Phaelen French and her parents, Don and Beth French, announce Phaelen's engagement to Mike Seery of Ohio.
Phaelen is a 2008 graduate of Delta High School where she earned accolades in basketball, track and field, and cross country all four years and represented DHS at state competitions each year in track and field and cross country. She also participated in county and state 4-H events, particularly horsemanship, music and shooting sports. From an early age, Phaelen sang throughout the county, and while in high school she performed with the High Desert Opera in Grand Junction.
Mike graduated from high school near Toledo, Ohio, in 2008, before beginning an academic and career focus in microelectronics. He was an Eagle Scout and participated in competitive rifle shooting, winning the state junior championship and an appearance at the national Junior Olympics.
Phaelen and Mike met while attending the U.S. Air Force Academy. There, both Phaelen and Mike continued to pursue their athletic interests -- competing and excelling in NCAA championships and international competitions -- all while earning bachelor's of science degrees in legal studies and computer engineering, respectively.
Since their 2012 Air Force Academy graduation, both Phaelen and Mike received additional training for their military duties while at the same time completing their master's degrees. In their free time, Phaelen and Mike enjoy competing for Air Force sports teams. Phaelen races as a member of the Air Force triathlon team, while Mike competes for the Air Force rifle team. They are currently first lieutenants and will pin on the rank of captain in May 2016.
Phaelen and Mike will be stationed together in Hawaii for the next several years. They look forward to enjoying music and outdoor activities. Phaelen and Mike are very grateful for the support and encouragement they each received from their communities to pursue their dreams. An early summer wedding is being planned with the help of Phaelen's parents in Delta and Mike's parents, Heidi and Michael Seery, in Oregon (near Toledo), Ohio.