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Stewart speaks at NNOA Ball

By Cpl. Michael Kjaer | | May 25, 2000

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MCLB Albany members of the Nation al Naval Officers Association welcomed a former commanding general as the guest speaker at the local NNOA chapters fifth annual ball held at the Officers Club Saturday night.
Retired Marine Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Stewart, who served as the bases commanding general and the Marine Corps Logistics Bases commander from September 1993 until July 1996, is currently a Merchant Marine rear admiral and the superintendent of the Merchant Marine Academy.
One of Stewarts duties as guest speaker was to present the NNOA scholarships to the two recipients.
Victoria Eiland and Jared  Dervan both received scholarships for academic excellence and extracurricular achievement.
Eiland, a senior at Albany High School, who ranks fourth of 148 students, was one of only five students in Dougherty County to be a  Governors Honors National Achievement finalist. She also served as vice president of he Academic Decathlon for the 1999-2000 school year.
Eiland plans to pursue a bachelor degree in Political Science and English at Albany State University and become a lawyer.
Dervan, a senior at Lee County High School, is ranked eighth of 308 students, and maintains over a 96 percent average.
He is the Math Team captain for the second year, a member of the National Honors Society and Governors Honor Society for Math and History.
Dervan is scheduled to begin school at Georgia Institute of Technology after the summer and aspires to enter the NASA jet propulsion program and become an astronaut.
The $1,000 scholarships are to help the students pay for college expenses as they pursue their goals and continue their academic excellence.
Stewart, who was in Albany when the local NNOA chapter was chartered, commended each scholarship recipient of his or her academic achievements and commented on the chapters success.
Its nice to come back and see all the wonderful things the NNOA has done, said Stewart. I was here for its creation, but never really got to see the result.
The NNOA is composed of active duty, reserve and retired officers from the Navy, Marine Corps and the Coast Guard. The organization works to help in minority recruitment, identify problem areas, promote maximum minority participation in the naval services and maintain a positive image of the naval services in minority communities.
Anyone interested in the NNOA Scholarship Program may call Maj. Samuel Henry Jr., at 639-7101.
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