America's North Shore Journal

Supporting the Ninth Amendment

Our Best: Bobbie J Applegate

Rct. Bobbie J. Applegate

Rct. Bobbie J. Applegate, Photo by Sgt. Caitlin Brink

Story by Sgt. Caitlin Brink
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Green Local High School senior skipped prom and received her high school diploma almost two months early so she could leave Franklin Furnace, Ohio, and begin her journey toward the title of Marine at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 5.

For most seniors, surviving prom and walking across the stage at graduation are long anticipated moments. Yet for Bobbie J. Applegate, those events were of little merit when compared to beginning her career in the Marine Corps.

With a bright future ahead, Applegate had the world at her feet. Why choose to join the military rather than pursue college or a civilian career?

“I want to belong to something and be proud of it,” said Applegate. “All the Marines that look out for you and care for you… I want that in my life – a whole entire branch of the military to have my back, and I can have their back as well.”

Applegate has been part of the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program for almost a year, building her physical fitness level in preparation for the 13 weeks of rigorous recruit training.

“I’m ready to move onto bigger and better things,” said Applegate. “My high school isn’t offering that if I stay around. I’m just ready to get started with my life as soon as possible.”

Her dedication to joining the military institution has grown with each passing day.

“In the past four months, she has grown tremendously,” said Sgt. Cody M. Baird, a recruiter with Recruiting Sub-station Huntington, West Virginia. “The biggest thing I see from her is initiative. She’s getting out there and running on her own which shows a huge leadership trait in getting things going.”

Applegate must pass various qualifications including water survival, Marine Corps marksmanship, martial arts, academics, uniform inspections, and physical and combat fitness tests to graduate recruit training. She will undergo leadership and core values training daily.

“It’ll do her good,” said Howard D. Applegate, Bobbie’s grandfather and Portsmouth, Ohio native. “She’ll grow up a lot. She is opinionated, she knows what she wants to do and she’s ready to do it. She walks about a foot higher ever since she decided to join.”

Joining the Marine Corps is a family affair that originated with Applegate’s grandfather and his four siblings. Her family instilled in her the need to give back and help those who cannot help themselves.

“I wanted to join so I can give back to people as much as possible,” said Applegate. “I don’t think there is a better way than to give back to the entire United States and everyone else that we help in the world.”

Enlisting was not as easy as walking into the recruiting station and signing the paperwork. Applegate had to lose eight pounds in order to meet the Marine Corps height and weight standards. She changed her diet and began running twice a day.

She also had to convince her principal to let her leave school two months early. Applegate held one of the highest grade point averages for her class and had the opportunity to represent them as class valedictorian. A meeting between her recruiter and principal set the ball rolling.

“I didn’t want to see her passion or desire to be snuffed out,” said J.D. Emnett, Green Local High School principal and native of Wheelersburg, Ohio. “She has always been a top notch student, athlete and, person. I felt there was more we could do to help her get to where she wanted to be and achieve her goals. She is a special person. In 14 years of doing this type of work this is one of the greatest things I’ve been a part of.”

Emnett and Applegate met weekly to ensure she was staying on track, often speaking about leadership, life and pursuing her passions.

“He’s very supportive of me,” said Applegate. “He said he always wanted to serve but never did, so he’s doing everything he can to help me accomplish my dreams, and he’s the one that pushed me through my senior year.”

Applegate’s drive to begin her life in the Corps is obvious to those who come into contact with her.

“I knew this was all she wanted,” said Baird, 26, from Thurmont, Md. “I’m proud of her. I know we’re all proud of her and ready for her to get going and start training. I wish her luck. I’m going to miss having a poolee like her. She’s a very strong individual.”

Applegate began recruit training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., April 6 and is scheduled to graduate July 2, 2015, with Platoon 4022, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion.

2016 nfl draft team gradesBut when it came time for Elkann to settle up for the goods and services he had been provided during his two day binge, the cash strapped millionaire attempted to get his hands on $10,000 by allegedly calling up his family rep and claiming he had been kidnapped.After investigating the matter further however police dropped the charges against McKinstry, and instead charged Elkann with a misdemeanor for falsely reporting an incident.The incident comes 11 years after Elkann overdosed on a mixture of heroin and cocaine while in the company of a 53 year old transsexual prostitute.He passed away in 2003 and left behind a fortune reported to be close to $2billion. You can play on the backboard. Since no other goalie Cheap Oakleys in the NHL could do what he did, Brodeur’s team had an advantage in every game that they played. Kate spade handbags actually dre headphones open jordan retro the oakley sunglasses convenience dre beats of converse sneakers grace, ray bans sale louis vuitton especially burberry handbags outlet down hermes outlet encyclical Zhu rolex replica pepper nike running shoes room oakley sunglasses cheap Guiqi, coach purses outlet 26, tory burch sandals in addition hermes belt to grace womens clothing the burberry sale palace, chanel where gucci handbags a heavy montblanc woo north face outlet cheap jordans other michael kors outlet online homes louis vuitton handbags home, true religion jeans outlet you nfl jerseys cheap can michael kors place oakley sunglasses outlet it beats audio in incurred louis vuitton purses Off christian louboutin Anti, michael kors v?skor please nike factory Neiting Luan longchamp Yu swarovski crystal Kai uggs wish tiffany canada into their private mac cosmetics section, michael kors purses Shu juicy couture outlet can gucci shoes outlet do a little coach outlet store online flesh and blood ugg australia affair, abercrombie kids Tianlun vans shoes in the matter ralph lauren polo of. By the way, if you don’t know what cathartic pills are or why it’s a terrible idea for children to take handfuls of them, let’s just say they uh, evacuate the bowels, which is not particularly something that children or babies need help with. 3. We are black and we are proud of being black,” cheap nfl jerseys Smith said at the time. Tommy Brady, he said the same thing. To prepare, Tim is readying his family cheap nfl jerseys to bug out to the Arizona desert, where they will live in a shipping container specially outfitted for survival purposes. Our leadership and content service and the key technologies that are dominating the television industry, essentially HD and DVR, which I clearly think are at the forefront of what is driving our business today, drove our fourth quarter results to an eight year low in monthly churn of 1.42%, 275,000 net subscriber additions, and an ARPU growth exceeding 8%.
If this post helped you, why not buy me a cup of coffee?

Running this website costs time and money. If you would like to make a small donation supporting the site, click here.

America's North Shore Journal © 2014 Frontier Theme