Concord native graduates with honors, awards

Owen Judson Bullard of Concord graduated May 27 in Annapolis from the U.S. Naval Academy as Defense Secretary Robert Gates handed out diplomas in the football stadium.

Bullard's parents, Gray and Kirby Bullard, sister Fran and brother Seth attended, along with his grandparents, Bill and Bee Bullard of Laurinburg, uncles and others.Bullard won the Walling-Kimmel Memorial Tennis Cup, first presented to the late Commanders John Franklin Walling and Manning Marius Kimmel, class of 1935, who died in World War II. It is presented to a midshipman who made the most significant contribution to the team's success. The cup will stay at the academy.

He also won varsity letters in the sport and received a blanket from the Naval Academy Athletic Association.

Besides the cup, Bullard won the Calvert Award for Men, presented by the Naval Academy Athletic Association in honor of Vice Admiral James Calvert, academy superintendent 1968-72. Bullard received a gold wrist watch and a certificate.

An oceanography major, Bullard has been Named to the Commandant's List five times and to the Dean's List four times. He earned the ITA Scholarship-Athlete recognition in 2010 and was named to the 2010 Patriot League Academic Honor Rolls.

He was conference player of the year during each of his four seasons. .

"Owen has excelled in school with an overall grade point average of 3.36 GPA," said his coach, John Officer. "He started out at No. 6 singles for two seasons, where he was counted on in each match to come through with a victory. He went from playing at No. 6 to being named as the Patriot League Tournament MVP in one season. His 72 career wins are tops on the team."

Bullard was 2008 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and led Navy with 26 singles wins on the season and 19 wins in the spring.

In the 2008 season he led the team with 19 singles wins at dual meets and 26 singles during the entire campaign. In 2009-10 he was picked as the Patriot League Player of the Month for April.