On November 10, MMA’s first-ever Duke of York Fellows seniors Adam Schmitz and Andrew Field celebrated Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) in the United Kingdom. The duo is currently studying abroad at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover, England, as part of a student exchange program.
“The English military lost a lot more soldiers during the first and second World Wars, and as a result the parades and ceremonies are more prominent. In our first ceremony, Andrew and I participated in an event which included us guarding the English Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey,” Schmitz said. “After this event, the English equivalent to the Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon met with Andrew and I. The next day, I attended the Festival of Remembrance in London and stood a meter away from the Queen prior to her entrance to the stadium. On Sunday, Andrew and I participated in the parade at school and were able to place a wreath on behalf of Missouri Military Academy dedicated to the fallen soldiers.”
Schmitz, a native of Chesterfield, Missouri, spoke of his MMA journey at the 2014 Maroon & Gold fundraiser. He noted tendency to blame others for his lack of motivation and poor academic performance when he attended other schools. Things changed after he enrolled at MMA, however. Schmitz said he “picked himself up” and began to take his studies seriously. His grades improved dramatically and he became a star student.
“A year and a half ago, I would never have believed my life would go in this direction,” Schmitz said.
MMA and DOYRMS formally recognized each other as “sister schools” in March 2013. This partnership was recognized by an official visit in mid-September 2013, when Missouri Military Academy hosted two representatives of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School: DOYRMS Executive Principal Chris Russell and Assistant Principal Steven Saunderson.
The relationship was further cemented in February 2014, as student representatives of Missouri Military Academy visited DOYRMS on an Educational Tour to England. Cadets faced their sister school in a soccer match and received a tour of the school.