Regimental Awards Recognize Outstanding Students at 2018 Annual Banquet

Posted on: April 4, 2018

CASTINE, Maine—At a banquet held on Monday, March 26, the Maine Maritime Academy Regimental Awards recognized students for their strength of character, seamanship, and overall leadership on campus. This year, the entire Regiment was welcomed to the banquet, including nearly 600 students who enjoyed dinner sitting with their companies.

The following awards and award winners were announced at the banquet (Note: regimental fourth through first classes are abbreviated as 4/C or 3/C, etc. and equate to freshman through senior academic standing; e.g. a 4/C student is a freshman, a 3/C student is a sophomore):

Receiving plaques for their work as members of the Regimental Wedge, serving as Ship Rates, were:

  • Cadet Master Austin Gamache of Vassalboro, Maine
  • Cadet Chief Engineer A – Collin Acord of Richmond, Maine
  • Cadet Chief Engineer B – Caleb Reed of Castine, Maine
  • Cadet Chief Mate – Nathaniel Douglass of Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Cadet Relieving Engineer A – Myron Hahn of Boothbay, Maine
  • Cadet Relieving Engineer B –Justin Foelix of Camden, Maine

Receiving plaques for their work as members of the Regimental Wedge, serving as Company Commanders, were:

  • Alpha Company Commander – Arik Akerberg of Milton, New Hampshire
  • Bravo Company Commander – Cody O’Brien of Moody, Maine
  • Charlie Company Commander – Cole Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor, Maine
  • Delta Company Commander – Huxley Conner of Madison, Connecticut
  • Drill Company Commander – Caroline Foy of New London, New Hampshire
  • Band Company Commander – Truman Slocum of Sebasco, Maine

Receiving plaques for their work as members of the Regimental Wedge, serving as Regimental Officers, were:

  • Regimental Commander – Justin Kretzmer of Glastonbury, Connecticut
  • Executive Officer – John Brigante of Woodbine, Maryland
  • Regimental Operations Officer – Ryan Brantley of Woodlands, Texas
  • Regimental Adjutant – Jackson Larrabee of Kennebunkport, Maine
  • Regimental Chief Adjutant – Caroline Foy of New London, New Hampshire
  • Regimental Master as Arms – Kylie Bradley of Westborough, Massachusetts
  • Regimental Auditor – Alex Pecherek of Sellersville, Pennsylvania
  • Regimental Public Relations Officer – Elizabeth Bailey of Falmouth, ME
  • Regimental Business Officer – Seth Tachney of Castine, Maine
  • Regimental Morale Officer – Charlette Bradley of Prospect, Maine
  • Regimental Senior Stryker – Chase Whittemore of Skowhegan, Maine
  • Regimental Technology Officer – Thomas White of China, Maine

MMA Alumni chapters presented scholarship and commendation awards as follows:

Sea Dog Chapter Maine Maritime Alumni Association Scholarship Awards: This year the chapter presented three (3) $1,000 scholarships to: Midshipman 2/C Brandon St. Germain of Amherst, Maine; Midshipman 2/C Anthony Franchetti of Wilton, Maine; and Midshipman 2/C Gretel Williams of Bristol, Maine.

Seacoast Alumni Chapter presented two awards: the Captain Thomas Smith Award was presented to Cadet Master Midshipman 2/C Makayla Lewis of Purcellville, Virginia. The Paul Mercer Scholarship was presented to Cadet Chief Engineers Midshipman 2/C Trenton Lloyd-Rees of South Portland, Maine, and Midshipman 2/C Erich Klopfer of Palm Harbor, Florida.

Leadership awards were presented as follows:

Regimental Wedge Scholarship: The 2017 scholarship was awarded to Midshipman 3/C Nathan Granholm of Brunswick, Maine.

Al Brown Award: Contributed by Ms. Sharyn Brown and the Brown Family in recognition of a student’s outstanding grade and work in Casualty Analysis. Given by the Brown Family to Midshipman 2/C Gretel Williams of Bristol, Maine.

Regimental Alumni Development Award: Contributed by Artec Machine Systems and the Amendola family. Awarded to the student who exemplifies diligence in the Marine Engineering program. This award was given to Midshipman 3/C Michael Carnevale of Maplewood, New Jersey.

The Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. Leadership Award: Contributed by Rear Admiral Warren C. Hamm Jr. ’49. Given to a 3/C Midshipman in good academic standing who exemplifies outstanding traits of leadership, accountability and loyalty in his or her demeanor and bearing. This year’s leadership award was given to Midshipman 3/C Chance Whittemore of Skowhegan, Maine.

The Lester R. Paton Navy Leadership Sword: Contributed by the Paton Family. Given in memory of Mr. Lester R. Paton by his son, Mr. Richard R. Paton. It is often asked, when at the entry level of an organization with no one reporting to you and very little assigned responsibilities, how does one practice leadership? The answer is to do your absolute best to further the goals and mission of that organization in everything you do. The Lester R. Paton Navy Leadership Sword is given to the 2/C Midshipman who best represents the answer to this question. The Navy Leadership Sword was given to Midshipman 2/C Makayla Lewis of Purcellville, Virginia.

Eugene J. Silva Regimental Award: Contributed by Mr. Eugene Silva. Given to a 1/C Midshipman of any rank who demonstrates the qualities of leadership and character as described by Eugene J. Silva ’64. Those qualities include personal honor, integrity, courage, truthfulness, fidelity to principle, self-discipline, inspiration, tenacity, toughness, fairness and caring in the treatment of those in his or her charge. In short, the leader who inspires others to follow shall be the recipient of this award. The regimental award was given to Midshipman Cole Pettegrow of Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 22 programs of study in engineering, management, science, and transportation. The college serves approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students in career-oriented degree programs. The job placement rate for MMA graduates is approximately 90 percent within 90 days of graduation. The college is consistently recognized for providing a high-value education by organizations such as the Brookings Institution, U.S. News and World Report, and Money Magazine. For more information, visit