Jack Demareski, son of Roger and Kris Demareski of Pennington, recently graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

A graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School, Demareski earned a bachelor of science degree in Marine Engineering Systems, and a commission in the U. S. armed forces. He also earned a Merchant Marine officer license, qualifying him to serve as an officer on any ship in the U.S. flag merchant marine.

Jack Demareski

Jack Demareski, of Pennington, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this spring.

Demareski, a former quarterback for the CHS football team, was also a defensive back on the U.S.M.M.A. football team.

The United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of five U.S. federal service academies. It educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers to serve the nation during peace and war. In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by their congress member or senator. Demareski was nominated by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

All U.S.M.M.A. graduates incur an obligation to serve the United States. The U.S. Flag Merchant Marine — manned exclusively by American mariners — is essential for securing the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivering war fighters, weapons, and military supplies in times of conflict.

The majority of “Kings Pointers” serve for eight years as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program, while working aboard U.S. flag vessels; others will serve on active duty in our nation’s armed forces. Demareski will fulfill his commitment as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

By virtue of their training and real-world experience, graduates are said to be ready to go on day one in service of American military strength and economic power. As part of his four year education, Demareski spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was the academy’s commencement speaker. Buttigieg told the graduates: “This academy, which trains and educates the majority of our strategic sealift officers, is vital to our national security. And the academy, and your service as mariners, SSO’s, and members of the armed forces, might well be as important as ever in our history...Now, more than ever, the Merchant Marine Academy is a deeply and enduringly important part of our economic and national security.”

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