Monett native graduates from U.S. Naval Academy

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Christopher Smith of Monett, successfully completed four years of challenging academic, physical, and professional military training, graduating from the United States Naval Academy, May 22, with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer Science and Information Technology and a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Christopher is a 2016 graduate of Monett High School.

Christopher graduated with Merit and without incurring a single demerit in his four years at the Naval Academy.

During his time at the Academy, Christopher served as the information systems officer, interned for several federal agencies, met Congressmen, Senators, Ambassadors, and two Presidents of the United States.

He served as president of the humor magazine, worked as stage manager for the theater department, taught himself Japanese in his spare time, and served temporary assigned duty with the Japanese language department at the Academy. The Naval Academy also gave him the opportunity to travel for training throughout the United States and to several nations overseas.

Christopher has been selected to serve as a Naval Aviator and is attending pilot training in Pensacola, Florida.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy the prepares midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

The Brigade of Midshipmen is comprised of approximately 4,400 students from every state in the union. Each year, approximately 1,200 you g men and women are admitted to the Naval Academy’s incoming class.

The academy’s more than 81,000 alumni include a President, 21 members of Congress, five governors, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, two Nobel prize winners, 52 astronauts, and 4,000 admirals and generals.