The ceremony began with the posting of the colors and the recognition of November 2015 Student of the Month Xin Xia by Academic Dean Dr. Frank Giuseffi.
November 2015 Teacher of the Month MAJ Michael Pemberton was also honored. According to Giuseffi, Pemberton exemplifies “decency, ethics, hard work, relational teaching” and many other MMA values.
“I have worked with him for many, many years. I’m proud to call him my colleague and also my friend,” Giuseffi said.
Also recognized were Emran Babak, Benjamin Snider Bilbrey and Orlando Farias. The trio received the Excellence in Leadership Award for participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum.
“It’s an opportunity for cadets to listen to speeches on leadership from reputable leaders in the military, in politics, in law,” Giuseffi said.
December 2015 Student of the Month: Quinten Boyd
December 2015 Teacher of the Month: Megan Klukowski
Excellence in Mathematics Competition, Upper Division Top 10: Qiyu Liu
Athletic Director MAJ Kevin Farley next took the podium to deliver his remarks. He encouraged student-athletes to stick with their chosen sports and remain committed throughout the season.
Farley then introduced the Pursuing Victory with Honor Award, which is given “for striving to achieve greatness, helping others to succeed, never quitting and remaining committed to excellence” both on and off the field.
Three recipients – Fahad Aliev, Oscar Cortada and LT Sean Peters – were recognized for becoming lifeguards. (For more information, click here.)
“They spent a lot of hours training to be lifeguards so we could open the pool more,” Farley said. “I’m giving all three of the guys the Pursuing Victory with Honor award because they went out of their way to help you guys have a better life here on campus.”
Russell lettered for the fourth time for his participation in Raiders, while Angel Alcaraz, Richard Choy, Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar and Yasheng Lou lettered in Raiders for the first time. All five also earned the Raider, Orienteering and Varsity ribbons.
Earning the Raider ribbon were Nishan Khanal, Robert Van Huss, Kian Moriarty, Zenghui Zhang, Qiyu Liu, Noah Hacker, Juan Cepeda Bremer, Turbold Tumurkhuu and Purevsuren Bayanbaatar.
Up next was Academy President Charles McGeorge, who presented the Bravo Zulu Award to WO2 Richard “Rik” Thornton, WO2 Freddie Lomas and LTC Gregory Seibert, who hosted a successful AMSCUS retreat and dinner for distinguished visitors earlier this semester.
Also receiving the Bravo Zulu award was CPT Gregory Maximovitch and his Entrepreneuership class: Enkhbilegt Luvsandorj, Oybek Kirkland, Tuguldur Altangerel, Kian Moriarty, Matheus Alexandre and Aaron Thompson.
On November 4, three seniors and three juniors raised several thousand dollars to boost the art supply budget by selling tickets for a morning lock-in. Instead of reporting for inspection, cadets received a sleep-in. For $10 each, they spent the morning playing basketball, chatting and working out in the weight room. Alongside CPT Maximovitch, the six Entrepreneurship students solicited approximately 205 individual donations.
Receiving the President’s Gold Star award was Sarah Dickherber. In her time as MMA CFO, she has: switched from cash to accrual basis; changed the year end from May 31 to June 30; received a “clean audit opinion” and no management comments for the year ending June 30, 2015; implemented new, and improved existing, internal controls, policies and procedures; and spent many hours researching the documentation on endowed funds.
“Cadet Davis, while serving his local community as a lifeguard at Fugitive Beach in Rolla, Missouri,” McGeorge said, “saved the life of a person suffering from diabetic shock.”
To read the story of Davis’ life-or-death experience, click here.
Following remarks by Academy President Charles McGeorge and the screening of a short film by cadet Jose Estrada (click here to view) the assembly concluded with the retiring of the colors.