BANGOR – She’s conquered Class D in girls basketball and softball, but her next challenge may be her hardest yet. Greenville standout Halle Pelletier is one of the newest enrollees at the Air Force Academy.
Halle Pelletier has represented Greenville with pride, on the field, the diamond, and the court, in her four years as a Laker. The small Piscataquis County town helped raise Pelletier, and been there for her through her athletic journey. “I love my town, they’ve supported me through everything I’ve done and I will hopefully make them proud soon,” said Pelletier.
Starting in June she’ll be representing the United States, joining the ranks of the 2020 freshman class at the United States Air Force Academy. “I always aspired to be in the military so that I could have my future kids maybe look up to me the same way I looked up to my dad and grandfather,” said Pelletier.
The decision to pursue a military career was in Pelletier’s blood, but the path to the Air Force Academy was a long one. To be considered for admission she had to be formally nominated by a member of Congress, or other another authorized nominating body. She applied for nomination with Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, and Representative Jared Golden. All three nominated her after an intensive interview process. “The first [interview], I walked in and they said ‘you must be a basketball player’ because I was wearing heels and I’m already 5’11” so that took the slack off, I wasn’t that nervous,” said Pelletier.
Pelletier will continue her athletic career at the Air Force Academy, even without getting a shot at avenging Greenville’s 2019 softball Class D state championship loss to PVHS this spring. All incoming cadets are required to play a sport and she has goals of making the Falcons’ Division I women’s basketball team. “I’m going to try out for that, I don’t know if I’m cut out for that, but I’m going to try out and if not, the softball team is club so I think I can make that,” said Pelletier.
Her days as a Laker are numbered, with basic training just over a month away. Pelletier did not get a normal senior year, due to COVID-19, but she’s hoping Greenville’s graduation doesn’t get postponed to a date after she reports to basic training in Colorado Springs. “Right now I sort of want to not do that and just do like a car drive through so I can get to go, but I don’t know if that’s a little selfish or not,” said Pelletier.