Beachum accepts appointment to Naval Academy Prep School

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

Jarosz spoke about the growth he has seen from Beachum over four years.

A quiet, reserved freshmen, Beachum blossomed into a leader of the school’s cadets, a standout student and an athlete of note on the school’s soccer team.

“He’s a phenomenal student and an exemplary leader,” said school Principal Jeremy Knapp.

And to underscore Lally’s comments about “a village raising a Navy college candidate” as Beachum signed his Prep School paperwork he was surrounded by “family” that included not only blood relatives, but civic leaders and friends who had provided support and a hand up along the way.

“I have learned so much it’s hard to pick out one or two things,” Beachum said of his high school years. “I guess the big lesson is you’ve got to take full advantage of the opportunity.

“It takes dedication and hard work, like anything else in life. But it pays off. I am so happy right now.”

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