From July 19-21, 2009, Robin and I were at the United States Military Academy at West Point for the 2009 eCYBERMISSION Virtual Judge Summit. The summit brought together five Virtual Judges who had been active participants in the competition for many years and were from varying professions and backgrounds to discuss various aspects of the judging process and how it can be improved for the future.
The entire summit took place at The Thayer Hotel on campus and on Sunday night, the judges came together for an informal dinner in the main dining room so everyone could get to know each other before the sessions officially began.
Four sessions took place over the course of the summit, all of them in the hotel’s Garden Terrace Room, which sat on a brick terrace with a breathtaking view of the Hudson River. A variety of topics regarding the eCYBERMISSION competition and Volunteer Program were discussed and we accomplished a significant amount in a very short period of time.
After lunch on Monday, the group took a one-hour tour of the campus with the Visitor’s Center, which included the Cadet Chapel, the Parade Grounds and all of the buildings surrounding it, the Civil War memorial and a view of the Hudson River, which included many stories about the history of the river and the academy. Did you know that West Point got its name because it is the western-most point of the Hudson River?
On Monday night, we took the Virtual Judges out into the town for dinner at a nearby restaurant where everyone ordered pizzas the size of hubcaps and calzones the size of footballs. My chicken wrap was the only normal-sized item on the table!
Once all four were sessions over, the evaluations were turned in and the certificates of completion had been handed out, the Virtual Judges and the eCYBERMISSION team packed up our bags and returned to our respective homes on Tuesday afternoon.