PPHS grad inducted into Naval Academy


Staff Report



ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Hunter White, a graduate of Point Pleasant High School was inducted into the the Naval Academy Class of 2021 on June 29. He will begin six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer.

Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman call, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. Last year the Naval Academy received over 17,000 applications for the Class of 2020.

During this time, plebes have no access to television, movies, the internet or music, and restricted access to cell phones. They are only permitted three calls during the six weeks of Plebe Summer.

The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help plebes prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenge, which awaits them.

As the summer progresses, the new midshipmen rapidly assimilate basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drill and how to shoot 9 mm pistols and M-16 rifles.

Other daily training sessions involve moral, mental, physical and professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses designed to develop physical, mental and team-building skills. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Sceince degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

The Brigade of Midshipmen is comprised of approximately 4,400 students, from every state in the union and a handful of international students. Each year, approximately 1,200 young men and women are admitted to the Naval Academy’s incoming class.

Hunter graduated with honors from Point Pleasant in 2016. Prior to his induction into the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2021, Hunter was selected by the USNA Alumni and Athletic Association to receive the Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw Foundation Scholarship to attend the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, where he completed nine months of PG study.

White is the son of Sean and Becky White, formerly of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, now residing in Racine, Ohio.

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