Beachum accepts appointment to Naval Academy Prep School

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

As Lt. Ryan Lally, a Panama City-based Navy representative for Port St. Joe, said, nearly 18,000 candidates applied for a spot at the Naval Academy Prep School for next year.

Just 250 were selected.

“It’s a very elite accomplishment,” Lally said. “Javarri is an example of a well-rounded individual dedicated to a life of service.”

That Beachum made the cut is itself a tale.

Beachum arrived at Port St. Joe High School at a time when the NJROTC program’s life-expectancy was in doubt.

The program had faced district budget cuts and was on notice that it had to increase its numbers or face elimination.

At the time, there were 23 cadets, less than the 10 percent of student population threshold for the program.

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