Elizabeth Roper, Director of College Counseling, announced that Mary Claire Scheck '23 and Renee Vozza '23 have been accepted to the Summer Academies of two military institutions. Mary Claire will attend USMA (U.S. Military Academy/West Point) Leadership Experience and Renee will attend USNA (U.S. Naval Academy/Navy) Summer Seminar.
“These are quite selective programs and very influential to individuals who participate in regard to their preparation and orientation to a U.S. service academy and eventual application as a candidate,” stated Ms. Roper.
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point Leadership Experience, a weeklong immersion into the academic, military, and social life of a cadet, will provide Mary Claire with the opportunity to explore West Point from a variety of angles, including educational facilities, team-building athletic activities, and realistic military training. Upon completion of the program, she will receive a Certificate of Graduation for West Point Summer Leader Experience.
“I am most looking forward to learning more about the cadet lifestyle at West Point and what it is like to serve in the military. It’s an honor to be chosen for this program,” said Mary Claire. “I have always been interested in the military and I feel like a calling to serve others around me and my country. So, I really wanted to attend the Summer Leadership Experience at West Point.”
The U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar will introduce Renee to life at the Academy through first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. She will learn from some of the best midshipmen and esteemed faculty.
Renee said, “"In 2016, while attending soccer camp, one of my coaches attended the Naval Academy. That week we talked about her experience, and I was an inspired 11-year-old. The following year, my lacrosse team played a tournament at the Academy where I met a member of the women’s lacrosse team there. We discussed her training for both lacrosse and the Navy, after which, I told my parents I really wanted to consider the Academy. From then on, I have done research and came across the summer seminar this past January, and I knew I had to apply.”
“To be chosen for such a prestigious program is a great honor,” she added. “During the summer program, I hope to really immerse myself by participating in the academics, physical training and leadership at the academy and meet people from all over country."