Trio: DB grad gets accepted to all three military academies

(PHOTO: Contributed Family / Special to WCYB)

Right now, high school seniors are finishing up exams and many are gearing-up for college.

But only the most elite will be accepted into one of the nation's top three military academies.

The application process is grueling. Not only do you have to be an academic star, and a leader in your school but you have to pass a physical fitness challenge to get into one of these colleges.

News 5's Julie Newman met a senior graduating from Dobyns Bennett High School who applied to all three military academies and the results are unbelievable.

Meaghan Allen has always known she wanted to help people.

"As I grew-up I started looking for colleges that I wanted to apply to and started to try and direct my life-course, I realized the service academies seemed to be a great fit for me," she said.

Her dad went to West Point Military Academy and she thought she might follow in his footsteps. But those are big shoes to fill.

According to USA Today, it's five times as complex to apply for a military academy, as it is for most colleges.

So she applied to the top three: West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy. Each ranks in the top 30 liberal-arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

And Meaghan got in to all three.

"No one in our school has ever been appointed to all three. And again, per my research, only an handful of cadets across the entire country - across the entire globe - have been appointed to all three," said DB Principal Chris Hampton.

Col. (Ret) Eric Vogt, U.S Air Force, ROTC Instructor, said, "I think, on average, there's usually 10-to-15,000 initial applicants for 500 slots at the service academies."

Meaghan wants to study medicine and go into the med corps to study infectious diseases. And she chose the academy that best fit her goals.

"Naval Academy. Go Navy," she said.

Behind that lighthearted smile, is a hard worker. Meaghan is graduating in the top 3-percent of her class at Dobyns Bennett, with a 4.3 GPA.

"Students need to have in the high 20's low 30's for ACT scores. They need to be student leaders. They need to be academically outstanding. And they've got to be the total package," said Vogt.

She also needed recommendations from lawmakers. U.S. Senator Bob Corker and U.S. Congressman Phil Roe both wrote letters on her behalf.

But going to a college like this, takes more than just good grades. It takes a good heart.

"Not only does the academy look for someone who is a well rounded individual, but they look for someone who has similar ethics and morals to them, and who will uphold their standards," she said.

The Navy will pick up her college tuition, and provide her a paycheck as a mid-shipman. In return, she will serve our country for at least 5 years.

"With all of her attributes, Meaghan is the type of student who not only represent our school and our community and her family exceedingly well, I have no doubt that she will represent our country in the service academy in the same fashion," the principal said.

Dobyns Bennett has three other students who have accepted appointments to military academies. A fellow classmate is going with Meaghan to the naval academy. One will be attending West Point for the Army while another is enrolled at the Merchant Marine Academy.

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