Lincoln High student wins spot at U.S. Naval Academy Summer Program

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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Name: Nicolette Lipman

Age:  16

Job: Lincoln High School student

Family: Mother, Maya Lipman; stepfather, Anthony Hann; father, Ron Lipman; sister, Natalie Lipman, 14; and brother, Seth Hann, 4.


How were you chosen for the United States Naval Academy program?

I’ve been in Naval Sea Cadets for about two years. We work every other weekend cleaning old war ships on Mare Island.


What interested you about the academy program?

I’ve always liked military life. “Cadet Kelly” was one of my favorite movies. And I was tired of not having anything to do over summer. I went to the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets boot camp at Camp Pendleton last summer and I felt like I was really a part of something bigger than myself. That’s when I realized I wanted to go to the USN summer seminar.


Tell us about the United States Naval Academy program. Where is it held and what will you do there?

It will be in Annapolis, Md. from June 1 to June 7. I’ll be studying meteorology, oceanography, mathematics, engineering and digital arts.


Why a Navy program?

I like ships. I love the strict, set rules. It’s really organized and I like that.


What are your hobbies?

I do a lot of sports and volunteer work like the “Clothing Swap”— we collect and sort clothes for women’s shelters. I belong to the Chabad Temple. I volunteer there over the summer working at feeding the homeless, volunteering at the food bank and visiting assisted-living homes.


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