Mount Shasta High School graduate Austin Fritzke was one of 11 Air Force Academy cadets recently recognized for earning a 4.0 grade point average.
The newest members of USAF Academy, Colorado’s “Aces Club” were honored with a dinner and reception Sept. 1, according to a staff report in the Sept. 11 “Academy Spirit” publication produced by USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Only 11 cadets from the student population of more than 4,400 earned a 4.0 GPA, earning them face time with Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Brig. Gen. Dana Born and other senior Academy leaders.
The Academy Spirit publication quotes Cadet 1st Class Austin Fritzke saying, “Everyone kept saying how proud they were of what we did, and that’s always great motivation to keep working hard in my classes.”
An electrical engineering  major with Squadron 19, Fritzke was quoted saying, “I felt the dinner to be a great honor...”
Four of the honorees are 2009 graduates, five are from the Class of 2010, with two from the Class of 2011 and one cadet from the Class of 2012.
Austin, the son of Ron and Gina Fritzke of Mount Shasta, was a MSHS valedictorian who was named Siskiyou County Male Athlete of the Year as a senior in high school. He won two state small schools cross country championships as a prep and four section titles, two in cross country and two in track.
He recently retired from cross country after trying to overcome injuries two years in a row, according to his father.