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    CDT Madison Hovren '19Forward Madison Hovren collected All-Met Division I First Team honors from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association for the second straight year on Tuesday afternoon. She is one of four Cadets in program history who have earned multiple All-Met First Team honors while at West Point. Hovren turned in an impressive cow campaign for Army, leading the team in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive season. The Spokane, Wash., native finished the year with 14.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per outing. She tallied a league-best 17 double-doubles and seven 20-point performances. She ranked fifth in the league in scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in shooting percentage. Against Loyola on Jan. 27, the two-time All-Patriot League performer became just the 18th Cadet in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points and is currently one of eight Cadets to record over 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. Read More


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    Cadets Attend the New York International Auto ShowTwenty-two cadets in the Mechanical Engineering Club attended the New York International Auto Show, held each year at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Cadets explored new technologies used in commercial vehicles, racing cars and new concept cars. Additionally, cadets observed real applications of the mechanical systems they have learned about in the classroom and through projects. All major automobile manufacturers and many specialty manufacturers were present.


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    CDT Myles Conlin '20Yearling Myles Conlin of the Army West Point men's tennis team earned Patriot League Player of the Week honors after finishing the weekend undefeated against service-academy rival Navy.

    The Alameda, Calif., native tied the match 3-3 with a three set victory over Navy's Greg Durham. He also earned a 6-4 victory with doubles partner Dylan Simonsen in the second flight. This is the yealing's first league honor of the season.


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    KARS Visits Korean War MemorialCadets from the Korean American Relations Seminar (KARS) visited Boston, MA to discuss the meaning of being Asian American serving in the U.S. Army. One of the cadets on the trip section, CDT Maeng '21, is a cadet from South Korea and will commission in the Republic of Korea Army. He provided KARS a Korean citizens' perspective on U.S. military personnel in Korea and how civilians interact with U.S. Soldiers. KARS visited the Massachusetts Korean War Memorial and payed respects to those who served in the Forgotten War. This was a great opportunity for the cadets to understand Korean American history, and discuss Asian American values/experiences with each other.


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    CME High Performance Computing Brown BagCadets, faculty and staff recently attended the fifth monthly High-Performance Computing (HPC) Brown Bag. The Brown Bag is a forum to highlight their work, exchange ideas, build collaboration, and learn more about HPC. The featured HPC Brown Bag Speakers were CDTs Benjamin Parmer and Evan Pape, of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). They spoke about their capstone project in Pre-Stressed Concrete Design and HPC.


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    CDT Cam Opp '20The Army West Point baseball team ended a short three-game slump with a 3-1 victory over Columbia here Tuesday night. The Black Knights scored one run in the opening frame before adding on in the fifth to create a 2-0 gap between the teams. The Lions cut the lead in half in the top of the eighth but the Cadets responded with one final run in the bottom half to ultimately put the game away. Army jumped on rookie pitcher Timmy Post early, registering one run on three hits in the first inning. The Cadets' first run came after Jon Rosoff singled to center field to score Jacob Hurtubise from third. During that frame, Hurtubise stole his 31st base of the year, which ties him with Miguel Gastellum for the program record. Trey Martin extended the Black Knights' advantage with a leadoff solo home run to left field in the fifth inning. That blast was the cow's fifth career long ball and Army's third of the season. Read More


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    Cadets Unveil Capstone iPhone AppEight cadets from the "Pointe du Hoc Augmented Reality Staff Ride" capstone unveiled their iPhone app at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their goal was to create an educational app for Mil-Art classes that would display a 3D terrain model of Pointe du Hoc on top of a 2D map of the battlefield. Furthermore, the terrain model contains primary source documents, photographs, and detailed information about the battle based on extensive research at the National Archives last summer. This app enables students to visualize the battle and terrain in the context of a classroom discussion or virtual staff ride.

    This interdisciplinary utilizes cutting-edge Apple ARKit augmented reality technology and a detailed 3D terrain model generated from photogrammetry of the battlefield. Throughout the day-long exhibit, cadets introduced members of the public to their app and gave them the opportunity to explore the app and learn about the battle. The team will continue to refine the app in preparation for Projects Day and will publish it through the Apple App Store so it is available to the public.


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    Equestrian at the Regional ChampionshipThe Army Equestrian Team represented West Point admirably at the Intercollegiate Horseshow Association's Regional Championship at Crosswinds Equestrian Center in Lagrangeville, NY. The top qualifiers from ten highly competitive teams in the Northeast region came together to test their equitation skills. Team captain Matilda Brady '19 competed in both the novice fences and flat, earning an impressive top-six finish in the fences and a top-four finish on the flat. Madyson Paul '21 rode to a top-six finish in her walk-trot-canter final, and Cira Wolf '20 achieved a top-four finish for the year end. Each of these three riders demonstrated incredible dedication to and mastery of their respective skills.


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    Mr. Harmon Receives Civilian Medal for ServiceThe Department of History recognized the outstanding work of Mr. Cory Harmon, USMA librarian and essential member of the history team. Mr. Harmon received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for his outstanding efforts in providing tours as well as in assisting cadets with research. Mr. Harmon is an invaluable member of the USMA Library and the Department of History.


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    Marriage & Family Military Families PanelMarriage & Family hosted their annual military families panel. Panelists from a wide variety of department included: MAJ Elizabeth Dzwonczyk, Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering; CPT Meghan Starr, MAJ Sarah Gerstein, Department of Social Sciences; Mrs. Lindsey Eisenlohr, Association of Graduates & MAJ Mike Eisenlohr, Brigade Tactical Department; MAJ Ang Yarnell, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership and Mr. Ryan Yarnell, Army Community Service; and Mrs. Emily Borland, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership. Cadets engaged in a rich discussion relating to the sociology of the family within the military.


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    CDT Griffin Schultz '19Cow defender Griffin Schultz of the Army West Point men's lacrosse team was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team for the first time in his career. Schultz was one of 12 student-athletes throughout the Patriot League to earn the honor. Schultz boasts a 3.763 grade-point average while majoring in Economics and minoring in Systems Engineering. The cow has made the Dean's List every semester eligible and has not produced a single semester GPA below a 3.5. In his limited spare time, Schultz tutors his teammates in Economics and Physics. He dons the Golden Wreath and a Golden Star on his uniform to signify the Superintendent's Award for Achievement and as a Distinguished Cadet. Schultz ranks 214 among his classmates. The Lancaster, Pa., native was a member of Army's defensive core. He started in all 12 contests and helped the Black Knights' defensive unit which ranks second in the nation in scoring defense (7.67). Schultz is a key member of Army's man-down team and totaled 12 groundballs and four caused turnovers in 2018. The selection process was conducted by the League's men's lacrosse sports information directors, who could not vote for their own student-athletes. Army will travel to Notre Dame on May 5 for a 1 p.m. contest from South Bend. The game will be streamed on the ACC Network. Read More


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    Cadets Attend Yale's NROTC ConferenceCadets from the Black and Gold Leadership Forum attended Yale's Navy Reserve Officer Training (NROTC) Leadership Conference. At the conference cadets listened to a discussion between former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Google founder and former CEO Eric Schmidt. Additional speakers included former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and Ms. Susan Gordon the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence. In addition to these distinguished panelists, the cadets participated on discussions on nuclear strategy, corruption in Afghanistan, the South China Sea, and leadership in dynamic environments. This year's conference was the third annual at Yale, and drew hundreds of Cadets and Midshipmen from across the country.


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    Ana Joyner '21 and Cole Casanova '19Plebe Ana Joyner of the Army West Point women's tennis team and cow gymnast Cole Casanova were named co-athletes of the week by the Army West Point Athletic Association for their outstanding postseason performances.

    Joyner led the Black Knights to their 14th Patriot League title and first since 2013 from the No. 1 position in both singles and doubles. The Las Cruces, N.M., native earned the John "Pat" Rooney Award as the tournament's most valuable player, becoming just the fifth plebe in program history to earn the honor. She is the 20th cadet-athlete in program history to be recognized as the tournament MVP and first since Della Taylor in 2013.

    Casanova returned to NCAAs this year after being out last season due to an injury. The cow placed sixth in Friday night's qualifier in the all-around to advance to Saturday night's final round. Casanova improved his scores in five of six events during the finals. The Dallas, Texas, native placed 13th in the all-around with his second-highest score of the season (79.300). Casanova stuck his landing on the floor exercise to earn a mark of 13.866 to finish 14th. Read More


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    Visual Rhetoric in STEM Writing WorkshopA standing-room-only crowd of forty cadets attended a workshop on visual rhetoric in STEM writing led by COL Bret Van Poppel (Deputy Head) and LTC Seth Norberg (Assistant Professor), Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME). Given that data visualization is a constant in STEM courses of every stripe, in the sciences and engineering sequences, capstones, and beyond. COL Van Poppel and LTC Norberg articulated strategies for getting it relevant, precise, and right. Their presentation emphasized the value of writing in every discipline, with reference to experiences in their own professional careers and the design of the West Point Writing Program. They also included practical exercises where cadets grappled with real world examples, and rooted their advice in a blend of their own work and teaching, materials from peer institutions, and Writing Center scholarship.


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    Women’s Boxing Wins Second National ChampionshipThe Women's Boxing Team won their second National Championship at West Point. Eight cadets represented the team, with cadets Richelle Radcliff, Janel Tracy, Adaya Queen, and Ejakhianaghe Obiomon going on to win National titles at their respective weight classes.


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    Ta-Nehisi Coates Speaks with Cadet FellowsThe much-celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates met with a small group of Cadet Writing Fellows on for a conversation moderated by Dr. Jason Hoppe, director of the Writing Fellows Program. The discussion addressed key processes and principles of effective writing as well as the specifics of Coates's own work on race, family, and education. The author of several books, including Between the World and Me, the 2015 National Book Award winner in non-fiction, and most recently We Were Eight Years in Power, Coates is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and an influential and provocative public intellectual. In preparation for the visit, cadets and faculty met on multiple occasions to consider the implication of Coates's contributions for future Army officers. Fellows also prepared several gifts for Coates, including a compendium of responses to Coates's work that reflect, just as he does in Between the World and Me, on "the Dream".


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    Men's Boxing Wins the National Collegiate TournamentThe Men's Boxing Team competed in the National Collegiate Boxing Tournament. This three-day tournament consisted of a quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship round in which 35 colleges competed. To be eligible for this national tournament, all boxers had to compete in their respective regional tournaments and place in first or second place. The Men's Boxing Team won the whole tournament and earned five National titles. Cadets Ortiz, Ivey, Grant, Obiomon, and Welton all won the national championship at their respective weight classes.


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    CSM Love Selected as CSM USMACommand Sgt. Maj. Jackie H. Love, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, Kabul, has been selected as the Command Sergeant Major, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.


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    King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit USMAThe U.S. Military Academy was honored to host King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium on April 24.

    King Philippe spoke to the Class of 2018, experienced a warm welcome from the Corps of Cadets during lunch in the Mess Hall and viewed a special collection of academy artifacts.

    Photo: Courtesy of Anthony Battista


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    Alpha Kappa Delta Honors InductionsProfessor Cecilia Ridgeway from Stanford University, participated in the Alpha Kappa Delta (ΑΚΔ) Honors Induction Ceremony with her talk, "The Gender Frame and Institutional Contexts." The Sociology program recognized the academic achievement of CDTs Dillon Biggs, Aidan Baxter, Jack Lowe, Netteange Monaus, and Samuel Crump. The West Point Chapter was established in 2000. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.


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