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East Lawrence senior accepted to Naval Academy

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

CADDO — An East Lawrence High School senior is realizing his lifelong dream of going to the U.S. Naval Academy.

The prestigious military school accepted Carson Bla-lock, who will head to Annapolis, Md., this fall. More than 12,000 students apply to the Naval Academy each year, and only 10 percent are accepted.

Blalock's 4.092 grade-point average, congressional recommendation and school and community involvement likely made him stand out among the other applicants.

He played on the East Law-rence High School varsity football team, was selected to be a part of Lawrence County's Youth Leadership Program and was elected Mr. East Lawrence High School and Most Intellectual by his peers.

Blalock said he has wanted to be a Marine officer since he was in the seventh grade and decided to pursue the Naval Academy shortly after.

"Both of my parents work on Redstone Arsenal, so I've always been around the military," he said. "And I thought the Ma-rines would be the biggest challenge."

He said he plans to major in electrical engineering and has not decided yet what occupational specialty he wants to do in the Corps.

"I've always kind of liked the infantry, but it would also be really cool to fly an airplane," he said.

Upon graduation, Blalock will owe the Marine Corps five years of active-duty service and three years in the reserves, but he said he'll probably be a "devil dog" until retirement.

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