KHS duo chooses academy life

It’s ‘Anchor’s Away’ for Becenti

KINGMAN - Kingman High School senior Lionel Becenti will be marching to the beat of "Anchors Aweigh" by this time next year.

Becenti will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., this fall as he begins pursuit of a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering.

Rep. Trent Franks and Sen. Jon Kyl both appointed Becenti to the Naval Academy. He said Franks also gave him an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

"I haven't heard back from the Air Force," Becenti said. "But the Navy was my first choice anyway.

"I've always wanted to be an officer and want a career as a pilot."

Becenti, the son of Leo and Sara Becenti, said he would make a career in the Navy if his dream to become a pilot is realized. Otherwise he will pursue an engineering career in the civilian world upon expiration of his service obligation.

Becenti has taken advanced placement classes at KHS. A member of the National Honor Society, he lettered four years in cross-country, track and wrestling.

He also has participated in the Arizona State University Summer Math and Science Program. Last summer, he spent a week at Annapolis participating in the Naval Academy Summer Leadership Program.

In addition, Becenti scored above the normal 22-25 range of the ACT test this past fiscal year.

"When students go to military academies they always look at test scores such as the ACT," said Anne Bathauer, a guidance counselor at KHS. "Those scores are a good indicator of how the student will handle the rigors of curriculum there.

"Lionel exceeded expectations this past year in math and science."

Asked what he feels will be his best memory of KHS, Becenti said, "All the sports I played."