Canajoharie student graduates early to pursue career in Air Force, theoretical physics

There aren’t many high schoolers that graduate a year early to follow a potential career in the armed forces thanks to a passion stoked by the academic papers of Albert Einstein.

Max Bernard isn’t like many high schoolers.

Bernard graduated from Canajoharie High School in August and has joined the United States Air Force to follow his interests in theoretical physics.

“I was always good with numbers and then one day I decided that I wanted to take a closer look at one of [Albert] Einstein’s papers. That was it. I was just obsessed with it since then,” Bernard said.

Bernard received his diploma from Canajoharie Board of Education President Mark Broady at the board’s September 12 meeting.

He is taking off for Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas at the end of October.

Bernard made it all possible by maxing out on high school courses over the past three years along with supplemental work at Fulton-Montgomery Community College and a regional summer school program.

“I know there is a lot of work that I still have to do, but I am excited for the challenge,” Bernard said on one of his final trips to the high school to get his picture taken. “There are a lot of opportunities to follow, career-wise, in the Air Force and I am excited for that too.”

Bernard plans to be a Signal Intelligence Analyst in the Air Force after a near perfect score on the military’s Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test that the services use to help predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

“He has been determined to follow through on this for a long time. He graduated in three years and now the Air Force? What can I say? He is a great kid,” Bernard’s mother, Sarah, said. “We are just so proud of him. We are so proud of what he is doing.”