Students and faculty at Forsyth Central High School took a few moments on Wednesday to celebrate the accomplishments of one senior.
Chase Nufer was recognized for his recent appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at a ceremony held by his teachers and family.
“It was great seeing family and friends there who were supporting my accomplishment and dedication to service. It felt really good,” said Nufer.
Nufer, a STEM Program Student, Forsyth Central athlete and member of the School Superintendents Advisory Council said that he has had his heart set on the academy for years.
“I first learned about the naval academy when I was a sophomore from a neighbor who lives down the street and was at the academy … I looked into it and fell in love with it. It’s an honor, truly,” Nufer said. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to go up there and have the opportunity to serve.”
Mitch Young, Forsyth Central High School principal, said that he was not surprised at the appointment after seeing Nufer flourish at the school.
“To get an appointment to a United States Military Academy is quite an arduous process, he had to not only be an exceptional student, but also demonstrate high levels of leadership and athleticism,” Young said.
Young said that at the ceremony a spokesperson for the academy said that more than 16,000 students apply for the academy but only about 1,200 get an appointment.
He said that he hopes that through this appointment Nufer will continue to grow as a person.
“An appointment like this means that he can take that leadership to the next level. He’ll be at the academy with … other kids like him, and as scripture says, ‘iron sharpens iron,”’ Young said.
Nufer will graduate from Forsyth Central at the end of May. He agreed with Young’s statement that the Academy will continue to help him grow.
“I feel like the academy is going to really hone in those aspects that I already built up during high school and just really get me to be the best person I can be,” he said.
“I’m ready for whatever life can throw at me.”