Gabe Decker of Lanesboro is among a select group of approximately 2,550 young men and women from around the nation and abroad who have been invited to attend a special summer seminar at The U.S. Naval Academy (USNA).

The summer seminar is a fast-paced leadership experience for rising seniors in high school. This program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering applying for admission to USNA. Decker, a student at Lanesboro High School will participate in the 2013 U.S. Naval Academy summer seminar program. He is the son of Sara Baskett of Lanesboro and Eric Decker of Rochester and the grandson of Brian and MaryEsther Xavier of Kasson.

Summer seminar teaches prospective applicants about life at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing our nation's leaders.

Each student will attend a six-day session and experience a glimpse of USNA life. Students will have the opportunity to live in Bancroft Hall, eat in King Hall along with participating in academic and leadership workshops. They will also participate in daily physical training involving group runs and conditioning exercises. They will experience first-hand what the Naval Academy has to offer through its exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular activities and leadership training programs.

Summer Seminar has an academic focus, with each student attending eight 90-minute workshops, covering subjects from information technology, naval architecture and mechanical engineering, to oceanography, mathematics, history and meteorology. Students will also participate in seamanship and navigation classes and will take a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol (YP) Craft to apply what they will learn in class.

Naval Academy Midshipmen lead Summer Seminar with oversight by active-duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year college that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.

Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.