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Cinco Ranch High School senior Johnathan R. Leyba was recently invited to attend a dinner at the Taste of Texas, with U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions Capt. (Ret.) Stephen “Bruce” Latta. After dinner and several Naval Academy alumni speakers, Dean Latta presented Leyba with an official letter of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Leyba will begin his studies at the Academy in late June.

Leyba plans to study engineering and to one day become a pilot and astronaut. He will attend the Academy in Annopolis, MD and is scheduled to graduate in 2016 with a degree in engineering and the rank of Ensign in the U.S. Navy or a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The U.S. Naval Academy has an alumni list of more than 72,000 young men and women, including one U.S. president, 21 members of Congress, 52 astronauts, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, and two Nobel Prize winners.

Joining Leyba (pictured, third from left) at the event were blue and gold regional coordinator Rick Mawdsley; U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions Bruce Latta; Lt. (SWO) Lendrick; Capt. Ken Ham (USNA ’87), a NASA astronaut; and blue and gold officer Chris Eckert. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.