By Wendy Hayworth
Lee’s Summit West High School student Evan Martin has achieved his dream of being appointed to the Naval Academy.
"It’s kind of surreal because I’ve wanted to do it for so long, but I always thought it was kind of a long shot until I saw that letter," Martin said.
There are many steps to being a candidate for appointment including a physical test, conference with a USNA representative, congressional recommendation, and the usual transcripts and essays.
"I actually went to their summer program which automatically made me a candidate," Martin said. "Only 4,500 kids from across the country were excepted into the Summer Seminar."
Martin intends to finish out the Lee’s Summit West track season after graduation in addition to working out every day to prepare for the day he leaves for the Academy.
"July 1 is my first official day as a Midshipman and I will be in ‘Plebe Summer’ or basic training," Martin said.
Martin will be leaving training a little early to attend football camp and begin his career as a Navy football player.
"In the long term, I plan on majoring in Electrical Engineering and becoming an aviator flying transport helicopters," Martin said. "Ideally I will someday become an Admiral."
Martin has not taken his senior year lightly. He has been involved with football, track, wrestling, National Honor Society, AFJROTC, concert choir, and worked as a freshmen mentor.
"I can’t wait to become a midshipman and move on into the next stage of my life on a good, solid plane," Martin said.
Martin strives to remain humble with his achievements and believes that his actions are justified by what he produces.