gram, so what­ever op­por­tu­ni­ties come his way I hope he can just take it, do his best with it, and then God will bless what­ever he does.”


Ja­van Jowers, a 2018 Farm­ing­ton grad­u­ate, cel­e­brates an ap­point­ment to the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., from Con­gress­man Steve Wo­mack, of Rogers. Wo­mack hosted a send-off for mil­i­tary ser­vice academy ap­pointees and their...

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