Elizabeth Forward student earns spot at Naval Academy
Elizabeth Forward senior Katelyn Shinavski is athletic, loves the ocean and is strong academically. She visited Pearl Harbor once while vacationing in Hawaii and is interested in science.
It's a combination of traits and experiences that seem to be coming together for the 18-year-old, who'll be attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in the fall.
On Friday, she was recognized at school for being appointed to the prestigious institution.
In addition to celebrating with school friends, staff and family members, Katelyn received a visit from Louis Lazzaro of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's office, who presented her with a declaration from Congress recognizing her for her accomplishment.
Murphy sent a letter to the academy nominating Katelyn for consideration.
Lazzaro noted, “Many students are nominated but few are appointed.” He said about 17,000 students apply to the academy each year of which only 1,200 are selected.
“This is a great accomplishment,” he said.
High school principal Randal Sydeski said this is only the second time during his career where he's had a student selected for the academy.
Lee Ann Shinavski said the academy has long been on her daughter's mind.
“She's always been a leader in my eyes,” the mother said.
Appointment to the academy includes tuition and room and board and pays students a salary. When they graduate in four years they enter the Navy or Marine Corps as an officer.
Katelyn has been an active student in high school, playing softball and volleyball, and was president of The Future is Mine Club.
Katelyn said of the appointment, “I've always wanted to be in the Navy and serve my country and this is the best way.”
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.
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