CCHS student accepted to Naval Academy, West Point
Alex Morrow, a senior at Corydon Central High School, has been accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. He is the first CCHS student to apply for the Naval Academy, according to its records, and he has chosen to attend there.
Morrow’s interest in the military, and particularly the Navy, began in fourth grade when he discovered the Horatio Hornblower novels by C.S. Forester. The fictional tales depict Hornblower as an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.
‘They were truly a huge influence on my life,’ Morrow said of the Forester books, but he also cites a more recent influence closer to home. ‘9/11 was one of the worst days of my life. I don’t want to see someone do that again,’ he said.
And he has family connections to the military, both close and distant. A great-uncle of Morrow’s was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1946, and Morrow’s older brother, Wesley, is currently serving in Mosul, Iraq, with the U.S. Army at what it calls ‘the most fired upon base in Iraq.’
But it takes more than desire to gain acceptance into the Naval Academy. In addition to rigid academic requirements, Morrow had to be nominated by a variety of sources. ‘If you don’t get those nominations, you don’t get accepted, period,’ he said.
Among the more difficult was the nomination of a U.S. Congressmen or Senator. Sen. Richard Lugar nominated Morrow for the Naval Academy and Merchant Marine. Congressman Mike Sodrel nominated Morrow for the Air Force Academy, Military Academy and Naval Academy.
Morrow’s resum’ includes soccer his junior and senior years at CCHS, student council president, student council representative on the principal’s Student Advisory Council, member of the Renaissance Student Steering Committee and member of the National Honor Society.
He was also an Eagle Scout whose project was trail restoration at the former Harrison-Crawford/Wyandotte Complex.
But his high grades, he said, are his strongest attribute and were his best selling point.
‘One of the things I’ve heard is that you can make a smart person stronger, but you can’t make a strong person smarter,’ he said, adding that he is a ‘B athlete.’
After completing the academy, Morrow will have a five-year commitment to the military, during which ‘I really want to do Marine infantry. They are the tip of the spear,’ he said, adding, ‘The generals come from the infantry.’
During an interview Thursday, Morrow said, ‘Oddly enough, I just had my senior speech yesterday and one of the questions was, ‘Where do I see myself in the next 10 years?’ I know what I’m going to be doing for the next 10 years.’
After completing his five years at the academy and five years of military service, Morrow said a career with the military is possible but so is a return to civilian life.
‘I could see myself doing both. I would really like to be hired by a defense company,’ he said.
Alex Morrow is the son of L. Scott and Christine H. Morrow of Corydon. He has been attending school here since moving from Bradford, Pa., prior to beginning the sixth grade.