Skaneateles ships out finest

Angelillo already at work at Annapolis' naval academy.

Alex Angelillo, who recently graduated from Skaneateles High School in the class of '07, is one of few who received a nomination from Congressman James Walsh to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in the class of 2011.

"I applaud this impressive list of young men and woman who are committed to serving our nation in receiving training and education at a U.S. Service Academy," Walsh said. "They are among New York's finest."

Angelillo, who was part of the honors society and played football and baseball in high school, left a few days after graduation to begin training and classes at Annapolis, which sits at the mouth of the Severn River, just north of Chesapeake Bay. The four- year program will be followed by a minimum of five years of service with the Navy.

"The academy not only offers the ability to be a leader, but they give you an amazing opportunity to get a great education," Angelillo said. "I've always thought it's a very noble thing to serve your country."

Angelillo said he has always had interest in joining the service, and has many members of his extended family that have worked in the armed forces. He initially wasn't sure which branch he wanted to join, and had to make a decision between the Army and the Navy, which he did after visiting both West Point and Annapolis.

"I knew it would give me a good idea of what military academy life would be like," Angelillo said. "I really liked the discipline, and there were a lot of great people at Annapolis. Everyone helps each other out, everyone has to rely on each other. You get a great sense of camaraderie."

Angelillo initially considered attending West Point, but ultimately changed his mind after visiting the Naval academy at Annapolis. His summer will be a lot shorter than most of his former classmates; he reported to Annapolis Wednesday June 27 for a six-week basic training program, which is referred to as 'plebe summer.' Plebe is the term used for freshmen at Annapolis. Classes begin immediately after six weeks of basic training.

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