On the verge of finishing Officer Candidate School and earning his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, Connetquot Class of 2014 graduate Carlton Woodie remembers his roots well.
“From the faculty and staff to the coaches, I was led by outstanding individuals through all Connetquot Schools — who truly understand the characteristics of a leader and the hard work it takes to succeed in life,” said the Bohemia native who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and is an assistant project manager for a construction company.
“Being a Thunderbird in the classroom, as well as the sports fields, has played a major role in developing my path of success,” he continued. “It has taught me to always drive on, and never give up working towards your goals in life.”
A key member of Connetquot’s football and track teams, Woodie, 24, went on to play both sports at Utica College, where in 2019 he earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management. The former corner back and slot receiver moved to Pennsylvania immediately after graduation, having secured a job there prior to Utica’s commencement ceremony.
In 2019, Woodie made his commitment to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves, and began training as an engineer officer. He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and is finishing his Officer Candidate School training at Fort Benning in Georgia.
Woodie said after he receives his lieutenant stripes, he will return to Fort Leonard Wood for Engineer Basic Officer Leadership training.
Above photo provided by Carlton Woodie.