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."