This June, just three short weeks after graduating from Lake Stevens High School (LSHS), Robert Alexander DeGabriele will begin training at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. DeGabriele, 17, was nominated by Congressman Rick Larsen, WA-02, after completing a rigorous application and interview.
“I want to be part of something bigger than myself,” said DeGabriele, who comes from a long line of Marines and sailors. “I want to serve my country. I want a good education and a job that allows me to use new technologies. I’ve done well in school and fulfilled leadership positions and I want to utilize all of my skills. I’m very excited about this opportunity.”
Upon arriving in Annapolis, DeGabriele will begin Plebe Summer—a challenging seven week basic midshipmen training. During this time, plebes have no access to TV, movies, the Internet or music, and restricted access to cell phones. They are permitted to make only three calls during the seven weeks of Plebe Summer. The pressure and rigor of Plebe Summer is carefully designed to help plebes prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy and the four years of challenges that await them.
In 2012, DeGabriele attended the Academy’s Summer Seminar, a fast-paced, six-day experience where he learned about life at the Naval Academy. While there, DeGabriele was recognized for his leadership. He also successfully passed a Candidate Fitness Assessment, which triple qualified him for his appointment. Academics and medical history are also factors for acceptance.