Katey Mae Earns Annapolis Appointment

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A passion for flying and a desire to serve her country prompted this Kootenai High School student to apply for acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Katey Mae McInturff received notice of her acceptance into the academy last month.

The school, which receives more than 20,000 applications each year, has a 6 percent acceptance rate. Ms. McInturff will be one of about 1,200 in the freshman class this year.

Katey Mae McInturff, a senior at Kootenai High School, recieved notice of her acceptance into the Naval Academy last month.

Katey Mae McInturff, a senior at Kootenai High School, recieved notice of her acceptance into the Naval Academy last month.

Ms. McInturff received nominations from Rep. Raul Labrador, Sen. Jim Risch and Sen. Mike Crapo for the school. She plans to earn a degree in an English-related field before going into special naval training.

Once she has completed her traditional schooling, she hopes to become a Navy pilot.

“I’ve wanted to learn to fly since my grandfather took me up in his bi-plane when I was younger,” she said. “He flew me around a few times, did some aerobatics, loops and turns and even let me fly a little bit.”

Since then she’s been up in planes and has decided she likes it enough to try to make a living at it.

“I wanted to do something I like and also something where I could serve,” she said. “I like the thrill and excitement flying gives you and being in the Navy allows me the chance to give back a little bit of what I’ve been given.”

After research, Ms. McInturff decided to take a closer look at the naval academy and registered for a week-long visit last summer to the school in Annapolis, Maryland.

“After the academy, graduates get to name a preference for where they’d like to go for training,” she said. “About 80 percent get their first choice.”

Ms. McInturff has been enrolled in the Kootenai district since kindergarten. She serves as class president, is a member of The National Honor Society, and plays basketball, runs cross country and pole vaults for track in the spring. She is the daughter of Doug and Darcy McInturff.

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