The Corinth School District has proudly announced that Rhett Robinson of Corinth recently received an appointment to the academy for the fall of 2017.
“I am pleased to have nominated Rhett Robinson to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and am thrilled he has received an early appointment,” said U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, who wished to commend Rhett for his willingness to serve. “I am confident he will make his family, the people of Corinth, and our nation proud.”
A student at Corinth High School Academic and Performing Arts Center, Rhett is the son of Rick and Georgianna Robinson of Corinth and the brother of Taylor Robinson. He is currently enrolled in several Honors courses along with Cambridge International AICE courses. The 17-year-old has completed many Dual Enrollment classes along with IGCSE Courses all while maintaining at 4.10 G.P.A. He constantly works hard and values the challenging route in academics according to his teachers.
“Rhett is an outstanding student at CHS. He has achieved academic excellence coupled with extensive extracurricular activity participation and is certainly deserving of this appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy,” said CSD Superintendent Lee Childress. “I admire his commitment to serving our country and am excited he has achieved this milestone.”
CHS Principal Dane Aube also expressed his appreciation for Rhett’s appointment.
“I commend the Naval Academy on the admission of Rhett to their outstanding institution. The true nature of an individual is displayed when no one is watching and Rhett’s purposeful character traits are consistent throughout his daily walk in pursuit of excellence. He will greatly benefit from his experience at the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy will be a better place for him being there.”
A member of the National Honor Society, American Legion Boys State Delegate, Eagle Scout and the Mayor’s Youth Council, the Corinth native is also a member of the Cross Country, Track and Tennis teams and the CHS Warrior Band.
His other accomplishments include:
9th, 10th grade individual all-division
10th, 11th grade individual all-state
9th, 10th, 11th grade team state runner-up
11th, 12th grade cross country team captain
12th grade state champion
12th grade Race champion at State race
11th grade year
division champion in 3200 meters
region runner-up in 3200 meters and 1600 meters
north-state runner-up in 3200 meters
all-state in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters
Team award: MVP
Team award: Distance
Band: 2 years; one year section leader
Rhett was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he is currently the co-president. Other clubs he is a member of include: The Historical Society, C-Club, Environmental Club, Key Club, Foreign Language Club and Science Club.
“Through the positions I have held and seminars I have attended, I have learned what it means to be a leader. I have learned the importance of performing duty through self-sacrifice and exercising honor and integrity in any position of leadership. Leadership has taught me the importance of seeking first to understand and then to be understood, being proactive, setting goals, and keeping high morale even when the going gets tough,” said Rhett. “As a team captain, I have always emphasized the importance of doing your best and focusing on the team above yourself. However, with every leadership role I assume, I always end up learning more from the people I’m working with than they do from me. I’ve seen extraordinary displays of character and diligence from those on my teams and in my groups, and that’s what inspires me to do my best as a leader.”
The first in his family to attend the Academy, Rhett credits a friend with helping him make the decision.
“I have a friend at West Point who ran Cross Country with me,” he explained. “After talking to him and doing some research on my own, I decided that attending the Academy was something I very much wanted to do.”
“I know it’s going to be a lot of hard, but I am excited to get started,” he continued. “My goal is to hang in there, stay focused and most importantly, never quit.”