CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Ella Starr's summer vacation after high school graduation will be cut short by her entrance into the U.S. Naval Academy less than 48 hours before Independence Day.
"I wanted to serve my country all my life and be a surgeon," Starr said.
Starr, 18, will graduate from Chambersburg Area Senior High School with about 700 other students on Friday. Time after graduation will be spent in continued work at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and preparation for the Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Starr plans to "just prepare physically and memorize military stuff like ranks."
She said that of the 12,000 annual applicants to the prestigious school, only 1,200 will be in her class. Her grandfather, Donald L. Wagaman II, has been chosen to swear in Starr at the ceremony.
Starr, who was accepted at the academy in March, said she hopes to follow in her grandfather's footsteps in the Navy. She has four years of classes in the chemistry program and five years of active duty before her.