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Cadet Activities Roundup, April 11

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Pipes & Drums:  The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums participated in the 2013 Tartan Day Parade in New York City. The United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums participated in the 2013 Tartan Day Parade in New York City. The Pipes & Drums marched as the first unit in the parade with the NYPD Mounted Colorguard and also leading the Grand Marshall of the Parade, noted Scottish actor Kevin McKidd (Rome, Grey’s Anatomy) and members of the Scottish Parliament. The band was proud to participate in the 10th Annual New York City Tartan Parade, which is the largest Tartan Day parade in North America.

Rugby (Men’s):  Rugby defeated University of Delaware 55-17 to win the Rugby East Championship and host the Sweet 16 match at West Point.  Rugby hosts Navy this Saturday at 1800 at Anderson Rugby Complex.

Fencing Team:  Led by Cadet Marvin Hargraves who defeated the returning champion from Northwestern University, West Point captured its first national championship crown in the weapon of epee. The remaining men’s epee squad of Cadets Mark Owens and Dave Maynor placed 3rd overall. In Sabre, Cadets Blake Gordon, Dom Casinelli, and Zach Leonard placed 2nd – the highest national finish for sabre as a squad. The women’s team had impressive victories by Cadets Darcy Parks, who tied for 2nd Place in sabre and Alexandria Rodgers, who came in with a solid 3rd place finish in epee – both the highest finish for a West Point woman. All record breaking accomplishments. The Fencing Team won a total of 21 medals at Nationals. In addition, the team BEAT NAVY in 5 out of 6 weapons and racked up more points than Navy at all times during the event. The Fencing Team was awarded the “National Spirit and Sportsmanship Award” by a vote of all Coaches on the Executive Committee.  The team was grateful for the support of West Point Family and Friends including Mr. Bill Hargraves ‘82 and Mrs. Melissa Gordon wife of David Gordon ‘85.

Team Handball (Women):  Women’s Team Handball travelled to Rockville, MD to compete in Northeast League play.  Black defeated Ocean New Jersey but lost to a mixed UNC alumni and college team and DC team in their following games. Gold also played well in their games, tying New York City, the team which took second in West Point’s Laura Walker Tournament last weekend and coming from behind to beat New Jersey’s Handball club. The team would like to thank Brigadier General (Retired) and Mrs. Swan for inviting both teams into their house for dinner on Saturday dinner. Special thanks to the DC/Maryland Parent’s Club for their outstanding support as they provided food and beverages throughout the weekend.

Team Handball (Men):  West Point Team Handball (Black) secured a berth in the Elite Division of Open Nationals by finishing second in the Northeast League.

Civil & Military Engineering:  The White Plains Annual Engineering ExpoThe Civil & Military Engineering Club teamed up with the Mechanical Engineering Club to support the White Plains Annual Engineering Expo. Eleven cadets from the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering presented at the event with models of internal combustion engines, K’Nex sets for bridge building competitions, and ten workstations for the West Point Bridge Designer program. Hundreds of parents with their middle and high school students cycled through West Point’s stations (one of the largest at the expo). Cadets aptly answered questions about the admissions process to West Point, what it was like to be a cadet, how they enjoyed studying engineering, and what they hope to accomplish in their future Army career.

Society of Women Engineers:  The USMA Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) attended the annual Regional Conference that included an outreach event to raise awareness of and encourage women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

Mechanical Engineering: The Mechanical Engineering Club The Mechanical Engineering Club visited the facility that designs, builds, and tests the gas turbines that power Army helicopters along with several other aircraft used by sister-services. Cadets received several presentations showing how their knowledge from MC312 Thermal-Systems II, specifically the Brayton Cycle and external fluid flow analysis, applies to real world systems. Cadets had the opportunity to then witness highly restricted gas turbine assembly floors, testing facilities, collaborate with GE scientists and engineers, and finally conclude with an open panel discussion with USMA graduates currently employed by GE Aviation.

Cadet Fine Arts Forum (Opera): Cadets of the West Point Opera Forum visited Lincoln Center to watch a matinee performance of Richard Wagner’s “Das Rheingold”.

Debate Council and Forum (Investment): The Investment Club/Finance Forum travelled to Boston, MA.   The visit began at Fidelity Investments where cadets learned about mutual fund and ETF portfolio selection/development and also toured the historic chart room where technical analysis in valuing stocks has been taking place since the founders of Fidelity [Johnson family] started it years ago. The second stop was to Regiment Capital, a hedge fund that specializes in investing in distressed companies, where they learned about high-yield bond investments, leveraged loans, and then reviewed a case on the General Motors bankruptcy deal. Cadets then visited MIT Sloan School of management and the Harvard MBA programs, talking to current military students who will return to West Point to teach economics in the Social Sciences Department and gaining insights into the graduate school application and selection process. Cadets also met with West Point graduates who have transitioned to graduate school in a civilian capacity to understand their decision process.

Astronomy Club: The Astronomy Club The Astronomy Club travelled to the Hayden Planetarium and American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Climbing Team:  West Point Climbing Team attended the CCS Regional climbing competition in Chatham, New Jersey and earned the Northeast Region championship over rivals from RIT.   Zhiana Myrzakhanova and Chris Price took second place in individual competition.  For top climbers in the region honors, Zhiana Myrzakhanova and Jennifer Lenihan tied for first place.  After an exhilarating lead climb off, Zhiana from West Point edged Jenifer for the regional title.  Julian Barker took the second place medal for the men’s category. 

Sailing:  The Astronomy Club The team participated in Day 1 of the Greater New York Dinghy Regatta in City Island, NY.  Ten total races were sailed before the wind died and racing was called for the day. On Day 2, the team was met with a strong southerly breeze from 10-15 knots at the start of the day. B Fleet completed two races, defeating two other boats in each race. A fleet began its race in a steadily building breeze. Army's plebe skipper, Drew Beckmann led all 18 boats at the first mark of the race, but took two large waves over the bow, swamping the boat, and forcing him to retire. At the completion of the race, the wind had built to 20+ knots of wind with several boats capsizing. Due to weather conditions, the race committee cancelled racing for the rest of the day. 

Snow Sports (Snowboarding):  The Snowboard Club competed in its last competition of the season, the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) Nationals Competition at Copper Mountain, Colorado. The club had a total of six members qualify. Three members competed in the Slopestyle event. Wes Sickman was able to earn an eleventh place finish in his nationals debut. Matt Clidas finished 18th and Adam Pasque finished 29th. The other three cadets competed in the BoarderCross event. Jesse Montgomery, Kyle Kilroy, and Chris Beatty finished 17th, 18th, and 24th respectively.

Gospel Choir: The West Point Cadet Gospel Choir was the guest of the 105th Airlift Wing of the Stewart Air National Guard Base.

Skeet & Trap:  Skeet and Trap TeamThe West Point Skeet and Trap team competed in the 2013 ACUI Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, TX.   In skeet, USMA A squad put up a highly respectably score, led by Cadets Mo Khan and Andrew Laib, shooting a 97/100 and 96/100 respectively. This earned them 5th place as a team, a strong showing for the team given the stiff competition from larger schools at the competition. Finally on Sunday, the team closed out with American Trap. High gun for Sunday went to Derek Brown, with an impressive 98/100 birds.   The team also travelled to Manorville, NY on Long Island and joined the Peconic River Sportsmen's Club for a sporting clays competition. The Peconic River team proved to be great shots in addition to gracious hosts. 

Mixed Martial Arts (Kendo):  The West Point Kendo Club competed against teams from around the nation in the annual Greater Northeastern US Kendo Federation championships at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cadets Andrei Pop and Ryne Flores both earned promotion to 3 kyu (two ranks below a black belt) and Kevin Pak earned 2 dan (one rank above a black belt).

Jewish Chapel Choir: On Friday, the Choir performed at Conservative Synagogue B’nai Torah and on Saturday the choir held a concert for members of the Hadassah (a philanthropic organization supporting hospitals and medical research). On Sunday, the choir presented a program of songs to the Sunday School and families of Reform Synagogue Kol Tikvah.

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