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Cadet Activities Roundup, January 10


Parachute Team:  Members and Coaches of the WPPT break for lunch provided by the WPS and WPPC of Southern Arizona. At the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, the team made 697 successful jumps and earned a total of 13 medals and set three national and Arizona state records. In the Team Classic Accuracy event, cadets earned 4 Gold and 4 Bronze medals.  The Firstie Team also set a new collegiate national record en route to their Gold, registering a .43m total, and breaking the record USAFA set last year of .65m. In the Masters Individual Classic Accuracy event, the Firsties team swept all three medals. Cadet Kurt Yeager won the Gold, breaking his own record from last year (.17m) with a .10m total, and that makes him a three-time National Champion in Accuracy.  Cadet Ben Garlick took the Silver with a .12m total, and Cadet Christian Beckler took the Bronze with a .21m total. Cadet Garlick also set a new collegiate national record for consecutive jump total with .02m.  In the  Intermediate Individual Classic Accuracy event, Cadet Sam Strader ‘14 won the Gold medal with a score of .32m and in the Novice Individual Sport Accuracy Cadet Sara Vagie  ‘15 took the Bronze medal.  

Photo:  Members and Coaches of the WPPT break for lunch provided by the WPS and WPPC of Southern Arizona.

Snowboard Club:  The Snowboard Club went on its first trip this weekend after a long reorganizational week. The club went to nearby Windham Mountain to practice for the upcoming competitions. Some members practiced racing techniques for Boarder Cross races, while others spent time in the terrain park to prepare for Slope style.

Dean's Weekly, January 11


RecycleMania 2013:   The United States Military Academy is set to once again compete in the RecycleMania Tournament. The tournament officially runs from 3 February through 23 March; however, preseason “trial” weeks begin on 20 January. Last year, USMA finished 10th of over 360 schools in the Per Capita Classic category recycling approximately 44 lbs/person during the 8-week competition period. The goal this year is to recycle 65 lbs/person, which would eclipse last year’s winner, Union College, who recycled 62 lbs/person. The focus of the RecycleMania leadership team is to expand the competition from the Corps to the USMA Community. Read more here.

Chinese:  Dr. Hongyu Huang’s students presented on major Chinese cities and took pleasure in the verbal and visual tours of China’s famous attractions.The pilot course LC371 “Intensive Intermediate Chinese” completed its first semester.  The new course devoted five classes to military instruction and divided the time among guest lectures, student presentations, and a film screening.  Cadets were briefed on the organization, branches, ranks, equipment and history of the People’s Liberation Army of China.  Cadets presented on major Sinophone cities, identifying their physical locations, describing their geographic and cultural features, and planning itineraries for imagined visits. Many AIAD participants shared personal stories and photos from their recent language and culture immersion trips to Beijing, Harbin, Xi’an and Taipei.  Through these activities, cadets increased their knowledge of and interest in the Chinese military as well as its representation in popular culture.

Photo: Dr. Hongyu Huang’s students presented on major Chinese cities and took pleasure in the verbal and visual tours of China’s famous attractions.

Cadet Activities Roundup, January 17


Triathlon Team: Kelly Kingma ’14 crosses the finish line to place 1st overall female.The West Point Triathlon team traveled to Naples, FL to compete at the 2nd annual HITS triathlon.  The team had an outstanding performance with the 17 cadets earning 10 named awards.  The males won seven out of the top 10 spots overall and the females had three out of the top 10 spots overall.  The 1st place overall woman was Kelly Kingma ‘14.  First and second place for the female 18-19 age group went to Jordan Bush ‘16 and Abigail Imelio ‘16, respectively.  First and second place for the female 20-24 age group went to Sarah Haight ‘13 and Cat Sedy ‘16, respectively.  The 3rd overall man was Brian Trainor ‘13.  First and second place males for the 18-19 age group were Dylan Morgan ‘16 and Connor Wernecke ‘16, respectively.  Second and third place for the male 20-24 age group went to Norris Overly ‘15 and Christian Ryan ‘14, respectively.  Immediately following the race, the team enjoyed a wonderful lunch hosted by the West Point Society of Naples. 

Inline Hockey:  West Point Club Hockey defeats NJITWest Point Club Hockey soundly defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology with a final score of 11-1.  Following this win, the team heads into this weekend’s three games with a 3-0 record.

Climbing Team:  Members from the West Point Climbing Team visited a climbing gym in New Paltz for the first official trip of the semester.  At the gym, the climbing team was able to try new and challenging boulder problems and receive constructive feedback from others outside of the team.

Cadet Fine Arts Forum (Opera Forum):  Members of the Cadet Fine Arts Forum (Opera Forum) saw the Academy Awards and Golden Globe nominated film, Les Miserables.Opera Forum took a trip section to see Les Miserables on January 13. Recently nominated for eight Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, the film is a cinematic adaptation of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's landmark musical, which is in turn an adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel of the same name.

Bowling Team:  At the final meeting of the Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference for regular season play the team took 6th place with 60 points on the season, and only 2 points separated 4th place and 6th place. Outstanding bowlers included Firsties Wei-Hung Chen and Carl Johnson. Next event for the team is the combined 1-day and 2-day tournament hosted by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas starting on 25 January.

Ski Patrol: The cadet ski patrol traveled to the Berkshires to augment the ski patrols of Jiminy Peak and Butternut. Cadet Candidates trained and practiced their ski and board skills both days in preparation for their S&T evaluation in March.

Small Unit Tactics Club: Small Units Tactics Club Jan 12 Range.The Small Unit Tactics Club 12 JAN range was executed safely and as planned except for the impacts from dense fog. The CIC, CDT Andrew Carlson '14, reacted to WX (firing when the fog cleared and adjusting when it rolled in) to complete the training for 19 cadets on: PMI (handling, load/unload procedures, immediate/remedial actions, T&E manipulation, crew drill rehearsals) M249 Qualification (10M) M240B Transition Fire (200, 300, 400M) Machine Gun Crew Drill PE and competition.

Dean’s Weekly, January 18


Research in Pikine, Senegal:  Cadets at the Leopold Senghor Culture Center where local artists convene. The hip-hop culture is a strong source of influence in Pikine.A D/G&EnE research team including four cadets conducted the field phase of a group project in Pikine, Senegal.  The project titled “Adapting to the Human Infrastructure in the Urban Fringe: Considerations for Civil Military Operations” focused on the informal influence of the urban fringe within the human terrain. Cadets spent extensive time conducting interviews and meetings with multiple stakeholders within selected areas in Pikine in order to get a full spectrum of stakeholder response.  In addition to the immersive research experience, cadets were taken to the US Embassy for an overview of embassy operations given by various members of the ambassador’s staff. Cadets also visited important culture sites to include Gorée Island, a prominent slave embarkation site in the region during the pre-colonial era.

McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference Publication in New York Times:  As part of the fall conference's activities, the student teams crafted six essays addressing the importance of values-based leadership in various contexts.  The student teams, each mentored by a senior leader, explored leadership in the areas of disaster response, food security and sustainability, the global economy, education, media and health care.  These essays are now published in the New York Times' new "...in Leadership" website.

The essays can be viewed at the following web link:  http://nytimesinleadership.com/spotlight-on-leaders/

Mechanical Engineering Majors Awarded Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Scholarships:Cadets Adam Leemans and Mitch Johnson display their certificates.COL Daisie Boettner presented Cadet Mitch Johnson (ME, 2013) the Maher Z. Labib Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) and Cadet Adam Leemans (ME, 2013) the Bud and Nancy Griffis Scholarship ($1,000).  The SAME annually awards multiple scholarships to engineering students at colleges and universities throughout the United States in recognition for their outstanding performance. The scholarships traditionally are presented at a formal dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City; however, the dinner was canceled in November 2012 due to Super storm Sandy.

The Electrical Engineering Program’s Best-in-Course Awards and Society of American Military Engineers Award:  The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science recognized the AY13-1 cadets with the “Best in Course” award. These cadets completed their course with the highest grade in the course. Awards were presented for EE480 (Optical Fiber Communication) to Cadet Justin Hyder; for EE377 (Electrical Power Engineering) to Cadet Stuart Baker; for EE401 (Electronic System Design I) to Cadet Stuart Baker; and EE450 (Military Electronic Systems) to Cadet Thomas Ankenbauer.  The department also recognized Cadet David Covell with the Society of American Military Engineers award. This award is presented to the top four engineering cadets in the academy by GPA.

New Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) Try-Outs:  C3T TryoutsThe newly formed C3T hosted team tryouts in two computer labs in Thayer Hall. Twenty-four Cadets from all four classes demonstrated their cybersecurity skills in a 12-hour Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, solving a series of challenges to score points. Results from the challenge will be one of the primary criteria in selecting the team’s 12 principal members. The new C3T will represent West Point by participating in intercollegiate cybersecurity competitions such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC, http://www.nationalccdc.org/) held each spring.

Photonics Research Center and Hertz Fellowship Candidates:  Photonics Research Center members conducted mock interviews preparing two cadets for their upcoming Hertz Fellowship interviews. USMA's two Hertz candidates are CDT Matthew Letarte ‘13, D2, Chemical Engineering major and CDT Brandon Clumpner ‘13, A1, Mechanical Engineering major. CDT Letarte has been conducting research in the Photonics Research Center over three semesters and has presented his research at a renowned national conference. CDT Clumpner is a multiple semester researcher within DPE's Center for Physical Development Excellence.  The Hertz Foundation provides Fellowships to exceptionally talented individuals studying in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Each year the Foundation conducts a national competition for new Hertz Fellows. Of those who apply, only about one quarter will be interviewed. Of those who are interviewed, approximately one in ten (15 to 20 annually) will be awarded a Hertz Fellowship. The research opportunities made available through USMA's research centers provided CDT Letarte and CDT Clumpner an interdisciplinary research experience which contributed to their Hertz interview selections. 

Cadet Skates Into History as First Female to Join Inline Hockey


As she took to the ice in the opening minutes of West Point Inline Hockey Club's recent win against the Merchant Marine Academy, Cadet Jenna Vercollone '14 became the first female to represent the U.S. Military Academy in any capacity in the sport of hockey.

Vercollone is a member of the West Point Inline Hockey Club, a hobby club within the Directorate of Cadet Activities. Although the club was originally founded in 2000, it took off in earnest under the leadership of Pat Toffler '09, who is currently an infantry captain.

The team is an affiliate member of the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association within the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association. The team gained momentum each year culminating in a Division I Central Conference championship in 2011-12.

This year, due to scheduling and availability changes, the club branched out to include a few ice hockey games as an affiliate member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, and Vercollone jumped at the opportunity to return to the sport she loved growing up.

"Hockey has always been my favorite thing in the world," Vercollone said. "(This team) has made my time here at West Point a lot better."

Vercollone, who is also a member of Women's Army Rugby, had not even considered that she was the first female to represent West Point in this manner.

"I hadn't thought about it. I was a little worried, being the only girl on the team, but (the other players) have been great about helping me out and making me feel at home," Vercollone said.

Although she may not be the biggest player on the team, she is no slacker on the ice.

"She goes into the corners just like anyone else, and she's one of the most committed and driven players on the team," defenseman and captain Brett Kroll '13 said.

Her dedication paid off against MMA, as Vercollone helped the team to a 6-1 victory by adding an assist of her own.

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Cadet Activities Roundup, January 24


Fencing:  At the West Point Fencing Team’s Annual Invitational in Arvin Gymnasium.At the West Point Fencing Team’s Annual Invitational in Arvin Gymnasium this past weekend the Men’s Team swept all their opponents going undefeated at 3-0. The men, currently ranked #2 in the nation, defeated 2012 National Champions University of Florida by a score of 21-6.  The men also defeated Swarthmore 22-5 and longtime rival Hunter College by 18-9. The Men’s Epee Squad, currently ranked #1 in the MAC Conference, was undefeated and both CDT Marvin Hargraves (9-0) and CDT Mark Owens (6-0) had no losses for the day. CDT Hargraves is still the #1 ranked athlete in epee in our conference. The Men’s Sabre Squad, led by CDT Blake Gordon, who went 9-0 at his first home competition, also had no team losses and finished at 3-0. In the Foil Squad, CDT Jeff Nielsen was undefeated at 6-0, still the #1 ranked athlete in the weapon of foil.

The Women’s Team went 4-2, defeating Swarthmore (18-9), University of Florida (20-7), Hunter College (22-5) and Queens College (19-8). The women only dropped losses to City College of NY (7-20) and Stevens Institute of Technology (6-21). All 3 weapon squads finished at 4-2 as well. The top athlete of the day over all opponents was CDT Darcy Parks in Sabre with a record of 17-1 . CDT Alexandria Rodgers was West Point’s top finish in epee at 13-5 and CDT Leah Fynaut in the Foil Squad set her own record going 11-7 over all opponents.

Snow Sports Club (Nordic Ski Team):  CDT Jordan Roth ’15, works on her stride during the 10k Skate race at the Army Invitational.The West Point Nordic Ski Team hosted and competed in the Army Nordic Invitational Ski Meet at the Vermont National Guard’s Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont.  West Point tied for second in team standings in the 10 km Classic-technique race with scoring performances by James Bassette, ’14, (3rd overall), Josh Bassette, ’16, (8th overall) and Andrew Beckmann, ’16, (9th overall).  During the a 10 km Skate-technique race Army pulled together a third place team finish. James Bassette led the group again with a 9th place finish. Jordan Roth was the top finisher for the ladies as well.

Ski Patrol Group: Cadet Ski Patrol ClubTwenty five cadets traveled to Western Massachusetts to familiarize cadet patrollers and candidates with more difficult skiing terrain. The club skied at Jiminy Peak, Berkshire East and Butternut. CDT patrollers augmented the local patrollers and responded to a number of skiing accidents at the resorts. They provided first responder type medical care and transported patients down to the hills for further treatment.

Army Debate Team at Navy:  The Army Debate Team traveled to Annapolis to participate in the Crowe-Warken Debate Tournament. After eight preliminary rounds, cadets Jay Saker and Michael Barlow advanced to octofinals in the Varsity division, while cadets Aaron Spikol and Ryan McGovern advanced to partial octofinals in Junior Varsity.

Paintball:  The paintball club competed at Battle Creek Paintball’s winter scenario game “Operation Mountain Shield” with 25 cadets. The cadets received “Most Valuable Team” for the blue side. This battle simulated a fight in Afghanistan.

Orienteering Team:  The Orienteering Team traveled to Rutledge, GA to compete in the Georgia Navigator Cup. The event consisted of two classic distance races through the woods of Hard Labor Creek State Park.  Andrew Eck ‘13 took first place overall and Zachary Schroeder ‘14 took third.

Scuba Team:  USMA Scuba went in Pensacola, FL USMA Scuba went to Pensacola, FL and all divers advanced their skills and certifications. The weather kept the team from their main dive, the USS Oriskany Aircraft carrier. However, the cadets had a plan B ready to go and dove a fresh water spring and the historic Fort Pickens.

Pistol Team: The Pistol Team had a very successful weekend at The Citadel by winning all five events. West Point won the first event, Air Pistol, with a four person team score of 2191 to The Citadel's 2164.  Heather Deppe '13 shot the match and team high score of 556 out of a possible 600.  West Point won the Standard Pistol event with a team score of 2123 to The Citadel's 2089. Heather Deppe again had the match and team high score with a 555 out of 600. West Point won the Free Pistol event with a score of 2007 to The Citadel's 1882. Steve Halsmer '13 shot the match and team high score of 523 out of 600.  West Point's three-event aggregate score was 6321 to The Citadel's 6135.  In Women's Air Pistol, West Point shot a three person team score of 1088 to The Citadel's 1066. Heather Deppe led the scoring with a 369 out of a possible 400.  In Women's Sport Pistol, West Point won with a score of 1608 to The Citadel's 1559.  Heather Deppe shot a 542, Team Captain Victoria Joys shot a 539, and Morgan White shot a 527.

Dean’s Weekly, January 25


Department of Systems Engineering:  The Department of Systems Engineering sent cadets from both the SE403 year-long capstone and SE450 semester capstone project to Fort Campbell to meet with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR).The Department of Systems Engineering sent cadets from both the SE403 year-long capstone and SE450 semester capstone project to Fort Campbell to meet with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). There are six separate group projects these cadets are working under the general category of “Designing the Flightline of the Future” which are all sponsored by Lockheed-Martin. Since the 160th SOAR has one of the most advanced Army flightlines, these cadets were able to see what new technologies are being used and where improvements should be focused in the future to increase efficiency and maximize performance.

NSC First Brownbag Lunch for the Semester:  Cadets Hanafee and Maki along with Dr. Bill Pulleyblank gave the first brown bag lunch talk for the semester last week. The group presented the work they have completed in the initial phase of their research in a talk, “Data Analytics and Army Football”.  Cadets, faculty, and staff from several departments enjoyed hearing how they are using a data analytic program, Virtual Gold, to study Army football statistics and look for significant statistical anomalies from both an offensive and defensive perspective.  The research team hopes to be able to build a tool that would offer the coaches a new way look at game statistics. While this phase of their research is interesting to Army football fans, this research has further reaching implications to the Army in terms of being able to analyze force-on-force scenarios.

Cadets and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE): LTC Todd Woodruff and his students at the NYSE.Eighteen BS&L Management Majors spent an afternoon with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Chairman and 1962 USMA graduate, Marshall Carter, participating in a discussion of leadership and ethics across multiple domains (government, business, non-profit, academia, and the military). After the leadership discussion, cadets toured the NYSE board room and the NYSE trading floor where they interacted with the floor management and traders to learn about the exchange system. Cadets appeared briefly on Fox Business News, which broadcasts from the NYSE floor, and gave a big “Go Army” shout-out from the NYSE floor. Cadets will use knowledge gained during this event in their accounting, marketing, and strategic management courses this semester.

Cadet Academic Achievement:  CDT Vince Schuele '13 had his paper titled "Semantic Network Analysis to Gauge Sentiment Among Young Muslims: A Pilot Study," accepted for presentation at 27th National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Annual Conference that will be hosted at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in April.  The paper is based on an Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) in Qatar last summer sponsored by the Minvera Program.

Cadet Input:  Cadets provided their input for the future iPad textbook, The West Point History of Warfare. The cadets discussed the interactive features for the new e-textbook with the four companies tasked with creating the book. The first four chapters will be ready for HI301 STAP on 21 May 2013. The Class of 2014 will take MilArt on the iPad delivered text starting in August 2013.

German:  Cadets from theGerman Language Forum will present the colors at the 53rd Annual Quadrille Ball in NYC this weekend.  German Language major, CDT Caleb Magnuson, and Austrian Exchange cadet, CDT Marcel Taschwer, became an overnight youtube.com sensation with their video of releasing a mouse “into the wild” of Trophy Point. The video, posted by CDT Taschwer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VyQipO4miw, has received nearly 4.5 million hits to date.

Cadet Activities Roundup, January 31


Pipes and Drums: The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums and the Royal Military College Pipes & Drums.The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums and the Royal Military College Pipes & Drums conducted an exchange, joint training workshop, and joint performance as part of RMC Weekend 2013. The USCC Pipes & Drums band members hosted RMC Cadets for three days and conducted training on January 26.  The culminating performance integrated both bands and the RMC Highland Dancers for a performance in Robinson Auditorium.  Following the performance, the Cadets exchanged gifts and then attended the RMC Hockey game that evening.

Debate Council and Forum (Model UN):  Debate Council and Forum (Model UN):The West Point Model United Nations team traveled to Montreal, Canada to participate in McGill’s Model United Nations conference. This conference had over 1,300 participants from the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa. The West Point team came in second overall for small delegations. The following cadets performed exceptionally well: Patrick Beauregard ’15: Book Award (3rd Place), Brandon Moore’ 14: Best Delegate (1st Place), Warren Geary ’14: Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Ben Ketchum ’13: Best Delegate (1st Place), Megan McNulty ’15: Outstanding Delegate (2nd Place). 

Catholic Chapel Choir: Cadet Dan Trainor at Carnegie HallCadet Dan Trainor traveled to Carnegie Hall, New York City, to perform Mahler’s 8th Symphony along with a large group of choral and symphonic performers for a packed house.

Debate Council and Forum (Debate Team):  This past weekend the Army Debate Team competed at the Jersey Shore Invitational Debate Tournament, Monmouth, NJ. Absent the class of 2014 due to 500th Night, the team still performed exceptionally. The plebe duo of Jay Saker and Michael Barlow won first place in the Open (Varsity) division while the mixed plebe/yearling team of Brad Hodgkins and Caleb Stevens took second in the JV division. Additionally, the JV team of Aaron Spikol and Ryan McGovern advanced to the semi-finals of their division. The team also amassed an impressive collection of individual awards during the tournament. Award winners include CDT Barlow’s 1st place open division speaker award, CDT Saker’s 5th place open division speaker award, CDT Hodgkin’s 6th place JV speaker award and CDT McGovern’s 9th place JV speaker award. 

Inline Hockey Club:  Inline Hockey Club.The Army-Navy rivalry got a little richer as the inline hockey teams faced off for the first time, with Navy ultimately winning by a final score of 6-4. The age old tradition of the Army-Navy rivalry was as strong as ever on the ice of McMullen Arena in front of 1,800 fans who packed the house. The game was as hard-hitting as such an intense rivalry would demand.

Team Handball Team (Men):  West Point Handball Black competed in the North-East Team Handball League in New York City on January 26. The team played a total of three games, losing the first game vs. New York City TH Club, tying the second game vs. Boston Team Handball Club, and winning the final game vs. Washington, D.C. The West Point Black is currently in the second place in the North East League, trailing behind NYC by one point.

Snow Sports Club (Snowboard Club):  January 27 marked the first competition for the Snowboard Club at Windham Mountain.  Jesse Montgomery was able to overcome difficult conditions as he advanced to the final heat of the race, placing 4th.  

Snow Sports Club (Nordic): The West Point Nordic Ski Team competed in the Cornell Invitational Ski Meet held at the Craftsbury Nordic Center in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  Yearling Emily Buck paced the Army ladies in both races while Plebe racers Andrew Beckmann and Josh Bassette led Men in the classic and freestyle races, respectively.

Ski Patrol Group: The Cadet Ski Patrol participated in the Windham Mountain Patroller Clinic.The Cadet Ski Patrol participated in the Windham Mountain Patroller Clinic from January 26-27. This clinic is to enhance the skills of skiing and boarding while transporting a patient in the toboggan.

Fine Arts Forum (Film Forum): The Film Forum attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT from January 23-27. COL (Ret.) Bob Rauk ’72 and his wife Reva have been hosting cadets for almost a decade and provided the group with not only lodging, but also food and use of a vehicle. The range of movies prompted discussions about ethical issues, artistry and purpose of cinema and how the pursuit of the American Dream differs between races and gender, along with many other topics.

Dean’s Weekly, February 1


Cadets’ Professional Credential in Sustainability:  Cadets Ethan Dewart and Robert Hume proudly display their ENV PV Certificates.Cadets Ethan Dewart '14 and Robert Hume ’15, both Civil Engineering majors, recently became the first undergraduate students ever to earn the Envision TM Sustainability Professional credential (ENV PV) from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).  Envision can be used to assess civil works projects including roads, bridges, pipelines, dams, levees, water treatment facilities, and even power plants. By earning this credential, Cadets Dewart and Hume are prepared to lead others in addressing sustainability issues and build infrastructure that conserves, or even helps to restore, the natural environment.

Energy & Environment Chain of Command Published Article Published:  Cadet Adam Leemans, the Brigade Energy and Environmental Officer, and Cadet McKenzie Hudgins, the Brigade Energy & Environmental NCO published an article titled “Leveraging the Army’s Culture of Discipline to Enhance Mission Effectiveness” on the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment homepage (www.army.mil/asaiee). The article addresses cadet initiatives to promote energy awareness and conservation in the Corps. View the article by clicking here.

Spanish:  An article featuring CDT Carlos Febus-Traphagen in the Spanish Army Newspaper “Armas y Cuerpos.”Cadets who attended Semester Abroad in Spain, gave their report to faculty on their experiences during lunch and Dean’s Hour. Of particular note is the article featuring CDT Carlos Febus-Traphagen in the Spanish Army Newspaper “Armas y Cuerpos,” in which he gives a report of how his presentation on the history, traditions, and cadet life of West Point at the Utebe Spain Conference at the Official School of Languages on 21 November, 2012.

Class of ‘83 Distinguished Leader Series-LTG Daniel Allyn:  LTG Daniel B. Allyn, XVIII Airborne Corps Commander speaking to 40 Black and Gold cadets as a part of the Class of 83’ DLS.As a part of the Class of 83’ DLS, LTG Daniel B. Allyn, XVIII Airborne Corps Commander spoke to cadets from the Black and Gold Leadership Forum; LTG Allyn focused his remarks on the challenges Army officers will face as our Army transitions from combat operations thru the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan. In addition, LTG Allyn spoke to BS&L Faculty about the role of field grade officers in our Army and the recent announcements of the WISR, repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and sequestration. 

“10 Best” EN101 Essays:  EN101 Course Director LTC Peter Molin and Department Head COL Scott Krawczyk with seven of the ten Best Essay authors. Standing from left to right: CDTs Brett Benedict, Andrew Beckman, Catherine Browning, Gregory Merkel, and Matthew Coughlan. Kneeling: CDTs Rachel Wolfe and Raoul Valencia. Not pictured: CDTs Ian Bedo, Gabriel Beck, and Edric Zahn.The EN101 Composition faculty honored the cadet authors of the "10 Best" EN101 essays published in a pamphlet by that name. Department Head COL Scott Krawczyk awarded each cadet a Department Certificate of Achievement and gave department coins to the top four authors. The 10 Best Essays were selected from over 1000 written.  The top three places were awarded to: 

-First place: Andrew Beckman, "The Eagle and the Dragon: A Bipolar Model of Economic Hegemony and International Relations”

-Second place: Matthew Coughlan, “Becoming Human: A Look into the Feasibility of Artificial Intelligence"

-Third place (tie): Ian Bedo, "Ethics, Moral Attention, and Animals"

-Third place (tie): Gregory Merkel, "The Future of Education Means the Demise of Public Schools"

Graduation Date Changes for Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016


West Point Graduation Hat Toss--USMA 2009The Class of 2014 graduation ceremony is now Wednesday, May 28, a slight change from the previously planned date. This graduation has been moved in order to de-conflict academic, graduation, pre-commissioning, and summer training events. Additionally, this date better facilitates the systematic movement of cadets and equipment timed to the phases of barracks construction and renovation and ultimately allows for a more relaxed and eventful graduation-week experience.

The Class of 2015 is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27. The Class of 2016 will graduate on Wednesday, June 1. 

The graduation date for the Class of 2013 will not be affected by this policy and remains May 25.

Cadet Activities Roundup, February 7


Climbing Team:  Members of the Climbing Team take on the Gravity Vault during the Collegiate Climbing Series Regional Championship.The team competed in the first of five competitions that comprise the Collegiate Climbing Series Regional Championship. Team members gave rise to a solid performance in the season opener and multiple cadets placed in the top ten finishers overall. Cadet Zhaina Myrzakhanova ‘16 performed particularly well, coming in 2nd place in the women’s category after less than one year on the team. West Point finished second overall.

Judo Team:  West Point Judo excelled at the Super Bowl Championships at Tech Judo in North Bergen, NJ with a total of 9 first place winners, 2 second places and 5 third places out of over 100 competitors from the Tri-State area. Gold medal winners include Cadets Peter Stanley, Joel Puritz, Wes Talley, Pat Hogan, Anthony Sciuva, Catherine Clarke-Pounder, Carson Reed, Larisa Tudor, Patrick Diehl and Juliet Talavera. Silver Medal winners include Cadets Carly Patton and Carson Giammaria. Bronze medal winners include Cadets Daniel Sprouse, John Barnes, Mike Miranda and Catherine Donohoe.

Team Handball Team (Women):  West Point Women’s Team HandballWest Point Women’s Team Handball claimed third place at UNC’s annual Blue Cup Invitational.  West Point Women’s Team Handball excitedly looks to build on their strong beginning as they prepare for the college national championship in April.  On 23 February, the team heads to Los Angeles for its first tournament in California.

Foreign Language and Culture Club (Portuguese Language):  The Portuguese Language Club competed in the 15th Annual Philadelphia Flames Soccer Club Indoor TournamentThe Portuguese Language Club competed in the 15th Annual Philadelphia Flames Soccer Club Indoor Tournament in Warminster, PA and they finished second in their division with 3 Wins and 1 Loss.

Racquetball: The Cadet Racquetball Team had a successful trip to the Eastern Collegiate Racquetball Conference (ECRC) Meet at State College, PA. Highlights of the tournament included the following team results:

Winner, Men’s 2 Collegiate Gold Doubles: Cadets Albert Casas and James Sutter; Winner, Men’s 2 Collegiate Red Singles: Cadet Albert Casas; Runner-up, Women’s 4 Collegiate Red Singles: Cadet Michaela Gallien; Winner: Men’s 4 Collegiate Red Singles: Cadet John Hendler; Winner: Men’s 4 Collegiate Gold Doubles: Cadets John Hendler and Michael Trainin; Winner: Men’s 3 Collegiate Blue Doubles: Cadets Patrick Innes and John Markham; Runner-up, Women’s 1 College Blue Singles: Cadet Apphia Kim; Winner, Men’s 2 Collegiate Blue Doubles: Cadet James Sutter.

Snow Sports Club (Snowboarding): 2 February marked the second BoarderX race for the Snowboard Club at Windham Mountain.  Jess Montgomery and Chris Beatty competed in their second race. This weekend also marked the debut races for snowboarder Dylan Doty and skier William Mace. Doty took everyone by surprise with his first place finish in the opening heat. However, in the Final Heat Chris Beatty secured a second place finish, placing him in the top two BoarderX racers in the entire Catskill Mountain region.

Skeet & Trap Team:  The USMA Skeet and Trap Team traveled to the Mt. Pleasant Sportsman’s Club and shared food, fun and a 50 clay target competition with club’s members. Mt. Pleasant is an older establishment, informally founded around 1890 by men who shared a mutual passion for the outdoors and was formally chartered since 1941.  Shooters turned out strong scores under the adverse conditions, with the high-gun of the day award going to a 3-way tie among the attending cadets.

Dean's Weekly, February 8


Cadet Development-“Cadets teaching Cadets”:  Mind Flex which uses brain waves to power various games.Cadet Julian Watson provided a thought-provoking presentation on the human brain to Class of ’00 MAJ Adam Grim’s PL100 (General Psychology for Leaders) class. Cadet Watson is majoring in Engineering Psychology and as part of a class project in PL391 (Sensation and Perception), he demonstrated the Mind Flex which uses brain waves to power various games. The Mind Flex measures the concentration and intensity of brain waves through an electroencephalography (EEG) sensor attached to the participant’s head

Cadet Development-Depression Research:  USMA cadets and faculty met with colleagues at Rockefeller University to conduct a laboratory meeting discussing an ongoing collaboration in depression research. This meeting was conducted in the first week of a new interdisciplinary study seeking to better understand the correlation of the human p11 protein with depression. A goal of the work is to develop a simple physiological marker that could be used to help diagnose and better understand depression or PTSD, and ultimately contribute to reduced suicide rates within our Army. The collaboration involves 3 institutions:  USMA, Rockefeller University and Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden.  Cadet Janelle Runion ‘13 briefed 2000 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology/Medicine, Dr. Paul Greengard, and members of his research group, on the radiometric light data collection and analysis the Photonics members of the team are contributing to the study.  The study which began in January will be collecting light data every half hour through May 2013.

Rutgers Quantitative Finance Summit on Risk ManagementRutgers Quantitative Finance Summit on Risk Management.Seven cadets from the Systems Engineering Department’s honors program went to the “Rutgers Quantitative Finance Summit on Risk Management”. The event was held at the NYSE and included a panel of senior financial risk managers from major organizations including sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and Bloomberg. The group got the chance to visit with professionals in the financial industry and tour the exchange. The tour included visits to the trading floor, the iconic balcony where the opening and closing bell is rung, and the executive board room.

Computer Science Cadets in “Code War”:  The team of firstie CS majors Steve Rogacki, Isaiah Salsman, Nolan Miles, and Sean Coffey competed in the Windward International Collegiate Programming Championship, also known as "Code War.” In the grueling eight-hour contest, more than 100 teams from a dozen states and four countries struggled to create sophisticated Artificial Intelligence strategies.

Leader Challenge 16 “The New PL”:  Leader Challenge 16 “The New PL”.Every platoon in the Corps of Cadets conducted a Leader Challenge to hone their judgment and decision-making as a future officer. With the support of 144 staff and faculty platoon mentors and over 400 cadet facilitators, each participant “put themselves in the shoes” of CPT Haley Hamilton ’10 as she navigated the complexity of her first training event in her new platoon. Officers and cadets spent 55 minutes discussing everything from risk management and working with NCOs to leadership and culture change.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:  80 plebes from the History Department travelled to Washington, D.C. for an afternoon in our nation’s capital and a day of special programming at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Cadets unanimously agreed that the day’s highlight was discussion with Holocaust survivors Bob Behr and Henry Greenbaum, both of whom were either liberated by, or later served in the US military. The trip’s primary sponsors, Lorraine and Martin Beitler, joined the USMA group at the Holocaust Museum.

STEM Outreach in Poughkeepsie:  Cadet Patrick Smith assists a student with the controls of the Packbot.Cadets and officers hosted the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie for a STEM outreach event. During the tour, cadets on the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition team and Joint Cooperative Unmanned Systems Initiative team talked to the young men and women about robotics topics such as, sensors, and programming. The tour culminated with an opportunity to drive Packbot systems in the Robotics Laboratory.  The purpose of the event was to ignite an interest in pursuing education after high school for youth from the Poughkeepsie area.

Class of 2013 to Perform "TED" for 100th Night Show


Class of 2013 100th Night PosterThe West Point Class of 2013 will present its 100th Night Show: "TED"  A Play

Directed by: Sebastian Smoak

Produced by: Christopher Telle

Written By: Shane Greaves, Collin Hennessy, Katherine Houle, KT Leonard, and Gregory Trahan


West Point's Eisenhower Hall Theatre

Friday, February 22 - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 - 8 p.m.


Tickets are now available at the Ike Hall Box Office, temporarily located on the 2nd floor, adjacent to the elevators.

Alfonsi '13 Recognized With Flipper Award


Congratulations to Cadet William Alfonsi '13, this year's recipient of the Henry O. Flipper Award. Brigadier Gen. Richard Clarke '84, Commandant of Cadets, presented the award at dinner last night.

In honor of the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the award recognizes the senior cadet who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of difficulty.

Flipper was in the Class of 1877 and succeeded in a very segregated Academy where he was befriended by a few cadets, violently disliked by many, and ignoed by most. Read more about Flipper and his legacy.

Plebes Shine in Army Athletics


Gymnast Jesse Glenn won the all-around title at the 22nd Annual West Point OpenFrom the Athletic Director’s Update, a plethora of plebes stepped to the forefront this week. Rookie gymnast Jesse Glenn won the all-around title at the 22nd Annual West Point Open. He is the first Black Knight to win the all-around in the event’s history, and led to Jesse’s selection as the ECAC Gymnast of the Week.  In men’s basketball, Plebe Kyle Toth was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week after averaging 15.0 points and shooting better than 50 percent for the week. Kyle’s selection made Patriot League history as it was the first time that three different players from the same team won the rookie award in consecutive weeks. Dylan Cox was chosen on Jan. 21 and Kyle Wilson won the ward on Jan. 28.  Kyle moved into eighth place on Army’s freshman scoring list with 283 points and is the Black Knights’ highest-scoring plebe since Alex Morris in 1992-93 (346).   In Women’s Basketball, plebe Kelsey Minato captured her seventh Patriot League Rookie of the Week certificate, including her fourth consecutive. Minato’s seven newcomer honors tie the Army record set by Cara Enright and Lisa Russell, while she is only one shy of the Patriot League standard.  In Swimming and Diving, plebe Nick Treiberg shattered the plebe record in the 50-yard freestyle and several other Black Knights authored personal-best performances at the non-scoring Bucknell Invitational on Saturday.  The first-year swimmer also teamed with fellow plebes Pierre Archambeau, Zach Blankenbeker and Colin Kanzari to win the 200-yard medley relay in a clocking of 1:34.13.  In tennis, plebe Harrison McCormick shined in his first collegiate duals as he went undefeated in singles and doubles contests.  Plebe Haley O’Connor provided heroics over the weekend, winning back-to-back three-set matches on Friday. Her thrilling 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Sacred Heart’s Paige Olson clinched the Black Knights’ victory and ended a four-hour long match.  Go Army!

Cadet Activities Roundup, February 15


Drill Team:  The Drill team competing in the Tulane University Mardi Gras Drill Meet.The United States Military Academy Drill Team travelled to New Orleans, LA to compete in the Tulane University Mardi Gras Drill Meet where they took 1st place in Platoon Exhibition, as well as 2nd place in Individual Exhibition.  By defeating all of its opponents at the platoon level, the team reaffirmed its position as one of the top exhibition drill teams in the nation.

Climbing Team:  The West Point Climbing Team participated in the second of four local competitions that the team will compete in during the spring semester.  In this in New Rochelle, NY, climbers Julian Barker ‘15 and Zhaina Myrzakhanova ‘15 placed 1st in both the men’s and women’s categories respectively. The team as a whole took first place finally defeating rival RIT.

Cadets and New Paltz 4H Club:  A Photo Finish: Josh Dillard and Sean Fitzgerald take measurement of the distance from the finish line much to the delight of the 4H’er “speed racer”.An “Army Strong!” and motivated contingent of Chemical Engineering Cadets and faculty hosted 30 members of the New Paltz 4 H club (Animals Around the World!) in Bartlett Hall North.  The evening events include three stations: the West Point Chocolate Factory led by AY13 Head of Confectionery, Amy Hill ‘13, and David Arrowchis, AY14 Head of Confectionery; A Fuel Cell Car Competition led by Josh Dillard ‘13 and Sean Fitzgerald ’13; and a Life Science Workshop led by Kiley Hunkler ‘13, Danielle Cummings ‘14, and Andrew Laib ‘14. The 4H club students were thrilled with a home-made chocolate tasting of the West Point Chocolate Droplets and the Fuel Cell Car competition modeled after the AIChE Regional and National Competitions.  Special recognition to the following cadets who dedicated time for a this special (STEM) service project: AIChE Club President, Matt Letarte ‘13, Sean Fitzgerald ‘13, Josh Dillard, Amy Hill ‘13, Nathan Nguyen ‘13, Louis Tobergte ‘14, and James Haworth ‘16.

Debate Council and Forum (Domestic Affairs Forum):  Eleven cadets from the Domestic Affairs Forum travelled to NYC for a media day trip. Cadets met with Mr. James Freeman and Mr. Bret Stephens from the Wall Street Journal editorial board.  Next, they went to MSNBC and met with COL (Ret.) Jacobs and MSNBC News President Phil Griffin to discuss leadership and the media trends. Cadets also sat in on Rachel Maddow’s production meeting and went on a tour of 30 Rock with COL (Ret.) Jacobs. In the evening, cadets observed a taping of the Daily Show and afterwards met with the Executive producer, two writers and a field producer.

Women’s Boxing:  Cadet Victoria Rao ’15, Women’s Boxing.  Photos by Mike Strasser, Pointer ViewThe West Point Women’s Boxing Team hosted the first all-women boxing competition at the inaugural West Point Women’s Boxing Invitational in Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center. The weather impacted the competition, limiting the number of teams available, but the women still put on an incredible show with 12 bouts on the card.  Photo by Mike Strasser, Pointer View.

Fencing:  The Men’s Fencing Team competed in their 2nd of 3 competitions weekends to qualify for the Conference Championships at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday. The men were defeated in a close match up against host, Stevens, by a score of 12-15.

Debate Council and Forum (Debate Team):  Three cadets travelled to Academy Assembly at the U.S. Air Force Academy for the opportunity to discuss U.S. China relations with other students from all over the world and to listen to a number of exceptional speakers and panels, including former Ambassador John Huntsman.

Skeet & Trap:  An annual tradition, members of the Skeet & Trap travelledto Wee Burn Gun Club in Darien, CT.  The shoot included some unusual shooting games that were out of the ordinary for most of the team, the wobble skeet, wobble trap, and 5-stand games.  The top five shooters for West Point included Cadets Robert Sterling ‘15, Andrew Laib ‘14, Robert Downey ‘13, Jared Van Curen ‘15 and Ben Stone ‘13.

Dean’s Weekly, February 15


Cadets and “Flight Line of the Future”:  Cadets and “Flight Line of the Future”Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Cadets Mark Maley, Chris Pawlik, Ariana Mankus, and Alicia Phillips represented SE403 and SE450 Systems Engineering capstone teams as they visited Nellis Air Force Base as part of a "Flight Line of the Future" competition with the United States Air Force Academy.  The four Systems Engineering students had the opportunity to view F-22 Raptor and unmanned aerial systems flight and maintenance operations as well as engage with maintenance personnel. They gained insight into technologies currently used to sustain fleet readiness as well as assess the readiness for future technology insertion into flight line processes. Overall, six USMA teams are competing in the competition.

Trip Section to AT&T Global Network Operations:  Sociology Majors from PL482: Armed Forces and Society received a tour from the Stony CDC from Ms. Gene Wright as part of learning about Military Families with Instructor MAJ Sharon Edens (far right).41 Cadets from EECS visited the AT&T Global Network Operations Center in Bedminster, NJ. The cadets participated in the tour of the Network Operations Center as well as a demonstration of the latest technology being developed for market by AT&T. This new technology included interactive advertising screens that use facial recognition to interact with their views. In addition, the cadets received a briefing about the global capabilities of AT&T's network and their efforts to monitor and predict world events affecting their network and customers. Their capabilities include a large component dedicated to Cyber operations, as well as helping law enforcement agencies respond to Cyber attacks.

Guest Lecture – Dr. Michael Brennan ’66:  Dr. Michael Brennan ‘66 speaks to cadets in EV376.The Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations (CSCMO) sponsored a lecture for EV376 (The Geography of the Middle East) by Dr. Michael Brennan '66, a respected physician, international envoy and a past President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He spoke about his experiences working in the region to improve education and training of medical staff and medical/health care systems in concert with military organizations to bring about positive change in the Civil-Military realm. He gave cogent examples of successes achieved in operations in Iraq, Japan and Haiti and also related some of the challenges to make greater impacts in Afghanistan, Syria and Libya. He left cadets with a great lifelong example of the premise Be, Know, Do, and demonstrated how important relationships are in breaking through cultural gaps as a military professional and world citizen.

Department of Mathematical Sciences:  The Department of Mathematical Sciences, with funding from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM, hosted the second speaker in a series entitled “Women of Color in the Mathematical Sciences.” Dr. Syvillia Averett, Assistant Professor at Central State University in Ohio, spoke on “The RePresentation of Me: Learning Math, Living Math and Loving (almost) Every Moment.” This speaker series aims to increase the presence of underrepresented minority faculty in STEM by providing a venue where cadets can meet and interact with minority women mathematicians from a variety of universities.

Cadet Development-PL482: Armed Forces and Society:  Sociology Majors from PL482: Armed Forces and Society received a tour from the Stony CDC from Ms. Gene Wright as part of learning about Military Families with Instructor MAJ Sharon Edens (far right).Cadets from PL482: Armed Forces and Society visited the Stony Child Development Center on post as part the class topic on Military Families. This trip let cadets see a CDC and better understand some of the rules and considerations they should know when they become Second Lieutenants and lead Soldiers who have children.

WPNP-Faculty Outreach-SEALS Training:  BS&L's Negotiation Project ran a two-day training seminar for 46 Navy SEALs sponsored and funded by the Naval Special Warfare Platoon Leaders Course, at Norfolk, VA. The West Point Negotiation Project is a USMA faculty effort to improve the ability of military leaders to negotiate and is an activity within BS&L's West Point Leadership Center.  Among the mobile training team were Cadet Andrew Oswald '14 and Cadet James Garner '14. 

VIDEO: Meet Giovanna Camacho '13, Women's Boxing Team Captain


Cadet Giovanna Camacho '13 is a founder of the West Point Women's Boxing team and also serves as captain. "She's probably the reason I am so in love with this Academy," says Cadet Austen Boroff '14. 

Learn more about Camacho and the Women's Boxing team here:

Athletic Director’s Update, February 21


Men's Basketball beats Navy. Wins over Navy, record-breaking performances, and conference championships highlighted a great week for Army Athletics. The men’s and women’s basketball team both captured Star Game victories in Annapolis on Saturday. The women started the day with a 48-40 win, completing a season sweep of the Mids. The win moved the team into a first-place tie with Navy in the Patriot League standings. Plebe Kelsey Minato was named the Patriot League Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 19.5 points in both of the team’s wins.  The men’s team hung on for a thrilling 56-55 win, capturing its first Star Game victory in Annapolis since 1992.  It is the team’s second straight Star win and the third in the last four seasons. Plebe Kyle Wilson was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, averaging 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in last week’s games.  The upcoming schedule features two more chances to get into the win column versus Navy. The gymnastics team hosts the Mids on Saturday, while the wrestling team welcomes its arch rival on Sunday at Christl Arena.

Lisa Junta sets new record. The track & field teams competed at the Patriot league Championships at West Point last weekend, and distance runner Lisa Junta highlighted the event with her record-breaking effort in the 3,000-meter run. Lisa’s winning time broke Army’s 27-year old record previously held by Army Athletics Hall of Fame member Teresa Sobiesk. Lisa also captured the league’s 5,000-meter crown with the second-fastest time in Academy history. She was named the program’s first Female Track Performer of the Meet since 2008.  Kaitlyn Love also won Patriot League gold in the 60-meter hurdles and was part of the first-place 4x400-meter relay squad. The men’s team won five events, including two relays. Clyde Wilson captured the 800-meter run, Stevyn Spees won the 500 meters and Kyler Martin crossed first in the 60-meter hurdles.

Lacrosse’s Garrett Thul also took home an individual honor, winning the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week Award. Garrett led the team to a pair of wins by scoring 11 goals, including a career-best seven scores in the victory over VMI.

Cadet Activities Roundup, February 21


Model United Nations Team:  The West Point team won the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) championship as the Best Small Delegation for the fifth time in eight years. The Model United Nations team competed in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN). This competition featured over 3,000 delegates from nations across the world including: England, France, South Africa, Venezuela, China, Singapore, and Japan. The West Point team won the national championship as the Best Small Delegation for the fifth time in eight years. The following Cadets performed exceptionally well: Megan McNulty '15 - Outstanding delegate (2nd Place), Brandon Moore '14 – Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Warren Geary '14 – Best Delegate (1st Place), Ben Ketchum '13 – Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Ross Boston '13 – Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Colleen Harrison '13 – Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Will Dickson '13 – Best Delegate (1st Place.)

Marathon Team:  Braving sub-freezing temperatures and icy road conditions, a select number of West Point marathoners joined the ranks of committed local runners for an early morning race over the icy roads of Fairfield Connecticut. In this all-out “sprint to the finish” 20k (12.4 mile) training race, racers prepared themselves mentally and physically for the “holy grail” of the marathon world, the Boston Marathon.  Leading the Black Knights thru the finish was yearling Daniel Schlich with a “slick” time of (1:08.38), earning him 3rd overall.  Yearling Cadets Conner Roche and Ben Shields were close behind with an indiscernible photo-finish of (1:17.24), earning them 7th place. Plebe Marc Samland finished with a time of (1:19.34) earning 12th, followed by yearling David Richardson 19th with a time of (1:21.44). 

Judo Team:  :  Another excellent performance by our Judo athletes at the New Jersey State Championships. Another excellent performance by our Judo athletes at the New Jersey State Championships. Newcomers to the team Sara Roberts and Daniel Park took silver and gold respectively in their novice divisions.  Cadet Chase Snow took the gold in the novice 66 kg men division and expects to do very well at Collegiate Nationals next month. In very intense competition in the advanced division, Cadets Anthony Sciuva and Joseph McKenna both earned third place medals. Sciuva also competed in the novice division where he took first place. Cadets Carson Giammaria and Matt Day both placed fifth in a competitive 73KG division who's top three finishers where international competitors from South Africa and Russia. Overall, another great step towards collegiate nationals.

Men’s Fencing Team: The Men’s Fencing Team at MAC Conference host University of Maryland The Men’s Fencing Team travelled to MAC Conference host University of Maryland to compete against the southern tier opponents. Cadets Marvin Hargraves (10-2 in Epee), Blake Gordon (9-3 in Sabre), and Jeff Nielsen (8-4 in Foil) continued their winning ways taking the top finishes in their weapons by win-loss percentage. After being defeated by nationally ranked Johns Hopkins by a score of 4-23, the men regrouped and won decisive victories over host Maryland (16-11), University of Virginia (14-13), and College of William and Mary (15-12). Against both Virginia and William & Mary, Cadet Hargraves scored the decisive 14th bout victory putting the team over the top in both close matches.

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