News Feature

Castine
Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 3, 2018
Maine Maritime Academy announces Regimental Awards

Maine Maritime Academy sign

At a banquet held in late March, the Maine Maritime Academy Regimental Awards recognized students for their strength of character, seaman- ship, and overall leadership on campus.

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At a banquet held in late March, the Maine Maritime Academy Regimental Awards recognized students for their strength of character, seamanship, and overall leadership on campus. This year, the entire regiment was welcomed to the banquet, including nearly 600 students.

The following awards and award winners were announced at the banquet. (Note: Regimental fourth through first classes are abbreviated as 4/C or 3/C, etc. and equate to freshman through senior academic standing; e.g. a 4/C student is a freshman, a 3/C student is a sophomore.)

Receiving plaques for their work as members of the Regimental Wedge, serving as Ship Rates were Cadet Master, Austin Gamache of Vassalboro; Cadet Chief Engineer A, Collin Acord of Richmond; Cadet Chief Engineer B, Caleb Reed of Castine; Cadet Chief Mate, Nathaniel Douglass of Newburyport, Mass.; Cadet Relieving Engineer A, Myron Hahn of Boothbay; and Cadet Relieving Engineer B, Justin Foelix of Camden.

Receiving plaques for their work as members of the Regimental Wedge, serving as Company Commanders were Alpha Company Commander, Arik Akerberg of Milton, N.H.; Bravo Company Commander, Cody O’Brien of Moody; Charlie Company Commander, Cole Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor; Delta Company Commander, Huxley Conner of Madison, Conn.; Drill Company Commander, Caroline Foy of New London, N.H.; and Band Company Commander, Truman Slocum of Sebasco.

Receiving plaques for their work as members of the Regimental Wedge, serving as Regimental Officers were Regimental Commander, Justin Kretzmer of Glastonbury, Conn.; Executive Officer, John Brigante of Woodbine, Md.; Regimental Operations Officer, Ryan Brantley of Woodlands, Texas; Regimental Adjutant, Jackson Larrabee of Kennebunkport; Regimental Chief Adjutant, Caroline Foy of New London, N.H.; Regimental Master as Arms, Kylie Bradley of Westborough, Mass.; Regimental Auditor, Alex Pecherek of Sellersville, Pa.; Regimental Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Bailey of Falmouth; Regimental Business Officer, Seth Tachney of Castine; Regimental Morale Officer, Charlette Bradley of Prospect; Regimental Senior Stryker, Chase Whittemore of Skowhegan; and Regimental Technology Officer, Thomas White of China, Maine.

MMA Alumni chapters presented scholarship and commendation awards as follows:

Sea Dog Chapter Maine Maritime Alumni Association Scholarship Awards. This year the chapter presented three $1,000 scholarships to: Midshipman 2/C Brandon St. Germain of Amherst; Midshipman 2/C Anthony Franchetti of Wilton; and Midshipman 2/C Gretel Williams of Bristol.

Seacoast Alumni Chapter presented two awards. The Captain Thomas Smith Award was presented to Cadet Master Midshipman 2/C Makayla Lewis of Purcellville, Va., and The Paul Mercer Scholarship, presented to Cadet Chief Engineers Midshipman 2/C Trenton Lloyd-Rees of South Portland, and Midshipman 2/C Erich Klopfer of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Regimental Wedge Scholarship. The 2017 scholarship was awarded to Midshipman 3/C Nathan Granholm of Brunswick.

Al Brown Award. Contributed by Ms. Sharyn Brown and the Brown Family in recognition of a student’s outstanding grade and work in Casualty Analysis. Given by the Brown Family to Midshipman 2/C Gretel Williams of Bristol.

Regimental Alumni Development Award. Contributed by Artec Machine Systems and the Amendola family. Given to Midshipman 3/C Michael Carnevale of Maplewood, N.J.

The Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. Leadership Award. Contributed by Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. ’49. Given to Midshipman 3/C Chance Whittemore of Skowhegan.

The Lester R. Paton Navy Leadership Sword. Contributed by the Paton Family. Given in memory of Mr. Lester R. Paton by his son, Mr. Richard R. Paton. Given to Midshipman 2/C Makayla Lewis of Purcellville, Va.

Eugene J. Silva Regimental Award. Contributed by Mr. Eugene Silva. Given to Midshipman Cole Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor.