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Herndon Capped

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:19 AM by

#046-15     ANNAPOLIS, Md.-  The Herndon monument was capped in 1 hour 38 minutes and 36 seconds May 18, by Midshipman 4th Class (freshman) Javarri Beachum, 19, of Port Saint Joe, Fla.  He is a member of 25th Company and an ocean engineering major at the Naval Academy.  

Each year, the roughly 1,000 members of the academy's plebe (freshman) class form a human pyramid around the 21-foot tall Herndon Monument to remove a plebe hat, or "dixie cup," that upperclassmen have placed on the top of the obelisk monument which is covered in lard. The midshipman who makes it to the top first,  then replaces the “dixie cup” with a midshipman's hat. 

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