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April 19, 2014

PHS senior accepts appointment to academy

Megan Pettyjohn, a senior at Plainfield High School, has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Pettyjohn received her nomination from U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita.

Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to four U.S. service academies: the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.

The admissions process to service academies is an extensive and very competitive process. Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.com as one of the most selective colleges and universities in America, only 6.8 percent of students that apply to the U.S. Naval Academy are accepted. The admissions process takes into account the strength of the applicant’s high school — looking at how many graduates of the high school go on to four-year and two-year colleges and universities.

U.S. Service Academy graduates receive a first-rate undergraduate education, equivalent to that provided by a top-tier, Ivy League school, with options to pursue advanced degrees; spend a minimum of five years serving their country on active duty as a military officer; and are provided with an education and experience that will provide a world of career opportunities. The full four-year scholarship is valued at more than $350,000 which includes tuition, room and board, medical and dental care and a monthly salary. Students learn discipline, moral ethics and teamwork in a structured environment designed to foster leadership and character development.

Pettyjohn will report to the U.S. Naval Academy on July 1.

She has been an active member of the PHS marching and concert bands, the tennis team, and is a cheerleader. She participated in swimming and diving her freshman and sophomore years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Last summer, Pettyjohn attended the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy summer seminars as well as Hoosier Girls State.

She is the daughter of David and Roshelle Pettyjohn.

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