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Shelby Davis-Prettiman Receives
Appointment to United States Naval Academy
May 15, 2013

Samuel Ready Scholar, Shelby Davis-Prettiman a senior at The Bryn Mawr School has received an appointment to the Naval Academy where she will be attending college.

At the beginning of her senior year, Davis-Prettiman started the extensive application process. In addition to the standard essays that all schools expect, the Naval Academy requires an interview and a Candidate Fitness Assessment. Prospective students must also apply for and receive a nomination, usually from a member of Congress. Davis-Prettiman had the distinction of receiving her nomination from President Obama, an honor reserved for applicants with a parent currently serving in the military. In addition, although the number of nominations from the president is unlimited, only 100 candidates from this pool are selected – less than ten percent of the approximately 1,300 students admitted each year. With an acceptance rate of approximately seven percent, the Naval Academy is one of the most selective schools in the country.

Davis-Prettiman became a Samuel Ready Scholar in the sixth grade. She says that her experience as a Scholar at Bryn Mawr in the rigorous all-girls environment has prepared her well for the structure of the Naval Academy. "Academically, I know I'm prepared for the core classes that I have to take, like calculus and English," says Davis-Prettiman.

In addition to her studies, Davis-Prettiman plans to row for the Navy Crew team.

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