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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!
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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.
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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.  
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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!
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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.
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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 the best!
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Shining Seahawks for December
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!
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Shining Seahawks for February!
FRESHMAN:  Cadet Zachary Sklodowski has been nominated by Mr. Townsend.  Cadet Sklodowski always has a beaming smile on his face and a friendly presence about him that makes a teacher excited to know him. Additionally, during the month of February, Sklodowski was a driving force behind the DMA Seahawks freshmen math and snack league team, helping them to secure enough points to qualify for the state championship meet in April. Sklodowski not only puts math first and snacks second, but he also finished the regular math league season as the first overall scorer in the region, and will be recognized for this at the state meet. As if he was not strong enough in his mathematical problem- solving already, Sklodowski is always asking questions in class and at math league practice, never wanting to leave confused, perplexed or bewildered about a new topic or problem. Sklodowski understands that there will always be an uphill battle that sometimes he has to lose, but that it isn't about how fast you get there, or what’s waiting on the other side. It's all about the climb.  Congratulations Cadet Sklodowski! SOPHOMORE:  Cadet Gabriel Poad has been nominated by Mr. Lingenfelter.  Gabriel Michael Poad is DMA.  He has become one of the most focused cadets and excels in academics.  He has a superior attitude and flawless attendance.  I am honored to know him, glad to have had him in class, and eager to teach him how to fish.  He is that exceptional cadet we all want to be. Oorah to the youngest of three to pass through the Halls of the Shining Seahawks.  JUNIOR:  Cadet Matthew Kohan has been nominated by Ms. Fabian.  Cadet Kohan excels in math and is a pleasure to have in class.  He is respectful and kind to others and sets a good example for his peers.  He is hard-working and is maintaining an A average in Honors Algebra 2.  He is truly a good example of excellent citizenship, scholarship, and leadership here at DMA.  Congratulations Cadet Kohan!  SENIOR:  Cadet/Lieutenant Dallas Towner has been nominated by Gunner Bahr to represent the Senior Class as the Shining Seahawk for the month of March. Dallas is a dedicated, determined and goal oriented young man who personifies our core values of honor, courage and commitment. He serves in the NJROTC program as the Regimental Administrative Officer and aide to the Senior Naval Science Instructor where he excels at every task assigned and always delivers the desired product on time… or ahead of schedule. 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 Towner is rock-solid academically as evidenced by his 4.1 GPA and his “no task too difficult” attitude serves as a great example for all. Congratulations Dallas on a very successful high school career and your decision to serve our country upon graduation… we’re all very confident that you’ll serve with great pride, professionalism and distinction. You’re a proud ambassador of DMA and an outstanding example of a “Shining Seahawk!”
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Shining Seahawks for March!
FRESHMAN:  Cadet Samantha Bennett has been nominated by Senior Chief McClain.  Cadet Samantha Bennett is a cadet with multi-faceted talents. She is deeply committed to the objectives of the Delaware Military Academy and has taken it upon herself to become an extraordinary ambassador of the school whether on or off campus from day one. Cadet Bennett earned a 4.125 Grade Point Average for the third marking period, while maintaining a 95 average in Naval Science. She is an outstanding leader among her freshman peers, and serves her unit in the capacity of Assistant Platoon Leader. Cadet Bennett has hit the ground running from day one and is highly deserving of the Shining Seahawk award for March, 2017.  Congratulations Cadet Bennett!! SOPHOMORE:  Cadet Cody Strehle has been nominated by Mrs. Watkins.  Cadet Strehle deserves to be the sophomore chosen as Shining Seahawk for the month of March. Ever since the beginning of the semester, Cody's strong work ethic, cordial personality, and enthusiastic attitude toward learning has stood out to me. He works hard to maintain his high average in the honors world literature course and is on track for exemption from his final exam. He never leaves class without saying, "Have a great day, Mrs. Watkins." It's cadets like Cody that make my job not only rewarding, but enjoyable. His take-charge attitude and dedication to reaching whatever goal he sets for himself will take him to great heights! I cannot wait to see what he accomplishes in just the rest of his time at DMA, not to mention what he will achieve beyond that. JUNIOR:  Cadet Kevin Bryan has been nominated by Ms. Fabian.  Cadet Bryab excels in math and is a pleasure to have in class.  He is respectful and kind to others and always stays to make sure all the chairs are put up at the end of the day without having been asked.  He put in a lot of extra hours preparing for the SATs, too.  He is hard-working and is maintaining an A average in Honors Algebra 2.  He is truly a good example of excellent citizenship, scholarship, and leadership here at DMA.  Congratulations Cadet Bryan!  SENIOR:  Cadet Kelly Blake has been nominated by Mrs. Pisani.   Kelly is a hard worker who goes above and beyond the expectations in every task she is assigned. In an effort to set herself up to take AP calculus in high school, Kelly completed a college pre-calculus class over the summer at the University of Delaware. This school year, Kelly's work ethic has enabled her to improve her AP calculus grades from an 88% first marking period to a 95% in marking period 3. She currently holds the highest grade in the class. Kelly has recently been recognized for her athletic excellence in swimming, but she also deserves recognition for her academic excellence. She is the true definition of a student-athlete. I wish Kelly much success next year at the University of Rhode Island.
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