President Donald Trump congratulates Mary Persons alumni Jason Hightower as he graduates from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hightower received a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy upon his high school graduation in 2015. The appointment included full tuition, room and board and all fees for four years of college, valued at $415,000. Jason is the son of Amanda and David Hightower of Macon.