Amesbury girls tennis senior co-captains Stephanie Abraham and Madison Padgett are gearing up for the challenge of the upcoming season, but after that, their real challenge begins.
“Sometimes you know you’re supposed to do something, but you don’t know why,” said Abraham. “I knew I wanted to be in the Navy, I just didn’t know why.”
Both Indians and friends since third grade, Abraham and Padgett signed up separately for the United States Navy late last year. Both will be part of aviation, Abraham as an aircraft handler, and Padgett as an aviation fueller at the end of the summer.
“My dad was in the Navy,” said Abraham of her father, Tom. “Whether people admit to it or not, you’re always influenced by your parents. Because my dad was in the Navy, I’ve always favored it. But he really wasn’t all too excited about my decision. He thought college would be my best option.”
But Abraham still felt a calling to serve.
“I just want to be able to help people. That’s just my biggest thing in life,” said Abraham. “I thought about being a firefighter, and they say in the Navy, everybody is a firefighter. But as long as I’m helping people, I think I’ll be fine.”
Abraham says her twin sister, Sarah, has applied for ROTC in the Army and her dad has come around, even timing her showers for when she hits the aircraft carrier. But at least she won’t have to be gearing up for the Navy life alone.
“We’ve been friends for a really long time,” said Padgett. “Ever since I can remember, like in middle school, we always talked about us both wanting to go into the military. But we really didn’t know what branch until recently.”