South Country’s Montick to enter U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

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It has always been Bellport High School senior Tim Montick’s lifetime ambition to work on the water, and he is one step closer to obtaining that goal. The Class of 2020 graduate was recently accepted, with a nomination by U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin, into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York. Tim reports to duty on July 10, less than one month after graduation.

“I have always dreamt of a career on the water,” Tim said. “It’s such an honor to be accepted.”

Tim said that he will serve in the reserves and as a musician. He has already been accepted into the popular U.S. Merchant Marine band as a trumpeter.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is a service academy which trains officers to serve in the country’s Merchant Marine, branches of the military and in the transportation industry. Students are called midshipmen and are trained in marine engineering, ship administration, international and maritime law, personnel management, customs and other tasks important to running large ships.

Tim said the water is a part of him. He has worked as a deckhand at Whalehouse Point for the Bellport Ferry since the age of 14. He is also a volunteer counselor at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island. Tim also pushed himself academically, taking Advanced Placement courses and as an New York State School Music Association All-State musician for trumpet and president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Tim also ran cross-country and track for four years and served as team captain. He is also president of the school’s Outdoor Club.

The District congratulates Tim on his acceptance and wishes him success in his maritime career.