St. Croix student Kobe A. Sutton will be the latest in a distinguished group of Virgin Island students attending U.S. Service Academies after receiving news of his acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
Sutton said he is elated by the news of his acceptance and credited his parents for inspiring and motivating him to pursue the endeavor.
"I am humbled by being accepted to the academy. It is not every day that someone has this experience. I have always had an interest in military life and being that my father was in the military, I had a motivation to serve,” Sutton said.
Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett congratulated Sutton and highlighted the news of his acceptance as being evidence of his hard work and discipline and the dedication of his parents, teachers and mentors.
“I am extremely proud of Mr. Sutton. Being accepted to a U.S. Service Academy is no easy feat. It is indeed a testament to his years of hard work and the dedication of his parents and his teachers and it shows our young Virgin Islanders are in fact among the best and brightest around the country,” Plaskett said.
Sutton, who is currently a senior at the St. Croix Educational Complex, applied to the Naval academy in 2014 and says his parents Lorna J. Williams-Sutton and VI National Guard, Major Clayton A. Sutton are the two most inspirational people in his life. He credits his father for inspiring him to serve in the Military.
The perennial honor student and member of the National Honor Society spends his spare time drawing, playing music and writing poetry, but also has interests in playing volleyball and boxing, and aspires to have a career in the military as a mechanical engineering.