The sky’s the limit for Chelmsford’s Domenic LaFauci. Then again, maybe it isn’t.
A 2009 graduate of Nashoba Valley Technical High School, LaFauci is beginning his senior year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall, hoping to earn his commercial pilot’s license next May as well as a segue into flying fighter jets in the Air National Guard, if not an eventual job at NASA.
It all began as he worked on an internship in Oklahoma during his freshman year at the University of Lowell where he first saw fighter jets take off in formation.
“I saw that and I said, ‘That’s what I want to do,’” LaFauci said during a recent visit back to Nashoba Tech. “I had never seen fighter jets before. I’d always had a love of airplanes, and I always wanted to fly, but I never knew it was so easy.”
To that point, LaFauci was pursuing a career in music after graduating from Nashoba Tech’s TV and Media production program, but that moment caused him to transfer to Embry-Riddle, where he recently won $5,000 in a build-your-own-plane contest.
While the promising career of this young man still has room to soar higher, LaFauci believes his time in the Chelmsford area, specifically at Nashoba Tech, helped him to get to where he is now.“I had a lot of friends at Chelmsford High School, and I didn’t know anyone at Nashoba Tech. But I knew I wanted to do some particular things, and I didn’t want to wait for college to do them,” said LaFauci.” When you’re in high school, you’re in the moment, and you don’t pay too much attention to it. I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now if I hadn’t come to Nashoba Tech.”