Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cookeville High Graduate to Attend Naval Academy

Cookeville High School graduate Miquela Sullivan, who was nominated by U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., will report to the Naval Academy Preparatory School on July 1. Sullivan is preparing for both basic training and the Naval Academy’s course work. While attending Cookeville High School, Sullivan played varsity basketball and was a platoon sergeant in JROTC. Sullivan graduated in the top 20 percent of her class. The Putnam County graduate is one of 24 students Congressman Gordon’s Service Academy Selection Committee nominated to the military academies. Of these 24 nominees, seven were selected to attend the academies. The students’ physical aptitude, academic records and community involvement were all considered by the committee. The committee also reviewed letters of recommendation and interviewed the applicants. Cadets receive free tuition, room and board, as well as a monthly stipend. Once the cadets graduate, they are commissioned as second lieutenants or ensigns in their branch of service, where they must fulfill a five-year commitment.