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Floyd accepted into Naval Academy

Growing up, Sam Floyd used to sit transfixed and listen to his grandfather, Richard Floyd, regale him with stories of his time in the U.S. Navy as an F8 fighter pilot.

Those stories, along with the fact that his other grandfather, an uncle and two cousins, were also in the military, prompted the Bardstown High School senior to seriously consider his own path toward a career in the military.

“Hearing those stories growing up filled me with a sense of family,” Floyd said. “I decided I wanted those own experiences for myself. You could say I’ve had an interest since a young age.”

He will have a chance to forge his own path, as this month he received a letter informing him that he was accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Admission one of the toughest in the nation

The military academies are among the most selective universities in the country.

To even be considered for acceptance, candidates must both apply directly to the academy and receive a nomination, usually from a member of Congress. U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie nominated Floyd for admission into one of the service academics.

Floyd said he wasn’t sure which academy he wanted to attend, so he applied to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Merchant Marine Academy along with the Naval Academy.

“I felt the most comfortable going (to the Naval Academy),” Floyd said. Having a grandfather who also attended the Naval Academy helped him with his decision.

He had visited the Naval Academy before. Once with his grandfather for his 50th reunion, once at a wrestling camp when he was a freshman, and then this past summer for a weeklong Naval Academy seminar, which showed potential recruits what it would be like to attend.

“That was an enlightening experience,” Floyd said. During this time he took the Candidate Fitness Assessment and maxed out scores for push-ups and pull-ups, 94 out of 95 sit-ups, 78-foot basketball throw, 9.1 second shuttle and 7-minute mile.

Hopes to become a fighter pilot

While Floyd said it wasn’t always a dream of his to attend a military academy, he said he felt like this was the best option for what he hoped to become: A pilot.

“Even if this doesn’t work out, I still have a fall-back option,” Floyd said. “I would attend a college and get a degree in the aviation field.” Floyd said he would love to become a fighter pilot, but he would accept any role that was offered to him. He also said that becoming a commercial pilot is another option once he gets out of the military. Right now he plans on making the military his career.

Accomplishments tally many for Floyd

Floyd’s accomplishments during his high school years have been most impressive.

He scored a 34 on his ACT and 1520 on SAT. He has a GPA of 4.0 (unweighted) and 4.24 (weighted). He has taken almost every AP course that Bardstown High School offers with an “A” in every class. He ranks first (unweighted) out of 136 in his class and third (weighted). Floyd was named the 2019 KHSAA 5th Region Fall Student-Athlete of the Year and the Bardstown High School “Most Outstanding Student Award” in his freshmen, sophomore and junior years.

Floyd doesn’t only excel in the classroom. As a student-athlete, he lettered three years in football, four years in baseball and six years in wrestling. He credits wrestling with a lot of his personal development and growth.

“Wrestling helped me, not only in building strength and muscle, but how to handle adversity,” Floyd said. “It has taught me a lot of life lessons. I lost my first 33 straight varsity matches. But I didn’t panic. Wrestling taught me when the chips are down you give it your all.”

Floyd did just that, being named team captain his junior and senior years, qualified for state as a sophomore and junior and is favored to do so this year.

Floyd also plays the viola and is a member of the Bardstown High School Strings Orchestra, where he has been first chair for the last three years and selected to the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He was a 2019 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar graduate, a 2019 Kentucky Boys State graduate, a member of the Bardstown Nelson County Chamber Young Leaders, the Bardstown High School Key Club, Bardstown High School Speech Team, Future Business Leaders of America, Green Dot Society, Parkway Baptist Church Youth Group and Greeter, National Honor Society, along with volunteering for several area events.

Family proud of Floyd

Floyd is the son of Jason and Sara Floyd, and has three younger siblings: brothers, Charlie and John, and sister, Katy. His father said he’s extremely proud of his son and knows he will succeed at whatever he does. He also said he always thought Sam would make a good soldier.

“I’m excited for him and humbled (that he has been selected to the USNA),” Jason Floyd said. “He has the right mentality to be a soldier. I want our fighting force to be elite, and if I were looking for someone to lead a troop I would want it to be Sam.”

A trip to space?

Many who have aspirations to become a pilot in the Navy also have entertained thoughts of becoming an astronaut. Floyd’s grandfather did, and made the first three cuts in the Space Shuttle Program before being informed that they wouldn’t take F8 pilots, only F14. Floyd said the thoughts of being an astronaut are intriguing.

“That’s reserved for the highest ranking pilots,” Floyd said. “But I would be interested if I got to that level. If the opportunity becomes available that would be amazing.”

Staying grounded for now

Floyd doesn’t like to look too far into the future, as he knows the present can change in an instant.

“My short-term goal is to finish first in my class,” Floyd said. “Finish my grade school years the way they started. Life changes too quickly. I might get there (the Naval Academy) and decide flight is not for me. Wherever God is willing to take me I’ll follow.” 

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