FRANKLIN FURNANCE, Ohio — William Sanders, a 2016 graduate of Green High School, was recently chosen to attend the United States Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.
William is the son of Charles (Chuck) Sanders of Franklin Furnace and the late Pattie Sanders of Hillsboro, Ohio. He is the grandson of Sarah Horn and the late Morris Horn of Franklin Furnace.
Commander Ron Johnson, a representative for the U.S. Navy, visited Green High School on May 13 to announce Sanders’ appointment to the students, faculty and staff.
“The Naval Academy was established 170 years ago as the undergraduate institution for the Navy and the Marine Corps,” explained Johnson. “The Naval Academy received over 17,000 applications for 1,200 openings—only about 800 of those openings are filled with candidates directly out of high school.”
The admissions process is very rigorous and requires several rounds of recommendations,nominations and interviews candidates must also undergo medical evaluations and physical fitness assessments.
“We’re a little overwhelmed with it all, he has worked very hard to get in and I couldn’t be happier for him or more proud of him,” said his Father Chuck Sanders. “Ultimately he wants to be stationed at NASA and become an astronaut. He’s always had lofty goals and once he sets his mind to something, I’ve never seen him come up short. He’s a very determined and independent individual.”
Sanders will report to the Naval Academy on June 30 where he will be sworn in as a midshipman. Students attend the academy for four years, graduating with bachelor of science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps.
“In my 14 years of being in education, this may be the only student that I’ve dealt with that’s been accepted into an academy,” explained Principal Emnett. ” I would want my children to grow up to be like William. He’s hardworking, and he’s dedicated to serving his country, his fellow students and he’s got a great sense of humor. His interactions with the staff have always been great and we’re very proud of his accomplishments.”
Approximately four years from now, Sanders will receive his college degree, a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. He will then accept a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.
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