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Hardy Family Three for three

Hardy Family

Katherine (middle), takes a photo with immediate family at her commissioning. (L to R) King (brother), Carina (mother), Krisandra (sister), and Tim (father).

Joining the Reagan JROTC program, as one of our new 9th grade students, it did not take long to learn that Katherine Hardy had a strong desire to attend the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. I am not sure which of many clues was the strongest, a constant stream of Marine Corps or Navy T-shirts worn when she did not have to wear something made by the Army; her refusal to see the humor in jokes about the Navy; her dislike of Army Green or the many references to her brother and sister, both Annapolis graduates.

Katherine’s older brother, King, graduated Valedictorian from Kubasaki High School while his father, a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant,  was stationed with 12th Marines, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.  King graduated from the Naval Academy in May of 2006, he is a Navy helicopter (Seahawk 60B) pilot and currently assigned to US Naval Support Activity (NSA), Naples Italy.

Katherine’s older sister Krisandra is a 2008 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of NHS, Latin Club, Theater, OSHA, and aRed Cross Volunteer. She received a ROTC scholarship and admission to the University of Texas, Austin but was also offered an appointment at the United States Naval Academy. She decided to go to the Academy. She graduated from Annapolis in 2012, was selected to attend graduate school and will soon join the Navy’s nuclear submarine force as one of this services first female officer’s. She recently graduated from the Naval Nuclear/Power School; she will complete “Prototype” in the next few months, and then move to her first submarine assignment.

Annapolis does not have selection criterion titled, “candidate with the most sibling academy graduates”. Katherine will join the class of 2018 next June. The class of 2017 had 17,819 applicants with 1,408 offered an appointment. The selection process is tough and each candidate is judged on their own merits.

Katherine is in the top 10% of her academic class at Reagan High School, ranked 47 of 742 students. Last summer she attended the American Legion Girls State program. She is the Cadet Battalion Commander for Reagan’s JROTC program, female Raider Team commander, and commander of the unarmed drill team. For all of her years at Reagan she has arrived at school for physical fitness team training at 6:30 a.m. and does not leave school until 6:00 p.m. A schedule she has maintained all school year every year at Reagan.

Although she is the third Hardy to go to Annapolis she is not following her brother or sister. She made her own way there and will one day serve her nation with honor.

Posted on October 10, 2013