MONTPELIER, Vt. – A Muslim high school student from Florida who hopes to become a Navy officer is going to attend Norwich University after the Vermont military school said it would allow her to wear her headscarf beneath her uniform.
Sana Hamze had initially hoped to attend The Citadel, but the Charleston, South Carolina, school would not change its uniform policy to accommodate her headscarf. The 17-year-old from Sunrise, Florida, said she chose Norwich, which touts itself as the nation’s oldest private military college and the birthplace of ROTC, after the school agreed to her request.
Sana said Wednesday she was caught off guard by media attention that followed her efforts to attend a military college while staying true to her Muslim faith.
“My goal is still to go to Norwich and be an officer, a naval officer. It doesn’t change anything,” she said.
Sana’s father, Nezar Hamze, said his daughter never sought publicity, but he felt she should publicly thank Norwich school for its decision.
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