NAPS being called out-today's Annap paper

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  1. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

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    While the outcome(s) of this remain to be determined, it is valuable in looking ahead, realizing the potential, perhaps even likelihood in light of budgetary issues, for a change, if not additional hope in this. Seems NAPS and her fellow SA preps could well be substantially at-risk targets for defense budget cuts. In looking at the rather dramatic decline in Mids coming in from the fleet and apparent equally dramatic increase in numbers of ethnic minorities and red-shirted jocks coming thru NAPS, Mr. Carpenter's defense and explanation will be increasingly challenging to defend. Oh what tangled webs we weave ...and Sen. Webb is petitioned to relieve.:confused::rolleyes::redface:

    http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/TOP/2011/02/12-09/Naval-Academy-Prep-School-under-fire.html
     
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    It's sad how true that article is.

    Let's run a blind study on the football players and lock them in a room and tell them that the academy is canceling the football program. Wanna take bets on how many would stay?
     
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    Well I can say that my daughter would not be able to attend the academy if it wasn't for NAPS. She has good grades, but terrible SAT scores. She is an awesome athlete and her sport is not offered at NAPS so we believe that she was picked for her leadership ability.

    There are some problems with NAPS one being that it is mostly an academic year and not enough military training as my daughter says its nothing like the academy. Another reason is that many of the recruited athletes do not fully understand what they are getting into and they have no idea the magnitude of the sacrifice they will endure in the 5 years. Now we are a college and we do want to be able to compete with other great colleges, so yes we do need away to help some awesome athletes have an opportunity to lead us into athletic completions as well as leading our great country.
    A solution would be in the way we recruit the athlete. First and foremost they must understand how hard it will be and what kind of sacrifice they will be making. From talking to some athletes I have learned that they some of the things they are told are a little sugar coated so when reality hits they end up leaving and wasting our tax payer dollars because they cant handle it. Many recruits have never had any type of military background and are pretty shocked.

    It would really be sad to see NAPS and other Preparatory schools taken away from some great kids such as my daughter who have worked their butts off and will run circles around many high achieving scholars don't discount these kids lets fix the problems with the program, but don't take away the opportunities. Diversity is a great thing and it makes us a stronger country.
     
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