Loggins, 17, will participate as one of 2,250 young men and women from around the nation selected to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar program in Annapolis, Md. The program is designed for rising high school seniors considering attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
Loggins is currently a member of McEachern's Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. At a Thursday night awards ceremony, he was promoted to commanding officer of the unit, received the American Legion's Military Leadership Award and became an Honor Cadet. In school, he maintains a 3.65 GPA and is in the top 10 percent of his class, he said.
By joining the Navy, Loggins would be following in the footsteps of other members of his family. He said he is attracted to the opportunities that a naval career presents.
"It's a different style of leadership where you get to travel the world, but you're also in charge of a whole crew of sailors," Loggins said. "I want to be a leader, and I think the Navy is a good place to do that."
Retired Navy Cmdr. Eugene Sudol, McEachern senior naval science instructor, said Loggins is a "great young man" with a "promising future."
"I've got all the confidence in the world in him," said Sudol. "I hope he'll be either the first or second graduate from the Naval Academy that we have here. We've got one (there) right now."
At the academy's summer seminar in June, participants attend a six-day session of academic and leadership workshops, as well as daily physical training. Each student attends eight 90-minute workshops, covering subjects from naval architecture and mechanical engineering to mathematics, history and meteorology. Students also learn seamanship and take a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol Craft to apply what they learn in class.
Loggins said his experience in balancing his academic life and extracurricular activities has prepared him for the challenge of completing the summer seminar. Besides NJROTC, he is a member of the debate team, French club, student newspaper and National Beta Club.
"You have to be focused. Time management is the most important part of that," he said. "I have a certain time to do this and when I'm done with that, I have to move on to something else. You have to be focused and have good time management. If not, it'll all get out of control."
Loggins' uncle, Mark Hill, thinks his nephew has done well at being focused and preparing himself for a remarkable life.
"Since freshman year, he's attacked high school," Hill said. "He's done everything and more from the debate team to athletics. I'm very proud of him. He's got his head on straight."
Jordan Hill, Loggins younger cousin, said she "wants to follow in his footsteps." "He's inspired me," she said.
For more information on the U.S. Naval Academy and its summer seminar program, visit www.usna.edu/ Admissions/nass.htm.