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Cadet Activities Roundup, February 28

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WKDT Radio Station:  CDTs Drew Huelfer ‘16 and Bryce Tyson ‘14 conducted an interview with GEN Martin Dempsey.During the Army-Navy Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, Cadets Drew Huelfer ‘16 and Bryce Tyson ‘14 conducted a halftime interview with GEN Martin Dempsey '74, Chairman, JCS.  Afterwards, the cadets received a coin from GEN Dempsey.

Pistol: The Pistol Team traveled to Annapolis to compete against the Naval Academy Pistol Team over Presidents Weekend.  Army won the Standard Pistol event with a score of 2142 to Navy’s 2140. However, on the second day of the match Navy won the Air Pistol event 2231 to 2200 and the Free Pistol event 2080 to 1998, giving them a 3-event aggregate score of 6451to Army’s 6340. The team is preparing for Nationals in two weeks.

Snowboarding:  The Snowboard Club competed in its first Slopestyle event. Cadet Wesley Sickman took first place, Cadet Chris Beatty took second, and Cadet Matt Clidas finished third, sweeping the podium. All of these members are one step closer to qualifying for Snowboard Nationals in Copper, CO.

Nordic Skiing:  The Nordic Ski team poses with a snowman at the Camp Ethan Allen Biathlon Range in Jericho, VT.The West Point Nordic Ski Team competed in their Regional competition at the Camp Ethan Allen Biathlon Range in Jericho, VT.  The Men took 2nd Place overall in the team standings.  Team captain James Bassette ‘14 led on the Men’s side with an overall individual 3rd Place finish.  Plebe Josh Bassette finished 5th overall and distinguished himself by taking 1st in the 1.5 km Skate-sprint.  Plebes Jon Gilbertson and Andrew Beckmann finished 10th and 14th overall, respectively. For the Women, Emily Buck ‘15 placed 3rd overall in the individual standings after placing 2nd, 5th, and 6th in previous races.  The Women took a 3rd Place overall team finish.

Parachute Team:  Twenty-five cadets from the West Point Parachute Team conducted wind tunnel training in Nashua, NH. During the three day period, the team utilized seven and half hours of free fall time.

Foreign Language and Culture Forum (French):  A panoramic view from the Citadelle northern wall of old Quebec City and the frozen St. Lawrence River.Twenty-five cadets travelled to Quebec City, Canada to visit the 2e Bataillon du Royal 22e Regiment at La Citadelle. Cadets learned some key differences between the US military structure and the Canadian military structure. Cadets were honored with a visit to the regimental veteran’s chamber where General George Vanier is buried.

Pipes and Drums:  The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums performed a halftime show for the Army Men’s Basketball game versus Colgate. The band performed the tunes “Scotland the Brave”, “Rowan Tree”, and the always popular “Army Strong” at center court for the Army home crowd.

Debate Council and Forum (Debate Team):  The Army Debate Team competed at the CEDA East Regional Tournament at Western Connecticut State University.  Cadets Michael Barlow and Jay Saker finished in third place while qualifying for the National Debate Tournament. The National Debate Tournament is the premier debate event in the nation and the Army Debate Team has not had a team qualify for this event since 2007.

Scoutmasters’ Council:  Scoutmaster Council in Park City, UT.The key leaders of the Scoutmaster Council travelled to Park City, UT over Presidents Day weekend.  This was in preparation for the annual SMC Scout Camporee in April which brings 5500 scouts to Lake Frederick.

Glee Club: The West Point Glee Club travelled to Washington, D.C.  Co-sponsored by the West Point Alumni Glee Club and the Marcia K. Randall Glee Club Endowment, the Cadet Glee Club performed at Walter Reed’s Wounded Warrior Center where they were pleased to visit with and dedicate a song to 1LT Nick Vogt ‘10. The club appeared on Sunday afternoon in a free public concert, VETStravaganza, to a full house.  The concert was designed to draw attention to the value that Veterans bring to employers.  “The American Warrior” featured a reading of the poem by MG(R) Alan Salisbury ‘58 by Glee Club Alumni COL (R -USAF) Malcolm Agnew ‘49, and former Glee Club President CPT Lisa Beum ‘09.

Racquetball:  The Cadet Racquetball Team had a successful trip to the Regional Championships for Eastern Collegiate Racquetball Conference (ECRC) in Bethlehem, PA this past weekend. Top finishers from the competition included: • Runner-up: Men’s 2 Collegiate Blue Doubles: Cadets Daniel Blaine and Patrick Innes • Runner-up: Men’s 3 Collegiate Blue Doubles: Cadets John Hendler and John Markham • Runner-up, Men’s 3 Collegiate Blue Singles: Cadet John Markham • Runner-up, Women’s 1 Collegiate Red Singles: Cadet Sarah Hutchison.  ECRC presented regional awards for the 2012-13 season and the Women’s Team took home 3rd place honors overall. Additionally, team captain Megan Maurer was honored with the Daren Hidalgo award for sportsmanship. The award is given to one player in ECRC annually, and is named in honor of former USMA graduate and Team Captain Daren Hidalgo ‘09 who was killed in action in Afghanistan in February 2011.

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