Most high school graduates have until late-August or September until they start their post-high school education, but that is not the case for 2018 Wilton High School graduate Brian Calabrese.
On July 23 — one month after graduating from Wilton High School — Brian heads off to the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), in Newport, R.I.
NAPS is the Navy’s fourth-oldest school whose mission is to “enhance midshipman candidates’ moral, mental and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the U.S. Naval Academy,” according to the school’s website.
Instead of a direct appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Brian said, he was offered a spot at NAPS.
“When you apply to the Naval Academy, you are either accepted, not accepted, or offered a spot to NAPS,” said Brian, who has committed to playing lacrosse at NAPS. During his time at Wilton High School, Brian was one of the captains of the boys varsity lacrosse team. He was also a quarterback on the football team.
Brian will take part in NAPS’s 10-month course of instruction, which emphasizes preparation in English composition, mathematics, chemistry, physics and information technology, complemented with “demanding military, physical and character development programs” to “fully prepare students for the challenges of life at a service academy,” according to the school’s website.
“I will take more high school courses,” he said, “and also take some classes for credit at the Naval Academy.”
When he graduates from the preparatory school in May, Brian said, he hopes to be appointed a spot in the U.S. Naval Academy’s 2023 class.
But for now, Brian said, he is “looking forward to the challenging academics” at NAPS and “playing lacrosse against some new teams [he’s] never played against.”