KINGS POINT, N.Y. - May 8, 2013 – On Wednesday, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) celebrated Midshipman Appreciation Day. In spite of the rainy weather, the event, which was hosted by the Midshipman Council and supported by the Commandant of Midshipman, was a huge success. The annual event offered a reprieve from regimental activities and focused on fun.
“We appreciate and value our Midshipmen for all four years they attend the Academy,” said Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Superintendent. “But Midshipman Appreciation Day enables us to show the Midshipmen that we recognize their dedication to excellence and commitment to service by providing them with an evening of fun and relaxation. ”
About 600 midshipman participated, joined by faculty and staff. They enjoyed live music, carnival food and many activities. Highlights included a hot dog eating contest, inflatable Olympic obstacle course and a live musical performance by the all-midshipman band, Pass in Review.
The midshipmen truly enjoyed the day. “The band was really good,” said Midshipman Emily Olsen. “It was a great way for us to get together and get away from the stress of our studies.”