• ST. LOUIS, MO. May 8, 2012Cadet Devin Owens, a senior at Cleveland Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) High School, has been awarded an appointment to the prestigious United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.


    Established in 1845, it is the second-oldest of the United States’ five service academies, and educates officers for commissioning into the Navy and Marine Corps. According to State University.com, the United State Naval Academy’s rigorous academic programs are designed to challenge its students, also referred to as Midshipmen:

    Suffice it to say, if you are seeking academic challenge, you won’t be at all disappointed by the Naval Academy—it is undoubtedly one of the most stressful and taxing academic programs found in our country. On top of that add the fact that military activities take up much of your free time, and you have a true time-management challenge. Study time simply isn’t plentiful, and it takes a great deal of self-discipline to maximize your effectiveness. Over time you learn to cope, however, and are a better person for it. There is also a great deal of academic opportunity at Navy.


    Currently, Cadet Owens has a 3.82 GPA, and is the class valedictorian.  His senior course load includes Physics, Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Placement English and Spanish 3. In addition, he serves as the Cadet Lieutenant Commander and Battalion Executive Officer and competed in varsity football, wrestling, and track. 


    The United States Naval Academy boasts one of the lowest college acceptance rates in the nation, accepting only 7% of its applicants in 2011, primarily due to its stringent application process.  To be admitted, Cadet Owens was required to meet eligibility requirements, exhibit good moral character, and surpass the application process, which includes personality testing, standardized testing, and obtain a nomination from an official source like state representatives and senators and U.S. officeholders. Candidates for admission must also undergo a physical aptitude test (the CFA or Candidate Fitness Assessment [formerly the Physical Readiness Examination]) as well as a complete physical exam including a separate visual acuity test to be eligible for appointment.


    By earning an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Cadet Owens will be well provided for during his tenure with the Navy paying for the tuition, room and board, medical and dental care. He will also enjoy active-duty benefits including access to military commissaries and exchanges, commercial transportation and lodging discounts and the ability to fly space-available in military aircraft around the world. Midshipmen pay is $929.40 monthly, from which laundry, barber, cobbler, activities fees, yearbook and other service charges are deducted. Actual cash pay is $100 per month the first year, which increases each year thereafter.


    For more information please contact the Office of Public Information (314) 345-2367.