West Point alum visits Muskegon Maritime Academy

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Jessica Owens, courtesy photo

United States Military Academy alum and martial arts expert Jessica Owens will visit the Muskegon Maritime Academy on March 20 for the purpose of conducting character development, leadership and self-defense training sessions for students and staff.

The school partners with the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps for youth leadership development programs that are incorporated into the school’s curriculum.

“It’s important that students and staff get training from experts,” said School Founder Franklin A. Fudail. “West Point has produced strong leadership for our country for 200 years. As a new school still developing, we can only benefit from Ms. Owens expertise in leadership, problem-solving and team building.”  In addition to Owens, a second West Point alumni to be named at a later date will be visiting Muskegon Maritime Academy in May.

A native of Clinton, Mississippi, Owens was the valedictorian of her high school class. She was accepted into the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, which she attended for one year before being accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point class of 2013. Upon graduation from West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Chinese (Mandarin), Owens entered the United States Army as a Commissioned Officer in the Military Police Corps.

Owens has received multiple awards for her ability to lead, inspire and motivate those she encounters.and skilled in intelligence, operational planning, leadership, team building, problem solving, base defense and military operations.

Owens is also a 1st degree Black Belt, a WKC World Champion 2009, 8-time AAU Karate National Champion, USA National Team Member and USA-NKF National Champion. Owens served as a karate instructor for HIS Heart of Jackson, MS, and Upward Bounds at Tougaloo College.

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