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    In finishing in the top four teams at the regionals, West Point will join the top 32 schools from across the country to National Ethics Bowl in Reston, Virginia on 21 February 2016. Having been Ethics Bowl National Champions in 2006, 1999, and 1998, this year's USMA Ethics Debate Team hopes to continue that winning tradition. The regionals pitted the team against 25 others. West Point's "Black" Team-consisting of Cadets Dean Feinman '16, (team captain), Samuel Kolling ’16, Carolyn Kehn ’18, and Samantha Polen ’19 -qualified the team for the National Ethics Bowl Competition after a tough split decision loss to Tufts in the semi-finals of the regional tournament. They finished the competition with an impressive 4-1 record. The West Point "Gold" Team of Cadets Zoe Kreitenberg ’16, Alex Laval-Leyva ’17, David Weinmann ’18, Timothy Mills ’18, and Reed Johnson ’19 finished as the fifth-best team at the tournament, barely edged out by Sacred Heart University in the quarterfinal round.

    The USMA Ethics Team displayed a level of maturity, cordiality, and academic excellence that impressed their fellow competitors, the judges, moderators, and other coaches. After every match, the judges and opposing teams' coaches would comment to the USMA coaches about how "wonderfully intelligent and kind" the cadets were in competition and with their fellow students. During one particular case concerning the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBOR), which provides that police officers cannot be forced to make a statement within 10 days of an incident, CDT Dean Feinman ’16 presented a 10-minute argument for why the police, as a profession with special skills and expertise, has to be given this legal protection. The team defended their arguments against the opposing team's critiques, provided critique for the opposing team's argument, and also fielded four judges' questions for why such "extra" protection was necessary. Drawing from the recent news of the attacks in Paris and their understanding of their own military ethic, the team offered that the relationship of the society to those who secure it is one of trust, and the law enables those who provide security autonomy to best protect and serve that society. To remove the law would erode trust and restrict professional autonomy.


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    The West Point Department of Physical Education (DPE) presents Cadets Tyler F. McLees (Company H4) and Ashley J. Zeitvogel (Company G2) Lt. Gen. Hal Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award. The award is presented to the male and female First Class cadets who best exemplify Lt. Gen. Moore's qualities of mental toughness, perseverance, winning spirit and humility.


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    The Brigade Championships are underway! The C-1 Crusaders were crowned the Brigade Basketball Champions after defeating the I-4 I-Beam last night with a score of 49-37! Story

    Photo Courtesy of Michelle Eberhart/ Pointer View


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    CENTER VALLEY, PA - Following a 20-9 season and clinching the second seed at the conference tournament, four Black Knights have garnered All-Patriot League accolades. Seniors Vanessa Edwards and Nicole Perri were both voted to the first team, while sophomores Carolyn Bockrath and Vanessa Wesley earned second-team recognition. "It is great to see four of our cadet-athletes get recognized by the Patriot League," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "It is impressive to see the development of our senior players. Nicole and Vanessa have worked so hard all four years and it is great to see that hard work pay off. Their passion for the game and the care their have for their teammates and our program makes them incredibly special. I know I will miss them tremendously next season." Edwards, a native of Sacramento, Calif., earns the first All-Patriot League First Team honor of her career after being named to the second team last season. Edwards started for Army in all 29 matches and played in 108 sets during her senior season. She recorded 19 assist-dig double-doubles, including a seven-match streak from Sept. 12-Oct. 2. Edwards amassed 1,183 assists and 331 digs this season and led the Patriot League for the second consecutive season with an assist per set average of 10.95. Read More


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    The USCC H1 Roothawgs are the Academic Year 2016 U.S. Corps of Cadets Brigade Soccer Champions!

    Cadet David Bindon's two first half goals set the tone for the Hawgs as they squared off against the D4 Dukes. The Dukes' only goal came from Cadet Franklin Pugh at the 6:30 mark of the first half. Cadet Matt Filbert sealed the deal for the Hawgs by scoring the only second half with five minutes remaining. Story

    Photo Courtesy of Eric Bartelt/ Pointer View


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    TEANECK, NJ - Kyle Wilson's career night propelled the Army West Point men's basketball team to a 96-85 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday night at the Rothman Center. Wilson led the hot-shooting Black Knights with a career-best 36 points on a 13-for-17 effort from the field, including an 8-for-12 showing from beyond the arc. As a team, Army shot 64.8 percent from the field (35-of-54) and was 12-for-23 from downtown (52.2 percent) in the victory, which helped it overcome turning the ball over 25 times. In addition to Wilson, several other Army players had career-best games, including Tanner Plomb, who recorded his fourth double-double with 15 points and a personal-best 16 rebounds.

    Dylan Cox also registered a double-double with a career-high 11 assists and 10 points in his season debut. The Black Knights combined for 25 assists on the night. "It was a hard-fought win," Wilson said. "I think our guys did a good job of sticking with it. FDU made a run, which every team is going to do at some point, and we were able to find a way to win." Army came out of the gate on fire as Plomb ignited the offense with back-to-back threes. The scorching shooting continued as Army made 10 of its first 13 field goal attempts to secure a 26-12 advantage in the first eight minutes. Adam Roe hit a pair of threes off the bench and Kevin Ferguson scored six underneath during the opening run. Read More


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    On 17 Nov., USMA’s Spectrum Club sponsored the third Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance observance. Over thirty West Point and local community personnel (to include O’Neill HS LGBTQ Club) at-tended this event. Ms. Audrey Stewart ’07 was the guest speaker.


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    The USMA Vietnamese-American Forum took a trip to Boston, MA, to attend the Boston College Vietnamese Culture Show. The Vietnamese Culture Show proved to be an outstanding display of the beauty and diversity of the Vietnamese Culture. The cadets had the opportunity to make important contacts and share in their cultural experiences. In addition to meeting the leadership of the Boston College Vietnamese Student Association (BC VSA), the group also met Mrs. Ahn Vu Sawyer, the Executive Director of the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts and a recent recipient of the Massachusetts Immigrants and Refugees Advocacy Coalition Outstanding Member Award. Mrs. Sawyer is also a published writer and public speaker; her memoir, Song of Saigon, was published by Warner Books in February, 2003. Her writing has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer Newspapers, Wheaton College Alumni Magazine, and on Warner Book’s Author’s Lounge website. The group is planning on increasing their engagement with the BC VSA in the future.


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    On 15 Nov., the Army West Point Combat Weapons Team participated in a regional, friendly rifle competition in Mertztown, PA. Three cadets, the OIC, Team Coach, and a Team Instructor set their sites against 64 other competitors. After six grueling stages, Coach Gary Salman placed 6th overall, and CDT Tyler Rose placed 21st out of 71 participants. Regardless of placement, all Teammates worked tirelessly to improve their confidence and competency in the employment of small arms.


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    59 members of the West Point Glee Club travelled to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at the invitation of the Symphony of the Americas. The club first conducted a free public concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale. Then, combined with the symphony, the club con-ducted two concerts for 800 students from Broward County Middle School and High Schools, including nearly 500 JROTC cadets. The Military Academy Liaison Officer (MALO) of South Florida (USMA 2003) shared insights about common traits between the students and many of the cadets who apply to attend West Point. Over a period of three days, the club conducted a total of six hours of rehearsals and three concerts with the Symphony, ending with an event at the Amaturo Theatre in the Broward Center for Performing Arts for almost 600 patrons. Upon return from Florida, the club celebrated Veterans’ Day by performing the concert encore with country music star, Trace Adkins, at the “Vets Rock” event in Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut for over 7,500 attendees.


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    The West Point Cadet Theatre Arts Guild travelled to New York City, to see the Broadway show Hamilton. The musical is about the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, and is cast with diverse actors representing a slice of America now, while set to music in the style of Hip-Hop and Rap. After the show, the cadets were able to meet a few cast members and watched the “Ham4Ham” performance where cast members do impromptu signing to entertain the crowds on the street. During “Ham4Ham”, LinManuel Miranda (writer and lead in the show) publicly thanked all of the veterans and acknowledged the cadets and military members in the crowd. Before the show, over half of the cadets chose to expand their artistic horizons by spending a few hours at the Museum of Modern Art, while others enjoyed Bryant Park’s Holiday Market and Ice Skating. On the ride home, cadets rehashed lyrics from the show, compared notes about their favorite set pieces, and delighted in the technical wonders of the show.


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    Nine cadets from the West Point Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), travelled to Salt Lake City, UT, to attend the 2015 AIChE Nationals. There, CDT Bradley Ernst (West Point AIChE President) and CDT J. Keith Basnett (Vice President) gave a presentation along with AIChE representatives from the University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology that covered how to establish an International Sister Chapter of AIChE. The audience included students and faculty advisors from universities from across the country, and even some International Chapter members. Cadets also attended professional workshops to learn non-Newtonian fluids, prepare for the fundamentals of engineering exam, and to prepare for the chemical engineering car competition.


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    Four cadets from USMA’s Model UN Forum travelled to Oxford, England, to participate in Ox-ford’s International Model United Nation’s Competition. From the African Union to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the cadets represented countries in challenging committees working with students from over 50 universities around the world. As one of the few American schools present, the West Point team stood out as a competent and engaging group of future leaders. CDT Megan McNulty ’16 won second place, while CDT Jesse Nelson ’16 and CDT Carolyn Williams (’18) won the Verbal competition. CDT Anthony Veith ’16 was also an instrumental part of the team’s success.


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    The Army West Point Alpine Ski Team welcomes to it’s ranks, Coach Robert (Bob) McIntee from Goshen, NY. He brings with him a rich background of over 40 years in the industry having been a certified Ski Patroller, Professional Ski Instructor, U.S. Ski Association Coach and Resort Administrator. To add to the excitement of this years’ team, coming off competing at National’s last year at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, OR, the Army Downhillers are competing in a brand new conference, the Atlantic High-lands Conference. Participating in the new conference allow the Army Shredders to compete at Mountains closer to home, and in some cases with more challenging terrain, such as Belleayre and Hunter Mountains in the Catskills. The Army Alpines will compete against the likes of Lafayette College, Columbia, Rutgers, UPenn and Drexel to name a few. This year the Army Alpiners anticipate returning to Regionals, getting a shot at making Nationals again this year at Lake Placid, NY, and hosting/whipping Navy here at Victor Constant Ski Area this winter.


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    The Army West Point Bowling team travelled down to Wallingford, CT, to participate in their second EIBC match. While the lanes were unforgiving, the Army Men’s A team held on to their 9th place ranking in the conference. In a rare match-up, the Women’s team went head to head against both of the Men’s teams. Special recognition goes to CDT James Olk who is currently tied for third place for the most individual points scored.


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    Twelve cadets fighters from the Army West Point Grappling Team travelled to King of Prussia, PA, to compete in a sanctioned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament. The tournament had over thirty bouts, and the Army West Point team managed to take home sixteen medals by competing in both Gi and No-Gi Divisions. The cadets that received medals in their respective divisions include: CDT Brandon Freerkson (Second Place); CDT Danny Gray (First Place); CDT Erica Forktus (Second Place); CDT Alex Soler (First Place); CDT Mike Volpe (First Place); CDT JT Aaron ( Second Place); CDT Tyler Parker (Third Place); CDT Danny Gray (First Place); CDT Paul Getchell (Second Place); CDT Airyn Nash (Third Place); CDT Jayleen Perez (Fourth Place); and CDT Saud Bin Saud (Second Place).


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    On 11 Nov., the Army West Point Skeet and Trap team travelled to Dover Plains, NY, to compete in the first annual Veteran’s Day Classic sporting clays tournament, held at the Beretta Shooting Grounds. The event drew shooters from around the Hudson Valley, and despite a rainy start proved to be a great day of shooting for cadets and civilians alike. CDT Lane Fincher won the award for tournament high-gun, as well as high gun for the team.


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    The Army West Point Taekwondo Team travelled to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, to fight in the second Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference tournament of the year. The team had another terrific performance, setting new team and division records by scoring 234 points and opening up an over 200 point lead on second place Rutgers University. The Men’s performance included winning the Men’s Beginner Division and sending two teams to the Men’s Black Belt semi-finals, both placing third overall. Black Belt Heavyweight CDT Rahul Sawhney had one of the highlights of the tournament scoring a knockout in the quarterfinals in just 15 seconds, on his way to an undefeated tournament record. The Men’s brackets each had over 35 teams competing. The Women’s Beginner team fought hard all the way to the finals, placing second in the tournament in a field of 26 teams. The next tournament will be the final tournament of the semester at Brown University on 22 November.


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    The Army West Point Cycling team travelled to Wawarsing, NY, to participate in a technical course hosted by the Renegades Mountain Bike Club. CDT Tristan Manderfield ’17 and CDT Kenny Englert ’19 placed first and second, respectively. CDT Ellen Barry (USAFA ‘17) took first place in the women’s race. CDT Dylan Allen took first place in the Men’s C Race. The Army West Point Cycling team is currently ranked first in the ECCC, and third in the nation.


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    The Army West Point Men’s Volleyball team travelled to Mechanicsburg, PA, to compete in a tournament. The tournament served as a great opportunity for development of the team, and a chance to gain valuable experience. The A team competed against perennial power, Messiah, in the first match. Although the team lost, they identified the numerous strengths and weakness that they can build on for the next season.


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