Smith Accepts Appointment to USNA - HOLY TRINITY
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Holy Trinity Graduating Senior
Thomas Smith Accepts Appointment
to United States Naval Academy


BEAUFORT, SC – Holy Trinity Classical Christian School is pleased to announce that graduating senior Trey Thomas Smith has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. While at Holy Trinity, Thomas has excelled in academics and athletics.


Founding Headmaster the Rev. Chad E. Lawrence remarks, “I am so proud of Thomas and thankful for his time here at Holy Trinity. I have witnessed him grow and flourish over the past four years. Of all that I could say about him perhaps most striking to me is his willingness to step into new areas such as auditioning for a lead part in a theater production—which is both refreshing and inspiring. His leadership will be sorely missed here at Holy Trinity but will serve our nation for years to come. We at Holy Trinity stand behind him and look forward to hearing how God uses him.”


When asked what this appointment means to him, Smith said, “The Naval Academy looks for students who are well-rounded. They want students who can think with the scholars, compete with the athletes, and, of course, serve with the military. I do not say this to brag on my own character, because I certainly could not have gained acceptance on my own. Praise God for His work in my life and for my parents making me go to Holy Trinity! As a Classical Christian School, Holy Trinity’s focus on all-around development—mental, physical, and spiritual—has done a great job preparing me to be a student at USNA and for the challenges I will face as an adult. I hope I am the first of many Holy Trinity Midshipmen to come!”


This year, Smith was recognized by the College Board as a Rural and Small-Town Scholar. This National Recognition Program grants students’ academic honor based on exceptionally high SAT scores.


The United States Naval Academy is an institution with a formidable history dating back to the days of the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers. In order to be considered for appointment, students must complete a rigorous nine-step application/admissions process that includes seeking a formal “nomination” from either a member of the U.S. Senate or a member of the U.S. House of Representatives along with academic transcripts, college entrance exams, fitness assessments, and medical evaluations.


As stated on their website (, “the US Naval Academy is a highly-selective, prestigious four-year university that accepts just 9% of those who apply—a similar figure to Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Rice, and Northwestern. In addition to the fact that 91% of applicants are ultimately rejected, high school students seeking admittance into the USNA also need to understand that they face a different type of admissions maze than encountered by applicants to other uber-selective universities.”


Founded in 2012, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School (HTCCS) provides students with a distinctly Christian and classical education in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, SC. Holy Trinity serves over 350 students from over a dozen churches in the Beaufort community. The first senior class graduated in the spring of 2020 and students were awarded over $3.5 million in scholarship offers, 4 National Merit Scholarship Finalists, and 9 Palmetto Scholars. This year, we will graduate 21 students from the Class of 2021 on May 29. The school expects to reach its enrollment cap of 450-500 in five years. Academic instruction at HTCCS is rigorous, affording teachers and staff members the opportunity to engage with high-achieving students in a Christian environment. Parent and community support are strong as evidenced by exceptionally low attrition. For more information about the academic excellence offered at Holy Trinity, please see

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