Midlothian graduate accepted to four United States service academies

Posted at 7:00 AM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 07:00:15-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- While playing board games like Sorry, Brooke Bailey can usually get a read on what her dad is thinking.

"He'll get this little smirk on his face.  And you know, when he has that smirk, he's about to play an evil move," she said.

Brooke Bailey

Brooke Bailey

Brooke’s dad is in the U.S. Navy.

Other family members are in the military or have served.

But Brooke did something none of them accomplished.

The Midlothian High School graduate was accepted to four United States service academies -- the United States Military Academy in New York, the United States Naval Academy in Maryland, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, and the United States Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

"Mom and I are just amazed,” William Bailey said. "We're gushing with excitement for her."

In Sorry, the goal is to travel around the game board as fast as possible.

William advised his daughter slow things down with a decision on which school to attend.

"She talked to alumni from each academy," William said. "She visited each academy on multiple occasions."

She ultimately landed on the U.S. Naval Academy.

"Oh, he was so happy!" she said. "He sat back, and he said 'I'll let her choose wherever she wants.  I will support her wherever she goes.'"

Dad said he was just happy to see his daughter had a sense of service.

"I'm glad that she's carrying on that legacy.  The legacy of service that you are doing something greater than yourself," he said.

"It's going to be very challenging," Brooke added, “but I think I'm ready for it.  Any challenge that comes my way I'm going to hopefully turn it into an opportunity."

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