Before senior year, Josie Baur already knew her path led to Naval Academy

Josie Baur discovered that if the typical activities of your senior year of high school are going to be canceled because of a global pandemic, it makes some of the normal struggles easier to have your college plans sorted out as a junior. In Baur’s case, the student at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, had accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, with a commitment to play lacrosse before her senior year even started.

The resident of College Park, Maryland, said she took her time choosing which high school to attend four years ago, but in the end picked Good Counsel because “it felt like home.” The many opportunities to do community service, its International Baccalaureate program and the chance to play both lacrosse and the tuba in several different bands appealed to her, she said. She also has been involved in the National Honor Society, the Black Student Association and the Xaverian Brothers service program.

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