It’s ‘Anchors Aweigh’ for three Whitewater grads

It’s ‘Anchors Aweigh’ for three Whitewater grads

Three Whitewater High School graduates have received appointments to the United States Naval Academy, and the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

James Hartley, the son of Hampton and Lois Hartley of Fayetteville, is a 2017 graduate of Whitewater High School.

Chris Cassidy, the son of Shawn and Elizabeth Cassidy of Fayetteville, is a 2016 graduate of Whitewater High School, and attended the University of Maryland for a year on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

Keoni Macayan, the son of Mark and Brooke Macayan of Fayettville is a 2017 graduate of Whitewater High School.

Keoni Macayan will be attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School, which is located on Naval Station Newport in historic Newport, Rhode Island.

The mission of NAPS is to enhance midshipman candidate’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the U.S. Naval Academy. The 10-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English Composition, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Information Technology. Demanding military, physical, and character development programs complement the academic preparation to fully prepare students for the challenges Three Whitewater High School graduates have received appointments to the United States Naval Academy, and the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

James Hartley, the son of Hampton and Lois Hartley of Fayetteville, is a 2017 graduate of Whitewater High School.

Chris Cassidy, the son of Shawn and Elizabeth Cassidy of Fayetteville, is a 2016 graduate of Whitewater High School, and attended the University of Maryland for a year on a Navy ROTC scholarship.

Keoni Macayan, the son of Mark and Brooke Macayan of Fayettville is a 2017 graduate of Whitewater High School.

Keoni Macayan will be attending the Naval Academy Preparatory School, which is located on Naval Station Newport in historic Newport, Rhode Island.

The mission of NAPS is to enhance midshipman candidate’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the U.S. Naval Academy. The 10-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English Composition, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Information Technology. Demanding military, physical, and character development programs complement the academic preparation to fully prepare students for the challenges of life at a service academy.

Upon successful completion of the program at NAPS, Keoni will enter the United States Naval Academy, Class of 2022.

James Hartley and Chris Cassidy will be inducted into the United States Naval Academy Class of 2021, on Thursday, June 29, and will begin six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer. The United States Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, Maryland.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. Last year the Naval Academy received over 17,000 applications for the Class of 2020.

During this time, plebes have no access to television, movies, the internet or music, and restricted access to cell phones. They are only permitted to make three calls during the six weeks of Plebe Summer.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help plebes prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenge, which awaits them.

As the summer progresses, the new midshipmen rapidly assimilate basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing, and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drill and how to shoot 9mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Other daily training sessions involve moral, mental, physical or professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities.
They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law.
Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps, and to become officers of competence, character, and compassion.