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Commandant’s Corner - May 13th, 2019
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Breaking News! DMA is halting the stadium project! Instead, we will invest our resources into building an Arc!  Any more rain and we will be floating down the Christina River!  Also, if the Staff seems sluggish today that is not our fault!  You can blame our wonderful PTA and parents who spoiled us all of last week in recognition of Teacher Appreciation week with all sorts of goodies!  Personal favorite was the cannoli and Chic-Fil-A Friday!  On behalf of the entire Staff, thank you! Here is your report for the week: The Academic Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, May 15th, any cadet who received an invitation to attend will be receiving an award that evening. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 PM and cadet award recipients are asked to arrive no later than 6:15 PM to check in, ensuring their name will be read during the award ceremony. Award recipients need to RSVP for the ceremony by this Tuesday, May 14th by sending an email to  to celebrate their academic achievement.  We look forward to seeing cadet award recipients and their families! Congratulations to freshman cadet Caitlin Duffy who is the winner of the Delaware Level 3 (High School) Letters About Literature writing competition. She wrote to Author Greg Mortenson about his book The Three Cups of Tea. Her essay was THE BEST in the whole state of Delaware. Although there is not a prize for the DE portion of this contest, her letter now moves on to the national round of judging. Awesome job. Keep up the great writing! The final PTA meeting of the year is this Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 PM in McDonald Hall. Elections for next year's officers will be held. The current slate is as follows: President - Cindy Ferry, First Vice President - Maryellen Charno, Communications Vice President - Stacey Broomell, Secretary - Erin Battista, Treasurer - Tatiana Rice. The cadets will be participating in the Newark Memorial Day parade this Sunday, May 19th on the Green at the University of Delaware.  The ceremony begins at 1:00 PM and the parade kicks off at 2:00 PM.  The parade will depart the Green, turn right on South College Avenue, then right on to E. Main Street.  The cadets are to report no later than 12:30 PM. Uniform is Peanut Butter’s with ribbons.  Please come out and join us in remembering those who have given all. The DMA Band traveled to Virginia this past weekend for a Festivals of Music Performance and a few fun days in Busch Gardens! They took home a second place trophy and rating of Excellent!  Great job cadets! Sports Report: Our next Sports Boosters meeting will be held June 13th at 6:30 PM in the Dome. Anyone interested in helping out the Boosters is encouraged and welcome to attend.  o The Senior Athletic Banquet is TONIGHT, Monday May, 13th at 6:30 PM in McDonald Hall. All families of senior athletes should have received an invitation in the mail. Please contact Stacy Wenner at with questions.  o The next and last DMA College Athlete Signing Day will be May 20th.  If you are signing to play collegiate athletics, please inform Mr. Ryan no later than May 14th.  o The Annual DMA Golf Outing will be June 21st at Odessa National. Registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found at If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the event please contact Mr. Ryan.  All spring sport teams will be selling Golf Ball Drop tickets. The winner could win up to $1000 at the annual golf outing. Please see any coach or athlete to purchase tickets. o With the spring sports regular season winding down, the action is heating up. The baseball team is 11-4 after two more solid wins last week. This is the team’s best record through 15 games in school history. With three games to go in the regular season, the team is fighting for a high seed in the DIAA playoffs. They play Smyrna today (weather permitting) followed by DMA Senior Night on Thursday against Hodgson. They finish up with a game at Dover on Saturday. Good luck! o The golf team has won three in a row and is now 8-7 on the season. They travel to Back Creek to play Appo on Wednesday followed by a match at DuPont CC against Brandywine on Thursday. Good luck team! o The Boys Lax team has won five in a row and are now 9-4. They have their last two regular season games this week and they are looking for a high seed in the DIAA tournament. They have DMA Senior Day on Tuesday against Newark Charter followed by FSMA at the DE Turf Complex on Thursday night.  o The Girls Lax team had a big win on Senior Day against India River last week and defeated St. Thomas More by way of forfeit. This will push their record to 5-10 on the season, more than doubling their win total from last year. This is a DMA team on the rise. Congratulations girls!  o The girls soccer team is currently 7-7 and fighting for a berth in the D2 state tournament. They have one last regular season against St. Andrews who is also 7-7. The game is away on Tuesday. Good luck girls and let’s get back in the Dance! o The softball team has completed their regular season with a perfect record of 18-0 and a #1 ranking in the State. We are still waiting on their final tournament seeding and first round match up information. Congratulations to the team on the best record in school history. Now let’s go get that Chip! o Our Boys and Girls track teams competed in the New Castle County Championships this past weekend and did well. This week, they are preparing for the DIAA Championships on Friday and Saturday at Dover HS. Good luck!  We hope you have a great rest of the week and if there is anything you need on our end, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Warm Regards, Anthony Pullella Commandant
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