Vitrano Appointed to Naval Academy
On Friday, February 22, Congressmen Ralph Abraham informed senior Jude Vitrano of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School that he has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. This is the culmination of a yearlong process that started in February of 2017. The process includes physical examinations, academic criteria, interviews, and recommendations from members of the United States Congress. Abraham and Senator John Kennedy both recommended Jude. Vitrano says that this has been a goal of his for a long time. “I have always wanted to serve my country whether it was as an enlisted man or an officer. The opportunity to be an officer is something that I hold dearly in my heart.”
The Naval Academy is a 4 year program located in Annapolis that also requires an additional 5 year service term. Vitrano does plan to stay in past the 5 year requirement and become a career officer. He would like to study astronautical aerospace engineering, but the needs of the Navy will take precedence on his final course of study. He will report June 28th for induction day.
“I am thankful to St. Thomas for challenging me and offering me 8 AP classes which allowed me to stand out among the other applicants.” Vitrano joins fellow STA senior Will Hetzinger as the second member of the St. Thomas Class of 2018 that will be attending a military academy.