WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Students of Cape Fear Academy were recognized Tuesday for excellence inside and outside of the classroom.
William Purdom was honored with the opportunity to attend the United States Naval Academy on a full scholarship.
He was presented with a certificate Tuesday for his achievement.
William was inspired by his late grandfather, and found a piece of history when he traveled to Annapolis that motivated him to reach this point.
"He was a great man and from what I heard,” explained William. “Actually, that uniform was one thing that sparked my interest. But beyond that, in the 7th grade, I went to lacrosse camp and I found a plaque from 1800 with another William Purdom, so it's like a continuation."
William will begin Plebe School in five weeks, which is an intensive training program for new members of the Navy.
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