Sequoyah seniors attend Naval Academy summer seminar


Jordan Galvan of Fort Gibson and Mcrea Cochran of Stilwell

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. —Two Sequoyah High School students with affinities for the military and engineering were given the opportunity to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar, a prestigious camp for students looking at attending the academy after high school.

Jordan Galvan, 18, of Fort Gibson, and Mcrae Cochran, 17, of Stilwell, attended the seminar this month in Annapolis, Md. It’s designed to give students an idea of what life at the academy is like. Among thousands of applicants, the summer seminar accepts 2,250 students spread out across three six-day sessions.

“Overall, the seminar was a really good experience,” Galvan said. “We got a taste of what it would be like during Plebe Summer, or freshman summer, and how to deal with high-level stress environments.”

Galvan has wanted to be a Navy SEAL since he was 10 years old, and graduating from the academy as an officer would likely help his chances. A member of Sequoyah’s robotics team, Galvan plans to major in systems engineering and work on naval weapons systems.

“It’s an elite brotherhood that I want to be a part of. It’s physically and mentally tough, it’s challenging, and it’s a high honor,” said Galvan, who is a cross-country runner and boxer.

For Cochran, joining the military has also been a lifelong dream, and attending the summer seminar was a way for him to get introduced to what it would be like as a naval midshipmen.

“I’ve always wanted to join the military,” Cochran said. “It’s that whole doing something more than what you normally would, like serving your country, doing something great, trying to be a hero.”

Cochran is also on Sequoyah’s robotics team and plans to major in engineering. He is considering becoming a combat engineer or medic.

“I’m really into engineering, so I’m going to get an engineering degree, and once I get through with my service, I’m going to make prosthetics for the military. That’s what I’m wanting to do,” Cochran said. “I just think if I could make a good arm, I could help put soldiers back in the fight.”

The seminar includes workshops on naval architecture, ocean engineering, ethics and character development, math and literature. Students also participate in physical training, competitive sporting events and military drill activities.

Galvan attended the seminar during the week of June 1-6, and Cochran attended June 15-20.


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