Before even entering high school this year, Jack Tinelli will spend part of his summer with the U.S. Naval Academy.
Jack was selected to participate in the 2019 USNA Summer STEM Program. He was one of 200 youth chosen from over 5,000 applicants across the country and overseas.
“I felt privileged that I would have the opportunity to study at the highest quality school with others who share similar interests,” Jack said. “I am excited to live at the Academy and see what it would be like going to college there.”
Because Jack hopes to eventually get accepted into the Naval Academy after graduating high school, he is most excited about getting acquainted with Annapolis’ administration and the challenging environment and routine at the Naval Academy.
“Current Academy Midshipmen will be our mentors and we will receive instruction from Navy professors and engineers,” he noted.
Upon arrival at the week-long STEM program, participants will learn from the top engineers and engineering professors in the military (subjects include biometrics, circuitry, cryptography, coding, cybersecurity. drones and robotics), completing hands-on projects, studying engineering disasters, and touring the National Air & Space Museum and Washington D.C.
“In the future, I am working towards studying Aeronautical Engineering and Surface Warfare while at the USNA,” Jack said. “It would provide many opportunities for Military Occupational Specialties and could also be applied to life outside the Navy. I am looking forward to applying what we learn into hands-on projects and interacting with other upcoming 9th graders from around the country.”
Jack feels gaining knowledge at the summer STEM Program will be a benefit as he begins high school.
“The knowledge I hope to get at the summer STEM Program will help me in higher math and science classes at Bullitt East,” he said. “I’ll also learn how to be more responsible while being away from home and adapting to a busy schedule of balancing classes with intramurals and events that are planned in the evenings.”
Jack said his ultimate goal is to graduate from the Naval Academy and become an Officer for the SWCC (Special Warfare Combatant Crew) team.
“Being a SWCC Officer would give me the opportunity to use my talents in serving my country and hopefully protect people across the world,” he said.
“It is an awesome opportunity for him and something he worked very hard for,” proud Mom Kristy Tinelli said. “He is so excited and we are very proud of this accomplishment. I’m sure he will represent our community well!”
Jack is completing his middle school career at Eastside. He will attend Bullitt East where Kristy teaches AP Statistics and Precalculus.
“The application process was lengthy requiring written essays, evidence of leadership and STEM projects, exceptional grades and ACT score as well as involvement in the community and sports,” Kristy said.
Jack currently aspires to go to the US Naval Academy and major in Aeronautical Engineering and Surface Warfare. It is ranked the #1 public college in the nation and #4 in engineering and has a very low acceptance rate.
Kristy said Jack started researching the military academies in the fall and visited USNA in Annapolis during fall break with his dad, Aaron Tinelli.
“That is where he learned about the STEM program,” Kristy explained. “He applied in January and had to wait until April 1st for the first round of acceptance letters. The application process was very lengthy and detailed, and he knew how difficult it would be to get in.”
Jack was required to write three essays about leadership roles, his future goals and past STEM projects. They also evaluated physical ability and considered his athletic participation because he will compete in intramurals while at the program.
“Jack plays soccer and basketball for Eastside and also started for the JV soccer team at BE this past fall,” Kristy said. “He was on the Academic Team all three years at Eastside and was the captain of the Quick Recall team this year. Besides all of that, they look at test scores of course. He got a 26 in Science and a 27 in Math on the ACT when he was 12 years old, which puts him in the top 99.9th percentile in the nation among middle schoolers.”