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Spring Valley senior accepts appointment to USNA

Anna Todd

Anna Todd

Anna Todd, a senior at Spring Valley High School, has accepted an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland. Todd was nominated to the federal service academy by Representative Joe Wilson. Todd has also received fully qualified offers of appointments to the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Todd, a National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, SVHS National Social Studies Honor Society president, SVHS National Mathematics Honor Society vice president, Palmetto Girls State delegate, and varsity Viking cross country/track athlete is planning to pursue a double major degree in mathematics and political science.

The United States Naval Academy was established in 1845 and is the second oldest of the five U.S. service academies, West Point being the oldest. As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The U.S. Naval Academy is ranked as the No. 1 public school among national liberal arts colleges. The academy has produced many notable alumni that include one U.S. President, two Nobel Prize winners, five state governors, and 22 members of congress.

Todd will enter active service on June 29, 2023, gaining her bachelor of science degree in the four-year fully funded program, while receiving professional military training to prepare for her career as a Naval officer following commissioning in May 2027.

Todd is the daughter of James and Janna Todd of Columbia. Todd accredits her leadership skills and interest for career in the military to her parents and extends a special thank you to the SVHS teachers and her mentor, USC School of Law trial advocacy professor Richard Willis.

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