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Commandant’s Corner - January 15th, 2019
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Greetings Seahawk Nation! Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!  It would have been a better week if the Eagles were playing this Sunday, but it was a good season nonetheless.  The Admin team is working on wrapping up day 6, 7 and 8 this week and next, for the class of 2023.  It is a laborious process, but one that is of the utmost importance.  We thank you for your patience with us getting back to you. Here is your daily report as we close out the first semester! Final Exams for the first semester will be held on January 16th – 18th. Attendance on exam days is mandatory for all cadets who are scheduled for an exam. Failure to show up for an exam, without proper medical documentation, may result in a zero for the exam. The uniform of the day for all three exam days is DMA authorized PT gear. Buses will depart DMA at 11:00 am on exam days. If a cadet has a block 3 or 4 exam but needs to ride the bus home on Friday, they will report to the mess hall at the end of the block 3 or 4 exam period. As of today, only 49% of the senior class have completed their FAFSA. While many of you may think you will not qualify for financial aid, you can not get federal student loans without completing the FAFSA. In addition, many colleges and community organizations will not award merit based scholarships if a student has not completed the FAFSA. We will be holding a FAFSA hands-on workshop on Monday, January 28th at 6:30 pm to assist you with completing the FAFSA. If you would like to attend the hands-on workshop, you must register at https://goo.gl/forms/aLA2ZEDhFgZeth3X2. The January PTA meeting is this Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Mess Hall. Yearbook "Porthole" Reminders:  The deadline for Senior Baby (personal) Ads has been extended to Monday, January 21st at midnight. This will be the final deadline. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com to place and pay for your ad. If you need directions or have any questions, please email Mrs. Faccenda at ann.faccenda@dma.k12.de.us ASAP. o The last day to order the 2019 Porthole is January 28, 2019.  This deadline will not be extended. It is only sold online, and it is selling out very quickly. Please do not be left without one. All cadets are pictured several times in the yearbook. The yearbook will NOT be sold "over the counter" in the spring. Please go to www.yearbookordercenter.com to get your copy of the 2019 Porthole today. o If you have any photos of any DMA Cadet Activities that you would like to be considered for publication in the yearbook or newspaper, please send them (with identification in the subject line) to: dmaporthole@gmail.com  If you have any questions about the DMA Porthole, please contact Mrs. Faccenda at ann.faccenda@dma.k12.de.us. Sports Report: Girls lacrosse is in need of an Assistant Coach. Any interested candidates should contact Mr. Ryan at Michael.ryan@dma.k12.de.us. The SBC is seeking candidates for the position of Treasurer starting in 2019/2020. Any interested candidates should contact Mr. Ryan or SBC President Stacy Wenner.  o The winter sports Captain’s Council had their first meeting last week. A discussion was held regarding the importance of attendance. Please talk to your cadet regarding the commitment level of high school athletics and ensure that they attend all practices, events and team functions. Remember that attendance and attitude mean everything. o Boys basketball is now 4-3 after a tough loss to Hodgson last week. They take on DSAC rival Conrad this Thursday at Conrad. Please come and support the squad for this big match up. Good luck guys. Beat Conrad! o 2019 Coaches vs Cancer 3-Point Challenge to benefit the American Cancer Society:  DMA Boys Basketball is teaming with the American Cancer Society for “Coaches vs Cancer”. The competition is for the month of January. Please help them beat cancer and reach their $1,000 campaign goal by contributing at https://pledgeit.org/cvc19-delaware-military-academy-de.  A supporter can either provide a one-time donation in support of the challenge or a certain pledge amount toward every 3-pointer DMA makes during the competition period (i.e. $1.00 per 3- pointer).  Together, your support will help the American Cancer Society save more lives.  Wristbands will also be for sale at the home games and in the main office for $2.00.  o Girls hoops got their first win of the season by defeating Red Lion. Congratulations girls. They next play at Concord on Friday. Good luck! o Ice Hockey continues to play strong and is now 9-3 after two solid wins last week.  Their next game is this Friday against rival Salesianum at the Patriot Ice Center. Come out and root the team on to victory. Good luck! o The swim teams had big wins on Friday, as both defeated Tatnall. Congrats. Next up is Sanford this Friday. Good luck! o Indoor Track competed in the Bears Invitational at Smyrna High School on Sunday. The athletes did well and continue to improve. They do not have a meet this week. o Wrestling will compete in the Canal Classic at Middletown this Friday and Saturday. Good luck.  o Winter cheer will be performing at most of the home boys basketball games. Come check them out!  Please support all of the Seahawk teams by attending their contests! We hope you 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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