Hunter W. Murphy, 17, going into his senior year at Yosemite High School, recently attended the 2013 Summer Seminar at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Tens of thousands of students apply for the seminar, but only about 2,550 are chosen.
Murphy is the son of Gary and Jacque Murphy of Oakhurst.
The 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 USNA.
The seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training are key elements in developing the nation's leaders. Each student attends a six-day session and experiences a glimpse of USNA life. Students have the opportunity to live and eat at the academy, along with participating in academic and leadership workshops. They participate in daily physical training and experience first-hand what the academy has to offer through its exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular activities and leadership training programs.
The seminar has an academic focus, with each student attending eight, 90-minute workshops, covering a wide variety of subjects. Students also participate in seamanship and navigation classes and take a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol (YP) Craft. Naval Academy Midshipmen lead the seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.
Murphy said he especially enjoyed a physical training and team building excercise at the academy called "C-Trials," and that he liked that the academy had midshipmen working one-on-one with seminar attendees. Murphy is hopeful to be accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy after high school, and said the experience reinforced his desire to join the Navy.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year college that prepares midshipmen to be professional officers in the naval service.