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5/21/2013 10:10:00 AM
Grand Canyon student sets sights on Naval Academy experience
Nic Legaspi will attend the Naval Academy summer seminar. Clara Beard/WGCN
Nic Legaspi will attend the Naval Academy summer seminar. Clara Beard/WGCN

Clara Beard
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Recently, Grand Canyon School (GCS) junior Nick Legaspi learned the Naval Academy accepted him into its summer seminar program to learn a little about what life would be like at the institution.

"I want to fly jets," Legaspi said. "You can't do that as an enlisted."

To get into the class of 2018 Legaspi is starting the application process now. Applying for the Naval Academy summer seminar is one part of that process.

Around 8,000 high school students apply, but the Academy only accepts 2,500.

"I guess I kind of have like a family history," Legaspi said. "A lot of my family was in the military and so it passed on to me and I really wanted to. Plus the Naval Academy has a really good engineering education program."

The summer seminar is designed to give potential candidates a taste of what life would be like at the academy.

"You go into classrooms and learn some of the stuff they would teach, I've seen videos of it and it also looks like there is a lot of team building exercise, too," Legaspi said.

After the seminar, which is the preliminary step in getting into the program, the Academy will name him an "official candidate," which starts the application process.

Legaspi will seek nominations from Senator John McCain, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick and from the offices of the President and Vice-President.

Legaspi has to get one nomination from those sources, which they will send off to the Naval Academy. Along with the nomination, the academy takes into consideration his medical status, grades and SAT scores, among other things.

Around this time next year, Legaspi will know whether or not he's been selected for the class of 2018.

"It's a long, tedious process. But the Navy makes it that way for a reason," Legaspi said.

"The Navy wants to make sure you're committed," Legaspi's dad, Victor said. "They want serious people."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
Article comment by: Miguel Legaspi

Wishing you the best of luck and offering all the moral support I can. Good luck son. I wish you well.

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Article comment by: Wendy Krueger

What an honor Nick! So good to see you have taken the opportunity to explore and challenge yourself! I wish you well and a great experience:)

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Katie Morris

Way to go Nick! Good luck this summer and in all your endeavors.

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Max Pilkington

Well done, Nick! Stay committed. It's worth it. All the best!

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