Army and Navy Academy Cadet Ryan Thomas has received the Silver A.
Established by the academy in 1943 as the highest of its recognitions, the award grants honorees with more privileges and freedoms at the oceanfront campus in Carlsbad.
Thomas, a senior at the school and a Newport Beach resident, is the grandson of the late John Crean, the noted Newport Beach philanthropist who, along with his wife, enriched the city with the Donna and John Crean Mariners Branch Library, among other contributions.
Thomas was delighted to receive the award March 19 and noted that his time at the academy has given him a very positive, rewarding experience.
"It's amazing getting this," he said Tuesday. "I've been here for four years, and I was always hoping that I would someday receive it. It's such an honor."