MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

July 2, 2013

Student attends Naval seminar


Times staff reports

— An area Sequoyah High School student with an affinity for the military and engineering was given the opportunity to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar, a prestigious camp for students looking at attending the academy after high school.

Jordan Galvan, 18, of Fort Gibson attended the seminar in Annapolis, Md. It’s designed to give students an idea of what life at the academy is like. Among thousands of applicants, the summer seminar accepts 2,250 students spread out across three six-day sessions.

“Overall, the seminar was a really good experience,” Galvan said. “We got a taste of what it would be like during Plebe Summer, or freshman summer, and how to deal with high-level stress environments.”

Galvan has wanted to be a Navy SEAL since he was 10 years old, and graduating from the academy as an officer would likely help his chances. A member of Sequoyah’s robotics team, Galvan plans to major in systems engineering and work on naval weapons systems.

“It’s an elite brotherhood that I want to be a part of. It’s physically and mentally tough, it’s challenging, and it’s a high honor,” said Galvan, who is a cross-country runner and boxer.

The seminar includes workshops on naval architecture, ocean engineering, ethics and character development, math and literature. Students also participate in physical training, competitive sporting events and military drill activities.

Galvan attended the seminar during the week of June 1-6.