Star Student: Maggie Blackston |

Star Student: Maggie Blackston

Family has had a big influence on Moffat County High School junior Maggie Blackston. It’s so important that her career choices will put her in the footsteps of some — sometimes several — family members.

She’ll likely study civil engineering (like two grandfathers and an uncle) while serving in the military.

“I want to be able to have a career where I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” she said.

She’ll study either at the Air force Academy or the Colorado School of Mines — she’s not made up her mind, but has a unique opportunity this summer that will help her decide.

Blackston has been accepted to a week-long summer camp at the Academy, which will mimic the experience full-time students have. Campers will experience a version of “boot camp” as well as learn about academic offerings.

“I have a military family, and I think that’s why I want to go,” she said. “I think this will help me decide.”

Blackston moved to Craig three years ago in what she terms “one of the easiest moves I’ve ever made.”

And she’s made a lot of moves.

“My mom’s a military brat and likes to move around,” Blackston said. “I like it. I like the new experiences.”

She’s thrived on change. Blackston carries a 4.0 grade-point average, is a member of Key Club, the soccer team and a church group that works to combat hunger.

“Maggie is a diligent student who is motivated and dedicated to her educationally success,” MCHS Principal Jane Krogman said. “She is a positive influence and an excellent role model at MCHS.”

In her spare time, Blackston likes to ski in the winter and ride horses in the summer.

“It’s really fun,” she said.

She has a 15-year-old sister and a 12-year-old brother, with whom she boasts strong relationships.

“Friends change when you move but a brother and sister are always constant,” she said.

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