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Monthly Archives: July 2011

New ERA 2011 Begins

The Academy’s summer program, the New ERA (Enrichment and Recovery Academy) began on June 26. Sixty-four students from around the world are attending the co-ed non-military summer program focused on education and summer activities.

The New ERA offers a structured program that incorporates class time, athletics and fun activities. Field trips and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences are part of the schedule, including trips to Six Flags, Cahokia Mounds, a local water park and Mid-America Brick, a local manufacturing facility.

The 2011 New ERA comes to a close on July 22. Students will participate in a final assembly held at 11 a.m. on the MMA campus.

Cahokia Mounds

Students in LT Greg Ruth’s Social Studies class traveled to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill. on July 2. The Mounds are the remains of what is considered the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of the country of Mexico. A U.S. Historic Landmark, the site dates back to 700 A.D., when Native Americans built a complicated settlement on the Mississippi floodplain. The area was actively inhabited until approximately 1400 A.D.

During the trip, students learned about life in the ancient settlement and hiked to the top of Monks Mound, from which they enjoyed a view of St. Louis.

Callaway Nuclear Plant

New ERA students gained a rare glimpse inside a nuclear plant during a field trip on Thursday, July 7.  Organized by MMA science teacher MAJ Mike Pemberton, 33 math and science students, joined by five faculty members, traveled south of Fulton, Mo. to Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Plant. While at the plant, the group learned about nuclear energy and the Callaway plant from an Ameren employee. (The employee was none other than former MMA chemistry and physics teacher Roger Andreasen.)

According to MAJ Pemberton, “This is an excellent way to show math and science concepts at work. It also gives students an in-depth look at nuclear power as an alternative source of energy.

MMA Presents Check to the Sesler Family in Joplin

On Tuesday, June 7, MMA Director of Alumni Relations and Executive Officer Lt. Col. Jim Medley, along with MMA Director of Advancement Dan Fowler, traveled to Joplin, Mo. to present a check and other donations to alumnus Guy ’60 and his wife Sabra Sesler on behalf of the MMA community.  The Seslers lost their home and belongings in the tornado that leveled much of Joplin in May, so MMA quickly sent out a call for help to alumni, faculty, staff and families. Within two weeks, the Academy collected clothing and more than $7,000 in cash contributions.

 The Battalion Commander for the class of 1960, Guy Sesler served his country as a sniper in Vietnam. Sesler and his wife Sabra both suffered injuries during the storm that leveled their home. The Seslers did not have insurance.  ”The Sesler family is overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Lt. Col. Medley. “Dan and I were proud to represent the MMA community as we presented these generous contributions.”  There is still time to contribute to the effort. 100 percent of contributions are turned over to the family.

Checks payable to the Guy Sesler Fund can be mailed to the Guy Sesler Fund, c/o MMA, 204 N. Grand St., Mexico, Mo., 65265.  Donate online via credit card to the Guy Sesler Fund.

Cadets Excel on Advanced Placement Tests

Of the Missouri Military Academy students who took Advanced Placement (AP) exams this year, more than half achieved scores of 3 or above (out of 5 possible), qualifying them to earn college credit at the high school level.

A score of 3 and above indicates college-level achievement, according to College Board, the national organization that administers the exams.  Students prepared for the Advanced Placement exams by taking rigorous AP courses and extra study sessions taught by their teachers. Missouri Military Academy offers nine AP courses.

LTC Frank Giuseffi, MMA’s Dean of Academics, says these excellent scores reflect a trend:  “Ever since our implementation of the Advanced Placement program several years ago, we have been steadily improving the percentage of students earning outstanding scores.  We are very proud of the cadets who did so well on the exams.”

Every MMA student who took the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Calculus exams scored at least a 3 out of possible 5. College Board determines a score of three as “qualified” to receive college credit. Scores of 4 and 5 are determined as “well qualified” and “extremely well qualified,” respectively.

Of the Missouri Military Academy students who took Advanced Placement (AP) exams this year, more than half achieved scores of 3 or above (out of 5 possible), qualifying them to earn college credit at the high school level.

A score of 3 and above indicates college-level achievement, according to College Board, the national organization that administers the exams.  Students prepared for the Advanced Placement exams by taking rigorous AP courses and extra study sessions taught by their teachers. Missouri Military Academy offers nine AP courses.

LTC Frank Giuseffi, MMA’s Dean of Academics, says these excellent scores reflect a trend:  “Ever since our implementation of the Advanced Placement program several years ago, we have been steadily improving the percentage of students earning outstanding scores.  We are very proud of the cadets who did so well on the exams.”

Every MMA student who took the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Calculus exams scored at least a 3 out of possible 5. College Board determines a score of three as “qualified” to receive college credit. Scores of 4 and 5 are determined as “well qualified” and “extremely well qualified,” respectively.

Top scores:

Nischal Khanal ’13 of Mexico, Mo., the son of MMA Math and Physics teacher Ananta Khanal, earned 5s on the Advanced Placement Chemistry and Calculus exams. Calvin Heintz ’12, also of Mexico, earned a 5 on the Calculus exam.

EJ Chung of Gangnom-gu, Seoul, South Korea, and Wenhong Lin ’11, of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, each attained a score of 5 on Calculus exams. Students Junhyeok Lee ’11 of Namgu, Kwangjusi, South Korea and Ziqing Zeng ’12 of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China scored 4 out of a possible 5 on Physics exams.

The students who took the AP Macroeconomics test earned scores in the 3-5 range: EJ Chung ’12Jose Guttierez ’11 of Chula Vista, Calif., Martin Michael of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Matt Reindel ’11 of Clive, Iowa and Alan Ramos ’11 of Austin, Texas.

“I was very impressed by how serious and focused the cadets were on test day,” said MMA’s Advanced Placement Coordinator MAJ Mike Pemberton.  “It was a great showing of our boys’ academic talents.”

For more information about the Advanced Placement program at MMA, contact LTC Giuseffi at 573.581.1773.