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Greenwich Time: Greenwich girls setting sail for U.S. Naval Academy

This article originally appeared in the Greenwich Time; to read it in full, please visit the newspaper's website

For seniors Athena Corroon and Eleanor Dabney, college preparation will not mean shopping for mini-fridges and stocking up on ramen in August. Come June, they will chop off their hair, swap their phones for stationery and learn how to drill push-ups as well as equations.

About a dozen students in Greenwich have applied to service academies, and Corroon, from Sacred Heart Greenwich, and Dabney, from Greenwich High, are the first two students to be admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy.

As athletes who play lacrosse and row, respectively, the two young women have the upper hand because their recruitment processes started long before the application process.

Corroon’s grandfather and great-grandfather were in the air force, while almost every man in Dabney’s family has been in the Marine Corps. Both young women will continue family legacies of military service, but they will also be trail-blazers, as the first young women to serve.

“Everyone is placed on this earth for a reason, and mine is to serve,” Corroon said.

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