Anne Frank once said, “Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! … What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” All Academy grads know what she meant.
In 2010, 1/C Crystal Sherman graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, MA. She hails from Charlton, MA. And is majoring in Facilities Engineering. Sherman has been appointed this year’s Regimental Operations Officer, in charge of the Cadet Discipline System. “I knew that I that wanted to go to a regimental college. Massachusetts Maritime Academy seemed like the perfect fit for me. After completing 3 years, I know that I made the right decision. When I graduate I plan to work in the power generating business, ideally, in renewable resource technology,” she stated. “Orientation is a rigorous two weeks. We were tested physically and mentally. But the last day, graduation, was one of the proudest moments of my life. I felt as though I had accomplished something not many others my age could have,” Sherman finished. This cadet is looking forward to helping other Cadet Candidates feel the same pride of accomplishment.
1/C Katja Juergens is a Marine Transportation major and a 2010 graduate of Tahanto Regional Middle High School in Boylston, MA. She was selected to be the 2013-2014 Regimental Adjutant, responsible for constructing and organizing the Academy watch schedule. “I chose Mass Maritime because I knew it was a place where I would make unforgettable memories and experience adventures that no other school could give me. My oldest brother went to a Maritime school and I wanted to follow in his footsteps by pursuing a career close to the ocean. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else,” Juergens stated. She plans to work for a tug company after graduation. “The best advice I can give an incoming freshman is to take the whole experience day by day. When a Cadet Candidate thinks of the entire Orientation experience as a whole it can be overwhelming. By breaking the experience down, day by day, it becomes an accomplishable goal,” she offered.
This is one dream team committed to retaining their rookies!