Sequoyah senior accepts Naval Preparatory Academy appointment


TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Sequoyah Schools’ senior Lynsey Dry has received official notification that she has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School located on Naval Station Newport in Newport, R.I.

Dry signed her official letter of acceptance to attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School at a special signing event and reception hosted by Sequoyah Schools Jan. 15.

“I’ve been around it (military) since I was little,” Dry said. “My dad was a Marine and I’ve just always had a respect for people in the military and knew that I wanted to do it.”

Dry is the third student from Sequoyah to receive an opportunity to attend a military service academy. Shayne Boyd, a 2009 Sequoyah Schools’ graduate, is currently a freshman at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Trey Francis, a 2008 Sequoyah graduate, is a sophomore at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Dry received a recommendation for appointment to the Naval Academy from Sen. Jim Inhofe. She attended the summer seminars at all three service academies, West Point, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy, last summer which solidified her decision to attend the Naval Academy.

“The Naval Academy Summer Leadership Seminar really helped me to make my decision,” Dry said. “I liked the atmosphere of the school and how the mid-shipmen were all working together and they were very supportive and encouraging.”

Acceptance and completion of Naval Academy Preparatory School assures her entrance into the United States Naval Academy Graduating Class of 2015. NAPS educates approximately 300 students annually. NAPS’ mission is to prepare selected candidates morally, mentally and physically, with emphasis on strengthening the academic foundation of individual candidates for officer accession through the U.S. Naval Academy. The 10-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English composition, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and information technology. NAPS also offers a varsity athletic program that competes against other preparatory schools, junior colleges and college junior varsity teams.

The Naval Academy will provide her with four years of college education in return for five years of active duty military service, during which time she will receive full tuition, medical and dental benefits, room, board and salary.

Dry, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the daughter of Doug and Pat Dry of Tahlequah, Okla. She is a co-captain of the Sequoyah Schools’ varsity basketball team and has completed advanced placement math classes at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics while attending Sequoyah. She plans to major in mathematics.