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Kylie Bedard Appointed to the United States Naval Academy
Jeff Christenbury

Kylie Bedard’s long journey to her dream college was a 24 month process but was worth the wait. Thornton Academy is proud to share the news that the track and field star has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland for the fall semester.

“When I heard the good news, it was so rewarding knowing all the time I had spent was worth it,” Bedard said. “My family and I were very emotional knowing what I had accomplished and that I would go on to have a successful future being able to serve my country after attending one of the most prestigious institutions in the country.”

Bedard said the application process was extensive and started all the way back in the middle of her sophomore year. Bedard is a standout track athlete and will compete for the Midshipmen. 

“I first gained interest in attending the Naval Academy my sophomore year when I was being recruited for track and field and immediately started exploring the amazing opportunity attending the Naval Academy would give me,” she said. “I went on an official visit for track and field in December of my junior year, and I was able to sleep in the dorm and explore everything the Naval Academy had to offer. I fell in love with the school and I knew it was the place for me!”

The long and arduous journey was made more difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Bedard took it one step at a time. As with any application to either the Naval Academy or West Point, applicants need several interviews, as well as nominations from federally elected officials, which Bedard received from U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins.

While it’s always an honor to have a student from a Thornton Academy graduating class achieve such a prestigious reward, TA is overwhelmed to have two students attending our military academies from the Class of 2021. Senior Jake Lowe recently received an appointment to West Point. Bedard said her and Lowe have been in touch throughout the process even though they will now be bitter rivals.

“Jake and I talk all the time,” Bedard said. “Since West Point and Navy are rivals, we always jokingly butt heads, but we have helped each other so much through the process and have been able to bounce ideas off each other and gave each other motivation to keep going and push forward when the stress was high. It has been so nice to have one of my best friends to go through this process with, and we have been able to share our successes together.”

Bedard will be inducted on July 1 in Annapolis, where she will begin her track and field career also. She signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Midshipmen on March 26 during a ceremony at Linnell Gym. She hopes to study English and is ready for the difficult but rewarding opportunity. 

“When attending USNA, I am planning to major in English, so I can potentially become a teacher after serving in the Navy if I do not choose to continue serving after my USNA service commitment,” she said. “In my service career, I hope to become a pilot. I have always been interested in flight, so I hope to explore this interest while I am at USNA and use the skills I learn to go on to flight school. Overall, I am so excited to embark on this journey of service, leadership, and commitment! As always, Go Navy, Beat Army!”