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West Point's Ethics Debate Team competed in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Chicago, IL. The team, consisting of five debaters, Carolyn Kehn '18 (Sociology), Jessica Boerner'18 (Philosophy), Reed Johnson '19 (Philosophy), Brett Yelverton '18 (Philosophy), and Viviana Gonzalez '20 (Sociology), competed in four rounds against Whitman College, Youngstown State, St. Mary's, and Central Arkansas. The team debated cases about the rights of transgender athletes, the medical treatment of newborns with terminal illnesses, the replacement of workers with robots, the responsibility of pharmaceutical companies for the opioid crisis, and the ethics of political expression in publicly funded art, among other things. The team performed well overall, finishing well above the team from the Naval Academy.
They did this despite the fact that most of the members of the team were competing for the first time this year and after an exhausting couple of days of travel involving flight cancellations and long layovers. The competition gave the new cadets valuable experience that will help make the team even stronger next year. The tournament brought together 37 of the nation's most talented teams to compete for the national title. West Point won the tournament in 2017. This year, the team qualified for the tournament after placing 2nd among 24 teams at the Northeast Regional Competition. This is another example of the department's commitment to developing cadet's ethical reasoning, civic responsibility, and effective communication.
Four cadets traveled to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. to execute the crisis simulation event. The cadets joined graduate students on the People's Republic of China, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, and Japan teams. This year, the simulation focused on escalatory behavior: specifically, under what conditions do states choose to escalate crises? The simulation is a fast-paced environment in which to test students understanding of policy, political and military organizations, history, current events, and international relations.
The Department of Law (DLAW) Mock Trial Team travelled to Princeton University to take part in the Regional Competition. Prior to the event, team Officer in Charge (OIC) CPT Strang, worked with the team to help them develop their arguments, objections and evidentiary foundations. The team competed against twenty-seven other teams from universities throughout the northeast. Each team competed in four separate trials against a randomly selected opponent with the team representing the prosecution twice and the defense twice. Participants were judged on the effectiveness of opening/closing statements, direct and cross examination, and grasp of the rules of evidence through objections and responses. The team significantly improved on last years' showing and won several ballots, but they did not score enough points to qualify for the Nationals competition.
Women's Handball Black and Gold teams traveled to Boston to compete against New York City and Boston Handball clubs. Both teams played well and fought hard. Gabby Purnell '19 and Kaley Rose '19 had outstanding games leading the teams in defense and scoring.
The Department of Law held its Salvatore Lecture Series, hosting Professor David Bruck, renowned defense attorney and death penalty expert. Professor Bruck has argued seven death penalty cases before the Supreme Court including Skipper v. South Carolina (1986) and Simmons v. South Carolina (1994), and over 70 capital appeals in state and lower federal courts. He has represented dozens of clients in death penalty cases, including Susan Smith, Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Charleston church shooting suspect Dylan Roof. Professor Bruck currently serves as a clinical professor of law and director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee University School of Law. In his talk, he spoke on his view that the death penalty should be abolished and then engaged in a thoughtful discussion time with cadets about the death penalty.
The Fencing Team traveled to NJIT to compete against conference match opponents in the last dual meets of the regular season. Army beat Navy for the 15th consecutive year in head to head competition. The #1 Ranked Sabre Fencer of the day was Chris Papa going 8-4 in his weapon against a field of all MAAC and NCAA ranked fencers. In the weapon of Foil, Caleb Kifer finished the day at 5-5 – giving Army the two wins they needed in foil against Navy for the close tied win and contributing wins against William and Mary.
Army takes home its Foil Champion in Claudia Sun who was the only athlete to go undefeated on the day at 9-0 – the best finish for any athlete in this competition. The Weapon of Epee finished at 2-1, with cadets Amy Yang (7-2), Claire Sirna (6-3) and Brigit Duffy (5-4) finishing above all other opponents with a first-place finish. In Women's Sabre Helen Schroeder went 5-4, one of her strongest finishes in any competition.
Photo: CDT Claudia Sun-Undefeated Foil Champion
A Cadet history thesis seminar on Intelligence and Cyber operations, led by Dr. David Gioe and MAJ Jason LeVay, took a trip section to the National Capital Region, where they toured the National Cryptologic Museum, met with U.S. Cyber Command Historian Dr. Michael Warner, and received National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command mission briefings. They toured the CIA's internal museum and headquarters with the Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and were received at the Institute for World Politics where they met Mr. Burton Gerber former CIA Chief of Station Moscow and former Chief of Central Eurasia Division, Mr. Dick Holm former paramilitary officer in Laos during the Vietnam War and former CoS Paris, and Mr. John Sano retired Deputy Director of the National Clandestine Service. This opportunity provided by the Army Cyber Institute and the Department of History enriched the cadet learning experience, allowing them to interact with artifacts, and engage with intelligence and cyber historians and senior intelligence officers.
The Army West Point baseball team earned an 8-4 victory over No. 28 Stetson here Wednesday night. The Hatters, who were voted 12th in the Collegiate Baseball poll and 28th in the NCBWA poll, saw their nine-game winning streak halted in the contest. The Cadets jumped on things early, notching five big runs in the second inning to break to game open. Anthony Giachin and Anfernee Crompton started the frame by notching back-to-back singles. Rob Regine then reached on an error following a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Josh White was hit by a pitch during the next at bat, which brought home Army's first run of the inning. The Hatters tallied the first out on a fielder's choice but still had to deal with the bases being loaded when Jacob Hurtubise stepped up to the plate. The yearling kept the wheels moving by drilling a long fly ball out to center field to bring home another Black Knights' run. Read More
Eleven members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) visited the headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA) at Ft. Meade, Maryland. All had a chance to see how electrical and mechanical engineering skills are utilized by the nation's intelligence community, in pursuit of national security objectives. The NSA tour began with a visit to R2, NSA's Information Assurance research organization. R2 personnel briefed the cadets on current research efforts to defend information and technical infrastructure, as well as efforts to improve the science of information security. Next, the cadets visited the NSA's "supervisory control and data acquisition" (SCADA) simulation facility. SCADA is a system often used for controlling public works infrastructure such as water, sewer and electrical systems. In this facility, domestic and foreign allied SCADA infrastructures are simulated to develop defensive measures. Finally, the cadets received a technical demonstration from the NSA's Technical Vulnerabilities group, who demonstrated "bug sweeping" techniques to detect and defeat surveillance devices; the group then had the cadets hunt for bugs in a live test range using state-of-the-art NSA detection equipment. CDT Patula gave a custom-made ELEX challenge coin to leaders at each NSA organization.
The Army West Point softball team claimed a pair of victories over Manhattan in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex. The Black Knights (5-12) had plenty of success at the plate, scoring 11 runs on 19 hits in the two games combined. Amelia Trotter went 3-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI, while Lacey Swafford was the primary run producer, driving in four runs on three hits. On the mound, Courtney Springman and Macey Newbary both posted stellar outings. In the first game, Springman got the nod and went the distance. She did not allow a single earned run, while fanning five Jasper (7-7) batters. Newbary started inside the circle in the second tilt and threw a complete game shutout. The yearling allowed four hits and struck out six, while issuing just one walk. Read More
Systems Capstone Team visited Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (HQUSACE) to brief MG Michael Wehr, Deputy Commanding General USACE on a Business Intelligence Framework, and conduct a working session with senior planners in order to refine current products. CDT's Browning, Coleman, Roman, and Frieberg are working with their capstone advisor, LTC Schreiner who is serving one-year with HQUSACE Strategy and Integration Office as a Strategic Planner. The nature of the Cadet Teams work is captured in their abstract which has been submitted for peer review in the Engineering Management Journal of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).
Ten cadets of the USMA Model United Nations team traveled to Boston, Mass. to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations conference hosted by Harvard University. This conference is the largest on the Model UN circuit in the U.S., with over 3,000 delegates from several countries competing.
The conference ended with multiple individual awards given to cadets, with the entire team performing well and exercising improvisational speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving.
The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Jake Stoffel '19, John Govern '19, John Lorenz '20, Katarina Christianson '21 and Justin Jang '20. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: George Pavlakis '21, Amanda Horsey '19, Kenny Castillo '21, Hunter Hill '20 and Jeronne Carter '20.
Cadets studying abroad in Jordan visited the coastal city of Aqaba in southern Jordan. The visit to Aqaba presented the cadets with a valuable opportunity to exercise their language skills and cultural awareness. Situated in the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea, Aqaba is Jordan's only seaport and it is nestled next to Israel and within close range of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The visit exposed cadets to an array of Arabic dialects and placed them in situations where they were required to navigate everyday situations in a diverse population comprised of Jordanians, Saudis, Egyptians, Palestinians and Israelis.
Twelve members of the Army Water Polo Team traveled across country for a tournament at the University of California – Davis. This tournament had many top teams showing up. Strong performances from yearling Kyle Garwick and firstie Colin Stone helped Army win their first game 12-6. Goals from almost every player on the team led to a 12-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara. Standouts in this game were firstie Shelby Lee and cows, Pat Cowley and Matt Kim all with goals and assists and playing well on both defense and offense.
The following weekend Army Polo hosted thirteen teams in Arvin Gym. Army beat Lehigh 12 - 1. In the Army vs Navy star match, Army took Navy to task with a final score of 27-7. During the final two games the Army team was supplemented and the team played with Jesse Smith, three-time Olympian and former professional player, a great experience.
Dr. Diane Richardson, of the German Section, was invited by the German Studies Department at Vassar College to give a guest lecture on her research, “Embracing Ambiguity in the Language Classroom and Curriculum.” She also led a lesson on “Linguistic Landscape in the Language Classroom” in Vassar’s course on “Foreign Language Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice.” It was an enriching opportunity to share insight with current and future language instructors and professors that can be applied to and enhance the development of language learners in multiple contexts.
The Opera Club visited the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center to view Giacomo Puccini's, and the world's, most popular opera: La Bohème. Twenty cadets, faculty, and guests spent the morning enjoying the city before attending the sold-out matinée. Following the performance, the cadets met with some of the lead performers in the Opera including Susanna Phillips, Lucas Meachem, and Matthew Rose in the Met's List Hall. The cadets and artists asked questions of one another and shared experiences, during that meeting. The conversation fostered a relationship between the cadets and the community of artists at Lincoln Center.
The Army West Point Equestrian Team was strong competition at their last IHSA horse show of the season. The Army Equestrian team traveled to Centenary University in Long Valley, NJ for the last IHSA competition of the season. They competed against ten highly competitive colleges in the Northeast region. Some of the most notable placings are as follows: Madyson Paul '21 placed second in her Advanced Walk-Trot-Canter Division and earned enough points to move up to the Novice Division next season. Jeremy Schnipke '19 won his Walk-Trot-Canter division. Cira Wolf '20 earned second place in her Walk-Trot Division and earned enough points to move up to the Walk-Trot-Canter Division next season. Lucy Harrill '21 and Matthew Golembeski '20 both earned third place in their respective Walk-Trot Divisions.
Additionally, an exceptional group of cadets qualified for IHSA Regionals coming up at Crosswinds Equestrian Center. They will represent the Army Team proudly across four divisions of competition. Team Captain Matilda Brady '19 will compete in both Novice Flat and Novice Fences, Madyson Paul will compete in Walk-Trot-Canter, and Cira Wolf '20 and Jeremy Schnipke '19 will both show in the Walk-Trot Division.
The Geospatial Information Science (GIS) Program of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, hosted a visit from Congressman Bruce Westerman of Arkansas's 4th District. Congressman Westerman, author and sponsor of the Geospatial Data Act, spoke with cadets in the GIS Program about current geospatial initiatives. He also received an update on how the GIS faculty trains the nation's future leaders in the latest geospatial information science technologies. CPT Powell briefed Congressman Bruce Westerman on the program's technologies, specifically the use of the 3D Terrain Model and also the 3D visualization room using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data over Pointe du Hoc in France. Congressman Westerman also spoke with cadets in the Photogrammetry course, directed by Dr. O'Banion, about how legislation is being shaped in Congress by the proliferation of geospatial information into academic, business and government organizations.
The Department of Foreign Languages and the Chinese language section hosted the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Honorable Kevin Rudd. During his visit, Prime Minister Rudd interacted with cadets, faculty and leadership. Prime Minister Rudd conducted an evening lecture in which he demonstrated how deep regional expertise goes hand-in-hand with deep linguistic and cultural knowledge. Prime Minister Rudd also took the opportunity to delve into deeper analysis of China’s current regional and global geopolitical situation, along with its future ambitions.
Yearling Alex Wilkinson was named the Atlantic Hockey Association's Best Defenseman, announced at the league banquet on Thursday. "We are very proud of Wilky on being named Atlantic Hockey's Best Defenseman," said head coach Brian Riley. "From the first day he arrived at West Point, he has worked extremely hard to develop his game. To be recognized by the league and coaches is quite an honor. As outstanding a hockey player he is, Wilky is also a great cadet and represents our program and the Academy in a way that makes us all proud." Wilkinson, who hails from Raleigh, N.C., was the first Army player to receive this award since Associate Head Coach Zach McKelvie was honored in 2008. He led an Army defense that finished with the league's best penalty kill (.878) and the second-best scoring defense. Wilkinson ranked second in the league with 14 power play points including four goals on the man-advantage. Read More
This capstone project encompasses the design of a next generation combat vehicle that can withstand an underbody blast. In this capstone the cadets have designed and tested varying simple truss geometry configurations to analyze effectiveness when compared to the current industry standard. Models were developed for both experimental and analytical analysis. The experimental analysis utilizes additive manufacturing and the Army Research Lab (ARL) guidelines for blast simulation. To provide a source of comparison and expectation, a finite element model was developed in True Grid. Using the DoD High Performance Computing (HPC) facility, this model was used for a detailed finite-element blast test analysis. The available tools also provide the capability to adjust a variety of test parameters and allows the fine-tuning of experimental procedures based on the expected results.
Army West Point wrestlers Lucas Weiland, Ben Harvey and Rocco Caywood all advanced to the second day of the NCAA Championships after earning wins in the second session Thursday evening at Quicken Loans Arena. After a lackluster first session that saw all three wrestlers drop their opening bouts, the trio of Cadets closed out the first day of the national tournament with a combined 4-0 record. All three wrestlers earned their first-career victories at the NCAA Championships. This is the first time since 2012 that at-least three Black Knights documented wins at NCAAs. Weiland documented Army's first bonus point win at nationals in three years with a 9-1 major decision in his first consolation match. The most recent came when Brian Harvey recorded a 12-3 major decision over Oregon State's Garrett Drucker in 2015. Harvey became the first Army wrestler to win multiple matches at the NCAAs since his brother, Brian, did so in 2015. The New Palestine, Ind., native posted his 40th-career victory in the consolation pigtail match. He reached 20 wins for the second-straight season with his second win of the night. Read More
The Army Taekwondo team travelled to Princeton for their first ECTC (Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference) tournament of the semester, securing second-place overall in Division 1 Taekwondo. In the Women's Black Belt Division, cadets Taylor Reim, Nicole Nettles and Ashley Rivera won gold for sparring, defeating the Cornell A1 team. The Men's A1 sparring team consisting of cadets Matthew Galea, Ryan Castilla and Ziwei Peng fought to an exciting finals match with the Navy A1 team, placing 2nd overall in black belt sparring. The Men's A3 sparring team consisting of cadets Tae Young Kim, Jordan Nettles, and Eli Eichenberger placed 3rd in black belt sparring. Throughout the tournament, the team saw great performances from Matthew Galea, Taylor Reim, Ashley Rivera and Anthony Chargualaf for knocking out at least one of their opponents throughout the day. In the B Divisions, the Men's B1 sparring team of cadets Andy Vu, Travis Phelan and Benjamin Turner placed second after a close fight with the Duke B1 team.
Four members of the Army West Point Rifle team were awarded College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) scholastic honors. Nathan Brewer, Emiliano Concha-Toro, Ethan Cook, and Andrew Solomonides have all been named 2018 CRCA Scholastic All-Americans. Brewer, a cow from Walla Walla, Wash., is majoring in mechanical engineering. He shot a season high score of 579 in smallbore twice this year against Navy and Murray State. He also shot his season high in air rifle of 589 on two separate occasions, both times against Navy. Concha-Toro, a yearling from Sarasota, Fla., is a physics major. Concha-Toro shot a high score of 577 in smallbore this season. In air rifle, he achieved a score of 580 against GARC rivals Murray State. Cook is majoring in operations research. The firstie and Marshall, Mich., native achieved his season record of 570 in the smallbore discipline twice. In air rifle, he shot an impressive score of 581 against service-academy rival Navy. Solomindes is a nuclear engineering major from Gilsum, N.H. The cow shot a season high smallbore score of 562. He scored a season high 579 points in the air rifle discipline against Navy in the annual Army-Navy Star match.
Professor Rob McDonald discussed the life and times of Thomas Jefferson on the Presidents' Day episode of "The Rubin Report" (https://youtu.be/kVGXfgY9VFI). Interviewed by host Dave Rubin, a political commentator and stand-up comic, in addition to people who listened via the audio podcast (https://tinyurl.com/y8unzzvn), within five days the video of Rob's interview had been streamed by more than 75,000 viewers.
Four cadets on the Bridge Protection Device multi-disciplinary capstone project visited the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS. They met with Larry Winkleman from PM Bridging at U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and with ERDC scientists to discuss projects in support of the Army's Improved Ribbon Bridge (IRB). The cadets presented their work to date on the bridge protection device, a cable and boom system that will be installed upstream of the bridge to protect the IRB from natural and man-made floating debris. The ERDC scientists briefed their progress on related progress and gave the cadets a tour of the physical testing of the IRB components currently underway. The meeting generated discussions of how to continue to leverage ongoing research at ERDC and identified collaboration areas for this project and beyond. After the meetings at ERDC, the team visited the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) headquarters for the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) and Mississippi River Commission (MRC).
The Army West Point Nordic Ski Team attended the Eastern Collegiate Skiing Conference (ECSC) Regional Championship at the Gore Mountain Ski Bowl in North Creek, NY. The race was the final event of the ECSC season. Five cadets participated in the two-day competition which consisted of a 1.5km sprint tournament on Saturday and a 7.5km skate event on Sunday, CDTs Peter Elmlinger '19, Tina Le '19, Tyler Stansbury '19, John Erskine '20 and Daniel Berardino '20 were the only team to have every skier start and finish every race. Cadet Berardino, was the highest placed cadet on both days. Despite being his first race of the year he qualified fourth in his quarter-final heat in the spring, and broke the 30-minute mark in the 7.5km skate.
The Writing Program hosted Dr. Zachery Koppelman (Director of the Writing Center, Wabash College) and two students for a range of events focused on the study of writing across the curriculum and writing centers. Dr. Koppelmann spoke with several senior faculty in Civil and Mechanical Engineering (CME) on the importance of effective written communication in engineering. Dr. Koppelmann's presentation, "Bridges, Substations, and Communication: Engineers Writing Well," built on his experience leading the establishment of a writing curriculum in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University as well as additional resources he developed to support technical and professional communication at Purdue and Wabash College. His discussions with CME faculty touched on a range of concerns, from real-world case studies to the planning of faculty development seminars, designing and responding to assignments, and the imperative of enlisting discipline-specific vocabulary to understand writing values.
During his stay at the Academy, Dr. Koppelmann also conferenced with senior leaders in the Center for Enhanced Performance and discussed, with Writing Program leaders, concerns relating to design, assessment, and development in writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives and writing centers. He further coordinated with two of his Wabash students—accomplished undergraduates who shadowed and interacted with Cadet Writing Fellows throughout their two-day stay—to guest lecture in the two seminars currently offered by the Writing Fellows Program (Writing Process & Pedagogy and Advanced Writing Pedagogy).
The Army West Point Men's Fencing Team traveled down to Lafayette College in Easton, PA to compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Conference Championships, only 15 teams qualified to compete. Army Fencing had many wins, the most satisfying was beating Navy in head to head competition by a score of 6-3 eliminating them from the finals. First Place in Club Division were cadets Cody West (Foil), Dan Kurtzahn (Foil), Vaughn Johnson (Epee), Noah Kambili (Sabre), Chris Papa (Sabre) and Phil White (Sabre). The Men's Team was awarded the MAAC Sportsmanship Trophy as voted on by teams as the one team conveying the highest degree of sportsmanship throughout the entire season.
Photo: CDT Vaughn Johnson defeating handedly his opponent from the University of Maryland, an athlete with a wealth of years above Vaughn, in a match that was won by Vaughn with a score with a wide margin of 15-3
The Army West Point Women's Fencing team hosted the 90th National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association (NIWFA) Conference Fencing Championships, the oldest organized sports conference for women in the USA, and came away with a memorable day of results, only 10 teams qualified to compete. The team had a session with the retiring Olympians who have been running the conference for 45 years, and gained wonderful insights. First Place in Club Division were cadets Claudia Sun (Foil) and Amy Yang (Epee), both qualified for NIWFA All-Conference Awards and Yang received the NIWFA All-Academic Award.
The Investment Club hosted Mr. Keenan Beasley '05. Mr. Beasley is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of BLKBOX, a modern marketing firm based in New York City. He spoke to Cadets about pursuing their passion, and the trials and tribulations he experienced starting his own business. Roughly 90 cadets attended, and they spent most of the hour asking questions and eliciting feedback from Mr. Beasley on everything from academic pursuits to upcoming life decisions.
Army West Point yearling wrestler Ben Harvey advanced to the blood round, but fell one-win shy of All-America honors as the Black Knights' 2017-18 season came to a close on the second day of the NCAA Championships at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. Harvey, Lucas Weiland and Rocco Caywood all advanced to the second day of the national tournament before being eliminated in the consolation bracket. As a team, the Black Knights compiled an overall record 7-6 with Weiland earning the program's first bonus point victory at NCAAs since 2015 with a 9-1 major decision over #26 Andrew Shomers of Edinboro yesterday. As a team, the Black Knights' seven wins at nationals is the most by an Army team since 2003. Weiland and Harvey become the first duo for Army to win two or more matches at the NCAA Championships since 2008. Harvey became the 15th Cadet to win at least four matches at the national tournament and first since Matt Kyler in 2008. Read More
The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes and Drums performed at the American Legion in Greenwood Lakes to support their annual Celtic Day event. The Band had two performances; at each performance they provided live bagpipe music as well dancing from the Celtic Dancers. In between the two performances, the cadets interacted with veterans and community members at the American legion. Cadets marched in the Highland Falls St. Patrick's Day parade and conducted practice sessions with the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipe and Drums Band, as well as the Newburgh Fire Department Pipe and Drums Band.
The Army West Point men's track and field team claimed first place in dominating fashion at the UC Irvine Spring Break Classic. At this meet, the team earned 233 points which was good for first place, outscoring second place by 90 points. The team earned this spot with six first place titles. Track: Army placed second in the 400 relay with a time of 41.40. The team consisted of Ben Sims, Kevin Dyer, Tyler Davis and Drew Bullen. Keagan Smith won the 1500-meter run with a time of 3:49.06. Roman Ollar claimed third with a time of 3:52.63. He was followed by Robbie Santoyo (3:54.85) in sixth, and John Valeri (3:55.22) in eighth. Ross Puritty clocked in at 14.85 in the 110-meter hurdles which was good for third place. Tyrell Maddox timed in at 48.22 in the 400-meter dash which earned him second place. In the 100, Andre Vaughn placed first with a time of 10.70. Davis took second with a time of 10.74 and Kedrin Jefferson took the three spot at 10.78. Field: In the long jump, Tyrese Bender finished eighth with a distance of 6.25m. Drew Bullen jumped for 6.21m which was good for 10th place. Lee Bares won the pole vault, clearing a height of 5.15m. Joe Popek was close behind in third with a height of 4.65m. In the shot put, Michael Renard placed fifth with a distance of 16.37m. Geoff Kirk was close behind in sixth, throwing for 15.66m. Read More
The American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM) Club conducted an evening panel discussion entitled "Pizza with an Engineer". Twenty or so cadets and faculty members attended and interacted with the panel members, all of whom were retired members of the military with extensive experience in corporate and academic environments. The panel members included Dr. Carlee Bishop, a visiting professor from the Georgia Tech Research Institute and retired Air Force pilot, Dr. Pat DuBois, civilian professor in Department of Systems Engineering (DSE), retired Army officer, and retired from an extensive career at Lockheed Martin, and Dr. Steve Henderson, former DSE faculty and retired Army Officer now the lead Data Scientist at Enlighten Information Technology. Cadet Cory Hazelbaker, the ASEM Club CIC moderated the discussion, with topics ranging from professional development, post-Army transition considerations, professional certification and other connections to courses and topics cadets are studying within the Department.
The Army West Point gymnastics team topped Springfield, 393.300 – 387.000, Sunday in its regular season finale. The Black Knights captured for of six events in the victory. Nathan Goff posted a program record (14.450) on floor to lead the Cadets today. Army captured the floor exercise (69.200-66.200), pommel horse (63.500-60.150), vault (69.500-68.600) and high bar (66.550-64.500) en route to the win. The Black Knights' 69.200 on floor was a program best. On the high bar, the Cadets turned out a season-high 66.550 led by Goff (14.050). The vault score was 0.100 points off from a season-high on the apparatus. Goff turned out a program record 14.450 on the floor exercise to lead all other competitors by over 0.250 points. Cole Casanova was second for Army in the event with a 14.100. This mark ranks fourth in Army's records. Erik Del Cid continues to climb on the vault and topped his career-high for the second week in a row with a 14.150 to lead Army. Nick McAfee tied his career-high 13.800 on the parallel bars. Read More
Cadets in the Core Engineering Sequence Capstone Project Course conducted a site visit to the Village of Suffern, NY. The cadets are helping the Village of Suffern optimize its municipal telecommunications systems. The trip included a progress report briefing, stakeholder meeting with numerous Suffern officials, and site inspections of telecommunications equipment. The team toured Village Hall and the Police Department, Water Treatment, Sewage Treatment, and Department of Public Works garage facilities.
Backed by AJ Barretto's career-high 14 saves, the Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team topped Holy Cross 5-3 on Saturday. Barretto recorded his first-career point in the contest with an assist in the third quarter. He also finished the day with a caused turnover and three groundballs. Army improves to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League. All five of Army's goals were assisted in the game. David Symmes, Sean O'Brien, Nate Jones, Connor DeWitt and Nicholas Garofano scored for the Black Knights. The assists came from Jones, Johnny Surdick, Barretto, Nick Santorelli and Evan Condon. Dom Ricca posted a career-high five groundballs and added two caused turnovers. Mattt Manown, John Ragno and Jon LaMonica finished the day with two caused turnovers apiece. LaMonica and Surdick aided the Cadets' groundball game with tallies of five and four apiece. Ragno went 6-for-10 at the faceoff X today for a .600 efficiency. The Black Knights held the Crusaders scoreless in the second and third quarters marking eight times Army has allowed no goals in a quarter this season. Jones is closing in on the 100-career point mark and boasts 93 after today's two-point performance. Jones also continues on his seven-game goal streak with his solo tally today, while Symmes and O'Brien are riding a seven-goal point streak this season. Read More
Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Director LTC Bryan Price was invited to present at the 16th Annual Army Worldwide Antiterrorism Conference in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by the Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) and Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA), the conference attracted over 300 of the Army's Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officers from around the world. LTC Price learned that HQDA will make "Leveraging the Combating Terrorism Center" next quarter's theme for the U.S. Army, the first time a research center has earned this distinction.
West Point Officers' Christian Fellowship conducted their winter retreat at St. Basil's Academy in Garrison, NY. Twenty-four cadets attended the trip and several others joined on pass, most of whom regularly attend fellowship gatherings. The highlights of the weekend were personal testimonies shared by officers of different backgrounds and spiritual workshops led by first class cadets from the club. Each cadet, faculty, and family member attending enhanced their spiritual lives and developed their character to be a leader consistent with the Army Values on selfless service in the Army, their families, and the community.
Nine members of the triathlon team traveled to Clermont Florida to race in the Draft Legal Challenge a two-day race festival with a professional race as well as two elite development races in which the top-three finishers earn their elite license. The athletes braved very choppy waters and strong winds and heat to compete against the world's best, including some athletes representing the Naval Academy. The experience gained from racing in such a strong field is equivalent to 5 or 6 non-draft conference races. Top times for the 5k were in the 15 minutes range after swimming and cycling. Attending this event puts the team in a better position for National Championships in Alabama, where they will go against Navy in a race for the national title.
The Army West point Marathon Team competed in the New York Road Runner Al Gordon Four-Miler race in New York City. The team performed well and had several cadets place in their age group. Top finishers were Cadets Ryan French '20 and Paige Dougherty '18.
Four civil engineering cadets toured Kyle Field at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with representatives from the Mortenson Construction Company and Walter P. Moore Structures. The cadets are working on the Michie Stadium East Stands Capstone project and are being professional mentored by these engineers. The Kyle Field is a $500 million project with unique engineering challenges. The cadets learned how engineers solve these complex problems in the exciting context of major stadium projects.
The Army West Point Men's Lacrosse team jumped up to 12th this week in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse/Nike Coaches Poll and in 13th the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll. The Black Knights are now 5-2 on the year and are 2-1 in the Patriot League. The Black Knights knocked off Holy Cross 5-3 on Saturday due to a career-best performance by AJ Barretto in net. The cow was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week for the second time after making 14 saves, causing two turnovers, picking up three groundballs and recorded his first-career assist. The Cadets had five different goal scorers in Saturday's game with all of the goals being assisted. Army's firstie class now boasts 37 wins in their careers on the banks of the Hudson and are three shy of a program record. Army will travel to Colgate this Saturday for a 12 p.m. matchup in Hamilton, N.Y.
Cadets attended the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for a two-day program on Law, the Holocaust and War Crimes. Welcomed by Amanda Rooney-Stierli, coordinator of educational programs for military and government officials. The cadets explored the Museum's permanent exhibit, which guided them through the rise of the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP).
Cadets participated in several workshops led by distinguished Museum scholars and legal experts that examined the role of law in Nazi Germany. The visit included time in and discussion about the Museum's temporary exhibit on Syria titled "Please do not forget us." This exhibit, featuring names of disappeared Syrians written in blood and smuggled out of Assad's prisons, clarified the immediacy of the lessons the cadets learned.
The visit culminated with a presentation by and discussion with Holocaust survivor Irene Weiss, who shared her gripping stories of persecution, loss, and survival at Auschwitz and in forced marches across Europe. The comprehensive program inspired powerful self-reflection. "Early detection of potential atrocities is crucial," one cadet wrote. "As military officers, we will be among the first responders."
Yearling Lacey Swafford and plebe Courtney Springman of the Army West Point softball team collected Patriot League weekly honors on Monday afternoon. Swafford was tabbed the Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time this season and second time in her career. The Mayo, Fla., native has been on a tear at the plate, compiling a .524 average with a .565 on-base and .619 slugging percentage over the past six games. She tallied 11 hits with a pair of doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored from the leadoff spot. Swafford has recorded five consecutive multi-hit games and is on a seven-game hitting streak. She has also reached base safely in each of her last 10 games. Springman received her second straight pitcher of the week recognition from the league, while also earning the rookie of the week nod for the first time in her career. She was stellar inside the circle for the Black Knights this past week, tossing three complete games and posting a 0.81 ERA. Springman posted a 2-1 record and picked up her first collegiate save after coming on in relief in a 6-5 victory against Butler. The Norco, Calif., native fanned a career-best eight batters against Quinnipiac and tied that mark against Buffalo the following day. She held opposing hitters to a .165 average at the dish. Over her last seven starts, the first-year pitcher has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each outing. Read More
Cadets in Civil War America paid a visit to the Special Collections at the USMA Library to work with archival letters and diaries written by Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. Topics discussed included Soldiers' motivations to fight, changing opinions of courage, and the value of archival sources. Manuscript curator Susan Lintelmann, and Associate Director of Special Collections & Archives Suzanne Christoff coordinated the visit.
After posting a career-best 14 saves against Holy Cross, cow goaltender AJ Barretto was named the Patriot League Goalie of the Week for the second time this season, announced by the league on Monday. Barretto backed the Black Knights in their 5-3 win over Holy Cross on Saturday with 14 saves to top his previous career-high of 12. He allowed just three goals in the effort on 31 shots for a 3.00 goals against average and a .824 save percentage. The Darlington, Md., native picked up three ground balls in the effort, caused two turnovers and tallied his first career point. In the third quarter, Barretto intercepted a pass and streaked up the field for the clear. He found Nicholas Garofano who then scored Army's final goal of the game. The Black Knights held the Crusaders scoreless on man-up opportunities (0-3). Read More
Ten cadets from the West Point Model United Nations Team traveled to San Francisco, CA to participate in the University of California, Berkeley Model United Nations conference (UCBMUN), with top-tier universities. With a star match against the United States Air Force Academy on the line, the West Point team found great success, with multiple individual awards leading, the Secretary-General's award for the Outstanding Small Delegation, and, of course, a Beat Air Force star. This conference, in its 22nd year, has won acclaim on the Model UN circuit as the most important MUN conference on the west coast. This was a fantastic opportunity to represent West Point to a group of students and future civilian leaders.
The committees at the conference involved in-depth debate about a wide variety of important international relations and political issues, including UN assemblies as well as regional bodies and historical simulations. The following cadets were recognized for their individual performances and contributed to the team's success: Jackson Armstrong, '18, Derrick Siebman, '18, Elizabeth Cross '20, Jake Stoffel '19, Amanda Horsey '19, Rokas Dubinas '18, Jack Chu '19, Nicholas Cunningham '20, Richard Delzell '20, and Cameron Hay '21.