Drabek attends Naval Academy Summer Seminar

HARLINGEN – Aspirations don’t require substance.

In other words, you can dream of many things, but until you achieve that dream, you don’t know for sure if that’s what you want.

Grant Drabek, left tackle for the Harlingen High School varsity football team, now has a better understanding of his plans to become a U.S. Naval Officer.

That after spending a week last month at the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. He and 800 other students spent a week at the leadership seminar. The students were “candidates” who, like Drabek, have applied to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

The seminar taught him and his fellow candidates what to expect if they’re accepted to the prestigious military institution.

“When you get there you look at the place and you’re like ‘My God! This place is amazing!” said Grant, 17, speaking as though he were reliving the moment.