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Saena off to Annapolis this summer
Noah Saenz is off to Maryland next month. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Noah Saenz of Ceres has been accepted into the Naval Academy Summer Program in Annapolis, Md. The event will be held May 31 to June 5.

Saenz, 16, attends Valley Charter High School in Modesto, as well as Modesto Junior College concurrently. The son of Robert and Melanie Saenz of Ceres will be a senior next year.

The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) invited approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad to attend its Summer Seminar program this year. The fast-paced leadership program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to USNA.

The Summer Seminar will teach Saenz about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training are key elements in developing our nation's leaders. He will attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of USNA life, including life in Bancroft Hall, and eating in King Hall along with participating in academic and leadership workshops.

The Ceres teen will also participate in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises as well as participate in an academic focus, and attending 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 (YP) Craft to apply what they will learn in class.

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