Zebulon Hanley, a 2009 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. Hanley graduated first in the Academy’s Class of 2013, which graduated 1,024 cadets, by achieving the highest overall point average (consisting of grade point average, military point average, and athletic point average). Lt. Hanley was on the Superintendent’s List for honors in academics, athletics, and military duties for all eight of his semesters at the Academy.
Lt. Hanley received Bachelor of Science degrees in both operations research and economics. In addition to the receiving four Outstanding Cadet in the Order of Graduation Awards, Lt. Hanley received the Top Academic Award and was named the Outstanding Cadet in Operations Research, Economics, and Basic Sciences. His name was added to the Academy’s 100 Year Honor Roll plaque in Arnold Hall at the Academy.
Lt. Hanley was on the Falcons Cycling Team, having individual finishes of 8th, 9th, and 17th in national collegiate cycling championships, as well as 2nd place finish in the team time trial. He is a member of the Academy’s“500 Club” for the highest possible score on the aerobic fitness test.
Next fall, he will begin working on a graduate degree in operations research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Lt. Hanley is the son of the Cindy (“All-World Mom”) and Paul Hanley, a corporate attorney at Spencer Fane & Grimshaw and a former member of the Board of Education for the Cherry Creek School District. Lt. Hanley’s sister, Mariah, was a 2007 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, and is currently a graduate student at Harvard University in Chemistry.
"We’ just really very proud and couldn’t be any prouder," Paul Hanly said of his son's achievements.
The class of 2013 includes six military academy appointees.