Dana Hirschhorn ’18 was presented with an appointment certificate to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Upper School assembly this week. She will begin a four-year course of study at the Annapolis, Maryland-based institution in the fall. Dana was nominated by Senator Susan Collins, Senator Angus King, and Representative Chellie Pingree. The Naval Academy has an 8 percent acceptance rate.
The event began with an introduction by Waynflete science teacher Neil Rice, who served in the Navy for 15 years as a submarine officer. Commander Sam Wilson, U.S. Navy (Ret.), who helped guide Dana through the stringent application process, presented her with the certificate. Also present were family members and Vice-Admiral George Emery, U.S. Navy (Ret.), a family friend.
U.S. Naval Academy students graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. They are commissioned as officers in either the Navy or Marine Corps and serve for a minimum of five years.