Many high schoolers choose to pursue a degree after they graduate. Some may enter a trade field, or just begin working full-time.
For Upperman senior soccer player Trinity Benson however, she’s chosen to join the military once she finishes high school.
“She’s going to be shipping off next September,” Head Coach Lyle Daniles said. “She’s got to finish high school and then do a couple things in the summer, and then she’ll be going to the Air Force.”
For Benson, it came down to her believing that the military offered her the best path available.
“After I took my ASVAB, I got a letter from both the Air Force and the National Guard,” Benson said. “I set up a meeting and I enlisted … it’s just a better opportunity for me than staying here in Tennessee.”
It’s also somewhat of a family affair for Benson, who said her mom had a hand in her decision as well.
“Once I got the letter from the Air Force, she told me I had to go and at least set up a meeting,” Benson said. “Most of my family has served (as well).”
Is it possible that enlisting led to her performance throughout the season? Her head coach certainly believes it’s a possibility.
“I don’t know if that inspired her, or gave her that last little push, but she’s really impressed me this year,” Daniles said. “Something clicked for her … she really stepped it up this year and took control of our midfield as a defensive midfielder for us. (It was) just a good, solid year for her.”
The positive words aren’t lost on Benson, who is thankful to have had Daniles as a coach for her senior year.
“That actually makes me really happy, I’ve worked so hard to get where I am,” Benson said. “I won’t be continuing in college, so it makes me feel really good that my coach sees me in that way.”