‘Plebes no more’ at the Naval Academy (Video)

First-year students at the U.S. Naval Academy, known as plebes, reached the top of the Herndon Monument at the U.S. Naval Academy on Monday, officially ending their first year, or “plebe year.”

Watch how they did it in the video above (or here) as Brandon Romero, a plebe, explains what it all felt like.

As colleague Jenna Johnson writes in Tuesday’s Post, officials decided to restore one of the most challenging aspects of the rite of passage by allowing plebes to cover the 21-foot granite obelisk with grease.

(Video by The Post’s Evelio Contreras)

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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