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Student Crew
You can either scroll through these pages or click on a face to jump directly to that crew member. For the sake of public presentation during NY400 Week, we loaned provisional crew shirts at the beginning of the voyage, but mouse over the portraits below to see our new crew members be officially awarded their crew shirts at voyage's end.

BenDenniseEliEllisEmilyEric-JanJoramJosePwintRaynikaVincent
Captain William ReynoldsKipp Van AkenScott BeiterKees CollensEwout van GrondelleBob HansenRalf HenselMary Ellen JacobsRachel Laufer
Menno de LeeuwJohn W. MangrumSteve McLaughlanChristoffel MorelHenk MorelGrant PrimeFrank RodriquesMenno Smit

Student crewmember Ben

Ben, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Taconic Hills Middle School, Columbia County, NY

I like to play football, baseball, and basketball. I have one younger and one older brother. I have a pet guinea pig.

Ben is on Port Watch.

Student crewmember Dennise

Dennise, Watch Captain/Kwartiermeester
Taconic Hills Middle School, Columbia County, NY

I'm in 7th grade and 12-1/2 years old. I have three sisters, two brothers, one dog, two cats, four rats, and one rabbit. I love them all. I like to play sports, cooking, helping out, and baby sitting.

Dennise is on Starboard Watch.

Student crewmember Eli

Eli, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Taconic Hills Middle School, Columbia County, NY

I am someone who loves water sports. I wakeboard, water ski, swim, and just play around in the water. I have sailed before for about two hours. I'm really excited.

On the way up here I was a little nervous, but now that I have made friends I'm not. I think I'll have a great time.

Eli is on Port Watch.

Student crewmember Ellis

Ellis, Watch Captain/Kwartiermeester
Bornego School, Heerenveen, Fryslân, the Netherlands

I'm Ellis and I live in the Netherlands. I live in a house with my mother, dad, sister, and brother. I like to play volleyball. We have a very nice team. See you!

Greetings from Ellis.

Ellis is on Port Watch.

Student crewmember Emily

Emily, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Rensselaer Middle School, Rensselaer, NY

Hi; I am twelve years old and I am in the 7th grade. I have a cat and a dog. I also have two brothers, who annoy me but I still love them. I love to read and draw.

Emily is on Starboard Watch.

Student crewmember Eric-Jan

Eric-Jan, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Bornego School, Heerenveen, Fryslân, the Netherlands

Hello, my name is Eric-Jan and I live in Tijnje. My hobbies are soccer and playing computer games. I have a mother, 49, a father, 45, a brother, 16, and I am 13.

Eric-Jan is on Starboard Watch.

Student crewmember Joram

Joram, Foremast Captain/Schieman
Bornego School, Heerenveen, Fryslân, the Netherlands

Hello. I am Joram and I am 13 years old. I have two sisters and a brother. My sisters are 7 and 12; my brother is 15. My hobbies are playing the piano and playing volleyball.

Greetings, Joram.

Joram is on Port Watch.

Student crewmember Josť

José, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Bornego School, Heerenveen, Fryslân, the Netherlands

I'm José and I'm 14 years old. My birthday was on the 9th of August. I like to play soccer and sometimes I really like to read a very big book, especially during vacations. I'm living in the Netherlands in a very small town called Gorredÿk, which is in Friesland.

Greetings, José.

José is on Starboard Watch.

Student crewmember Pwint

Pwint, Ordinary Sailor/Lichtmatroos
Rensselaer Middle School, Rensselaer, NY

I am a 7th grader at Rensselaer Middle School. I am 12 years old. I have a mom, dad, and a little brother. I them all a lot. I like to sing and play tennis. When I get older I want to be a doctor.

Pwint is on Port Watch.

Student crewmember Raynika

Raynika, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Rensselaer Middle School, Rensselaer, NY

I am in 8th grade at Rensselaer Middle School. Today was the first day of the Half Moon trip; it was a little nervous, but also fun. I'm meeting new people and they're really nice.

Raynika is on Starboard Watch.

Student crewmember Vincent

Vincent, Able-Bodied Sailor/Volmatroos
Rensselaer Middle School, Rensselaer, NY

Hi! I like to play football and baseball. My favorite sports teams are the NY Yankees and the NY football Giants. I have a sister named Kayley. I have four dogs: Poochie, Gus Gus, Munchkin, and Keara.

When I came to New York City I thought it was big and cool. When I saw the Statue of Liberty I thought it was cool too.

Vincent is on Port Watch.

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