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  • 04/17/19--06:30: USMA Model UN at NYUMUNC
  • USMA Model UN at NYUMUNCTen cadets from USMA Model UN traveled to New York City to participate in New York University's Model UN Conference (NYUMUNC), hosted by New York University. NYUMUNC presented the West Point MUN team with the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, gain knowledge of international affairs, and represent the Army and the Academy in a professional and positive way to an international student audience. Schools in attendance included Princeton University, Harvard University, American University, and the University of Maryland, among others.

    The conference ended with 6 of 10 cadets earning individual awards, with the entire team performing well and displaying exceptional speaking skills, negotiation, and cooperative problem solving with over 300 other students from domestic and international universities. The following cadets were individually recognized for their outstanding performances: Joseph Kyburz '20, Hunter Arnold '21, Nicholas Cunningham '20, Benjamin Snyder '21, Dana Cody '20 and Noah Kim '22. The following cadets were also integral to the team's success: Madeline Whitehead '21, Dillon Reynolds, Wesley Swain '20 and Neil Krishnan '20.


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    Eight cadets and two OICs traveled to the Naval Academy to become certified in the US Sailing Association's "Safety at Sea" training. This training is required for most off-shore races involving large boats in bigger bodies of water. The training consists of Sailor-Overboard techniques, Coast Guard capabilities, off-shore communications, medical prevention and treatment for seasickness and exposure, and other training related to life-threatening situations encountered while at sea. The seminar was the best training available in the United States on these topics and included practical demonstrations on the water. The cadets represented West Point very well and were recognized by the Superintendent of USNA in his welcome address.


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    CDT Trey Martin '19Army West Point Baseball saw Trey Martin named the Patriot League Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. This was Martin's second career conference weekly honor and first of the season.

    He batted .500 (8-for-16) with five runs and eight RBI to help Army finish 4-1 last week, including taking two of three games from Lafayette. The senior infielder hit two home runs and drove in six  to help sweep a doubleheader from Manhattan as well. The Corbin, Ky., native went 5-for-11 with two RBI and two runs scored in a three-game series with the Leopards. Martin currently leads the team and is third in the league with a .330 batting average. His 25 season RBI is second on the team as well.

    Army is back in action Wednesday when it welcomes Holy Cross for a midweek conference game before it travels to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for a three-game series with Navy.


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    10th Annual West Point Negotiation Project WorkshopWest Point recently held the 10th Annual West Point Negotiation Project Workshop. Colonel Todd Woodruff, Director of the West Point Leadership Center spoke to the attendees during opening breakfast. CDT Rodriguez '19 and CDT Stewart '20 taught active listening skills at the Workshop.


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    CDTs Michael Renard '20 Marshall Beatty '22After posting league best scores in their respective events at the Bison Outdoor Classic, Army West Point track and field cow Michael Renard and plebe Marshall Beatty received weekly accolades from the Patriot League on Tuesday.

    Renard was named Patriot League Male Field Athlete of the Week after recording a league leading score in the discus throw. His 56.71 meter throw was the best of his career at Army and ranks seventh in the NCAA East Region. This marks Renard's second league honor, after he earned the weekly award in March after setting the Army West Point program record in the shot put.

    "Mike's success is not a surprise," head coach Mike Smith said. "He has committed himself to the process of getting better and the results are a reflection of a lot of hard work."

    Plebe Marshall Beatty continued his impressive rookie campaign by recording a Patriot League-best time in the 5000 meter run on Sunday. Beatty's 14:11.41 mark stands ten seconds faster than the second leading time on the list. The performance earned the Missoula, Mont., native Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Read more.


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    5th Celebration of West Point AuthorsWest Point recently hosted the 5th Celebration of West Point Authors on behalf of the Dean of the Academic Board - West Point. Dr. Elizabeth Samet of the Department of English and Philosophy spoke about Ulysses S. Grant as a writer, and the United States Military Academy Special Collections and Archives displayed artifacts from and relating to Grant. It was a great event!


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    CDT Taylor Drayton '21Yearling Taylor Drayton of the Army West Point Softball Team was named the Army West Point Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for her outstanding performances on the diamond last week. Drayton earned her first weekly honor from the AWPAA and becomes the first softball player to be named AWPAA Athlete of the Week since April 3, 2018 when Courtney Springman did so. She led the Black Knights to their first regular season series victory over Patriot League rival Lehigh since 1992 to keep the team's postseason hopes alive. The Clayton, N.C., native recorded multiple hits in all three games while driving in three runs and scoring five more.

    Drayton hit .412 (7-for-17) on the week with a double and a home run. The second-year outfielder added four RBI and six runs scored while going a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen bases. Drayton posted team highs in hits, runs scored and stolen bases, while tying for the most extra-base hits with two. On the season, Drayton leads the team in runs scored (22), ranks second in home runs (4), extra-base hits (9) stolen bases (10) and total bases (49) and is third in RBI (17) and doubles (5).

    The Black Knights trek up to the University of Albany for a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday slated for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, before returning home for a weekend series against Bucknell.


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    Bridge Building at Fahnestock State ParkCadets were recently building a bridge at Clarence Fahnestock State Park in Cold Spring, NY. In the photo, CDT Mary Bahr, CE '19 is driving lag bolts for the main diaphragm for this 32ft pedestrian span.


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    CDTs Taylor Drayton '21 Macey Newbary '20 and Jolie Duong '22The Army West Point Softball Team swept the weekly awards from the Patriot League following its historic series victory over Lehigh, the conference announced on Tuesday. Yearling outfielder Taylor Drayton was named the player of the week for the first time in her career, while cow right-hander Macey Newbary collected her first-ever pitcher of the week honor. Rookie outfielder/pitcher Jolie Duong garnered her second rookie of the week accolades of the season after earning the award on March 19. All three players provided a pivotal spark for the Black Knights en route to their first regular season series victory over Lehigh in 27 years.

    Drayton had three multi-hit games and batted .412 (7-for-17) on the week with a double and a home run versus the Mountain Hawks. The second-year outfielder added four RBI and six runs scored, while going a perfect 3-for-3 on stolen bases. Drayton posted team highs in hits, runs scored and stolen bases, while tying for the most extra-base hits with two. On the year, Drayton leads the team in runs scored (22), ranks second in home runs (4), extra-base hits (9) stolen bases (10) and total bases (49), and is third in RBI (17) and doubles (5).

    Newbary provided two stellar pitching performances for the Black Knights on the weekend, going 2-0 in 12.1 scoreless innings. The Missoula, Mont., native scattered eight hits and two walks while striking out four Lehigh hitters. She improved to 8-5 to tie Duong for the team-lead in wins while setting a new personal best in victories in a season. She extended her scoreless inning streak to 14.2 frames, while not allowing an earned run in more than 16 innings of work. Newbary owns the third-lowest earned-run average in the Patriot League at 2.30 while limiting opposing hitters to a .239 average against.

    Duong went 5-for-10 (.500 avg.) on the week with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored. The Houston, Texas, native recorded a hit in all three games at Lehigh, including a pair of multi-hit efforts in Saturday's doubleheader. She drove in a season-high three runs in the series opener. Read more.


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    USMA Black wins Sandhurst 2019As soon as the second-place team was announced, USMA Black knew they had won.

    Score updates throughout the two-days of the 51st Sandhurst Military Skills Competition had kept them on edge as they bounced in an out of first place. Sometimes, they'd hear they were atop the leaderboard. Other times, their Family and friends who had gathered to cheer them on would spur them ahead with the news they had fallen into second or even third place.

    But following two days, more than 27-miles of rigorous rucking and 13 obstacles - including physical fitness, marksmanship and land navigation challenges - USMA Black stood above the competition.

    "We were in a lot of anticipation this year because this was the first year where throughout the day, almost on the hour, they would post updated rankings," Class of 2020 Cadet Kevin Shinnick, USMA Black squad leader, said. "We all trusted each other, we trusted that we could win and that's exactly what we did."

    The win by USMA Black marked only the third win by a U.S. Military Academy team since 1993 when Sandhurst expanded to include ROTC and service academy teams from throughout the country and competitors from international military academies. USMA Company B3 broke through in 2011, but USMA Black now stands above as they add this year's victory to the title they claimed in 2017.

    Three members returned from the 2017 team to compete this year making them the first West Point cadets to win two Sandhurst titles since the expansion. Read more.


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    Baseball Captures Midweek League WinThe Army West Point Baseball Team got back on track Wednesday when it defeated Holy Cross, 8-5, here Wednesday in a midweek Patriot League contest. The Crusaders took a 4-3 lead in the third but the Cadets rallied back to score three runs in the fourth and two in the sixth to ultimately put the game away. Logan Smith had a solid performance on the mound in relief. The junior allowed just one hit, one run and one walk in 3.2 innings. Firstie Cam Opp then came in to secure the win, giving up only three hits in 2.2 innings for his fourth save of the year. The two combined to strike out six during their time on the hill.

    Leading Army's offense was Anthony Giachin and Trey Martin, who both registered two hits on the day and multiple runs batted in. The two scored one run apiece, while Martin brought home a team-best three RBI and Giachin two. The Cadets compiled four extra base hits in the game coming from the bats of Martin, Giachin, Drake Titus and Jeremiah Adams. Martin drilled his team-leading sixth home run, while Adams added to his total as well with his third. Giachin and Titus both notched a double for their 15th and fifth of the year, respectively. Giachin is now four doubles away from tying Kevin McKague's program record of 19 in a season. McKague achieved that feat in 2008. Jacob Hurtubise and Josh White each recorded a stolen base in the contest. Read more.


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    Chemistry Welcomes Class of 2022 Chemistry MajorsThe Chemistry Program hosted a dinner to welcome sixteen Class of 2022 chemistry majors into the department. Plebes, upper-class Cadets, and faculty participated in the dinner, which celebrated all chemistry majors and provided an opportunity for camaraderie and team building among the attendees.


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    Women's Tennis Tops St. Francis Brooklyn on Senior DayThe Army West Point Women's Tennis Team closed out the 2019 regular season with a 5-2 victory over St. Francis Brooklyn at the Malek Tennis Center on Wednesday. Prior to the match, Army honored seniors Melanie Allen, Kirby Einck and Genevieve McCormick for their service and dedication to the program over the last four years. All three firsties excelled in the final home match of their careers, earning wins in both singles and doubles action. The Black Knights finished the regular season with a 19-7 record, while the Terriers dropped to 3-13 on the year.

    This was the first-ever meeting between the Black Knights and Terriers. Einck posted her 67th career singles victory, two shy of tying Carolyn Pitman and Diana Alquero for ninth on Army's all-time list. The Geneva, Ill., native added the 74th doubles win of her career as she moved within three of cracking the team's top-10 list. Allen notched her fifth singles dual win of the year. The Cape Coral, Fla., native earned her 50th career doubles victory. McCormick tallied her 30th career singles dual win. Read more.


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    Cadets Visit NBC News StudiosWest Point cadets in the Mass Media and American Politics course traveled to New York City to meet with media practitioners and gain a firsthand appreciation for news reporting and media production. The cadets visited The Wall Street Journal, sitting in on the morning news meeting with senior editors and meeting with Main Street columnist Bill McGurn and Political Editor Jeanne Cummings. They then went to the NBC News studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, toured the studios, met with the executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show, sat down with Lester Holt, anchor of the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and even peaked in on the Saturday Night Live set.


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    CDT Carrie Reilly '19The Army West Point Softball Team erased a two-run deficit in the final inning of game two to earn a split in its midweek doubleheader at Albany on Wednesday. The Black Knights dropped a 12-8 decision in a high-scoring first game before coming away with a 3-2 victory in the night cap. Yearling Taylor Drayton remained hot at the plate with her fourth-straight multi-hit performance in game one, launching a pair of home runs while driving in four runs and scoring three times.

    Yearling Taylor Livingston earned a team-high three hits on the day, while firstie Carrie Reilly and yearling Ally Snelling provided Army with a pair of doubles. Yearlings Grace Mattimore and Megan Muffett also recorded two hits on the afternoon. Plebe Jolie Duong was impressive in the circle during game two, scattering four hits and two runs (earned) over 7.0 innings of work. The Houston, Texas, native allowed just one walk while striking out five Great Danes. Game 1: Albany 12, Army 8. The Great Danes earned the first lead of the game after Katie Falotico plated Mariah Miramontez with a groundout to second in the opening frame. Army provided a response in the top of the second by posting a 4-spot on three hits and three walks. The Black Knights had their first five hitters reach base with Carrie Reilly drawing a bases-loaded walk to even the score. Read more.


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    SOSH Welcomes LTG(R) H.R. McMaster '84The SOSH Department welcomed LTG(R) H.R. McMaster back to West Point to deliver the annual Class of 1952 Distinguished Lecture, moderated by Department Head COL Suzanne Nielsen. In his remarks, General McMaster shared with cadets many of the leadership lessons he first learned at West Point as a cadet and later as a faculty member, calling his time on the West Point faculty “the Army assignment that best prepared me to succeed as a senior leader, a general officer, and as the National Security Advisor.” He also spoke about the many foreign policy challenges that America faces in the international system today and the plans and processes that he established as National Security Advisor to best meet those challenges. Also in attendance were members of the West Point Class of 1952, whose generous endowment supports the SOSH Department’s thriving guest lecture program throughout the academic year.


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    History was made on Wednesday night when the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team clinched a spot in the Patriot League for the first time in program history.

    "It's very exciting to think about playing in the postseason with this team for the first time in program history," Noto Family Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kristen Skiera said. "We set out as a team in August with this goal in mind, so I am so proud of our 42 players for making that goal a reality. We look forward to finishing the regular season strong in our remaining games and are excited for the opportunity to compete for a Patriot League Tournament championship."

    The Black Knights took care of business after claiming a 12-9 road victory over Colgate, setting a new single-season mark for wins with 11. It was also the fourth Patriot League win of the season, which tied a program-best mark that was set a season ago. Army will be fighting for seeding in the Patriot League Tournament with two more games left to play in the regular season. The Cadets will trek to Massachusetts this Saturday for a 12 p.m. meeting with Boston U., before heading back home to square off against Bucknell next Thursday at 6 p.m.


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    Women's Lacrosse Sets Program Mark in Road Win Over ColgateBehind a gritty road performance, the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse team captured a 12-9 victory over Colgate at Beyer-Small '76 Field on Wednesday night. The win marked the 11th of the season for the Black Knights (11-4, 4-3 Patriot League), setting a new single-season program record. It was also the Cadets fourth league win, tying a single-season program mark. It was an all-around effort on the field against the Raiders (6-8, 4-3 Patriot League), with Jackie Brattan and Caroline Raymond leading the offensive charge with a combined 10 goals. Brattan tied her career-best scoring total with six, while Raymond put four of her shots into the back of the net. The Black Knights' had a ton of success in the draw circle, coming away with 15 wins, compared to the Raiders' eight. Brattan and Samantha Stewart had five draw controls apiece, while Juliana Dworschak tallied four. Maddie Burns shined in a strong defensive outing for Army by coming away with 10 saves. The cow netminder posted five stops in each of the halves. Read more.


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    West Point Annual Balloon Satellite LaunchThe West Point Astronomy and Amateur Radio Clubs joined for their annual Balloon Satellite Launch. Thirteen cadets from across the academic spectrum were joined by three faculty members (Astronomy: Dr. Paula Fekete, LTC Diana Loucks, HAM Radio: LTC Stephen Hamilton) as well as other HAM operators from across the community for the operation. The official launch time was 1:59:00 EDT from Salt Springs State Park in Pennsylvania, and the last official transmission prior to landing was at 5:27:30 EDT on Limeridge Road, Poughquag, NY, for a total flight time of 3 hrs. and 28.5 minutes.

    The payload (the big white Styrofoam box) achieved an altitude of 103549.2126 ft prior to balloon burst and included several experiments and fun items including a Geiger-counter (highest measurements were 3668 CPM and 220080 μSv/hr pending post processing), and a WiFi detection experiment detected MySpectrumWiFib8-2G at 32852.69029 ft. A few other experiments were on board including a weather sensor to detect pressure and temperature, as well as imagery devices to include the first ever Pi-cam.


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    Allison '80 Addresses and Encourages CadetsMarene N. Allison '80 addressed the Class of 2022 as the 2019 Castle Lecture Series speaker at Robinson Auditorium. The Castle Lecture Series endowed by the James C. and Dorothy P. Castle Fund brings in leaders in computer science, computer engineering, and information technology to share their knowledge and expertise and to inspire the cadets. Past Castle Lecture speakers have included Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the internet protocol, and Meg Whitman, former CEO of Hewlitt-Packard.

    Allison is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Johnson & Johnson and is responsible for protecting the company's Information Technology systems and data of 265 subsidiary companies in 60+ countries. Allison graduated as part of the first class to include women at the USMA and she was commissioned in the Military Police Corps. After serving in the Army, Allison served as a Special Agent in the FBI before eventually moving into the corporate world.

    In a talk titled, "The Road Less Taken," Allison shared her story of overcoming societal stereotypes to inspire them about the potential that each one of them had to lead others and to pursue their dreams. She also shared her current role as CISO to inform cadets the cyber security challenges and threats that she sees every day and which the cadets will have to face as future Army officers. After the lecture, Allison took time to meet and speak further with members of the Class of 2022.


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    New Orienteering Team Members Receive DesignationThe Orienteering Team's newest members received their respective jobs on the Team after opening envelopes that revealed their designated section, similar to Branch Night. The team then celebrated with pizza and a short section in-brief.


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  • 04/19/19--11:17: On Point: A Call to Service
  • Cadets are constantly training how to best serve in the U.S. Army throughout their 47-month journey at West Point. For some, however, the call to service does not end there. Melanie Allen of the Army West Point Women's Tennis Team came to the U.S. Military Academy with the purpose of serving others.

    Whether it be adults, children or any number of different varieties of people, one of Allen's greatest motivators when deciding to attend USMA was the ability to serve in multiple capacities. During her four years at Army, she has taken three seven-day trips to the Dominican Republic to provide assistance to those who are less fortunate. Upon her return stateside, she is always amazed at how much the Dominicans have impacted her outlook on life more so than what she was able to do for them.

    Please take some time to watch the On Point feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DR9crQg8qw


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    CDT Tom Katsenes '22The Army West Point Golf Team had three players in the top 10 after the first day of the RTJ Shootout at the Seven Oaks Golf Course at Colgate University. The individual tournament concluded the first round of two this weekend with Dean Daime of Colgate leading the way with a 3-under 69 on the opening round. Tom Katsenes is Army's top player on the leaderboard following an opening round 71 (-1), which is tied for third. He had four birdies on the day for the Black Knights. Fellow rookie Andrew Watts finished day one with an even par round of 72 and tied for the lead in birdies during his round with five on the day. Sam McGee was tied with Watts on an even par round of 72. McGee and Watts are tied for sixth heading into the second day.


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    CDT Calli McMullen '20The Army West Point Women's Track and Field Team competed at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. The day was highlighted by another record setting performance by cow Calli McMullen. The standout sprinter was all over the leaderboard, posting an Academy best 24.12 mark in the 200m dash, besting her own record by .01 seconds. McMullen also anchored the victorious 4x100m relay team and placed third in the 400m dash.

    Head Coach Mike Smith said: "We had some weather issues that forced us to do some shuffling around, but the women did a nice job of adapting and we had some nice improvements. Our women's 4x100 looked great today. Handoffs were pretty good and they had a nice win.

    Calli McMullen stole the show today. She ran a really nice 400m race and will go much faster in that race later on. That put her second on the all-time list. I know she wants to break the school record in that event. It is only a matter of time before she takes that down. Then she broke her own record in the 200 with a wind legal 24.12. She is going to go well under 24 seconds when things warm up in the next few weeks." Read more.


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    CDT Jamir Gibson '22The Army West Point Men's Track and Field Team competed at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday.

    The day was highlighted by several program record setting performances by the Black Knights. Kedrin Jefferson broke his own record to improve the Academy 200m mark to 21.01. Plebe Jamir Gibson smashed the school discus mark with a throw of 58.64 meters. The throw topped Travis Pendleton's 17-year record of 57.27m that stood since 2002.

    Plebe Justin Young won both of his races, claiming the top spot in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Read more.


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    Women's Lacrosse Clinches Home Game in League TournamentThe Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team guaranteed itself a home game in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament following a 15-9 road win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon. Tickets are now on sale.

    Michie Stadium will host its first-ever women's lacrosse league tournament game on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. with the opponent still to be determined.

    General admission tickets and pricing for the event and can be viewed here.


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    CDT Mathew Davis '22After qualifying as an individual in the all-around category, Army West Point plebe Mathew Davis competed in the finals of the NCAA Championships on Saturday. Davis posted an all-around score of 76.698 which placed him 14th overall in the category. The freshman's top event of the night was floor exercise. He ranked 28th among the nation's best.

    Davis started his day on the parallel bars where he recorded a score of 11.833, then moved over to the high bar, posting a 12.300 score. He then posted his best score of the day, recording a 13.833 on floor. On pommel horse, Davis turned out a 11.933. Next were the still rings, where he produced a 13.233 mark. Davis closed out his first NCAA Championship performance on vault where he posted a score of 13.566.

    It was the second consecutive year a Black Knight qualified for the NCAA Championship finals in all-around.


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    Hockey Celebrates Season at Year-End BanquetIn front of the 2018-19 team, coaches, staff, family and friends, the Army West Point Hockey Team handed out awards at the annual banquet in Washington Hall. In addition to the team awards given out, the Black Knights announced Zach Evancho as the team captain for the 2019-20 season as well as Dominic Franco and Alex Wilkinson as alternate captains.

    Henry "Hal" Beukema Award - Dalton MacAfee. The award honors Henry "Hal" Beukema who died in a plane crash in 1954 after attaining the rank of major. The team Most Valuable Player award has been given out every year since 1955 and is voted on by team members.

    The Gunning Award - Ian Mansfield. The award is named after Michael J. Gunning, a cadet letterman who died following a hit-and-run accident. It is presented in recognition of the cadet who displays the qualities of academic excellence, selfless dedication to his teammates, a trusted friend, and a player who demonstrates true love for the game. Read more.


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    CDTs Maddie Burns '20 and Caroline Raymond '22Maddie Burns and Caroline Raymond of the Army West Point Women's Lacrosse Team received Patriot League weekly awards on Monday afternoon. The Black Knights went 2-0 on the week, picking up a pair of road victories over Colgate and Boston U. en route to clinching the program's first-ever Patriot League Tournament berth.

    Burns, who reeled in her second goalkeeper of the week award of the season, was stellar in goal this past week. The junior totaled 22 saves and came away with two wins to give her 10 on the year. In a Wednesday afternoon meeting with Colgate, Burns stopped 10 shots to help Army capture the road victory. Several days later, she made nine of her 12 saves in the first half against Boston U. to allow the Black Knights to grab a lead they would never relinquish before securing the win. It marked the program's first-ever win over the Terriers.

    Raymond, a four-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week recipient, continued her stellar play with a 14-point week on nine goals and five assists. The rookie started with four goals and an assist to push the Cadets past Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y., on Wednesday. She then paced an offensive attack at Boston U. on Saturday with a single-game program record nine points on five goals and four assists. The five goals were a career-best for the Mahopac, N.Y., native. Read more.


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    CDT Emily Ballesteros '20The Army West Point Softball Team built off the momentum from Saturday's game one victory and competed its way to a 4-2 victory over Bucknell in the series finale on Sunday.

    Cow Emily Ballesteros provided the key base knock for the Black Knights in the series-clinching victory with a two-RBI single in the fourth, while yearling Ally Snelling added a double earlier in the inning.

    The combination of cow Macey Newbary and plebe Jolie Duong kept the Bison off balance all day in the circle. Newbary picked up her ninth win of the season after scattering six hits and two earned runs over 4.0 innings of work, while Duong notched her first-career save. The Houston, Texas, native closed out the final three innings of the game without allowing a base runner and fanning two hitters. Read more.


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    Baseball Wins Season Series over Navy, Star SecuredFor the first time since 2014 the Army West Point Baseball Team claimed the season series over service-academy rival Navy here Sunday afternoon. After their 7-5 victory in the rubber match of the weekend, the Black Knights won the overall season series, 3-2. The Cadets jumped out to an early 2-0 edge in the first but the Mids answered in the second to pull the game even at 2-2. The score remained tied until the Black Knights registered an impressive five runs on five hits in the sixth inning to break the contest open at 7-2.

    The home side tried to rally and even cut the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth but yearling reliever Harry Flannery Jr. sat all four batters he faced down in order to secure the win. Starting pitcher Sam Messina was solid on the hill for Army, allowing just three hits and two unearned runs in 5.1 innings. The firstie righty struck out a game-high six during his time on the mound. For the second-straight contest, the Black Knights saw eight of the nine batters in their lineup record at least one hit. The top of the lineup did most of the damage on the day with Jacob Hurtubise, Drake Titus, Anthony Giachin, and Trey Martin all posting two hits each. Hurtubise and Martin both chipped in two runs batted in as well, while Titus crossed home plate a team-high two times. Read more.


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    Regional Climbing Competition in PoughkeepsieThe West Point Climbing Team competed in the CCS Regional Competition in Poughkeepsie, NY. The team earned 4th place overall and 11 members of the team earned a qualifying spot for nationals. Of note, CDT Elizabeth Bradley '22 earned 3rd place in Female Bouldering and 2nd place in Female Speed categories.


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    After breaking the program record in the discus throw on Saturday, freshman Jamir Gibson of the Army West Point men's track and field team has been selected as the Army West Point Athletic Association Player of the Week.

    Gibson's throw of 58.64 meters at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational shattered a 17-year standing record and placed him among the top performers in the nation. The Zion, Ill., native now ranks fifth in the East Region and fourteenth in the NCAA in discus. In addition, he is the top ranked discus thrower under the age of 20.

    The plebe also received recognition from the Patriot League this week, as he earned Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week honors.


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    Flying Flies the New Piper CherokeeThe Flying Team enjoyed a long day of training at Newburgh Stewart airport and were able to fly the newly- leased Piper Cherokee that just happens to have a black and gold paint scheme! Team members practiced precision power on and power off landings, navigation, simulator and the pre-flight events.


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    The Army West Point Men's Soccer Team will close out its 2019 spring slate by facing off against the defending national champion, Maryland, on May 4.

    Head coach of the Black Knights, Russell Payne, will welcome his alma mater to the banks of the Hudson for a 2 p.m. match at Malek Stadium at Clinton Field.

    Admission to the match will be free and feature a postgame autograph session from the players.


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    In the inaugural Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) College Draft on Tuesday night, Johnny Surdick was the top overall defensive pick. The fistie defender was the sixth overall choice by the PLL Chaos. The PLL is a brand new league created by the world's best lacrosse players and launches on June 1st. Surdick, who hails from Odenton, Md., is a two-time Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and has been named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for the last two seasons. The firstie defender ranks atop the Patriot League and nation in caused turnovers per game (2.31) all while guarding the opponent's top offensive weapon. Throughout his career, Surdick has amassed 165 ground balls and 97 caused turnovers in just 57 games played. Army's top pick in any lacrosse draft was in 2015 when attacker John Glesener was chosen fifth in the Major Lacrosse League College Draft.


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    The Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team is ranked in this week's national polls. The Black Knights are 19th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and are 18th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll.

    Army is now 9-4 on the year with two wins against nationally ranked teams. The Black Knights defeated UMass in the season opener before routing Rutgers in more non-conference action. The Cadets are 2-2 against ranked opponents this season and have defeated a team ranked inside the top-10.

    The Black Knights complete the regular season Friday with a game against NJIT. Army will then set its sight on the Patriot League Tournament.


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    Pipes and Drums at the Tartan Day ParadeApproximately 20 cadets from the Pipes and Drums marched at the head of the Tartan Day Parade in NYC recently, playing Celtic as well as military music as a band and with several other bands from the Tri-state area.


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    The Army West Point Men's Lacrosse Team has clinched the fourth seed for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. The Black Knights will host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

    Tickets can now be purchased for the quarterfinal by calling the Ticket Office. The opponent will be solidified on Friday night as the rest of the league battles it out that evening. The winner of the quarterfinal contest will travel to the host (still to be determined) for the semifinals and championship.


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    The Patriot League announced Tuesday that three members of the Army West Point track and field team have received weekly awards after the team's performance at the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational this weekend. From the men's team, plebe Justin Young was named Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week. The Wylie, Texas, native set personal and league bests in his two individual races, posting a 14.04 in the 110 meter hurdles and a 51.71 in the 400 meter hurdles. Young has been no stranger to league weekly awards in his rookie campaign, as he has won four Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards in addition to his two Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honors.

    "Justin is positioning himself for a great championship season," head coach Mike Smith said. "He is putting together strong performances and has shown a level of consistency that will serve him well in the coming weeks. He hasn't mastered either the 110 HH or 400H races yet, so I expect that his times will continue to improve." Plebe Jamir Gibson also received recognition from the league, winning Patriot League Male Rookie of the Week. The Zion, Ill., native broke the Army West Point discus record with his 58.64 meter throw on Saturday. The mark is the best in the Patriot League this season and ranks fifth in the East Region and 14th in all of the NCAA. Gibson joins teammates Michael Renard and Geoff Kirk in breaking Academy throwing records in 2019. Read more.


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    Men's Boxing Wins 4th Consecutive TitleThe Army Boxing team competed in the National Collegiate Boxing Championships. The Men’s team won its 4th consecutive team title, the tenth in twelve years. The Women’s team placed second overall. The National Title holders are: Adaya Queen, Joshua Lewis, Briana Dorsey, Toese Tia, John Koffman, Adrian Albin, and Carlan Ivey. Carlan Ivey is the first West Point cadet to win four National Titles, one each year at the academy.


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  • 04/25/19--11:50: CLS Hosts Dr. Carlos Garcia
  • CLS Hosts Dr. Carlos GarciaChemistry & Life Science (CLS) hosted Dr. Carlos Garcia (Professor and Associate Chemistry Department Chair, Clemson University) and CPT Bryan Lagasse '10 who is completing his master's degree in Chemistry with Professor Garcia as his advisor. Dr. Garcia and CPT Lagasse shared their expertise and research with faculty during the seminar period, and with the Class of 2019 chemistry majors during their Advanced Chemistry Laboratory course. Their visit greatly facilitated discussions on the potential for future research collaborations and Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities.


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    Cycling Divided and ConqueredEight Army riders traveled to Hanover, NH and Middlebury, VT for a total of three races, and the remaining racers crushed the field at Coxsackie, NY. Hanover: Men’s D, Matt Cohane 1st; Women’s A, Liz Huuki, 1st; Men’s B, Rowan Crowley, 6th; Men’s C, Kyle Herschberger, 6th, and Brian Brady, 10th. Middlebury: Women’s A, Liz Huuki, 4th; Men’s B, Rowan Crowley, 8th; Men’s C, Kyle Herschberger 7th and Ro-wan Crowley 9th. Coxsackie: Aidan Doyle, 4th, Jake Bueno, 5th, Keller Balsam, 5th.


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  • 04/25/19--11:54: Phi Kappa Phi Honors
  • Phi Kappa Phi HonorsCongratulations to the West Point Department of History faculty and cadets who received honors and awards from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Professor Sam Watson, MAJ David Krueger '08, CPT(P) Jim Villanueva '08, CDT Daniel Berardino '20, and CDT Levi Knapper-Grant '19 were all recipients of the 2019 Peter L. Zhu Scholastic Achievement Award. For his leadership of the Department of History, as well as his extensive contributions to the field, COL Ty Seidule was inducted into the Honor Society as a Distinguished Faculty Alumnus. The West Point Department of History continues to be one of the premier broadening opportunities for U.S. Army officers of all branches. USMA faculty offer valuable contributions to their field through quality scholarship and they excel in their primary mission to Educate, Train, and Inspire Leaders of Character.


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    Crew Outreach with Wounded Warrior RowersThe varsity crews competed against Division I-III and club programs from around the country. Both crews placed 3rd in each of their finals and conducted outreach with Wounded Warrior rowers and Athletes Without Limits in San Diego.


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    Cadets Visit Walter Reed National Military Medical CenterMAJ Armand Balboni led the West Point Pre-Medical Society (WPPMS) on its annual excursion to the Washington, D.C. area to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and Georgetown University School of Medicine. The purpose of the trip was to provide 34 aspiring future Army physicians the opportunity to shadow and learn from healthcare professionals at the military’s premier medical center, as well as to expose them to the learning environment and culture at both the DoD’s medical school and a representative civilian medical school. Every cadet enthusiastically asked questions during Q&A sessions with students at both medical schools, as well as during their respective shadowing experiences with physicians and surgeons.


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    Climbing Practice on Shawangunk Ridge10 cadets and 3 OR's headed out to the Shawangunk ridge for a day of climbing. With excellent weather conditions, the team used their skills to set up several top ropes while cadets Jared Ells '19 led his first outdoor lead as did CDT Zach Lindsay '21, a great accomplishment for both. The mountaineering team included: Jared Ells '19, Angela Martone '19, Chris Rieping '19, George Plantenga '21 Christian Witkop '21, Gerrit Rummel '21, Zach Lindsay '21, Justin Gittemeier '21, Ben Mustonen '21, and Nicole Maus '21.


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    The West Point Soccer Club Caps Winning SeasonThe West Point Club Soccer team finished their season with an inter-service round robin tournament in Annapolis. The team led off with a victory over the Coast Guard Academy 1-0. Cadet James Murphy had the winning goal. The following day Army lost a tough, physical match to the Navy rivals. After a scoreless first half, the midshipmen came out with two quick goals in the second half that Army was not able to recover from. The final score was 3-1. Cadet Jack Jakada had the sole strike for West Point. The team finished the 2018-19 season with a winning 5-3-2 record to include a historic over-time match with the Mexican Military Academy that resulted in a riveting loss in penalty kicks during an international December matchup.


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    CDT Madi Gilmore '22The Army West Point softball team swept its non-league midweek doubleheader against Rider at the Army West Point Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Ten Black Knights recorded a hit on the day, led by firstie Ashley Yoo and plebe Madi Gilmore with three apiece. Yoo scored a pair of runs while Gilmore drove in a team-high three RBI and had one of the team's two extra-base hits with a triple.

    In the circle, firstie Renee Poirier impressed in game one by scattering five hits and two walks over 6.0 innings of work while allowing just one earned run. The Plainville, Mass., native produced four punch outs in the game and picked up her 32nd career victory to move into a tie with Shawna Bleyl and Leigh Harrell for sixth in program history. She added to her career saves total in the second game with her first of the season. Read more.


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    CDT Ryu Awarded the 2019 NSF Graduate Research FellowshipCongratulations to CDT Madeline Ryu (Life Science '19) for being awarded the 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)! The NSF GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.

    Madeline Ryu was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is a Life Science Major and Nuclear Science Minor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout her academic career, she has worked with COL F. John Burpo in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory at West Point, where she has co-authored publications on her work with aerogels and nanofibers, which have various biological, medical, and chemical applications. Her research is focused on enhancing the capabilities of biosensors through biologically templated nanomaterials. She has also worked in labs across the world such as in Seoul, South Korea with Sogang University's Biometric Lab (in collaboration with Harvard University's Disease Biophysics Group) and in Australia with the Australian Army Malaria Institute. Madeline is also a Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Upon graduating from the Military Academy, she plans to pursue a medical degree to become a doctor in the Army. Madeline has received the NSF GRFP through which she can potentially pursue a Materials Science and Engineering degree at Stanford University. She has already been accepted to the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.