On June 1, the Northern Chesapeake West Point Society held its 6th Annual Society Summer Picnic to honor Maryland candidates who were selected for attendance to West Point this summer as members of the Class of 2017. This year several local high school rising seniors who have been identified by the admissions office as expressing high interest in attending USMA next year were also invited. The picnic was held at the home of retired Col. Pete and Mary Ellen Bucha in Bel Air.
All society members and friends of West Point (including two Midshipmen from Annapolis) were encouraged to attend and nearly 50 members attended the event. Members were fortunate this year to have two current cadets attend the picnic, providing a great opportunity for the cadets to talk frankly with the candidates and address any last minute questions and to provide some valuable pointers on what to expect their first year.