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December 2009

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2012) Permanent link   All Posts
 Michael Klakring My third semester here at the Academy is coming to a close, and I have never been happier. This semester was really tumultuous (see my November entry) and I am ready to move on and start fresh. One thing I am looking forward to returning to next semester is Jazz Band. The band is on a upswing after a few years with low interest, limited skill, and performance venues, and is making big plans for next semester. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the jazz band “Nitecaps” starting at the Academy, so the plan is to make a celebratory CD. We are also planning on hosting concerts on base, inviting other schools to participate, and we are really looking to broaden our song list.

These changes are largely cadet driven. There is cadet who serves as the leader, and another who is kind of the “executive officer,” and they took it upon themselves to get us together and makes these changes. All of the clubs and extra-curricular activities are cadet ideas, and are cadet run (faculty, staff, and officers serve as advisors). Some clubs are extremely busy and active, like the snowboarding and Toastmasters club, while others meet every once in a while (investment, diversity peer educators, etc.).

Aside from Jazz Band, the Diversity Peer Educators group is anticipating being very active next semester, hosting several speakers and getting the corps together in small group discussion about respect and other pertinent issues. All of this is exciting, but before then I am going home!

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