Beachum accepts appointment to Naval Academy Prep School

Javarri Beachum

Lt. Ryan Lally from Panama City presented Javarri Beachum with his packet welcoming Beachum to the Naval Academy Prep School.

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 08:53 AM.

As he noted last Friday, Lt. Commander Marty Jarosz (Ret.) had no one to congratulate him 44 years ago when he received an appointment to the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I.

The Vietnam War had created divisions in the country, Jarosz said of the time he received his appointment. Men and women of uniform were disparaged, insulted, called “baby killers.”

His entrance to the upper echelons of Navy instruction was hardly celebratory, Jarosz said.

And Jarosz was determined that would not happen to Javarri Beachum, the current cadet lieutenant for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School NJORTC program.

Beachum was officially welcomed into the Naval ranks last week as he accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy Prep School, a stepping stone to the Naval Academy in Annapolis in four years.

“We are here to celebrate not only the accomplishments of one man, but also a school,” Jarosz said. “I am extremely proud of what Javarri has accomplished, not only as a cadet, but as a student and a part of the Port St. Joe community.”

Beachum’s milestone, the equivalent of a four-year college scholarship, puts him in elite company.

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