Clear Lake High School student attends U.S. Naval Academy camp
Every summer, millions of kids around the country trade in their homework and backpacks for swim suits and bug spray when they go away to summer camp. Some camps are a little different, though.
Clear Lake High School freshman Julianna Berry, 15, will be attending the highly selective U.S. Naval Academy camp in Annapolis, Md., for students who excel in science and math.
"Science has always been a passion of mine," Berry said. "I love biology and dissecting things."
Julianna's mother, Lauren Berry, said that she and husband, George, are very proud that their daughter was chosen from among thousands of applicants.
"We're so excited that Julianna got this opportunity to learn about such a really great school," Lauren said. "We're looking forward to her getting to know the academy and have fun."
In addition to science, Julianna lists softball, basketball and friends as her other passions.
"I love sports," Julianna said. "It's time consuming, but it's worth it."
Julianna is also interested in music. The freshman plays drums, guitar and piano, and even writes her own music.
After high school, Julianna plans to go to college and hopes to get in on a sports scholarship.
The schools she is currently looking at include the University of Texas at Austin, Louisiana State University and, now, the Naval Academy.
"I'm looking forward to getting the feel of the place while I'm there."
When the time comes to make the decision, Lauren and George plan to stand behind their daughter.
"Obviously, as her parents, we want her to go wherever will make her happy," Lauren said.
About the camp
The Naval Academy's Summer STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - program is a weeklong academics camp designed for students going into grades 8 through 11, who are in good academic standing and who have an interest in math and science.
The STEM Program gives students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning.
Students will learn from distinguished Naval Academy professors in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom.
The academy's current students, known as Midshipmen, help run the program and act as counselors and tutors to the incoming students.
For information about the Summer STEM Program and the application process, visit www.usna.edu/admissions/stem or call 410- 293-4361.
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