Bobbie Kennedy, Grangeville High School’s college and career readiness specialist, recently attended a conference at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Bobbie Kennedy recently took a trip of a lifetime.
The Grangeville High School college and career readiness specialist participated in the “Centers of Influence” conference and toured the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Kennedy traveled there Nov. 13 and returned to Grangeville Nov. 16.
“I think my favorite parts were touring the engineering labs, along with watching the Noon Formation of the Brigade of Midshipmen,” She said. “They marched in to their noon meal, to the tune The Imperial March — Darth Vader. I got to eat lunch with a plebe – a freshman at King Hall.”
Kennedy’s trip was all-expenses paid, and she said she would encourage other educators to take part in attending the conference. Participants need to be nominated and selected to attend. She was one of six educators from Idaho to make the trip.
“I believe that Idaho had the most educators present at this conference,” she said. “There were 80 educators in all, from all over the country.”
Kennedy said the academy is looking for “geeky jocks”.
“They want students who have scholarship — top 20 percent or better in their class—, leadership, character and varsity level athletes,” she said. “You need to be able to get along with people, be resilient and overcome adversity. Serving your country is part of the deal, as you become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation.”
Kennedy said she believes there are students in and around Idaho County who would make good candidates for any service academy or ROTC program.
“My purpose in going to the conference is to educate area students about what it takes to be competitive and how to apply for a nomination,” she explained “I think that a lot of people don’t know about these opportunities, and I am excited to share this information with them.”
She said being married to a service academy graduate gives her a greater sense of awe and appreciation for her husband, John, and what he went through during his journey to become a professional officer in the military.
“It is intense preparation, and you have to really want it,” she added.
Kennedy’s job at GHS is funded through the state and is new this year to high schools.
“My door is open, and I am so excited to help students discover their strengths and meet their goals,” she said.
To reach Kennedy call GHS at 983-0580 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.