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Commandant’s Corner - January 9th, 2017
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Welcome back to a blustery Monday.  Hard to believe, but we are rapidly approaching the end of the first semester (January 17th to be exact)! Please work with us to ensure your cadet is meeting the standards so we have no surprises come the end of the first half. Here is your weekly debrief: Congratulations to Senior Cadet Lieutenant Commander Jacob Hudson who received Senator Coon’s priority nomination to the United States Naval Academy.  To put this into perspective, a priority nomination is the equivalent of being a first round pick in the draft. Since day one of his freshman year Jacob had his mind set on becoming a Midshipmen and never let anything stand in the way of reaching his goal.  He worked hard, made sacrifices, overcame obstacles and went above and beyond to make his resume stand out amongst the thousands and thousands around the country who share his same dream.  This is a major accomplishment (as well as a feather in the cap for DMA) and we couldn’t be more proud of Jacob and his career that he has had at DMA.  On behalf of the Seahawk Nation Jacob we salute you and wish you all the best. As we always say, we don’t believe in luck. We believe in putting ourselves in the best position possible to strike when the opportunity presents itself and that is exactly what you have done! Bravo Zulu! The majority of the administrative team will be conducting interviews over the next several weeks.  This is a time intensive process (especially with the rise in number of applications), so if you happen to call or email with a question (or flattering compliments), please be patient if our response is slightly delayed.  We promise to get back to you as soon as possible.  Update: Now that the membrane (or skin) of the dome is inflated they will begin the process of solidifying the dome into one piece. Hence, the “Monolithic Dome”.  This process begins by spraying a foam layer over the skin, then building an entire rebar cage and finally spraying the area with shotcrete. It is very exciting to see DMA’s future materialize before our eyes knowing that it will improve the overall education, athletics and experience for our DMA cadets and family. For all of you who have made contributions please know how thankful we are.  If you haven’t done so yet please do your best to assist.  Your contributions are 100% going towards the construction costs and outfitting of the new facilities. From the desk of the Senior NSI: The NJROTC National Academic Exam (NAE) will be given to 25 of our cadets (5 teams of 5) this week.  This exam is given annually to all Navy JROTC units across the nation.  It covers many subjects, not just military.  There are questions on current events, astronomy, health and numerous other areas.  The test will be sent and graded by team and the teams will be placed by highest to lowest score.  The unit (DMA) will receive points toward our yearly Distinguished Unit Rating for every team that scores in the top 30%.  We traditionally do very well.  Good luck cadets! Sports Report: The next SBC meeting is January, 12th 2017 at 6:30pm in the Mess Hall. o Boys Basketball is currently 1-6 but look to get on track when they play at McKean tomorrow night. Good luck boys! o Girls Basketball’s has stormed to a 5-2 record with five wins in a row. They look to keep up the momentum when they take on St. Marks today at home. Keep it up girls! o Ice Hockey has also won 5 in a row and they take on Archbishop Ryan at the Flyers Skate Zone tonight. Their record is currently 6-2-1. Good luck team! o The boys swim team is undefeated at 4-0 and the girls’ team is swimming strong and has a 3-2 record. They both take on Wilmington Friends tomorrow at Charter. Good luck! o Indoor track continues to compete at a high level. They participated in the N5CTA Meet at Haverford College yesterday and will compete in the Bears Invitational at Ursinus College this weekend. Good luck teams! o The wrestling team is coming on strong. They are 2-0 in dual meet competition and finished 6th out of 20 teams in the very competitive Delcastle Invitational this past weekend. They have an important DSAC tri-meet this Wednesday at Wilmington Christian. Good luck! o Look for the Dance Team to perform for the first time this Thursday at halftime of the varsity basketball game against Conrad. We are looking forward to it!! That’s a wrap for this week’s report.  Also, if you have not yet signed up for my Remind 101 here is the information on how to do so.  Simply text the number 81010 and type dmaal in the body and hit send.  Presto! you are now privy to all the exciting updates and info. that can be made in 140 characters or less.  Have a great week and continue to instill Pride and Ownership in your DMA cadet! Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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