U.S. Navy Commissions its newest Ensign at the Custom House Maritime Museum
On Thursday, August 4th, the Custom House Maritime Museum was honored to be the chosen site for the commissioning ceremony of the United States Navy's newest officer.
In the Moseley Gallery Hall of Ships, amidst the museum's majestic Clippers & Merchants exhibition model ships, Marcia Mannarino, a distinguished May 2011 graduate of the University of Maine, was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy, with a large group of family and friends in attendance. The special ceremony was conducted by Captain Thomas Buterbaugh, U.S.N., Commanding Officer of the Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit at Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine.
Ensign Mannarino, an accomplished deans list student with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology, won both the Outstanding Sociology Student Award and the Outstanding Service Award for 2011 at the University of Maine. She was inducted as a member of Alpha Kappa Delta society, an honor recognizing students receiving a minimum 3.5 grade point average in their major and a 3.3 GPA overall.
As a NROTC officer, Ms. Mannarino was the Bravo Company commanding Officer responsible for all the events for the University of Maine NROTC unit. Through the NROTC she received the Professor of Naval Science Award, the Academic Achievement Award, the Superior Fitness Award, the George H. Bunnell Book Award as well as the Navy League Award. She was an active soccer and floor hockey player and CUGR student advisor.
A native of Billerica, Massachusetts, Ensign Mannarino will be attending fight school in Pensacola, Florida.