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Abercrombie heading to NAPS


- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Farragut High School senior Erick Abercrombie (center) on graduation is headed to the U.S. Navy via an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Abercrombie is the son of Ed Abercrombie and Maria O’Shaughnessy. Abercrombie will begin at The Naval Academy Prep School located in Newport, R.I., on the Naval Education and Training Center naval base. NAPS is the Navy’s fourth oldest school; only the Naval Academy, Naval War College and Naval Post Graduate School are older.

The mission of NAPS is to prepare selected candidates for admission who are judged to need additional academic preparation so that they will be able to perform successfully as midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy or as cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The 10-month course of instruction at NAPS, lasting from August through May, emphasizes preparation in English Composition, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Information Technology. Abercrombie is scheduled to report to the academy July 17. NAPS accepts only 250 to 300 candidates each year. Pictured with Abercrombie are (from left) Alison Abercrombie, Capt. Dennis Worley of Farragut High School, Abercrombie, O’Shaughnessy and Mackenzie Abercrombie. Ed Abercrombie is not pictured. Abercrombie will serve five years active duty and four years reserve duty upon completion of studies at the U.S. Naval Academy. He plans to study nuclear engineering. Abercrombie was not a member of the NJROTC program at FHS.

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