Wyatt Walker is the rare kind of high school senior who has a well-thought-out plan as soon as high school ends.

One way or another, Walker is going to follow in the footsteps of the male counterparts in his family and join the military.

His goal is to become an officer by either attending one of the academies, or by joining the ROTC in college and becoming an officer through that training.

He’s already made the first cut for the Naval Academy, in which 18,000 applicants are slimmed down to a pool of about 1,200, and is within inches of reaching his goal.


Around 1,100 of the 1,200 will get in, which gives Walker great odds.

“The hard part is over,” Walker said. “Now it’s just a big waiting game. I applied to all of the service academies. Westpoint, the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy as well as the Army ROTC and the Navy ROTC. I haven’t received the scholarship yet, but the nomination I did receive is a big step.”

The Navy has always been the senior’s first choice, but he was willing to enter a different branch if necessary, but it’s starting to look like that won’t be necessary.

Find out more about Walker's pending scholarship and his role on the Graham Steers basketball team in the weekend edition of the Graham Leader.