Local high school student to get unique look at U.S. Naval Academy

Marsalis Laushaw photoMarsalis Laushaw of Rolesville will spend his summer at the U.S. Naval Academy.
photo courtesy of dwight laushaw

Marsalis Laushaw, a student at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, was among the select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad invited to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year. He is the son of Dwight and Tanya Laushaw of Rolesville.

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 the Academy.

Summer Seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing our nation’s leaders. Each student will attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of USNA life.

Students will have the opportunity to live in Bancroft Hall and eat in King Hall along with participating in academic and leadership workshops. They will also 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 exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular activities and leadership training programs.

Each Summer Seminar student attends 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 learn in class.

Naval Academy Midshipmen lead Summer Seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious 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 representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries 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 majors.  They also study small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law as part of their education.

Upon graduation, midshipmen have earned a Bachelor of Science degree and go on to serve at least five years as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

Find more information about the Naval Academy at www.usna.edu or the USNA Admissions Facebook page.