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Summer seminar convinces teen to pursue U.S. Navy career

2013-07-05T00:00:00Z Summer seminar convinces teen to pursue U.S. Navy careerBy Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent
July 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Christopher Rath, of Crown Point, was one of just 2,500 students selected from the U.S. and abroad to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar program in June.

Held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the six-day seminar provided a fast-paced look at Naval Academy life for prospective students.

Rath attended eight, 90-minute workshops that included naval architecture, oceanography and meteorology, and boarded a Navy Yard Patrol Craft with active Navy and Marine Corps officers to put his newly learned navigational knowledge to the test.

“I pretty much decided that I want to attend the USNA and study aerospace engineering. I would like to become a naval officer and a helicopter pilot,” Rath said.

“I think this is a great way to give back to the community and especially my country,” he added.

The son of Christian and Cristina Rath, he is a senior at Lake Central High School in St. John with a 4.12 grade point average.

He serves as captain of the swimming and diving team at Lake Central and is a member of the Indiana International Diving Association, a group known for producing Olympic athletes.

In addition, Rath is a member of the National Honor Society and has been accepted to the National Student Leadership Conference Program. He also recently attended Hoosier Boys State in Angola, where he learned about Hoosier politics.

Rath enjoys playing the drums in his free time, and is a youth member of Living Hope Church in Merrillville.

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