Logan Curry, a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, has accumulated several honors during his time at PMSA.
He added a major honor to his resume on Tuesday, February 18, when he found out that he has been accepted into the United States Naval Academy. He received the news in a surprise meeting with Lieutenant Glen Ives, a field admissions officer with the Naval Academy, in the PMSA guidance office while his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tim and Yolanda Curry, and other family members looked on.
To be accepted into the Naval Academy, a high school student must receive a nomination from an official source such as a United States Representative, a U.S. Senator, or the Vice President of the United States (Logan was nominated by Representative Danny Davis, D-Illinois). The student also must take the SAT or ACT and complete a medical examination and physical fitness test. They also must maintain excellent grades in high school classes and be involved in a series of extracurricular activities such as athletics and music.
Lieutenant Ives said he believes that Logan is the first PMSA student to receive an appointment to the Naval Academy.
"You’re one of our top candidates," Lieutenant Ives said to Logan. "We’re hoping for big things from you."
Logan said that he plans to accept the offer, which includes a full-ride scholarship, and study ocean engineering. He will first attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island, before entering the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the following year. He said that he is looking forward to beginning his term with the "plebe summer" in late June.
"I want to prove that I deserve to be there," Logan said. "I will put my best foot forward. I’ve got to work harder now."
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Logan is the latest in a long line of leaders at PMSA.
"I am obviously very proud of Logan on his acceptance into the Naval Academy," she said. "Logan continues the tradition of students at PMSA leading the way for others, and we look forward to hearing more great news about him in the future."
Being accepted into the Naval Academy was the latest honor that Logan has won in recent weeks. On February 2, he was part of the winning team from the Merit School of Music in Chicago to win the Rembrandt Chamber Players 19th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition at Northwestern University. Playing tenor saxophone, the group performed "The Recitation Book" by David Maslanka.
"Win or lose, we appreciate the opportunity to compete with other groups in the area," Logan said. "The audience really enjoyed it. We got to execute a lot of things we were working on."
Congratulations to Logan Curry on all of his achievements and for helping to Keep Proviso Rising!