To be accepted to one of the five U.S. military service academies is a rare feat. To be accepted to three of them is nothing short of impressive. For Mount Paran Christian School senior Mallory Jordan, the future lies with one of the most competitive schools in the country, the United States Naval Academy (USNA).
With zero tuition costs, free room and board, outstanding academics, and guaranteed job offers upon graduation, it is little surprise that there is strong competition for a spot in one of these elite service academies. This leads to some of the lowest college admissions rates in the nation: the United States Naval Academy at 11.1%, The United States Air Force Academy at 11.1%, The United States Military Academy at 12%, The United States Coast Guard Academy at 20.5%, and The United States Merchant Marine Academy at 24.9%.
In addition to her acceptance to the Naval Academy, Mallory was also accepted to The United States Military Academy (at West Point), The United States Coast Guard Academy, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Her aim is to major in Political Science and Government, with a minor in Spanish. “I aspire to be either a pilot or surface warfare officer in the Navy, and later, I hope to earn a law degree and be a part of the JAG [Judge Advocate Generals] Corps,” Mallory says. This is a continuation of her childhood career aspirations. “I remember always wanting to be a criminal defense attorney and help the wrongly accused. I loved watching [fictional TV defense attorney] Perry Mason,” she says.
Mallory chose to apply to the service academies because she sought a non-traditional college experience. “Some of the people I look up to most have been or are in the military,” she says. “Their leadership displays the values espoused by the various service academies, such as love of country, duty, competence, and compassion for others. I want to be surrounded by young men and women of high character and integrity who are humble servants of their country and possess strong leadership qualities. By engaging with the best of the best, I believe I can reach my full potential of being a strong leader in this country. I want to be a part of something with purpose and in a place where people are striving to complete a common mission that is dedicated to serving and helping others.”
Of her choice to attend the USNA, Mallory is eager to serve her country with fellow comrades and patriots. “When I visited Navy for the first time - graduation day for the class of 2019 - there was an intense feeling of pride and honor as I walked around amidst many accomplished midshipmen.” Mallory says that feeling has never left her.
For her appointment to the USNA, Mallory endured a rigorous admissions process, including nomination from a U.S. Senator, Congressional Representative, or the Vice President; medical examinations and fitness assessments; an interview with a Blue and Gold Officer; as well as the traditional application materials such as college entrance exams and school transcripts.
While she looks forward to this next transition, Mallory says she will miss the many friends she has made during her 13 years at MPCS, as well as the many influential teachers and coaches who have made a lasting impact. “I don’t think I would be the same person if I wasn’t at Mount Paran for the last thirteen years,” Mallory shares. “The school and people in it have shaped me in so many ways for the better. Mount Paran has helped me grow my relationship with Christ because of the teachers I have as resources. I will miss being in an environment where all my teachers are willing and eager to help me. I will miss knowing I am in a community that always has my best interests at heart.”
Assistant Head of School and Head of High School Mrs. Tawanna Rusk says she is overcome with joy for Mallory’s decision to attend the USNA. “Mallory’s decision to pursue her college degree at the Naval Academy is not a small choice. She has dedicated her entire academic career to pursue this goal by taking the most challenging courses and excelling. In addition to academics, her extracurricular path has been filled with physical training year-round and leadership development. Maintaining the self-discipline to achieve appointments to West Point, Coast Guard, and the Naval Academy is a phenomenal testimony to her exceptional character. I am confident in her ability to serve and lead.”