|Posted by titantv on March 19, 2014 at 12:45 AM|
By Jacob Lowe
Early this February, Mcdowell Titan Senior Abbey Taylor, found out she had been accepted into the Naval Academy. Upon opening her acceptance letter, she was “in complete shock because [she] honestly didn’t think [she] would get in.” On the Naval Academy’s website, it states that, “as the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the Academy for four years, graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees and then commissioning as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps.” A place of such prestige is obviously not easy to get into, and Taylor admitted that the path towards her acceptance was not easy. Not only did she have to be among the top in her class, but she had to “maintain high grades, especially in math and sciences, be nominated by a congressman or senator, and stay physically fit.” Since the academy’s fitness test has no limits, but instead pushes applicants to do the best they can, maintaining a fitness level to meet these requirements was already a lot of stress. So what would drive somebody to work through such stress? For Taylor, sbe had a few motivations of her own. Not only has her dad and grandfathers both been in the military, but the academy will help her achieve her goal of being an engineer. “It is also giving me a chance to serve my country,” said Taylor. And luckily for her, she is one step closer to achieving these goals. She is proud to go and excited that it is going to “make [her] a better leader and officer, increase [her] education, and offer [her] great job opportunities.” We here at McDowell are proud of her and excited that she is working towards such a bright future.