The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy summer seminar program this year. Summer seminar is a leadership experience for rising seniors in high school.The program aims to help educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to USNA.
One such student was Gavin O’Donnell, from Greenfield Township, a student at Lakeland High School, who also works as a certified lifeguard for the Big Bass Lake Community.
Students in the program attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of USNA life. They have the opportunity to live and eat at the academy, along with participating in academic and leadership workshops. They will also participate in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises. Summer Seminar has an academic focus, with each student attending eight 90-minute workshops, covering subjects from information technology, naval architecture and mechanical engineering, to oceanography, mathematics, history and meteorology.
Students will also participate in seamanship and navigation classes and will take a cruise aboard a Navy yard patrol craft to apply what they will learn in class.