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Public Affairs : Cadet Activities Update 31JAN2014

Cadet Activities Update 

(Updated Jan. 30, 2014; 10:15AM)
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Model United Nations Forum: The West Point Model United Nations team traveled to Montreal Jan. 23-26 and participated in the McGill University Model United Nations Conference. This is the largest conference in North America and serves as the opening competition of the spring semester.

As a result of their outstanding performance, the West Point Model UN team was awarded Best Small Delegation.

The cadets who received awards for their performance at were:

1st Place, Best Delegate: Class of 2014 Cadet Brandon Moore (E-3), Class of 2016 Cadet David Grossman (H-3), Class of 2014 Cadet Warren Geary (D-4), Class of 2015 Cadet Jason Lally (F-4), Class of 2015 Cadet Patrick Beauregard (H-1), Class of 2015 Cadet Justin Stacy (G-3) 

3rd Place, Honorable Mention: Class of 2014 Cadet Patrick Brown (F-4): 2nd Place, Outstanding Delegate Class of 2016 Cadet Jesse Nelson (E-4) and Class of 2016 Cadet Or Taylor (E-1)

The following cadets were also integral to the team’s success: Class of 2014 Cadet Jack Worthington (A-3), Class of 2015 Cadet Richard Vince (C-2) and Class of 2017 Cadet Daniel Hogestyn (G-4).
Men’s Team Handball: The West Point Team Handball completed the second round of the North East Handball league in New York City Jan. 25.

The Black Team (Varsity) defeated DC Diplomats, 29-24, behind the leadership of Class of 2014 Cadet Sean Boyle, team captain, Classof 2015 Cadet Christian Gramling, center back, and Class of 2015 Cadet Connor Holt, the Senior Men’s National Team right wing.

The entire team contributed to the victory with stifling defense and decisive offense. West Point’s current league record is 3-1, and the team is currently in second place.

The Gold Team (JV) earned high praise after losing to Boston Team Handball in a close 24-22 contest. All players earned valuable playing time to include the two new additions to the team, Class of 2017 Cadets Shane Smith and Chris Considine. Although the team was down five goals in the final 10 minutes, they rallied behind the leadership of Class of 2015 Cadet Nate Green and Class of 2016 Cadet Corinth Cross. West Point Gold currently has a 2-2 record and is in 4th place in the NE Handball League.  

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Alpine Ski Team: The West Point Alpine Ski Team completed its second race of the season at Labrador Mountain in Cortland, N.Y., as part of the Mideastern Intercollegiate Conference Jan. 24-26.

Class of 2015 Cadet Chris Emerson, fresh off of 500th Night weekend, was back in action and Class of 2014 Cadet Jack Callaghan, cadet-in-charge, and Class of 2017 Cadet Patrick Kearney, made an improved showing this weekend. 
Pistol Team: The Pistol Team traveled to Colorado Springs Jan. 24 to host a pistol match at the Olympic Training Center ranges. The opponents were Texas A&M and the University of Utah and the event afforded cadets with their only opportunity to compete at the full Olympic target distances of 50 meters for Free Pistol and 25 meters for Standard and Sport Pistol. Due to range limitations all collegiate ranges shoot those events at 50 feet on reduced targets.

West Point won all three Open events with an aggregate score of 6223 to TAMU's 6032 and Utah's 5294. West Point also won the two women's events with an aggregate score of 2597 to TAMU's 2416. Utah did not field a full women’s team. 
Climbing Team: Eight cadets and Coach Dawes Strickler departed early to the Catskills, Jan. 26, to ice climb at a location called Devil’s Kitchen where the air temperatures were in the single digits. The ice climbed was located at the bottom of a steep box canyon so the group had to utilize different hiking techniques that incorporated ice axes and crampons to move over rocky, snowy and icy terrain to reach the base of the ice cliffs. Ice axes, crampons, harnesses, belay devices, helmets and a top rope safety system were employed to ascend the frozen waterfalls safely.

Learning to use the unfamiliar equipment in cold weather conditions can be challenging, but ground training, layered clothing systems, hot tea and adequate food was employed to ascend vertical ice and maintain warmth in the winter environment. Hiking to and then climbing ice cliffs requires ample use of situational awareness, risk assessment skills, and precautionary measures. To climb an ice wall successfully requires knowledge of both how the ice reacts to different forces and stresses, and how the equipment will engage with the ice.

Climbing is physically difficult, but also involves a high level of stress, as each movement on the wall could potentially send chunks of ice falling from the wall to team members below. Thus, climbing requires those on the wall as well as those on the ground to be aware of what is happening around them. All members of the trip section returned uninjured, although tired from the long day outside.  
Men’s Boxing: Twenty-two boxers sparred various clubs across New York City and Hudson Valley to prepare for Nationals. The Boxing team was prepared and used the sparring experience to tighten up any loose ends. Class of 2014 Cadet Sebastian Mims put on a boxing clinic with his opponent showing every new fighter in the gym what they can achieve after four years of dedicated hard work in the gym.
Ski Patrol: Twenty-six patrollers/candidates prepared for their national certifications Jan. 17-20 at Berkshire East and Butternut Ski Resorts in Pittsfield, Mass., to train with local resort patrollers.

Both mountains provided complimentary lift tickets to the patrol in order to facilitate training. While training, 16 cadets were trained on advanced skiing and snowboarding techniques.

The eight cadets who were previously certified as patrollers worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Butternut Ski Patrol, responding to 15 incidents. Most notably Class of 2017 Cadet Wilson Meyer and Class of 2016 Cadet Zachary Leonard were first on scene when an 11-year-old skier crashed into a tree, sustaining critical injuries to the face and head. The patient was transported down the mountain via rescue toboggan to waiting advanced medical personnel after extraction.

(Update) Thirty-three patrollers/candidates and one officer-in-charge traveled to Elk Mountain ski resort in Carbondale, Pa., Jan. 24-26, to train with local resort patrollers in preparation for their national certifications.

Elk Mountain provided complimentary lift tickets to the patrol in order to facilitate training. During the training, all 33 cadets and the OIC participated in the Elk Mountain Ski Patrol school. This school consisted of two-days of Sled & Toboggan work in addition to ski skill training.

The cadet ski patrol candidates will be able to use the skills professionally taught to them in order to excel on their Ski & Toboggan test at the end of the season when they become official patrollers.

The patrollers were able to refresh their toboggan handling and ski skills. Each participant will be granted credit for this school via the Eastern Pennsylvania Ski Patrol Region. This credit will be associated with their National Ski Patrol number for future tracking.