Alum talks about life as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot

January 04, 2019
Black Hawk helicopter pilot in cockpit

Stillwater Area High School alum Katie Holder (Class of 2012) recently spoke to students about being an Army pilot. Holder graduated from West Point in 2016 in the top of her class in academic and military performance. She is now a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and staff officer stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.

Holder, along with Torie Sutherland, an officer in the Coast Guard who is currently attending flight school both visited SAHS's College and Career Center where they talked about their experiences and what helped them prepare for the military.

Holder, who was a two-time all state soccer player for the Ponies, stressed the importance of participating in activities in high school. She also gave a special shoutout to SAHS teacher Lynn Swanson who taught her AP Chemistry. Holder said it was the best class she’s ever had including her courses at the United States Military Academy.