Tyrese Bender and Hannah Blakey of Army West Point track & field, Maddie Burns of women's lacrosse and Bennett Taylor of men's lacrosse were all named the Corps Squad Athletes of the Month for March.
Bender is an Engineering Management major with a grade-point average last term of 4.016 (currently ranked 25 in the class of 2021). He wears both the star (3.67+ academic GPA for 2+ consecutive semesters) and the wreath (top 15% of his graduating class) on his uniform. He has a cumulative GPA (academic, military and physical courses combined) of 3.985, reflecting excellence in all the pillars. He recently received the Master of the Sword Award from DPE.
Blakey carries 4.20 cumulative GPA. She currently holds a 4.33 GPA within her major courses as a Foreign Language (Persian and French) major. She is a well-rounded cadet with a cumulative GPA (academic, military and physical courses combined) of 4.16, reflecting excellence in physical and military pillars as well. Overall, she is ranked third in her class of 1,123 cadets.
In the classroom, Burns has excelled with a 3.246 cumulative grade-point average as a Psychology major. She received the 2019 Superintendent Award for Excellence, representing the top 5% in her class based on the CAS. Additionally, she was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll each of the last two years. Burns is a leader in the Corps and a member of Company H-4. She has a military cumulative GPA of a 3.679 and a physical score of a 3.446.
Taylor has earned Dean's List status every semester of his academic career, and currently carries a 3.544 cumulative GPA. He has found similar success in other pillars, with a 3.348 physical score, and a military score just under 3.0. On the field, Taylor played in all 18 games for Army during the 2019 season, after playing in more limited roles his first two seasons. He played a key role on the man down defensive unit, which held opponents scoreless in 70 percent of their opportunities. Read more.