Gabriel H. Acosta to attend U. S. Naval Academy prep school
United High School (UHS) senior Gabriel H. Acosta II will attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS), located on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island.
Acosta, who is enrolled in the Science Engineering Magnet School at UHS, is focused on becoming a navy aviator and expert in military law.
Congressman Henry Cuellar will officiate the ceremony and present Acosta with a formal certificate of acceptance to the school. The mission of NAPS is to enhance Midshipman Candidates’ moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the United States Naval Academy.
Acosta’s background is that of an excellent student with 1,000 community service hours to his credit. This aspiring young man is also active in multiple organizations including the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, National Honor Society and Student Council. Moreover, he has spent many hours participating in extracurricular activities at UHS. Acosta also created the United Fitness “U-Fit” program at his campus, for which he served as its President for three years. The program advocates for better health among students and staff by promoting healthy lifestyle choices and habits. U-Fit also hosts fundraisers to benefit other UHS clubs and organizations.
Acosta is the son of Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel and Veronica Acosta, who along with his sister, Talisa Acosta, live in Laredo.
Acosta is ecstatic about being accepted into an academy that he has dreamed of attending since he was a sixth grade student.
“I am truly honored and deeply appreciative of this opportunity to serve our country,” Acosta said. “I am committed to doing my best and hope I can serve as a role model for our youth and community,” adding that he is grateful for the support he has received from his parents, sister and grandparents.
Acosta comes from a long line of military service, which is noteworthy to mention that his paternal grandfather, Hipolito Acosta, is the most highly decorated officer in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Nationalization Service. His grandmother is Teresa Acosta.
The son of Presidio County Mexican-American migrant workers, Hipolito Acosta rose through the ranks from Border Patrol agent to District Director in the Department of Homeland Security, and who has also become an accomplished author.
Acosta’s maternal grandfather is Rudy R. Rodriguez, a retired Assistant Field Office Director for United States Immigration Customs Enforcement.
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