Welcome to the 2021 Regimental Awards Ceremony! During this event, we will recognize the superior accomplishments of our Midshipmen and celebrate their vision, effort, and tenacity. Award recipients have demonstrated a path to success for their peers and serve as models for others to follow while attempting to duplicate their achievements. This year, 14 students have been nominated for nine distinguished award opportunities. Awardees from each category will be announced during the virtual banquet.

The 2021 Virtual Regimental Awards Ceremony will take place on March 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (ET). This event will be available on both YouTube & Facebook from this page.

The Sea Coast Alumni Chapter Scholarships are comprised of two awards. The two scholarships are the Captain Thomas Smith Scholarship Award of $500 given to the Cadet Master and the Paul Mercer Scholarship Award of $500 given to the Cadet Chief Engineer.

Presenter: Jeff Wright, Director Alumni Relations

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MIDN 2/C Nickolaus Lewis started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2018. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mates License and currently sustains a 3.37 GPA. MIDN 2/C Lewis was born and raised in Canadensis, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Penobscot, Maine with his loving supportive wife and two energetic dogs.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 2/C Lewis has served in the following leadership billets and school activities:

  • Cadet Master
  • President of the Non-traditional Student Association
  • Alpha Company Platoon Leader
  • Regimental Stryker

MIDN 2/C Lewis has completed his freshmen cruise aboard the Training Ship State of Maine as well as his Cadet Shipping experience with Crowley aboard the tanker ship M/V Oregon. He is scheduled to complete his next sea term aboard the training ship for junior cruise during the Summer of 2021. Following graduation, MIDN 2/C Lewis seeks to pursue a long prosperous career at sea and rise to the rank of Captain.

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MIDN 2/C Jacob Olson started Maine Maritime Academy in the Fall of 2018. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Technology, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3 A/E License and currently sustains a 3.7 GPA. MIDN 2/C Olson was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and raised in Charleston, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 2/C Olson has served in the following leadership billets and school activities:

  • Served as Regimental Stryker Sophomore and Junior year.
  • Maine Maritime Men’s Soccer Team
  • MMA NROTC (2018-Present) Billets held: Platoon Sergeant, Fundraising Officer, Platoon Commander.
  • Wedge and Ship Rate billet Cadet Chief Engineer (2021-2022)

MIDN 2/C Olson has completed 4/C Cruise and Cadet Shipping and is scheduled to complete the next sea term, 2/C cruise during the Summer of 2021.

The Portland Marine Society, represented by Captain David Sulin, Chairman of the Portland Marine Society Scholarship Committee (Class of 1971) on behalf of Captain Jeff Wadman, President of the Portland Marine Society, and Captain Larry Wade will award four $2,000 scholarships to the following Midshipmen based on their academic performance and leadership abilities.

Presenter: Captain David Sulin

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MIDN 1/C Hayden Sattler started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2017. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations, a minor in International Business and Logistics, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mate’s License, and currently sustains a 3.67 GPA. MIDN 1/C Sattler was born and raised in Hancock, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 1/C Sattler has served in the following leadership billets and school activities: Class president, Company Adjutant, 2/C Stryker, Cadet Master, and is a MIDN in the NROTC unit.

MIDN 1/C Sattler has completed 4/C cruise, Cadet shipping aboard the CS Resolute with Subcom, and is scheduled to complete Junior cruise during the Summer of 2021.

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MIDN 2/C Christian Shepard started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2018. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mate’s License and currently sustains a 3.76 GPA. MIDN 2/C Shepard is from Franklin, New Hampshire.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 2/C Shepard has served in the following leadership billets and school activities:

  • Club Wrestling
  • Cross Country
  • Regimental Yeoman
  • TSSOM Boat Squad member
  • 3/C Stryker
  • Drill Training Instructor
  • Drill Company Executive Officer
  • Alpha Company Officer-In-Charge 2/C Stryker
  • Cadet 2nd Mate
  • Drill Company Commander

MIDN 2/C Shepard has completed 4/C Cruise and is scheduled to complete his Cadet Shipping and part of his 2/C Cruise during the Summer of 2021.

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MIDN 3/C Shannon Estus started Maine Maritime Academy in the Fall of 2019. She is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations with a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mate License, alongside a minor in Marine Engineering Operations. She currently sustains a 3.95 GPA. MIDN 3/C Estus was born and raised in Frewsburg, NY.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 3/C Estus has served as a 3/C Training Staff Stryker, a Women on the Water club participant, and a Student Ambassador for the Admission Department.

MIDN 3/C Estus is scheduled to complete the next sea term, 4/C Training Cruise as well as Sophomore Cadet Shipping, during the Summer of 2021.

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MIDN 4/C Arden Astin started Maine Maritime Academy in the Fall of 2020. She is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mate License and currently sustains a 4.00 GPA. MIDN 4/C Astin was born in Boulder, CO and has lived on board a sailing vessel for most of her life based out of Brooklyn, NY.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 4/C Astin has served on the Intercollegiate Sailing Team, E-Squad in preparation for her summer cruise, Squad Leader for Alpha Company, Admissions, and the Environmental Action Club.

MIDN 4/C Astin has completed the following sea terms and is scheduled to complete the next sea term 4/C cruise during the Summer of 2021.

The Bangor Seadogs Chapter of Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association, represented by Joe Cote, past President of the Bangor Seadogs and past President of the MMA Alumni Association, and Perry Mattson, former Secretary of the Bangor Seadogs Chapter, will award two $1,000 scholarships to the following Midshipmen based on their academic performance and leadership abilities.

Presenter: Chet Manuel

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MIDN 2/C Sawyer King started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2018. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Technology, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3 A/E License, and currently sustains a 3.70 GPA. MIDN 2/C King was born and raised in Appleton, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 2/C King has served in the following leadership billets and school activities, Bravo Company Officer-In-Charge, Bravo Company Commander, Cadet 2nd Assistant Engineer, and A Lieutenant for Castine Fire-Rescue Department.

MIDN 2/C King has completed Freshman cruise and cadet shipping. He is scheduled to complete 2/C Cruise during the Summer of 2021.

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MIDN 2/C Hannah Chase Began Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2018.
She is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations, a
US Coast Guard Unlimited 3rd Mate License and currently sustains a 3.56 GPA. MIDN 2/C Chase Lives in Warren, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 2/C Chase has served or is serving in the
following leadership billets and school activities:

  • Cadet 3rd Mate
  • Band Company Executive Officer
  • Delta Company OIC
  • President of Students Living in Christ Every Day (SLICE)
  • Member of Varsity Sailing
  • Member of Women on the Water
  • Band Company Master at Arms
  • Delta Company 3rd Class Stryker

MIDN 2/C Chase has completed the sea term of 4/C Cruise and is scheduled to complete the next sea terms of Cadet shipping and 2/C Cruise during the Summer of 2021.

The Al Brown Award and $500 scholarship given by the family in honor of Al Brown and is in recognition of the Midshipman who has excelled in the study of Casualty Analysis.

Presenter: Richard Allard, Associate Professor of Marine Transportation

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MIDN 1/C Niko Racioppi started at Maine Maritime Academy in the fall of 2017. He is studying Marine Transportation Operations and minoring in Marine Engineering Operations. He is pursuing his 3rd officer’s unlimited tonnage license, and maintains a GPA of 3.60. MIDN 1/C Racioppi was born and raised in the rural town of Flemington, New Jersey. While attending Maine Maritime Academy, he became a Resident’s Assistant since the second semester of his 4/C year. For the rest of his time at MMA he has been a dedicated and loyal asset to not only ResLife and the residents in his section, but to anyone in need. He also served as the Alpha Company Physical Training Instructor from 2020 to 2021. MIDN 1/C Racioppi has completed 4/C cruise and cadet shipping on a cruise ship in Hawaii, and is eagerly awaiting his 2/C cruise in the summer of 2021 to see how his education benefits the real life situations among the high seas.

Read the Al Brown Award Certificate

The Regimental Alumni Development Award is awarded to the student who exemplifies diligence in the Marine Engineering program. With this award is the opportunity to attend a conference sponsored by Artec. A perpetual plaque hangs in Curtis Hall with each year’s recipient name engraved on a brass plate.

Presenter: CWO4 Anne Kowalski

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MIDN 3/C Ivan Corey started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2019. He is currently under instruction to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Systems Engineering, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3 A/E License and currently sustains a 3.96 GPA. MIDN 3/C Corey was raised in Washington county in the town of Dennysville, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 3/C Corey has been a member of the Non-Traditional Students Association, Student Veterans Association, and the Mentorship program.

MIDN 3/C Corey is scheduled to complete 4/C cruise and Cadet Shipping during the Summer of 2021.

Read the Regimental Alumni Development Award Certificate

The Admiral Warren C. Hamm Award and $1,000 scholarship was started by Admiral Hamm, ’49 to recognize a student who exemplifies the traits of leadership, accountability, and loyalty. This particular award is reserved for a 3/C Midshipmen. Each year, the recipient’s name is engraved on a brass plate and is added to a perpetual plaque that hangs in Curtis Hall.

Presenter: Captain John Cashman

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MIDN 3/C Amber Card started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2019. She is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Technology, a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3 A/E License and currently sustains a 4.00 GPA. MIDN 3/C Card was born and raised in Bowdoin, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 3/C Card has served in the following leadership billets and school activities; S.W.E, W.O.W, 3/C Stryker, Alpha company adjutant and Women’s Lacrosse.

MIDN 3/C Card is scheduled to complete 4/C cruise and Cadet Shipping the next sea term during the Summer of 2021.

Read the Admiral Warren C. Hamm Award Certificate

The Lester R. Paton Naval Leadership Sword is presented to a 2/C Midshipman who continuously looks to further the goals and mission of the Regiment, regardless of rank or responsibility.

Presenter: Lieutenant Trevor Snow

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MIDN 2/C Tristan Walker started at Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2018. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and currently sustains a 3.89 GPA. MIDN 2/C Walker was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 2/C Walker has served in the following leadership billets and school activities. In the regiment of MIDN, MIDN Walker has served as a yeoman and MIDN Training Officer. In the fall of 2019 MIDN Walker served a 3/C Stryker and he returned the following year as a 2/C Stryker. In the fall of 2020 he was selected as the Regimental Operations Officer and is already preparing for RPT 2021. MIDN Walker has been an active member of the MMA Varsity Sailing Team since the fall of his 4/C year and served as a Captain of the team from Spring of 2020 to Spring of 2021. MIDN Walker is also a member of the NROTC Unit at MMA where he has served as Platoon Sergeant, Lab Officer, Platoon Leader, and most recently, MIDN CO.

MIDN 2/C Walker has completed CORTRAMID with the NROTC Unit and is scheduled to complete his 1/C Surface cruise in the summer of 2021.

Read the Lester R. Paton Award Certificate

The Eugene J. Silva Award and $500 scholarship is given to a First Class Midshipman of any rank who demonstrates the qualities of leadership and character as described by Eugene J Silva ’64. These qualities include personal honor, integrity, courage, truthfulness, fidelity to principle, self-disciplined, inspirational, tenacious, tough, fair, and caring in the treatment of those in his/her charge. In short, the leader who inspires others to follow shall be the recipient of this award. Each year, the recipient’s name is engraved on a brass plate and is added to a perpetual plaque that hangs in Curtis Hall

Presenter: Lieutenant Kyle Willette

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MIDN 1/C Hawke Magliozzi started at Maine Maritime Academy in the Fall of 2017. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Operations and a US Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage 3rd Mate’s License. MIDN 1/C Magliozzi was born in Winchester, Massachusetts and raised in Eliot, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 1/C Magliozzi has served as a stryker, a platoon leader, and as Alpha Company commander.

MIDN 1/C Magliozzi has completed 4/C Cruise and Cadet Shipping and is scheduled to complete 2/C Cruise during the summer of 2021.

Read the Eugene J. Silver Award Certificate

Recipients of the Wedge Scholarship Award and $500 scholarship are nominated by the outgoing wedge in recognition of a rising Midshipman who is taking the utmost advantage of leadership opportunities within the Regiment of Midshipman.

Presenter: Midshipman 1/C Matthew Harris

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MIDN 3/C William LaBrecque started Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fall of 2019. He is studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Technology (MET), a US Coast Guard Unlimited 3 A/E License, and currently sustains a 3.64 GPA. MIDN 3/C LaBrecque was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Boothbay, Maine.

While attending school at MMA, MIDN 3/C LaBrecque has served in the following leadership roles as a 3/C training officer (Stryker) in the fall of 2020.

MIDN 3/C LaBrecque is scheduled to complete the next sea term (4/C cruise; Cadet Shipping) during the Summer of 2021.

Read the Regimental Wedge Midshipman Scholarship Award Certificate

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