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Commandant’s Corner - February 12th, 2018
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Happy Monday! Here is what we have going on this week at DMA: Congratulations to the Shining Seahawks for the Month of December!  Freshman Cadet Isadora Reichner has been nominated by Mrs. Urquhart.  Sophomore Cadet Samantha Bennett has been nominated by Mr. Lingenfelter.  Junior Cadet Seth Immediato has been nominated by Ms. Fabian.  Senior Cadet Nicholas Graham has been nominated by Ms. Calderone. For more information check out the Shining Seahawks page on the DMA website! Interims for the third marking period will be handed out today. There is a Spring Sports Meet-the-Coaches meeting tonight, 6:30pm in the Dome. There is a Music Association meeting Tuesday, February 13th 6:30pm at DMA. There is a dress down day this Wednesday February 14th supporting DMA’s Music Programs, Wear pink or red.  Jeans and leggings are authorized.  No open toed shoes. Dressing down costs $3, payable to Mr. Grant or Mr. Peters. There is a PTA meeting Thursday, February 15th 6:30pm at DMA. Parent Conferences for the second semester will be held on Friday, February 16th from 7:30am to 12:00pm. All cadets will be off school on Friday, February 16th.  If your cadet is struggling, please contact the teacher via email and schedule a parent conference. The Naval Science Department will be administering the ASVAB Career Exploration Program Test to all juniors on February 21st.  The ASVAB is a series of tests to determine an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in a variety of academic, mechanical and practical application areas.  For enlisting purposes, the results will be utilized to place them in a military occupational specialty (MOS). Cadets are strongly encouraged to take this test seriously, as it provides them an additional option when determining plans. For those cadets in AP Biology, AP Calculus, and AP Physics, exam fees are due by February 28th to Ms. Urquhart. The cost is $94 per exam, and may be paid by cash or check (made payable to DMA). AP Exams will be administered in May. Placement testing for Dual Enrollment courses will occur in April at DMA. Any cadets who are interested in Dual Enrollment AND meet the requirements listed below, should stop by Ms. Urquhart's office or send an email indicating their interest and in what subjects. o Freshmen currently in an Honors Math course; o Sophomores currently in an Honors Math course, Honors World Literature, and/or Honors Historical Economics; o Juniors currently in an Honors Math course, Honors American Literature, and/or Honors US History. On Saturday, February 10, 2018, DMA's Marksmanship Team finished out its season in the Interstate Shoulder to Shoulder Match in Deptford, N.J.   With three teams of four (4) shooters, the cadets performed with focus and precision during each stage of the match.   Finishing out her senior year as the Team Commander for Marksmanship, Cadet Erin Walsh applied pellet to paper and earned the highest shooter-of-the-day in the competition.   Freshman Cadet Emilee Brooks centered her attention on the target ten meters away, earning overall 3rd place in the competition.   Cadet Jasmine Crespo, a first year cadet, won the highest scoring award medal for a first year shooter in all three positions of prone, standing and kneeling, which catapulted her to being the overall highest shooter in the competition.  Overall, DMA's Marksmanship Team finished out the year with numerous interstate and national awards, marking them the team to beat for Area Four and the Nation. Thank you, Shooters, for a wonderful season.  Sports Report: o Tonight is Spring Sports Meet the Coaches and Athletic Information Night. The meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm in the Dome. Please enter through the event doors in the front of the Dome. o The second Annual Staff versus Seniors basketball game was held last Friday during the Winter Sports Pep Rally. The seniors started strong and used superior conditioning and a couple of lucky long balls to run out to a 22-4 lead in the first half. However, the wily veterans remained calm and made some adjustments at halftime to roar back in the second half. Although the staff rally fell short, they did reach their ultimate goals of not being injured and not embarrassing themselves... too much. The seniors won the game 28-23, but were definitely a little nervous in the second half. Crowd favorite Zachary McCrea was named MVP!  o The Ice Hockey team avenged an earlier loss to St. Marks by dominating them 10-1 last week. They are on a five game winning streak and take on Kennett tonight at the Pond. Good luck!  o Boys Basketball defeated FSMA on Friday by the score of 81-51. They play Tower Hill on Tuesday, followed by McKean on Thursday. Good luck, Team! o Girls Basketball is now 8-9 after defeating FSMA on Friday night. Our seniors were also honored that evening. The team will finish the season with three away games including Conrad this Tuesday followed by Friends on Thursday. Good luck. o Our Dance and Cheer Teams will be performing at home boys basketball games. Come check them out! o The Boys and Girls Swim Team honored their seniors last week when they took on Charter. That meet wrapped up the regular season for both teams. Now they will look to compete in the DIAA State Championship Meet. Good luck to all qualifiers.  o With several members unable to compete for various reasons, our Indoor Track Team represented themselves well at the State Indoor Championships. Both the Boys 4x200m (13th) and 4x400m (20th) relays gave great efforts despite missing personnel. Many others earned personal bests during the meet. Congratulations on a great season! o The DMA Wrestling team earned a spot in the D2 State Championship Duals solidifying the program as one the best in the state. They lost in the first round by only three points to DSAC foe Archmere. It was a great season for the team. They next participate in the DISC Qualifier prior to the State Individual Meet. Good luck. o A reminder to fans:  Please act in a sportsmanlike manner at all games and refrain from negative remarks or cheers. It does not help anyone or anything.  Stay proud Seahawk Nation! Have a great rest of the week and continue to instill Pride and Ownership in your DMA cadet.  Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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