U.S. Navy Ensign Blake A. Stout, son of Kathleen and Gary Stout, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 23 and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Stout successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in French.

The mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically for the privilege of serving as leaders of sailors and Marines who have volunteered to serve our country.

Following graduation, Stout has been assigned to Submarine Nuclear Power Training School in Charleston, where he will train to be a nuclear submarine officer.

During Stoutís time at the academy, he was the training sergeant, squad leader and company commander for the 17th Company. He also studied abroad at the French Naval Academy and played intramural soccer.

Stout graduated with distinction. He was No. 21 in his class out of 1,068 midshipmen.

Considered to be one of the top educational institutions in the country, the U.S. Naval Academy was founded in 1845 and has graduated more than 77,000 men and women as Naval and Marine Corps officers. Its graduates include a president, 22 members of Congress, five governors, 28 chiefs of naval operations, nine Commandants of the Marine Corps, 73 Medal of Honor recipients, two Nobel Prize awardees and 52 astronauts.

The Brigade of Midshipmen is comprised of more than 4,000 students from every state in the union and several foreign countries.

Stout is a 2010 graduate of Aiken High School.

Stout graduates from U.S. Naval Academy