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    Marathon at the Canada Army RunThe Army West point Marathon Team competed in the Canada Army Run. The team ran well in their first competition of the season: Aaqib Syed '18 placed 5th overall, and both men and women swept the under 19 age group. Following the race, the team met with members of the Royal Military College and top Officers within the Canadian Army.


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    Parliamentary Debate Tournament at Columbia UniversityThe recent Parliamentary Debate Tournament at Columbia University marked the first competition of the season for the Speech Parliamentary Debate Team. The Jeff Williams Memorial Tournament was hosted on an invitational basis by Columbia University and took place mainly on the Banard College Campus. Before to the competition, they stopped to visit the General Grant National Memorial, pay respects and reflect on one of the academy’s most distinguished graduates. During the tournament, the team managed to achieve wins against Brown, Pittsburgh, Fordham, Northeastern and Queens College. The tournament provided vital experience for the novice teams, helped the varsity teams get back into the swing of things, and proved to be a great team bonding experience.


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    Crew JV8 Takes First at Rumson Boat RaceArmy West Point Crew completed in the annual Rumson Boat Race, hosted by the town of Rumson, NJ. All rowers are hosted in local family homes. This year Army competed against Drexel, Villanova, and Coast Guard over a 2500-meter course in Men’s and Women’s Varsity and JV 8 categories. The Men’s JV 8 beat Drexel and Villanova to win the first-place trophy. The Men’s Varsity 8 finished second, a half a boat length behind Drexel. They finished multiple boats lengths of open water ahead of Villanova and Coast Guard. The Women’s Varsity 8 finished third a boat and half behind Villanova and multiple boat lengths ahead of Coast Guard. The Women’s JV 8 finished a boat length down from Villanova to finish third. Army Crew would like to thank the West Point Society of NJ for providing water, Gatorade, granola bars, and bagels for the team. All Crews gained vital experience and are excited for the rest of the season.


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    CDT Gorsuch Presents at Mid-Hudson Philosophy SocietyCadets and faculty in the Department of English and Philosophy attended the annual Mid-Hudson Philosophy Society (MHPS) conference. The MHPS is a consortium of five schools, West Point, Vassar, Bard, Marist, and SUNY New Paltz. Each year one of the schools hosts the conference and invites philosophy majors to present papers. This year, Bard hosted the conference. The keynote speaker was distinguished philosopher Philip Kitcher. Cadet Logan Gorsuch, a double major in English and Philosophy, presented a paper entitled “Quinean Pragmatic Possible Worlds.” It was well received and generated good discussion.


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    Army Volleyball Club Team Sweeps NavyThe Army Volleyball Club Team played Navy at Annapolis, the result was Army-3 game wins to Navy-0. There were some alumni that came to watch the game and the team felt good to beat Navy in front of their large home crowd. The following day the club played in an open tournament at the University of Maryland in College park. The A-team played 5 matches 2-2-1 and the B-team played 4 matches 1-3.


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    Soccer Club Team Double HeaderThe Army West Point Club Soccer Team played a double header with hosts Sacred Heart University & Central Connecticut University (CCSU). The Team moved the ball excellently without quite producing the cutting-edge necessary to open the scoring. Sacred Heart had a fast pace on offense, but a tremendous performance by the entire back four defenders enabled Army to hold firm and get to the second half with the match scoreless. Cadet Newton Tsang '18 hit the bar with a free kick from 40 yards, and later a goal. A win recorded defeating Sacred Heart University. Against a well-rested CCSU team, that came out firing, Army took the lead with a score by Cadet Peter Echevarria ’21 but, they could not hold on to the lead and a faced a setback.


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    3D Printing of SHARP Summit Guest Speaker MementosCivil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) delivered 15 Cadet Chapel symbolic key replicas to the West Point SHARP Program Manager, Ms. Samantha Ross, as part of a service project in support of the 5th Annual SHARP Summit. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Protecting and Understanding Relationships’ and, as a fitting tribute, CME 3D printed symbolic key replicas that feature the Athena helmet and gladius on the handle and the Army A on the tab. Designed earlier by a group of cadets, led by 2LT Sam Martinez ’17 CME used in-house Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) machines, or 3D printers, to produce the replicas in ABS plastic. Mr. Frank Blackmon, an Additive Manufacturing expert and lab technician for CME, organized the 3D printing production process.


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    Jiu Jitsu Does Well Under PressureMAJ Jason LeVay and cadet Erica Forktus of the Department of History took the USMA Jiujitsu team to Downingtown PA to sharpen their combative skills through pressure testing. Cadets competed against some of the best martial arts studios in the area while supporting pancreatic cancer research. Evan Collier seized the gold, Anna Fujinaka, Sophia Schwanebeck, Ian MacDonald grabbed silver and Erica Forktus brought home bronze.


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    Picatinny Arsenal Capstone Kickoff MeetingThe Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ hosted a capstone kickoff meeting for the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). Twenty-nine cadets and six faculty members met with clients and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on armament related technologies including Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS), weapon and projectile design, and Pyrotechnic/Energetic materials. While there, the cadets received valuable technical information in support of their capstone projects while touring some of the ARDEC fabrication, laboratory and testing facilities. Following the visits, the cadets attended an outdoor ceremony where LTC Brian Novoselich, Director of the Center for Innovation and Engineering (CIE) presented Mr. Leon Manole (ARDEC) with a small gift from CME. LTC Novoselich expressed collective gratitude to Mr. Manole in recognition for his thirty years of government service as well as over a decade of collaborative work with CME coaching, teaching, and mentoring hundreds of cadets on over 50 capstone projects related to weapons engineering.


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    Water Polo Villanova University TournamentThe Army West Point Water Polo Team participated in a tournament against both collegiate and masters club teams at Villanova University and won all four of their games, winning the tournament. They came out to a big lead over their first opponent Villanova and were able to get some playing time for the rookies, winning 16-7. Cadets Halle Kotchman and Matthew Kim provided strong leadership in a 16-5 victory over Franklin’s club in their second match. In the third game facing an experienced Greater Philadelphia team Cadets Shelby Lee and Kyle Garwick led the team in a 16-7 win. In the last matchup, the faced a team made up of the best players of all the teams in the tournament. Army established a dominant first half, largely in part to goalkeeper, Cadet Jeffrey Stark, making many key saves. Cadet team captain Colin Stone and cadet Leonid Milman had strong showings helping the team to a final of 17-11. The Villanova coach and regional director commended the Army Water Polo team on how they have come a long way in a year. This largely in part to the addition of head coach Christopher Judge, a 1984 Olympic alternate and water polo hall of fame member.


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    Spirit Group Vehicle and Equipment TrainingCadet Chris Rieping conducted training for the Army West Point Spirit Group. Chris planned, resourced, organized, and supervised familiarization training on several pieces of equipment to include the Spirit Tank, M-RZR, and t-shirt cannon. The training was conducted at South Dock and included two driving courses and an air cannon firing range. Cadets received an overview of basic operation and maintenance of the vehicles and equipment, then had the opportunity to drive each vehicle and fire the t-shirt cannon. The training was done to ensure cadets are aware of the safety hazards and operational considerations for these vehicles and equipment. During the training, each cadet gained practical experience to ensure that they are trained and prepared for event support. Chris was aided by Cadets Joe Onoratti ’20 and Eston Smith '21 who served as instructors on the M-RZR and t-shirt cannon respectively.


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    Army West Point golf cow Nick Turner was tabbed the Army West Point Athlete of the Week. With Army leading 2.5-1.5 after the first day of competition in Annapolis, Turner hit a huge putt on the final day on the 14th hole to square the final match before going on to secure the win for Army. Heading into the last four holes, his match was shaping up to be the determining factor. Click here to watch the video: https://youtu.be/6jFet4XFavk. The Reno, Nev., native didn't flinch though and birdied two of his last four holes to defeat Thomas Fricke 2-up. A highlight of those final holes was when he drained a long punt on the 17th to go up one in the match. The Black Knights are back on the course this weekend for the The Windon Memorial Tournament at Northwestern. The two-day event starts next Sunday and runs all day.


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    Orienteering Falls Classic National MeetThe Army West Point Orienteering Team traveled to Letchworth State Park near Rochester, NY to compete in the 2017 Falls Classic National Meet hosted by the Rochester Orienteering club. The last time they competed in this event was fall of 2014 and many of the firsties were plebes. The meet consisted of two classic-style orienteering races and levels ranging from Orange (beginner) to Blue (most advanced). Day one was challenging with courses ranging from 6-km to 10-km with over 300-m in climb. In M-Orange, CDT Joseph Heindrichs ’21 took 1st in his age group and 3rd overall. In F-Green, CDT Arelena Shala ’20 came in 3rd place. In M-Red, CDT Gino Saponari ’20 took 2nd place, 3 minutes behind first. In M-Blue, CIC CDT Michael Bruce came in 4th place. Day two of the competition the team took head on, topping their times from the previous race. For F-Orange, CDT Julianne Meany ’21 took 1st place. CDT Joseph Heindrichs ’21 once again snagged 1st in M-Orange and CDT Arelena Shala ‘20 moved up to 1st place in F-Green. A successful weekend with over 10 members of the team placing in the top 5 each day.


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    D-CME Celebrates SteelDayThe Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering (CME) celebrated SteelDay, an annual celebration of the United States’ structural steel industry through the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and its members and partners where, sponsors around the nation organize and host educational and networking functions including tours of project sites, structural steel mills, and fabrication shops. Cadets and faculty from the Civil Engineering Division celebrated SteelDay by visiting two local steel structures. First, Dr. Brock Barry, LTC Jake Bruhl, and LTC Aaron Hill led cadets through a round-robin tour of the Bear Mountain Bridge to learn about the anchorage, history, and structural design of the bridge. Mr. Tom Scaglione, Chief of Staff for the New York State Bridge Authority, Ms. Danielle Mass, Deputy Chief of Staff for the New York State Bridge Authority, Mr. Bill Sullivan, the Bridge Manager, and Mr. Steve Accilli, the Bridge Foreman, provided inside knowledge of the bridge to include details of the steel parallel cable suspenders, steel trusses, and 350-feet steel towers. The cadets and faculty then traveled to the Tappan Zee Bridge where they enjoyed a briefing on the $4 billion 3.1-mile twin span cable-stayed bridge. Mr. Walter Reichert, Vice-President of Tappan Zee Constructors and Mr. Dan Marcy, Community Relations Specialist for New NY Bridge Project, described the organization, planning, and challenges that come with such a huge endeavor and answered cadets’ questions about this new piece of critical infrastructure.


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    CDT Zac McGraw '20An early second-half score proved to be enough as the Army West Point men's soccer team defeated Lafayette, 1-0, in a Patriot League road game on Wednesday night at Oaks Stadium. Army improved to 8-3 overall with the win and 2-1 in league play, while the Leopards fell to 1-9 on the season and 1-2 in conference action. The Lafayette defense tempered the Army attack early with a five-man backline, limiting the Black Knights to three shots in the first half. However, the Cadets broke through in the second stanza and held on to grab the win. Yearling Keenan O'Shea scored his fifth goal of the season. The Army defense did not allow a single shot on goal for the first time this season. Firstie Marcos Arroyo recorded his third assist of the year. The Cadets grabbed their third consecutive win, tying their longest winning streak in 2017. Army's double-digit shot streak ended at 17 games after being held to nine shots against the Leopards. The Black Knights have now won five games this season that have been decided by one goal. Read More


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    Ambassador Westphal Visits with CadetsThe International Affairs Forum within the Department of Social Sciences hosted Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 30th Undersecretary of the Army. Ambassador Westphal engaged with cadets and faculty during three separate events: a lecture to a group of approximately 80 cadets, a small group discussion with cadets and faculty, and a classroom discussion with a section of International Relations. These events focused on Saudi strategic interests in the Middle East, the diversification of the Saudi economy, the effects of Saudi identity on its domestic and international behavior, and the role of the Foreign Service in the development and execution of U.S. foreign policy. In addition, Ambassador Westphal’s wife, Linda, held a separate small group discussion with cadets and faculty, focused on the evolving role of women in Saudi Arabia.


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    Triathlon Team at the Westchester Triathlon in Rye, NYThe Army West Point Triathlon Team competed in the Westchester Triathlon in Rye, New York. The Westchester Triathlon is an Olympic distance event consisting of a 1500-m swim, 40-km bike, and 10-km run. Teresa Groton ’18 was the first female athlete to finish the race in a field that consisted of both age group competitors and Northeast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (NECTC) triathletes. The West Point females swept the collegiate podium with Payton Boylston ’20 and Hannah White ’20 finishing second and third respectively. Jacob Slife ’18 was the first triathlete to finish the race and was the top collegiate male finisher.


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    Amateur Radio Club Supports Toughman TriathlonThree cadets from the Cadet Amateur Radio Club W2KGY provided communications support to the Toughman Triathlon (Half-Ironman) at Harriman State Park. Cadets Christina Harris, Samuel Miller, Trenton Leslie, and club OIC CPT(P) Sherburne started the day at 4am, paired up with experienced amateur radio operators from the local area and established a radio communications network that allowed the event to pass information on competitor status and race support logistics. The cadets also learned a key amateur radio technology called Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) that allowed race officials to see the location of their trail vehicle on a map during the race in real-time.


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    Kendo Team at the 8th Annual Kendo TournamentThe West Point Kendo Team travelled to Cace University, OH to compete in the Eighth Annual Kendo Tournament. This was a perfect opportunity to meet local Kendoists, and make new connections for the Team. CDT Koizumi won First place in male and CDT Walker won Second place in female for individual competition. The team took third Place, this was a great accomplishment for the team, as they continue to grow.


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    Excel Scholars Program Fireside Chat: Angelina DarrisawExcel Scholar cadets and faculty attended a Fireside Chat with guest speaker was Angelina Darrisaw, Founder and CEO of C-Suite Executive Coach. Ms. Darrisaw is also a Digital Coach for minority businesses at Google. Darrisaw centered her chat on the significance of minority presence in majority-white spaces, the concept of “being the only one in the room.” She shared her background growing up in a low-income family and her journey to success inspired by the strong work ethic her mother displayed. Darrisaw shared that she embraces many challenges from being the only minority in the room in many professional settings. Further, she shared the importance of hard work and determination in any career path. In her rise to success, Angelina desires to create access to young people of color in the areas of personal leadership and management success.


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