Whitman’s Zach Cammer Gets Naval Academy Appointment

Zach Cammer, seated with proud parents Steven and Maureen Cammer. Standing: track coach Rob Conroy and Principal Kathie Acker.
Zach Cammer, seated with proud parents Steven and Maureen Cammer. Standing: track coach Rob Conroy and Principal Kathie Acker.

Whitman senior Zach Cammer has been officially appointed to attend the US Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, Maryland, upon graduation from Whitman in June. “It’s been a goal of Zach’s since the seventh grade,” said proud dad, Steven Cammer. “He‘s excelled in scouting and he’s a natural leader, and I know he’s going to excel in our armed forces. I’m so proud of him.”

Whether it's cross-country in the fall or winter and spring track, Zach has been a regular fixture in Whitman’s highly successful track program. “His dream of entering the Naval Academy is now his reality,” said Whitman track coach Rob Conroy. “Zach is an incredibly intelligent young man and a hard-working student. As long as I’ve known him he’s expressed an interest in the Naval Academy.” Zach will continue with track at the collegiate level after a highly successful high school run where he has helped lead his cross-country team to two county championships and is Whitman’s best mile runner, posting a 4:18 average. “Zach has a bright future awaiting him at the Academy,” added Coach Conroy. 

Zach plans to major in either English or computer sciences. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the US Navy. They attend the Academy for four years, graduating with bachelor of science degrees and then commissioning as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Zach has his heart set on a career as a United States Marine Corps officer in either the Infantry or Special Forces. The United States Naval Academy is one of several military academies in the United States that can lead to commissioning in the Marine Corps.

“Academically, athletically, and soon to be an Eagle Scout, Zach is the complete package,” said Principal Kathleen Acker. “He’s a good citizen and always has a smile on his face. He’s been such an asset to the Whitman family.”