Photo Of The Day
Cadet Blogger, 2/C Sara Merzon spends most of her taking photos, not posing for them. So...when we saw this photo of her (pink top) enjoying a game of Corn Hole with her friends, we knew that this had to be today's Photo Of The Day.
Sunday At Sea
Today was one of my favorite days aboard the T.S.Kennedy so far. It was all about relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather and great people. They call it Sunday At Sea.
Division 1 cadets were rewarded for all of their hard work during their 11-day watch cycle, by having the day off of all responsibilities. Other cadets worked until 1030 and then were set free.
Cadets worked hard to finish up their "trash duty" before 1030. The goal was to organize previously collected trash to make room for any waste discarded during Sunday At Sea.
Chartwells had been preparing a feast all week. The spread of hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, buffalo mac and cheese, chips, and plenty of other food, started around 1045. Cadets had already been sunbathing on the Helo Deck and fishing off the stern.
Music blasted all day and a corn hole tournament broke out on the Boat Deck. 1/C Mackenzi Barnard (Harwich) and I lost to 1/C Dan Kulda (Kingston, MA) and Ensign David Brain (Plymouth, MA) by only 1 point! Unfortunately, we lost because of me but it was still fun!
The highlight of today’s lunch had to be the grilled pineapple. Everyone lined up for seconds, thirds, and fourths until it ran out.
Want to feel like you're enjoying Sunday At Sea? Ask an adult in your life to help you make grilled pineapple.
Or spicy? http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51294/grilled-pineapple/
Take your pick ...or enjoy both!
By mid-day, the Patriots game drew a large crowd of cadets sporting Pats gear to the Mess Deck. You might have been able to hear all of the shouting early in the game - and the cheering when the Pats clinched their spot in the Super Bowl. The TS Kennedy was rocking - and not because of weather conditions.
Chartwells continued grilling all day and into dinner where we devoured more of the same with a few extras like steak and delicious desserts.
Everyone was outside today including COMCAD members and the ship’s crew.
Today has been amazing so far and I’m sure it will get even better tonight.
Happening Today On The TS Kennedy:
Below deck, cadets worked with Bosun Tom Tucker to grind up food waste.
Division 2 was looking forward to Sunday At Sea when they began the day at Morning Formation.
Photo Shared By Cadet Parents
This weekend, cadets had cell phone service and parents were treated to calls and photos from their favorite cadets. Here are two photos shared by families.
The family of 4/C J.J. Ronaldson (Staten Island, NY) sent emailed us this photo. They were very happy to hear from their favorite cadet.
4/C Jack Olivieri (Old Saybrook, CT) sure was missed at home this weekend! That's because he celebrated his 19th birthday on the TS Kennedy. When we put out the request for Sunday At Sea photos, Jack's mom emailed this photo. Although we won't be able to post a photo for every cadet's birthday , we couldn't turn down Jack's mom.
Shout Outs To Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience Participants...
Cadet Blogger Sara sends her sincere thanks to ALL of her 9,800 followers! She is so happy to know that you read her blog each day - even on weekends. She especially wants to send a big "Ahoy!" to students at Rogers Middle School and Holy Family School who are following from her hometown of Rockland, MA...4/C J.J. Ronaldson sends his best wishes to Kennedy Elementary School following from his home state of New York and to any student that may be considering a career in Marine Transportation...birthday boy 4/C Jack Olivieri sends some Caribbean sunshine to anyone born in January and to the three schools following from his home state of Connecticut...Ensign David Brain is thrilled to be serving as a hometown role model for 5th grade students at Nathaniel Morton School and Indian Brook Elementary School...1/C Dan Kulda (Kingston, MA) sends thanks to the 4th graders that are following his final Sea Term from Sacred Heart School in Kingston.
Looks like a great cookout! We think that grilled pineapple looks delicious!! We are very jealous of the warm weather you are having! It is about 36 degrees and rainy :( We have indoor recess - boo! Who won the cornhole tournament??
Grade 2 SRE
My sixth grade geography class had so many questions! They especially enjoyed the shout out to them! I am blessed in being a part of this voyage! Thank you and keep the great news coming!