Chinea to attend West Point leadership seminar

Nicholas Chinea

Nicholas Chinea

Nicholas Chinea, an Oakville High School junior, has been selected to be among 1,000 participants in West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar in June.

More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point, according to a news release.

SLS attendees live in the cadet barracks, eat in the cadet mess and participant in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with the college-selection process while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers and lives, in general.

All SLS attendees participate in virtual-reality war simulation and military and physical fitness training. In addition, each student selects three of the 15 workshops offered: Leadership and Ethics, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, History, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Human Behavior, Social Sciences, Geography/Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Legal Trial, Computer Applications and Programming, Foreign Language and English.

West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college 50 miles north of New York City. A pre-eminent leader-development institution, West Point was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering. Since then, West Point has grown in size and stature, but remains committed to the task of producing commissioned leaders of character for America’s Army, the release stated.