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United High School Senior Mateo Simpson Accepted to U.S. Naval Academy


Posted Date: 05/07/2019

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Recently, United High School senior Mateo Avington Simpson accepted his appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Mateo was accepted into the academy after being nominated by Congressman Henry Cuellar based on his exemplary test scores and achievements. “Each year, I only nominate the best and brightest from the 28th Congressional District of Texas for acceptance into military academies. Mateo is an outstanding student with a bright future, and I am honored to announce his acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy. I know he will proudly represent his family, his community and the 28th Congressional District. I also wish to commend Mateo’s parents and United High School for doing a great job of preparing him for this pivotal moment”, said Cuellar.

Mateo is the son of Maria E. Simpson and Robert A. Simpson and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Piano Guild at United High School’s Engineering Technology Magnet. He maintains a 3.8 GPA, has participated in sports, and volunteered hours for numerous public service organizations. Mateo has always wanted to serve his country, and cites an uncle as a major influence on his decision. “I went to visit Camp Pendleton with my uncle (Brian Phelps), who is a retired Marine Corps Officer. That journey helped me get more acquainted with military life. This is something I have thought of for a long time, and now I will have a great opportunity serve my country and pursue my interest in aeronautical engineering. I am grateful to Congressman Cuellar for nominating me and making this possible”, said Mateo. 

Photo: Front, L-R: Robert A. Simpson, Mateo A. Simpson and Maria E. Simpson Back row, L-R:   United High School Principal Alberto Aleman Jr., UISD Board Member Judd Gilpin and Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28).  

Photo inset: United States Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer Dave Driskell with Mateo A. Simpson   

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