W.T. Sampson High School

Kyle French is the son of Timothy Scott and Harriette Maria French. His father, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, is currently a civilian contractor with Information Systems Department at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, now.

Kyle followed in both his father’s and brother’s footsteps and has joined the USMC and signed up for the Infantry. “I decided to do Infantry because why would one join the military to do anything else. My brother, an Infantry Marine himself, had a great impact on my decision. He told me the days were long and hot, life was hard, but few people ever get to experience the sense of purpose he experienced patrolling the villages in Afghanistan. I was instantly drawn to that life. If you aren't Infantry, you are supporting the Infantry whether directly or indirectly,” Kyle said.

Kyle said he plans to take college classes while in the Corps and will major in Criminal Justice in order to continue serving his country as a member of the CIA, FBI or police force. After he earns his degree, he wants to seek a commission in the USMC to be an officer and lead his own platoon. “That has been my dream for as long as I can remember. However, enlisting first will give me the experience I need to properly lead enlisted Marines. How can you lead what you have never been?”

He said that for him, being a military “brat” has had its advantages and disadvantages. “Living on a military base, I had the opportunity to experience people coming from many different backgrounds with many different perspectives, so it is hard to develop a biased view. On the flip side, I feel like I missed out on a lot of opportunities that stateside kids pass up on a daily basis. For example, I never got to participate in ROTC. I never got to participate in real high school sports where you play against other high schools.”

Kyle added, “I hope more people can find a higher purpose in life. I've always felt a greater calling telling me to serve a purpose greater than myself. Stay hungry, keep achieving, but help others and always stay humble.”