The entire Corps and the St. Gertrude Sponsors gathered together to witness the platoon drill. They were not disappointed as most of the Cadets demonstrated precision and military excellence in this traditional event. Two Marine Corps evaluators were in attendance judging the important aspects of the platoon drill based on their military and professional background.
Casey Green is known for being a winner on the baseball diamond, but this time he hit a grand slam in the annual Speech Contest. Other than the hilarious skits, his speech about Jesus taking up his cross for us was impactful to everyone in the auditorium. And his message was influential enough to win the votes of the judges and the hearts of the audience.
This past weekend, the members of the Cadet Nation were seen all over the state, as they were coaching, mentoring and inspiring youngsters on both the football field and basketball court. Members of the football team helped out at the Tuckahoe Tomahawks Youth Football Spring Camp. This is the fifth-consecutive year that the Benedictine Football team has assisted the young Tomahawks in improving their skills.
Benedictine is soon saying goodbye to one of its dear English teachers in Mr. Long. Mr. Long's English classes will be taken over by Mr. Gibrall and Coach Arnold, who both have extensive experience with teaching English classes. Mr. Gibrall will be taking over two of Longs English 10 classes. Mr. Gibrall has been a part of Benedictine's English department longer than most can remember. Gibrall was also once an astonishing English teacher at Godwin High School, winning Teacher Of The Year all five of his years there.
Benedictine has shown that it is not just a military school by namesake. At the end of this week, sophomore English teacher David Long will depart for stateside training, with the goal of deploying to Afghanistan for about a year. Coach Long's rank in the Marines is captain, and when his unit deploys, it will travel to the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. While in the Kandahar Province, he and his unit will be tasked with advising Georgian (the country) forces to maintain security in the region.
2018's prom will definitely be one to remember. Miss Lowry and various Cadets from the prom committee plan on doing an outstanding job in preparing for this special event. They've met multiple times and have teamed up with St. Gertrude's prom committee in preparation. The prom takes place Friday, April 27 from 8 to 10 p.m. This year's prom will be held at the Tuckahoe Woman's Club.
Last week was the spring signing day ceremony. The signing day had many athletes signing in a variety of sports such as wrestling, football, and basketball. Wrestler Nick Johnson signed with Averett; basketball players Dimitri Georgiadis signed with the Citadel and Justin Brown signed with Wallace State. Football players Damon Wright signed with Christopher Newport and Andrew Mulvin signed with Hampden-Sydney. Soccer player Jonathan Vergara opted to go with Lynchburg College.All of these young men worked extremely hard to realize this moment.
It's common knowledge that Mr. Sjogren knows his way around technology and a tennis court, but not many people know that he is a superb runner. Sjogren recently competed in the Monument Avenue 10K; this was his third time competing in this famous race. Sjogren placed 83rd of 1,238 competitors in his age division (30- to 34-year olds) and placed 516th of 21,290 out of all competitors, placing him in the top 2.4 percent out of all runners!