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Commandant’s Corner - April 24th, 2017
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Welcome back from spring break.  Hopefully, everyone found something a little more exciting to do than yard work.  We had an incident occur Friday night -  someone decided it was a good idea to graffiti our new building.  We have been reviewing video, contacted the police, and are looking into some possible leads as to who may have done this.  It is ridiculous to think that there are people out there this ignorant, but clearly there are.  I do want to personally thank Nate Riley (a 2016 DMA graduate) and his brother Mitchell (a junior at DMA) who came out and removed the graffiti Saturday morning.  Nate and Mitchell own Riley Brothers Property Services and they specialize in pressure washing, landscaping and more.  If you need any work done around your home, I would most certainly recommend them (302) 668-8866. What is most impressive, is that we didn’t even ask them to do this. They heard about what happened and reached out to us.  This speaks volumes about the character these two young men have.  DMA does not forget loyalty; the Riley brothers’ help means a lot to us.  On behalf of DMA thank you, Nathan and Mitchell, for your help.  Here is what is happening around DMA: The DMA Capital Campaign concludes next Monday, May 1st.   To date, the support we have received from our DMA families has been lethargic.  While everyone is excited about the campus expansion it doesn’t happen magically. Your support is needed to help outfit the new classrooms and renovate our existing classrooms.  To the families who have generously donated, thank you for your support!  To the families who have not yet contributed, please do so this week.  Every little bit helps, so do what your family can to help the cause! DMA is excited to acknowledge Cadets Ava Rice and Jacob Hudson at the Secretary of Education Scholars Dinner this Tuesday night in Dover.  At this event, the Secretary of Education will honor the outstanding achievements of exemplary high school seniors in Delaware’s public high schools. These cadets have been nominated for their outstanding achievements throughout their high school career by DMA’s Administration. This selection is well deserved, and we congratulate Cadets Rice and Hudson on their exemplary performances while at DMA. The NJROTC Awards Ceremony is this Wednesday night April 26th beginning 6:30pm at Richardson Park Elementary.  All cadets and parents are invited.  This is a very special and important evening, as we will recognize and promote numerous cadets for their accomplishments throughout the year.  The new Regimental Staff who will lead the Corps of Cadets for the 2017/18 school year will be named and promoted and they will start their new responsibilities this Thursday.  Please join us in recognizing these cadets and saying farewell to our seniors. Attention DMA families! The PTA is in need of your help.  Elections will be held at next month’s PTA meeting on May 18th.  We are looking to fill several vacancies on the Board for next year’s PTA.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in serving the students, staff and families of DMA, please contact Stacey Broomell at Stacey.broomell@yahoo.com  or go the PTA website at www.dmapta.net  for more information (under the leadership tab).  Our next meeting is this Thursday, April 27th at 6:30pm in the Mess Hall.  Please consider attending to hear what is happening at our school, meet current board members, and see what the PTA is all about.  We look forward to working with you!   Sports Report: o DMA Athletics Online Store – DEADLINE EXTENDED! STORE IS OPEN ONE MORE WEEK ONLY! 1. Go to the online store at: https://dma-athletics17.itemorder.com 2. Choose your items and add them to your cart. 3. Securely check out with your credit card.  DEADLINE is April 30th, 2017 (11:59pm). o The Senior Athletic Banquet will be May 15th at 6:30pm in the Naval Science building. Invitations have been sent out from the SBC and all senior athletes were given informational forms to fill out. Please talk to your senior athlete about the forms because we have received only half of them back to date. Any questions please contact SBC President Tim Hudson at timwhudson11@comcast.net. o The information for the Annual DMA Golf Outing was sent out previously by Mr. Pullella. All forms can be found on www.seahawkssports.com  under Golf Outing. All foursomes are sold out, however, we are still accepting sponsorships. If you have any questions or would like to sponsor the event, please contact Mr. Ryan. o On April 13th DMA had our Annual Spring Signing Day for senior athletes who are continuing their athletic careers in college. DMA had twelve athletes sign! Their names and choices will be on the website. Congratulations! o The Baseball Team is now 7-3 with their most recent win coming against Wm. Penn by the score of 7-1. They take on highly ranked Appo on Tuesday, followed by conference foe Archmere on Thursday. Good luck, boys! o The Golf Team is now 5-2 after a close loss to Newark Charter prior to break. The team is still in need of players for this year and the years to come. Please contact Mr. Ryan if interested. o Boys Lacrosse had their six-game winning streak end after a tough loss to Tower Hill. The team is now 6-1, and they have a big game against Archmere on Tuesday. Good luck! o Girls Lacrosse is playing better, but are 0-6 on the season. They play Friends, Red Lion and Polytech this week. Good luck, ladies! o Girls Soccer is 5-3 with games this week against Tatnall followed by DSAC rival Conrad on Friday. Good luck, ladies! o Softball is now 3-4 as they play through a very difficult schedule. They have another tough week coming up as they take on Lake Forest, Archmere and Padua. Good luck, girls! o Track and Field has a rare tri-meet coming up on Wednesday at St. Marks. Come on out and support the team. Good luck! Please make sure that you reference www.seahawkssports.com  on a regular basis for new information and up to date scheduling. We hope you have a good week, and continue to instill Pride and Ownership in your DMA cadet. Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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