Parent Review - January 2023

Class of 2024 Ring Melt

  Ring Melt 2023

Grip hands tho' it be from the shadows... Since 2001, the West Point Association of Graduates’ Class Ring Memorial Program (CRMP) has been symbolically echoing this passage from “The Corps,” by incorporating rings worn by members of the Long Gray Line into the new rings being made; thereby allowing each graduating class a tangible way of "gripping hands" with previous graduates. During the annual Ring Melt, graduates’ donated class rings are ceremoniously placed into a crucible, melted to form a single gold bar, and this gold is gifted to the Second Class to be used in the making of their class rings. Through this process, the figurative aspects of “grip hands” become literal, imbuing each new West Point class ring with all the strength, wisdom, and principles of the “Corps of an earlier day.” Their legacy lives thanks to the Class Ring Memorial Program.  Read More. Photos.

A 500th Night "Like None Before"

  500th Night 2023 Nadja West '82

The Class of 2024 finally reached a pivotal milestone during this academic year as they gathered at Washington Hall to celebrate the annual 500th Night Banquet on Saturday, marking 500 days until they graduate from West Point. During the ceremony, the keynote speaker, LTG(R) Nadja West '82, 2022 WPAOG Distinguished Graduate Awardee, shared some important lessons about leading a team during a crisis and the importance of effective communication and humility. Read more. Photos.

Welcome Back Cadets

  West Point Cadets

Cadets returned to West Point from a well-deserved holiday break, ready to start the new semester with enthusiasm and renewed energy! Included in the returning cadets were 63 upperclassmen who came back from their semester abroad experience and represent 14 departments studied at universities and military academies across 11 different countries. Opportunities like the Study Abroad program are made possible by donations to the Margin Of Excellence. Learn more.

Listen to the Podcast: Elevating Cadets for Success

  Coach Matt Sherman

This episode features an interview with Army West Point Men’s Rugby Head Coach Matt Sherman. Coach Sherman joined the Black Knights in 2015 to lead the program and is the first full-time coach in Army West Point Men's Rugby history. In this episode, Coach Sherman talks about the current efforts to defend the national championship title, the steps he takes to elevate cadets to be successful, and the important impact Lee Anderson '61 and his wife Penny, and Margin Of Excellence donors have had on the program. Listen.

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Army Men’s Basketball Player Jalen Rucker '24 Heating Up

  Cadet Jalen Rucker '24

Army West Point Men's Basketball Jalen Rucker ‘24 was named the Patriot League GEICO Player of the Week marking back-to-back weeks winning the honor. He also becomes the first athlete to win the award twice this season in the league. On January 9 vs. Colgate, Rucker joined the 1,000-Point Club when he made a three-pointer with 52 seconds left in the first half. Rucker is now the 10th Army player since the 2010-11 season to hit the 1,000-point mark. He is also the 37th Army player all-time to reach the milestone. Most recently, as of January 17, Rucker's three-point percentage (.725%) is currently the best in all of college basketball in the month of January for any player that has made 9 plus three-pointers. Read more.

Go Team(s)!

  West Point AOG Gift Shop

Cheer your favorite Army teams onto victory! Introducing new, online only gear headed to the WPAOG Gift Shop in 2023. The Army Sport tees are the start of an expanded line of West Point swag with easy 24/7 ordering access. Pre-order your team t-shirt now thru the end of January for a March delivery. Check back often to see new styles and designs added each month. Shop today: WPAOGGiftShop.com.

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