KINGS POINT, N.Y., November 22, 2017 – On Monday, United States Merchant Marine Academy Superintendent, Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Commandant, Captain Mike Stroud, and Interim Academic Dean, Captain Preston DeJean awarded Academic Gold and Silver Stars for the First Term of Academic Year 2018 and Sea Year Ribbons for demonstrated excellence at sea during Class of 2017 B-split term.
Midshipmen were awarded Academic Stars on the following basis: Gold Star: a QPA of at least 3.50 with no course failures in the term; and Silver Star: a QPA of at least 3.25 up to and including 3.49 with no course failures in the term.
In addition to academic awards, Captain Gene Albert, USMS, Head, Department of Professional Development and Career Services, distributed Sea Year Ribbons to First Classmen who excelled during their Sea Year.
Lt. Cmdr. Paul D. Acquaro, USMS, Director of the Academic Center for Excellence extended “congratulations to all of the Midshipmen who have achieved these honors.”