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Markon finds place at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis

Nathan Markon, a 2013 graduate of Northwestern High School in Poplar, received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

Markon became interested in the Naval Academy and now he’s made the transition from Northwestern High School to Annapolis.

"I always wanted to join the military, especially after Taylor Truan, from my older brother’s class (2011) went to West Point. I started looking into the service academies and decided that the Naval Academy would be my best choice," Markon said.

The application process was very time consuming: "It was very intense, but worth it. I researched the process, so nothing really surprised me," Markon said. "Although I had a history of shoulder problems I needed a medical waiver, which took more time than I expected but I did receive it.

In order to be appointed to a service academy, a congressional, senatorial, vice presidential or presidential nomination is required. Each requires an interview.

"The interviews really helped me look at myself and why I wanted to come to the Naval Academy."

Nathan received his nomination from U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., and now he’s settling into academy life.

"There’s a lot of hard work sometimes over days and weeks. But there are also fun, relaxing times as well. I especially like the friends I have made here," Markon said. "My company mates are like my second family."

A Naval Academy graduate has several options after commissioning, including service in the U.S. Marine Corps, which is part of the Navy, although you have the option of choosing to become a pilot, submariner, or serve on a surface ship.

"I plan to become a Marine Corps officer. My skill set, attitude and leadership style fit well within the Marines. Also, I want to be in a direct leadership position as soon as possible out of the Naval Academy," Markon said. "To me the Naval Academy has been about becoming close those around me. After a long day or week, being able to kick back and relax, and find something to do with my Navy brothers and sisters makes everything worth it."

Nathan returned Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday, and will be visiting area schools to promote the Naval Academy through Dec. 2.