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Local high school student to get unique look at Naval Academy at summer seminar

Tripp Weaver
Tripp Weaver

Tripp Weaver, a student at the Arkansas Math and Science School in Hot Springs, will participate in the 2012 United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar program.

Weaver is the son of Skip and Tonya Weaver of Lonoke. He is the grandson of Carroll and Carole Ramey of Carlisle and Robert and Faye Weaver of Des Arc.

The United States Naval Academy invited a select group of about 2,250 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year.

Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school.

The program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to Naval Academy.

Summer Seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing military leaders.

Each student will attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of Navy life. Students will have the opportunity to live in Bancroft Hall there, eat in King Hall along with participating in academic and leadership workshops.

They also will participate in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises. They will experience first-hand what the Naval Academy has to offer through its academic, athletic, 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 also will participate in seamanship and navigation classes and will take a cruse aboard a Navy Yard Patrol Craft to apply what they will learn in class. Naval Academy Midshipmen lead Summer Seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

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