Sweetwater High School Senior, Mary Morris was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis, Maryland.  The program is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. Summer Seminar teaches students about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics, and professional training play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders. The program is attended by students who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's service academies and serving our country as a military officer.

She applied to attend the Summer Seminar in February, was selected to participate in April, and attended the program this month. "When I received my acceptance notification I was ecstatic," said Morris. "Both of my parents were Gulf War Veterans and I've been thinking very seriously about following their footsteps. My goal is to graduate college as a chemical engineer and I would love to put my skills to work supporting and defending the United States of America." 

A typical day of training included 5:45 a.m. physical fitness training, followed by academic workshops in the morning and afternoon.  Dinner was served each day at 6:30 p.m. with evening workshops including career opportunity presentations by Navy and Marine Corps officers and the popular mock "Plebe Indoctrination Session." Each day ended at 11:00 p.m. with "Taps" and much needed rest for participants.

The Summer Seminar has an academic focus.  Mary attended workshops on Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Chemistry, Ethics and Character Development, and Political Science.  

Mary is a member of the Best Robotic State Team, Lego Robotic State Team, Sweetwater High School Band, UIL Theater, and Sweetwater High School Girls Golf.  She will focus on applying for a Nomination from U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer and Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy this summer and fall.