Local High School Student Got a Unique Look at U.S. Naval Academy While Attending Fast-Paced Summer Seminar

Emma Ohanian, a third-generation Tolucan, with her grandmother, Helen Ohanian. Emma was selected for the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this summer.

Emma Ohanian, a third-generation Tolucan, with her grandmother, Helen Ohanian. Emma was selected for the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this summer.

Emma Ohanian, granddaughter of Helen Ohanian, (which makes her a third-generation Tolucan), and a student at AGBU MDS in Canoga Park, participated in the 2014 U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this summer. 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 program this year. Summer Seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school. This program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to USNA.

Summer Seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy. Each student attends a six-day session and experiences a glimpse of USNA life. Students have the opportunity to live in Bancroft Hall, and eat in King Hall, along with participation in academic and leadership workshops.

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 participate in seamanship and navigation classes and take a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol (YP) Craft to apply what they learn in class. Naval Academy Midshipmen lead Summer Seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

The U.S. Naval Academy is a four-year college that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. All Midshipmen are on full scholarship and have a choice of 23 different majors.

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