Sean M. Gallagher, a Staples High School alumnus, graduated May 22 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Gallagher received a BS degree in political science, with honors, and a commission as a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant.

At the academy, Gallagher was a member of the varsity soccer team.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.

More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen.

The academy’s more than 81,000 alumni include one president, 21 members of Congress, five governors, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, two Nobel Prize winners, 52 astronauts and 4,000 admirals and generals.