Robby Smith ’16 has received an appointment to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, one of the five federal service academies, where he intends to major in Maritime Transportation and eventually become a Houston Ship Channel Harbor Pilot or work in ship’s finance as a tanker broker.
Smith was nominated by Congressman John Culberson, 7th District, Texas and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (TX).
Smith’s family are deeply rooted in the military. His father, Robert L. Smith II is a 22-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard.
Smith transferred to St Thomas prior to the 2014-15 academic year after attending Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia where he earned varsity crew / rowing letter and was active in the Sea Scouts, learning to sail and gaining a further interest in the U.S. Merchant Marine.
While at STH Smith played a prominent role in the Eagle Broadcast Network including live web streams of Eagle athletics.
Graduates of the USMMA are among the best earning college graduates in the nation according to a nation-wide study in 2015.