Friday, May 24, 2013
President Barack Obama charged the graduates with continuing a legacy of duty and honor.
Despite wind and rain throughout the ceremony, more than 1,000 midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy's Class of 2013 graduated on Friday morning. A total of 1,047 graduated from the academy on Friday, including 764 Navy ensigns, 264 Marine Corps 2nd lieutenants, and three Air Force 2nd lieutenants. An estimated 35,000 of the graduates' family and friends came to cheer on their achievement at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. — See video of the ceremony and President Obama's address.
The president asked the more than 1,000 graduates to uphold honor and virtue in their careers.
The President of the United States paid a visit to Annapolis on Friday, both to congratulate the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduates of the Class of 2013, and to issue them a charge—to uphold high standards in trying times. An estimated 35,000 of the graduates' family and friends came to cheer on their achievement at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. At about 9:45 a.m., a cheer erupted from the audience, as a video was shown of President Barack Obama landing in a helicopter near the stadium. Obama was there to give the keynote speech for the ceremony—for his second time as president. The president called the class the most diverse in the academy's history, and urged them to continue a legacy of integrity and character in a time when many …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Peak congestion is expected between 7-10 a.m.
The U.S. Naval Academy's commencement ceremony Friday morning is expected to snarl traffic surrounding the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Taylor Avenue, police said. Traffic congestion is expected in Annapolis between 6-10 a.m., according to a police release. Affected roads include U.S. Route 50, Rowe Boulevard, Farragut Road, Taylor Avenue, Cedar Park Road, Annapolis Street, and Maryland Route 450. However, other the roads in the area may also be affected. "Traffic congestion is expected to start at 6 a.m. to peak between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. There may also be congestion after 1pm when the ceremony ends," according to the release. In addition to the congestion normally associated with the academy's graduation ceremonies, additional …
Megan Griffith is graduating from Annapolis Area Christian School and taking her songwriting talents to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
A few months ago, as Megan Griffith finished her audition for the Berklee College of Music, one of her reviewers said she sounded like a mix between Adele and Elton John. She wasn't sure if that was a good thing. A few weeks later, in the middle of the night, she ran to her parents' room to tell them it was indeed a good thing; she had just opened an email of her acceptance letter into Berklee. Griffith, 17, who will graduate from Annapolis Area Christian School this month, is taking her budding music career from her hometown of Pasadena to Berklee, in Boston, for one of the few songwriting programs in the country. "I have to get better at what I do–that's reason I'm going to this school," Griffith told Patch. "If this is the only way, …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Hannah LeBlanc had taught at AHS since August, according to a school official.
Faculty and students are mourning the death of a student-teacher at Annapolis High School who was killed in a car wreck in Wisconsin on Sunday, according to school officials. Hannah LeBlanc, 29, a student-teacher from Severna Park who had spent a year with students at AHS as part of her studies at the University of Maryland, died in a car wreck in Madison, WI. AHS principal Don Lilley sent home a letter to parents on Monday explaining the circumstances around her death, asking to speak to their children about the incident. "Ms. LeBlanc had an ability to see the positive in every person she met, and quickly came to love our school, staff, and students," Lilley wrote. "She absolutely loved what she did here, and often arrived early and …
Barack Obama is the sixth president to have spoken twice to graduating Naval Academy classes while in office.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to be the speaker at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation on Friday in Annapolis. Obama also spoke during the 2009 graduation. A video of the speech is available on YouTube. Academy spokeswoman Judy Campbell said Obama would be the sixth president to have spoken twice at a Naval Academy commissioning ceremony. In total, 16 U.S. presidents have addressed graduating classes at the academy. The commencement ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Friday. For a detailed list of all commissioning week activities, visit the academy's website.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Students in Anne Arundel County are learning personal finance skills with the help of a computer program.
Kids across Anne Arundel County are being introduced to computer technology earlier in life, and schools in Maryland are trying to teach kids how to afford the smartphones, laptops and flatscreen televisions they want with lessons on personal finances. In 2010, the Maryland State Department of Education started requiring schools to provide financial education, beginning in September 2011. Each jurisdiction in the state was tasked with implementing the un-funded requirements. Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JACMD) has helped area schools meet the requirement, and now students in Anne Arundel County are learning how to save and spend with the computer program JA Finance Park. "It's very important for children to have the opportunity …
The annual tradition of topping Herndon Monument was fulfilled Monday afternoon by the class of 2016.
Though drenched in sweat, lard and even a little bit of blood, the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2016 reached the peak of Herndon Monument and placed a midshipmen's hat at the top. Watch a video of the climactic final moments of the climb here. An hour into the event, the hat was knocked off by flying clothing, but the event wouldn't end until someone put it back on top. Just over an hour and a half after the event began, a plebe named Patrick Lien of Orlando, FL came the closest to the peak and was able to toss a cap to the top, ending the event to the cheers of all of his classmates. The young men and women chanted, "Plebes no more," in celebration.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Watch as a plebe finally tops the statue with the help of his classmates.
Covered in sweat, water, lard and blood, the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2016 continued a legacy in climbing Herndon Monument on Monday. The annual event is all a part of a rite of passage for the academy's freshmen class. Herndon, a 21-foot tall monument, was covered in greasy lard before the event began, and a naval hat was placed at its peak, stuck down with a mound of lard. The plebes had to find a way up to the top, to take the hat. Tossed shirts and socks clung to the monument with a satisfying smacking sound—clothing is used to mop away the lard and ensure a firm grasp on the structure. Bodies were chained together and climbed over to reach the peak. An hour into the event, the hat was knocked off by flying clothing, but the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The following students earned recognition on the Principal's Honor Roll for the third marking period of the year.
Grade 6 Principal's Honor Roll Christopher Adkins Eleanore Aherne Hailey Argonis Leah Bellcase Corinna Boeck Dana Brant Lucia Breidenbach Josephine Brunner Nicholas Bullen Samuel Bullen Taylor Crosby Alexis Danielson Nicholas Davidowski Maclane Deale Julia Depuy Fatou Gai Grace Goodwin Aolani Gutierrez Armani Johnson Thomas Johnson Allyn Lawrence Amelia Machande Makenzie Mori Samuel Murray Amanda Nash Julia Olds Samantha Oliver Richard Osikowicz Aidan O'Willey Helena Petras Isabel Pigott Egypt Pryor Connor Skalitzky Sarah Torzone Khalil Williams SiJie Ye Grade 7 Principal's Honor Roll Mia Applegate Eleanor Broglie Julia Buan Oriana Chard Mason Cho Sofia Coleman Mackenzie Curtis Grace Dixon Huan Elwood Andre Gist Anna Helgeson Alexander …