Midshipmen Travel to Wisconsin for Volunteer Trip
POSTED ON: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:27 AM by email@example.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Members of the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG) are spending their spring break in Sheboygan County, Wis., assisting with a variety of community service projects.
Nine midshipmen and one Naval Academy staff member will volunteer from March 10-19, to help with home repairs for a double-amputee veteran, build park benches, mentor children in the Sea Scouts and Sea Cadets program, and construct a ramp for the home of a disabled community member. They will also turn community areas into gardens, whose harvests will later be used to supply food to the Sheboygan County Meals on Wheels organization.
“I am privileged to lead a group of amazingly selfless midshipmen that have given up their spring break in order to improve the lives of others, and that is humbling,” said Midshipman 2nd Class Noah Becker, of Grand Rapids, Mich. “Our community partner, Kelly Heyn, has gone above and beyond to make this a successful week, and every time I hear from her I become more excited to go on this trip, and more assured that the week will be rewarding for the volunteers and the community.”
The Midshipman Action Group will also conduct volunteer spring break trips in Washington state and North Carolina. Midshipmen who are active in MAG were chosen to participate in these trips in order to revitalize communities.
“This year, the Midshipman Action Group has researched outreach projects across three cities and will be creating a positive impact as mentors to youth, home rebuilders for veterans and for communities devastated by catastrophic storms,” said Naval Academy Community Relations Director, Miriam Stanicic. “Thanks to the continuous support of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, all of these trips are made possible by those who have graduated from this outstanding institution and who continue to give back to USNA’s future leaders of character, courage and commitment.”
Established in 1992 as a community relations program for and by the Brigade of Midshipmen, MAG currently offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects in coordination with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas, as well as regional and national partners. MAG members participate in numerous local volunteer and community service programs throughout the academic year. MAG prepares midshipmen for future service by encouraging peer leadership, teamwork, character development, morale, selflessness and goodwill towards others.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, cyber security, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.