Heritage High student recognized for US Naval Academy acceptance

RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) — A northwest Georgia high school recognized its first student accepted into the US Naval Academy.

On Tuesday afternoon at Heritage High, a special ceremony was held for Ryan Craft.

Students who apply to the academy go through a rigorous application process.

Craft received a nomination from a US representative.

He says you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

“It is really special. It shows that all of your hard work can pay off. You just have to do whatever it takes to get there,” Craft said.

Principal Ronnie Bradford says Craft’s accomplishment is rare.

“We’re incredibly proud of Ryan. How he went through four years of Heritage High School and took advantage of every opportunity to be as involved as he could be and he does everything full tailed 100 percent,” Bradford said.

The US Naval Academy receives around 16,000 applications a year and only 1,200 students are selected.

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