Dedication Ceremony Celebrates New School for NOMMA

24 March 2014

NOLA.com highlighted the dedication ceremony of the new school buildings for the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, which took place on March 20, the first day of spring. In addition to performances by the school band, choir and color guard, local officials and military personnel helped dedicate the new building.

New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy Celebrates New Building

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

23 March 2014

By Tonia Aiken, Algiers Accent Columnist, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The first day of spring was fitting for the building dedication ceremony for New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy at Federal City in Algiers. Cadets standing at attention in the early morning sun as local and military dignitaries and numerous friends, family members and supporters attended the celebration.

The NOMMA color guard and choir, cadet band, and Corps of Cadets performed.

The invocation was given by Navy Capt. Frederick McGriffin. Other military participants in the dedication ceremony included Col. Terry J. Ebbert, Lt. Gen. Richard Mills of the Marines, and retired Marine Corps Col. Bill Davis, commandant of the school.

Mills said, “NOMMA develops leadership in the students who often make lifelong friends.”

New Orleans City Councilwomen Kristen Palmer and Jackie Clarkson also spoke. Clarkson said, “Nothing is better than having the military in New Orleans, which has a great economic impact on the city.’‘

In April 2011, the charter school was started by Principal Cecilia Garcia and Davis with no campus, staff or students. The first day of class was held on Aug. 9, 2011 with only a temporary campus, full staff and 120 cadets. Within a year, the school was moved to Federal City, and the student population grew to 220 cadets in grades nine and 10.

The $17 million school complex that was completed in January includes renovations to historical buildings as well as new construction. The charter school is the country’s only open-enrollment charter high school with a Marine Corps Junior ROTC focus.

To build academic success for students, the school focuses on problem-solving, discipline, communications and the self-responsibility culture of the military. High school students are accepted from across the New Orleans area. A college preparatory curriculum featuring a Cypher Innovation Center used to build technical skills is offered. Participation in the Junior ROTC cadet program is required.

The school was rated one of the top 18 schools in the state for student improvement in 2012-2013. The co-ed school has 360 cadets enrolled for grades nine through 11. The school has 32 percent female students.

NOMMA is located at 425 O’Bannon St. For more information, visit nomma.net.

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