Rich South student to get taste of Naval Academy life
BY NICK SWEDBERG Correspondent May 28, 2014 5:22PM
Jared Jubert, 17, of Matteson, is headed to the U.S Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this summer. The accomplished high school student will study math and science at workshops in a weeklong seminar and get the chance to see what life is like at the elite military school. | Nick Swedberg~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 30, 2014 12:50PM
Jared Jubert dreams of one day finding better and cleaner sources of energy.
A quick review of the 17-year-old’s accomplishments indicates that the Rich South student has the smarts to possibly do that one day.
Jubert was selected to attend a seminar at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he’ll study a host of math and science subjects over the course of a week. This seminar serves as a sort of prelude to what Jubert hopes will be his acceptance into the prestigious academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after graduation.
“At the Naval Academy, you get some of the best training in the country,” Jubert said.
Jubert’s accolades and achievements have piled up during his years at Rich South. The junior is a member of the National Honor Society, treasurer on the student council and is on the honor roll.
Last year, the Matteson teen earned the President’s Education Award for outstanding academic achievement and qualified to get the outstanding student award this year. This school award is given to well-rounded students who have achieved overall and not just academically. Jubert also runs track, plays football in summer and golfs in the fall. He has no shortage of athletic awards, either.
During his senior year, Jubert will split his time between taking classes at Prairie State College and Rich South. He also expects to soon start the application process for the academy.
This summer’s STEM-based program at the Naval Academy will cover such subjects as mechanical engineering, oceanography and mathematics, Jubert said. He is one of about 2,550 students who are to attend the program.
Students also will get hands-on experience, applying what they learn while cruising on Navy patrol craft. Daily training and conditioning exercises also come with the weeklong course.
Ultimately, Jubert will get a glimpse of what life is like at the elite military school.
He hopes to one day become a nuclear or chemical engineer. Just as important, and perhaps more to him, he wants to serve his country.
Military service runs in Jubert’s family. His parents are Leonard and Juanita Jubert. Leonard’s brother (and Jared’s uncle) Gregory graduated from the Naval Academy in 1978.
“If he hadn’t have done it, I probably wouldn’t have thought of it,” Jared said.
Leonard’s brother Duane was involved in the Navy ROTC.
Juanita was stationed at Air Force bases in Japan and California in the early 1980s. Her sister also served in the military during the Gulf War and the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Military service is about protecting life and the country, Juanita said.
“I always tell him, ‘It’s the best of the best and it’s about putting others first,’ ” she said.