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Dayton Ott '21

United States Naval Academy Preparatory School

“The Honor Code will be something I will always live by, and I know that my classmates will do the same. This along with the friendships I have made will always stay with me.” 

Varsity Soccer (Captain), Varsity Lacrosse, Leadership Lab 

What I’ll Miss Most About NA: Being able to see my friends and my mom every day. 

Most Meaningful Activity 
My favorite Upper School extracurricular activity has been athletics. This is where I have bonded with my teammates and classmates the most. I will always remember stories from on the field and court. 

Beyond the Classroom 
My favorite non-classroom experience has to be my daily visits to my mom’s office. For obvious reasons, these are a special part of my day. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
Coach Tucker has had the biggest impact on me during my time at Norfolk Academy. No matter what kind of day he is having, he is always happy. 

A Word of Advice for his Fellow Bulldogs 
Play a sport or be part of a club or activity every season. My best relationships have been created through extracurriculars. This is not just true with classmates, but with teachers and coaches, as well. 

A Quick Word About Dayton 
“Dayton leads by example. Nowhere is this more prominent than on the athletic field, where as a veteran member of both our lacrosse and soccer programs he consistently gives his all on every play and in every team meeting. He is always willing to contribute wherever he is needed, embracing the team’s goals as his own, and pouring his heart and soul in to bringing them to fruition. His dedication is truly limitless. He would give the shirt off his back if it meant supporting his teammates. Dayton possesses so many other timeless traits – generousness, humility, loyalty, altruism, conviction, courage, compassion, and empathy, to name just a few. It gives me great hope that someone as noble and loving as Dayton will soon be serving as one of our country’s leaders. He has blossomed throughout his time at NA, and those of us who have been blessed to work with him know that his greatest accomplishments are still in front of him, which is particularly impressive for someone who has already achieved so much.” ~ Mr. Brad Harlan, Dayton’s College Counselor 

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is… my bark and my bite.