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Gering junior readies for Naval Academy summer
March 14, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Brian Doll

This June, Gering High School junior Brian Doll will be in Annapolis, Md. for the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar.
The Naval Academy selects approximately 2,550 high school seniors-to-be to attend their summer seminar. The six-day seminar introduces students to life at the Naval Academy, academics, athletics and professional training the life they will live the next four years as Midshipmen, if accepted into the Academy.

My grandfathers were both military, Brian said. I know I always wanted to do something military in college, either the Academy or an ROTC program.

From June 15 20, students live in Bancroft Hall with the other Midshipmen, participate in physical training and attend numerous workshops covering topics from information technology to history to oceanography.

Students will also take a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol Craft to apply what they learn in seamanship and navigation classes.
The Naval Academy is my primary choice, although getting accepted is difficult, Brian said. If not, Ill go to UNL and get involved in the Naval ROTC program. After that, I plan to join the Navy.

Brian said he has an interest in engineering and construction, so hed like to be involved in building things, like the Seabees construction battalion.

The summer seminar is led by Naval Academy Midshipmen with oversight by active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.
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