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Boardman student accepted into Navy STEM camp

May 8, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Aidan Swavel, a sophomore at Boardman High School, has been accepted to attend a STEM Engineering and Construction Camp this summer. Aiden discovered the camp while researching the U.S. Naval Academy.

"I found out about this camp through the internet doing research on attending the US Naval Academy," Aidan said. "I learned about the United States Naval Academy Stem program and found that there were tons more camps offered around the world. I knew that they have thousands of students apply and that they only take 40 students so I was shocked that I was accepted."

As if that weren't surprise enough, Aidan later got another big surprise. The local Post of SAME (Society of American Military Engineers) out of Pittsburgh is graciously paying for his $600 tuition to attend. He will be leaving June 23 to spend the week at Port Hueneme, California, military base.

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Boardman sophomore Aidan Swavel has been accepted to attend a STEM Engineering and Construction Camp this summer.

While his parents Jeff and Renee Swavel don't have any Navy experience, Aidan's brother Jack is presently serving. He is stationed on the USS Pioneer as part of the mine countermeasures Squadron 7 stationed in Sasesbo, Japan. His parents are still proud of the fact Aidan has been accepted.

"We think it's great," Jeff said. "There are so many opportunities for careers so we hope that this camp exposes him to all different types of careers. It's a little scary to send our 16-year-old off on a plane to California but we know that he's responsible and that he'll be in great hands."

As for Aidan, he hopes the summer's big trip will showcase some of the opportunities available through the Navy.

"I know that I like engineering but don't feel that I have much background or information on engineer programs offered in the Navy," he said. "I'm hoping to learn more about all types of engineer opportunities that the Navy has to offer. Right now my dream is to go to the US Naval academy in Annapolis and train in the area of Computer Science Cyber Security. I also think it might be cool to become a member of the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corp (JAG)."

Aidan said if that plan doesn't work out, he will consider getting into an ROTC program or enlist in the Navy Officer Corp Training Program.



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