THE DELAWARE MILITARY ACADEMY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR,
RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, AGE, GENETIC INFORMATION, OR
VETERAN STATUS IN EMPLOYMENT, OR ITS PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES.
DMA is extremely proud of our cadets and their accomplishments. Here
you will find photos featuring our latest event(s), as well as select cadets
who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make our school stand
out as one of the best! BRAVO ZULU!
Shining Seahawk of the Month
A new program to recognize cadets who attain high academic achievement and take pride in DMA and in themselves.
Cadets are nominated by faculty members and Naval Science Instructors and chosen by Shining Seahawk Selection
Committee. The factors that are invloved in nominating and selecting cadets are scholarship, leadership and citizenship.
Cadets can only win Shining Seahawk of the Month once during the school year.
At the end of the year, they are eligible for selection as Shining Seahawk of the Year.
FRESHMAN: Cadet Chris Boc has been nominated by Mr. Walker. Among
the group of freshman that I have encountered so far, I am most
impressed by Chris Boc. Chris demonstrates the best qualities of a
Delaware Military Academy cadet on a daily basis. He cares deeply for
others, he is engaged in class discussion, he shows maturity and
leadership, and has an “its on me” attitude. He realized early on that
he was going to need to make some personal and academic changes in
order to be successful. He made those changes easily and I am
extremely proud of the growth he has shown over the past month.
Congratulations Chris. CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Boc!
SOPHOMORE: Cadet Jody Horsky has been nominated by Ms. Berlant .
Cadet Horsky comes to class each day with the utmost respect for
others, determination to succeed, and enthusiasm for learning. She is
inquisitive, helpful to others, and never gives up on a task at hand, no
matter how large the challenge may be. You can always look to Cadet
Horsky to make a strong impression on those around her as her
positivity is contagious. Although only a small token of her kindness
and character, Cadet Horsky made an immediate positive impression as
a freshman, and now, as a sophomore, by always sending a smile and a
"hello" my way in the hallway. It is a small gesture like this that goes a
long way and, paired with her exceptional academic achievements,
makes Cadet Horsky the shiniest cadet for the month of October.
Congratulations Cadet Horsky!
JUNIOR: Cadet Kayla Twadell has been nominated by Ms. Fabian for
her exemplary scholarship and citizenship in Honors Algebra 2. Kayla
has a 98% average in class and scored a 98% on the Midterm. She is
hard-working, studious, and a pleasure to have in class. She always
takes time to help others, always does her homework, and always has
a smile on her face. She is a good and positive role model.
CONGRATULATIONS, Cadet Twadell.
SENIOR: Cadet Brittany Banks has been nominated by Gunner Bahr.
Cadet Banks is a senior and has progressed to the rank of Lieutenant
JG. She is an extremely driven individual who puts the mission first at
all times. This young lady is totally respectful to not only adults but
her peers alike. She takes it personally if one of her subordinate cadets
does not know something that is expected of them. She will train them
individually to insure they succeed. Cadet Banks is constantly thinking
and attempting to improve the NJROTC program and the school in
general. She is never affected by peer pressure and always sets the
example for her fellow cadets by following all the rules in and out of
school. Brittany is a true pleasure to work with is always in a positive
mood. This young woman is a true example of a positive role model for
the Delaware Military Academy.
FRESHMAN: Cadet Julia Bacci has been nominated by Ms. Calderone
for exemplifying what DMA wishes to see in all of its cadets; respect,
hard work and kindness. Each day Cadet Bacci enters the classroom
with a smile on her face and is ready to learn. She strives to be the
best she can be on a daily basis. She currently has an impressive 100%
in business, finance and marketing and is the only cadet out of 65 to
have maintained that 100%. Not only does Cadet Bacci care about her
personal success, she cares about the success of her fellow cadets and
is always willing to lend a helping hand. She is one of the kindest and
most polite cadets Ms. Calderone has had the privilege of teaching at
DMA! CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Bacci!
SOPHOMORE: Cadet Ashley Jones has been nominated by Mr.
Lingenfelter for her outstanding accomplishments in driver education.
She is one of the first cadets who has scored a perfect 10 this year in
the driving portion of driver ed. Ashley possesses a cool and calm
demeanor and has taught Mr. Lingenfelter how to relax a bit in the car.
AJ’s goal is to score a perfect 100 on the final…which hasn’t been done
yet at DMA. Leadership at its best… Congratulations Cadet Jones!
JUNIOR: Cadet TJ Thomas has been nominated by Ms. Fabian for his
exemplary scholarship in Honors Algebra 2. TJ has a 96% average in
class – he is hard-working, studious, and a pleasure to have in class. TJ
takes the time to ask questions and also encourages other students in
class. He is a good and positive role model.
CONGRATULATIONS, Cadet Thomas.
SENIOR: Cadet Delia Samson has been nominated by Mr. Green. Mr.
Green says he has had the pleasure of teaching Delia twice; first when
she was a freshman, and now again as a senior. Delia personifies the
DMA value of scholarship by demonstrating a clear understanding of
material presented in class and by always going far beyond what is
required to make sure she fully comprehends the concepts. At the time
of interims, she had all A’s and a 100% in almost every class
demonstrating her ability to keep everything in balance. Delia
continues to amaze me with her attention to detail and her never quit
attitudE. Delia has always been focused on her work and determined
to do her very best in everything she does – whether it is class work, a
research project, a presentation, or a solo vocal performance!
As she gets ready for her next step, she has the confidence to meet
the challenges of whatever she faces in the future - be that as a
college student, a business professional, a solo artist, or whatever path
she chooses. Delia, keep approaching things the same way you did in
high school and you will do amazing things in the future.
Congratulations on a hugely successful high school career, and good
luck in the future! Bravo Zulu Cadet Samson!
FRESHMAN: Cadet Olivia Farris has been nominated by Mrs. Dick. This
cadet is kind and helpful and perhaps one of the nicest 9th grade
cadets at DMA. She is ALWAYS smiling...in the hallway, on her way into
the classroom, during class, and on her way out...She's a bundle of
positive energy every single day. We can count on her to participate in
(and sometimes carry) the classroom discussion. Right now she's
maintaining a 101% in Honors English. She's a positive influence on
others, and Mrs Dick is so proud to have her in class this semester.
CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Farris!
SOPHOMORE: Cadet Sheldon Amofah has been nominated by Mr.
Caskey . Sheldon has done incredible work consistently throughout
the semester, earning a 96% for Marking Period 1 and a 96% on his
midterm examination, the highest score in the class. Sheldon
consistently participates in class, has a positive attitude, completes his
work at a high level, and overall is a pleasure to have in class.
Recently, Sheldon completed his International Economics Project on
the nation of Ghana, and delivered one of the best and well-
researched presentations of the entire class. New to DMA this year,
Sheldon has quickly become a valuable asset of the sophomore class,
and the sky is the limit for this young man. Congratulations, Sheldon!
JUNIOR: Cadet Julianna Ritter has been nominated by Senior Cheif
McClain. Cadet Ensign Ritter is a young lady with multi-faceted talents.
She is deeply committed to the objectives of the Delaware Military
Academy and has immediately taken it upon himself to become an
impressive ambassador of the school whether on or off campus. Cadet
Ritter currently maintains a cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.06
and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society in good standing.
She is an outstanding leader among her peers, and serves the NJROTC
unit in the capacity of 1st Company Awards Officer. Based on her
commitment, compassion and tireless efforts, Julianna was nominated
as a candidate for the “Student of the Year Program,” which benefits
the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Manages her time wisely,
balancing academics, community service, unit service, marching band,
and swimming. Upholds the highest standards in regards to military
uniform and grooming standards. Cadet Ritter is always eager to help
others, whether they be fellow cadets or members of the staff.
Cadet Ritter is a highly deserving recipient of the Shining Seahawk
award for November, 2016. CONGRATULATIONS, Cadet Ritter.
SENIOR: Cadet Tiffany Flowers has been nominated by Ms. Kelman.
Cadet Tiffany Flowers is currently in piano fundamentals course. She
works diligently every single class, and is an absolute joy to teach.
Cadet Flowers always walks into the room by shouting “Hello, Ms.
Kelman!” for the world to hear with a big smile on her face. She is an
exceptional musician, and always strives for the best. Her creative
mind and her outgoing personality make her such a wonderful asset to
our piano class fifth block. I love watching Tiffany exercise her athletic
abilities on the field, and then come to my class and excel in piano
class! I am looking forward to watch Tiffany continue to grow next
semester in piano intermediate. Cadet Flowers has the traits of a true
DMA Cadet, and is very deserving of the Seahawk of the Month award!
This young woman is a true example of a positive role model for the
Delaware Military Academy.
FRESHMAN: Cadet Barbara Procope has been nominated by Mrs. Dick.
Barbara finished the first semester with the highest GPA in Honors 9th
grade English. SMART doesn't even begin to describe her, and frankly, it's
not enough either. She's kind, she's thoughtful, she's a hard worker and
she exemplifies exactly what a DMA cadet should be. I wish her the best
of luck this marking period, and I look for BIG things in her future. Great
job, Barbara. CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Procope!
SOPHOMORE: Cadet Bartek Zarzecki has been nominated by Ms. Fabian.
Cadet Zarzecki is polite, respectful and kind as well as incredibly smart.
He had straight A’s in all of his classes last semester and was exempt from
all of his finals. He works hard for every grade and continually tries to
learn and improve himself. He also helps others to understand and asks
questions in class to ensure understanding. He also made the best potato
pancakes at the Polish Festival. Keep up the good work!
Congratulations Cadet Zarzecki!
JUNIOR: Cadet Christopher Holzwarth has been nominated by Chief
Keggeris. Christopher is an accomplished and goal oriented young man
who personifies our core values of honor, courage, and commitment. He
serves as the Regimental Suplly Officer – a position of great responsibility.
In this capacity he receives, stows, issues, and maintains accurate
inventory for over $290,000 of NJROTC materiel. His can-do attitude and
commitment to excellence is most noteworthy along with his team player
approach… regardless of the order or challenge involved. Cadet
Holzwarth is rock-solid academically and his “no task too difficult”
attitude serves as a great example for others. Congratulations Cadet
Holzwarth and thank you for all that you do. You are truly an outstanding
example of a Shining Seahawk!
SENIOR: Cadet Mariah Poad has been nominated by Mrs. Faccenda.
Mariah Poad exemplifies the meaning of not only a Shining Seahawk, but
an Excellent Student and an Upstanding Citizen as well. Mariah rises to
every challenge she faces with determination, dignity, and diligence. In
AP Literature and Composition, she meets every deadline, completes
every assignment and assessment with excellence, and goes above and
beyond what is required of her. She pays keen attention to all that is
being discussed in class, applies her acquired knowledge to the tasks at
hand, and completes research outside of class to enhance her learning.
While doing all that, she consistently offers help and encouragement to
fellow cadets, and shares wisdom beyond her years to the class as a
whole, maintaining respect, maturity, and decorum every step of the
way. Mariah leads by example, always taking responsibility for her
student performance and seeing the logic in any situation. Mariah makes
me want to come to work every day; she offers hope and pride for her
generation. Thank you, Mariah, and congratulations on being the best of
FRESHMAN: Cadet Ellie Appleton has been nominated by Ms. Calderone.
Ellie Appleton exemplifies what DMA wishes to see in all of its cadets;
respect, hard work and kindness. Each day Cadet Appleton enters the
classroom with a smile on her face and is prepared to learn. Cadet
Appleton received distinguished honors in the first marking period while
earning an 'A' average in Business, Finance & Marketing. Not only does
Cadet Appleton care about her personal success, she cares about the
success of her fellow cadets and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
She sets a great example for her fellow cadets and is a natural leader.
Cadet Appleton is thoughtful, caring, and strives to be the very best she
can be each and every day at DMA!
CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Appleton!
SOPHOMORE: Cadet Justin Malone has been nominated by Mr. Lingenfelter
. Justin Malone has become one of DMA's finest cadets. He continues to
amaze not only our staff, but his peers. Justin has quite a way of going
about his accomplishments, but makes a very loud statement when it
comes to his academics. He leads by example, has a love for learning, and
has gained a very large amount of knowledge for his young age. Mr.
Lingenfelter is proud to nominate him and wishes everyone could follow
his "lead by example" attitude. Cadet Malone will be a person to watch as
he continues to model DMA's citizenship, leadership, and scholarship. And
on top of all that, he saved us from a major accident on Main Street this
marking period. OOHRAH Cadet Malone.
JUNIOR: Cadet Zach Love has been nominated by Ms. Fabian and Ms.
Urquhart. Zachary Love is being nominated for Shining Seahawk because
of his outgoing spirit and determination. At the start of the school year,
Zach was one of the first cadets to welcome Ms. Urquhart as a new staff
member. Since then, he has gone out of his way to say, “Hello,” or “Good
morning” with a friendly smile on an almost daily basis. In Algebra II,
Zach’s outgoing personality shines in the classroom and his grade shows his
determination and dedication. Zach has proven that he is determined by
setting goals to challenge himself academically and personally. Over the
past semester, but especially within the past month, Zach has improved his
grades in all courses, earning an A in math, and is a focused and dedicated
cadet. CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Love!
SENIOR: Cadet Zen Taylor has been nominated by Ms. Aunet. Cadet Zen
Taylor is a model student in Honors World History class. He submitted his
recent project on the European Renaissance and Reformation a full week
ahead of time and earned one of the top scores in his class. Cadet Taylor
can always be counted on to answer questions in class and for his
involvement in class discussions, covering both historical information from
and relating to class, as well as current events. If you are interested in
why bananas are unlucky on ships, Zen is your guy to ask! Cadet Taylor
takes great pride in his role as Commanding Officer of the Regiment and
DMA takes great pride in calling Cadet Taylor one of our own.
CONGRATULATIONS Cadet Taylor!