At only 18 years of age, she’s ahead of the game.
Desert Edge High School senior Kaitlin Raney is an athlete, a good student, recognized as a leader by her peers and teachers and has a full ride to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in the fall.
In total, she received five nominations; two to the Naval Academy, two to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and one to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
After getting appointed to both the United States Coast Guard Academy and the Naval one as well, Raney chose the Navy.
She said she visited the Naval Academy last year and really enjoyed her time.
“It was overwhelming just how large it was, and just how grand and traditional it was,” she said. “Being from Arizona, nothing is older than 40 years, so to see something that was almost 200 years was just phenomenal.”
She will have her tuition, room and board costs completely covered, which is about $375,000.