The U.S. Naval Academy invited a select group of approximately 2,250 young men and women from around the nation and internationally to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school and are considering applying for admission to the Naval Academy after graduation.

Kasey Laveway and Bryan Cunningham are both juniors at Belfast Area High School, and they will participate in the 2010 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program.

Summer Seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation’s leaders. Each student will attend a six-day session and experience a part of Naval Academy life.

Students in the program live in Bancroft Hall (the dormitory in which all midshipmen live), eat in the dining hall, participate in academic and leadership workshops and take part in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises. They will have an opportunity to see firsthand what the Naval Academy has to offer through its academic, athletic and extracurricular activities and leadership training programs.

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 an actual cruise aboard a Navy Yard patrol craft to apply what they will learn in class. Naval Academy students (midshipmen) run Summer Seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

Founded in 1845, the Naval Academy is a highly competitive four-year undergraduate institution that prepares young men and women morally, mentally and physically to become officers in the Navy or Marine Corps. Upon graduation, Naval Academy midshipmen receive a bachelor of science degree in one of 22 majors and a commission as ensigns in the U.S. Navy or second lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps. In return, these young officers will give at least five years of exciting and rewarding service to the nation.

For more information on the Naval Academy and the Summer Seminar Program, visit usna.edu/Admissions/nass.htm. For more information on the Naval Academy, visit usna.edu.