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Maroon & Gold 2016

greitens_jeon_babak_liriano_curley_cortada_moorew_murphy_jonesm_joness_cunninghamAdministrators, faculty, staff, cadets, parents, alums and family members from all across the nation gathered April 2 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel for the annual Maroon & Gold fundraising gala.


The star of the show at the 2016 Maroon & Gold dinner was LCDR Eric Greitens, the recipient of this year’s Gen. Clifton B. Cates, MMA class of 1910 “I Will Hold” Award for Leadership.

IMG_4650_mcgeorge_greitensThe award recognizes exceptional leaders who have demonstrated determination, steadfastness and perseverance through times of challenge. Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and combat veteran who served four tours of duty overseas, certainly fit the bill.

After returning home, Greitens founded The Mission Continues, a Missouri-based non-profit that helps returning veterans get back on their feet and give back to their communities. In 2014, Fortune EG speaker photo. colorMagazine named Greitens one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” For more on Greitens and the I Will Hold Award, click here.


In mid-January, the Drum Corps received seven custom, hand-painted drums featuring the crest and colors of Missouri Military Academy. The instruments were purchased thanks to funds IMG_4576from the “Raise the Paddle” proceeds at the 2015 Maroon & Gold event and were unveiled with a dramatic march toward the stage at the 2016 event. (Funds from the 2016 “Raise The Paddle” will benefit the MMA lacrosse team.)

WO2 Freddie Lomas took the stage after the Drum Corps’ performance to deliver a call for action: help send the MMA band to Pearl Harbor!

1.12.15_NewDrum_ECIn December 2016, the Fighting Colonels Marching Band will spend a week in Hawaii, where they will perform alongside young musicians from across the U.S. and Japan at the 75th anniversary Pearl Harbor Band Tour. But they need help from the MMA community in order to ensure every cadet can attend regardless of their financial situation. You can help send our boys to Hawaii by purchasing a limited edition Band of Brothers t-shirt: click here for details.


In early February, the MMA Development office kicked off a cadet fundraising challenge to raise sponsorships and donations for Maroon and Gold 2016. The program, which was led by Annual Fund Director Cassandra Brooks, offered a fun competition and incentives. Eleven teams of cadets vied to raise the most funds. On the final day of the competition, raffle winners were announced at noon mess. Bravo won the deluxe showerheads, which were installed March 16.

For more information on the cadet fundraiser, click here.

Maroon Bar, Soldiers’ Bar & Fencing Arch

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On February 25, six cadets received the Fencing Arch via Special Order No. 41. Cadets were recognized for: participation in the classical French Fencing Club; continual practice, including attacks on the blade and basic parries; knowledge of distance and footwork; and displaying the gentlemanly behavior required of said sport.IMG_1066_BEST

Dongyang Chen ’20
David Garza ’16
Jack Mitchell ’19
Joseph Palen ’19
Yelin Zhou ’17
Zihan Zhu ’18

Maroon Bar

On March 3, twelve cadets received the Maroon Bar via Special Order No. 44, having displayed outstanding behavior for the month of February 2016.

IMG_5676_simmons_naughtonVictor Leon
Carlos Liriano
Ngonga Mugabo
Michael Naughton
Alexander Schaaf
Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar
Aaron Thompson
Gabriel Vallejo
Yinzhou Wang
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Sizheng Zhang
Zenghui Zhang

Soldiers’ Bar

On March 3, having displayed outstanding military courtesy, bearing, neatness, attitude and performance of duty in the month of February 2016, eleven cadets were awarded the Soldiers’ Bar via Special Order No. 43.

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Mitchell Duing
Jordan HornickIMG_0689_violette
Jose Mejia
Luis Merino
Temuulen Nerguibaatar
Nehemiah Simmons
Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar
Gabriel Vallego
Jared Violette
Jiaxuan Zhou

Calaluce to manage MMA Ekern Cadet Health Center

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In January 2016, Missouri Military Academy launched enhancements to its approach to cadet health care, honing its focus to the promotion of overall cadet wellness.

The change begins under new management of the health center. Robert Calaluce, M.D., of Mexico, Missouri, has been named MMA’s Ekern Cadet Health Center Manager and began work on January 7.

The Ekern Cadet Health Center, previously known as the Ekern Cadet Clinic, has been renamed to reflect an increased focus on outreach and cadet health management. In his new role, Dr. Calaluce will oversee all nursing and cadet health related processes, including the development of proactive programs that educate cadets about their overall health.  As the Ekern Cadet Health Center Manager he will work with Dr. Simon McKeown, the Academy’s practicing physician, and will supervise the nursing staff.

“Dr. Calaluce’s significant expertise and management experience, his personal commitment to calaluceliving a healthy lifestyle and his passion for health education are welcome additions to our Cadet Life program here at MMA,” says MMA President Tony McGeorge. “Although he will not actively practice as a physician in this role, his vast knowledge will greatly enhance our ability to care for cadets.”

A researcher and educator with a focus on pathology, Dr. Calaluce has worked in the private sector and in higher education. His most recent appointment was at the University of Missouri, where he was a research assistant professor in the Division of Acute Care and Surgery. Prior to that, he held an appointment at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Calaluce earned his M.D. at the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Missouri. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Queens College of the City University of New York, in Flushing, N.Y., and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Connecticut.

In his spare time, Dr. Calaluce is an avid runner who enjoys reading, hiking, writing, and baseball. He has coached youth sports for many years and has particular interest in the way proper nutrition can affect athletic performance.

Athletic Department launches MMA Athletic Leadership Council

IMG_9276_estrada_farleyMissouri Military Academy Athletic Director MAJ Kevin Farley has launched the first-ever MMA Athletic Leadership Council as of the start of the spring semester.

The MMA Athletic Leadership Council will work together through a Janssen Sports Leadership Center program under Jeff Janssen, M.S. The program will develop effective leaders whom their coaches respect and teammates trust.

Though some members may not currently be an athletic team captain, they have been identified by a coach or faculty member as possessing the potential to be an outstanding leader.

Cadet Achievements Recognized at All-School Assembly

IMG_9272_williamsD_farleyCadets and staff members attended the final all-school assembly of the semester on December 9 in the Memorial Chapel.


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.

IMG_9193_sniderbilbrey_babak_giuseffiAlso 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.

IMG_9201_farley“I have been out to watch the basketball and wrestling teams perform,” Farley said. “I am very impressed with the work ethic you’re putting forth and the effort you’re putting forth.”

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.”

IMG_9220_russell_farleyAlso receiving the first-ever Pursuing Victory with Honor award were Gabriel Elizondo, Yedne Atkins and Jason Russell.

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.

IMG_9255_mcgeorge_luvsandorj_kirkland_moriarty_alexandre_thompson_maximovitchAlso 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.

IMG_9247_davis_mcgeorgeLast was a presentation of the Presidential citation to Drake Davis.

“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.

MMA joins three local foundations to create Mexico Community Scholarship

Missouri Military Academy proudly introduces the Mexico Community Scholarship, which will make it possible for promising young men in Mexico to attend Missouri Military Academy. The program is a joint venture between the Miriam Arnold Edmonston Foundation, the Griffin Family Foundation and the Stribling Foundation, all of Mexico.

Mexico residents in grades 6-12 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. A committee of MMA and sponsoring foundation representatives will select the scholarship recipient(s). One or more candidates will be selected each year to receive the Mexico Community Scholarship, which is renewable.

“We are excited about the prospect of working with these three foundations to give a deserving young person the gift of a lifetime: a world-class education,” Academy President Charles McGeorge said.

Recipients of the Mexico Community Scholarship will be known as Stribling Scholars in honor of Mexico and MMA leaders Charles R. Stribling, Jr. and Charles R. Stribling III ’44. Charles Stribling Jr. came to Mexico in 1920 to teach at the Academy, eventually becoming its president during the Great Depression, when he managed the school through difficult financial times. He spearheaded an effort to establish the Academy as a non-profit in 1948 and served as chairman of the board of trustees until his death in 1983. Charles Stribling III was born in Mexico to Charles Stribling Jr. and his wife, Ruth Cauthorn Stribling.

A graduate of Missouri Military Academy, Charlie Stribling III followed in his father’s footsteps as teacher, administrator, president and chairman of the board. He retired as president in 1993 and as board chair in 2008; remains chairman emeritus of the board of trustees.

“We are honored to be the chosen avenue for such a noble cause,” McGeorge said. “We are proud to foster success in the town which founded our Academy and continue the legacy of the Striblings, who were active citizens of our community.”

127th Corps Leadership is Complete: Cadet Leader Training Concludes August 12 with Designations


At 1600 hours on Wednesday, August 12, the cadet leadership camp participants, Academy administrators and faculty gathered in front of Stribling Hall to hear Special Order number 1, which would announce the remaining battalion and company leaders for 2015-16.

The ceremony took place with the cadets in full dress uniform, formed up by camp platoon in front of 2015-16 Battalion Commander Mohammad “Emran” Babak and Battalion SGM Jose Estrada. President Tony McGeorge, Director of Cadet Life WO2 Rik Thornton and Commandant LTC Greg Seibert lined up under the flagpole for the announcement.

Prior to the designation announcementjohncurleyaward, President McGeorge presented a Presidential Citation to incoming senior John Curley, who represented MMA at the annual Missouri Boys State convention in June and was the first cadet to be elected Boys State Governor. McGeorge announced that Curley was a write-in candidate – only the third in Boys State history.

Cadets waited anxiously to hear if their name would be called among the battalion staff, executive officers or platoon leaders within the first special order of the year. The positions must be earned during the cadet leadership camp, which began August 3. Leader training and exercises offer a chance to develop leadership skills and to show members of the designation board what each leader has to offer.

The special order was read and the following cadets will round out the leadership roster for 2015-16:

Executive Officer:  Emilio Nanni

First Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Fahad Aliev
Platoon Sergeant:   Jean-Luc Shyaka

Second Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Chinguun Enkhjin Khatigin
Platoon Sergeant: Alejandro Gastellum

Third Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Temuulen Nerguibataar
Platoon Sergeant:  Julien Mugabo

Executive Officer:  Weitao Cong

First Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Naranmandakh Ayulgui
Platoon Sergeant:  Gregory Prinster

Second Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Christian Ell
Platoon Sergeant:  Kenneth Westcott

Third Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Purevsuren Bayanbaatar
Platoon Sergeant:  Ramon Rodriquez 

Executive Officer:  Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar

 First Platoon
Platoon Leader:   Hector Chapa
Platoon Sergeant:  Zenghui Zhang

Second Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Jose Mejia
Platoon Sergeant:  Max Murati

Third Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Aeron Lee
Platoon Sergeant:  Eugenio Felix

Executive Officer:  Thomas Dean

 First Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Oscar Garcia
Platoon Sergeant:  Tuguldur Altangerel

Second Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Tristan Hendrix
Platoon Sergeant:  Clayton Ebert

Third Platoon
Platoon Leader:  Ryan Pinks
Platoon Sergeant:  Benjamin Snider

Platoon Leader:  Robert Moore
Platoon Sergeant:  Robert Shields

Platoon Leader:  Brennan Morand
Platoon Sergeant:  Griffin Gilman


 Adjutant S-1: Russell Holman
Security Officer S-2: Orlando Farias
Operations Officer S-3: Enkhbilegt Luvsandorj
Logistics Officer S-4: Mauro Garza
Public Affairs Officer S-5: Bilguun Sandag Byambatsogt

Congratulations to all leaders!


Commencement Weekend 2014-15

83_estenik_wei_mcgeorgeCOMPANY COMPETITIVE DRILL

Commencement activities began the morning of May 22 on Colonels Field with the Company Competitive Drill contest. First up was Echo, followed by Delta, Charlie, Bravo and Band companies — each group completed a prescribed set of maneuvers on the drill field and were judged by JROTC and Commandant’s Office staffers.

Echo Company was declared the winner of the competition. Cadets received a trophy and ribbon for their company flag, after which parents mobbed the field to congratulate their sons and pose for photographs.

Following the conclusion of the drill competition, seven members of the Fusiliers (Octavio Gomez ’15, Francisco Fletes ’18, Jose Nachon ’16, Lucas Moore ’18, Oreste Giorgi ’17, Eduardo Gonzalez ’16 and Alberto Avila ’18) took the field to perform individual and group routines.


Sixth, seventh and eighth graders and their teachers celebrated their accomplishments at the middle school final assembly May 22 in the Memorial Chapel.

The ceremony began with a processional, the Pledge of Allegiance and remarks by Director of the Middle School MAJ Edsel Baker, followed by award presentations. Award presenters were Baker, LTC Greg Seibert, CPT John Noel, LTC Willis Kleinsorge and MAJ Paul Petit ’86 of Mission, Texas.

Hal Heyman Plaque: Sky Thunderchild ’19
Derrill S. Kuhlman Award (math/science): Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21
Rotary Service Above Self Award: Sky Thunderchild ’19
Petit Plaque for International Relations: Dongyang Chen ’20 & Martin Farias ’20
Best Squad Leader Award: Zaide Johnson ’19
G. David Bailey Discipline Trophy (fewest disciplinary reports): Santiago Sanchez ’21
Piper Barracks Award (fewest checks): 
Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21 and Jordan Hornick ’20
George Piper Outstanding MS Athlete Award: Christian Cosner ’19
Harris Plaque (soldierly qualities): Elijah Flores ’19
Richard White Improvement Plaque: Jacob Ornstein ’19
Petit Fellowship Plaque: Victor Pablos ’19
Faculty Plaque for Leadership, Cooperation & Loyalty: Eugenio Valdes ’19
Rotary Leaders of Tomorrow Award & $100 stipend: Zaide Johnson ’19 and Rodrigo Santos ’19
Syl Mansfield Memorial Award (ESL) & $100 stipend: Juan Pablo Medrano ’21

Highest Scholarship
6th grade: Rogelio Coria Lopez
7th grade: Jordan Hornick
8th grade: Santiago Ramirez

Delta Phi academic honor society members: Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, Juan Pablo Medrano ’21; Santiago Sanchez ’21; Eugenio Valdes ’19.

The following cadets maintained a 3.7 GPA for at least one month, receiving Academic Fourragere.

5February: Chandler Bolinger ’19, Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, Juan Pablo Medrano ’21, Santiago Sanchez ’21.

March: Chandler Bolinger ’19, Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, Juan Pablo Medrano ’21, Santiago Sanchez ’21, Eugenio Valdes ’19.

April: Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, Elijah Flores ’19, Luke Greenman ’20, Joseph Herrington ’20, Juan Pablo Medrano ’21, Santiago Sanchez ’21.

May: Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, George Englehardt ’21, Joseph Herrington ’20, Juan Pablo Medrano ’21, Santiago Sanchez ’21, Eugenio Valdes ’19.

The following 20 students were recognized for maintaining A and B grades for at least one month — almost 56 percent of middle school students were recognized. As of May 22, 50 percent of middle schoolers had a year-to-date GPA of at least 3.0.

6Sixth graders: Robert Abbott (2); Rogelio Coria Lopez (9); George Englehardt (2); Juan Pablo Medrano (6); Santiago Sanchez (6).

Seventh graders: Eric Asbjornson (1); Dongyang Chen (5); Luke Greenman (6); Joseph Herrington (2); Jordan Hornick (7); Michael Naughton (6); Diego Ochoa (1); Nehemiah Simmons (4).

Eighth graders: Chandler Bolinger (7); Christian Cosner (1); Elijah Flores (7); Zaide Johnson (2); Santiago Ramirez (6); Rodrigo Santos (5); Eugenio Valdes (7).

For having maintained a GPA of at least 3.7 for at least three consecutive months, the following students received the Scholarship Medal for Academics.

First Semester: Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, Santiago Ramirez ’19, Eugenio Valdes ’19.
Second Semester: Rogelio Coria Lopez ’21, Juan Pablo Medrano ’21, Santiago Sanchez ’21.

The assembly ended with the promotion of the 17 eighth grade students to the ninth grade. Cadets and their families were invited to attend a reception in the assembly hall after the ceremony concluded.


The high school final assembly celebrating academic, musical, military and athletic achievements was held May 22 in the Centennial Gymtorium. Accompanied by the MMA Concert Band, the Corps of Cadets marched into place and recited the National Anthem.


IMG_5659_kulasAcademy President Charles McGeorge kicked off the assembly by recognizing faculty and staff members for their contributions to the school.

“These people work for your sons and for the school selflessly and they devote a great deal of time, energy and effort into each one of these young men,” McGeorge said. “[They] really are the reason why these young men are so successful and accomplish so much.”

The following faculty and staff members were recognized for their service to the Academy:

Irene Hard, Laundry Technician, 15 years
Charles Stockdall, Maintenance Technician, 15 years
Dan Burton, Maintenance Technician, 10 years
Jason Jones, Maintenance Technician, 10 years
Cassandra Brooks, Annual Fund Manager, 5 years
Amy Groves, Director of Human Resources and Financial Aid, 5 years
David Higgins, Barracks Mentor, 5 years
CPT John Noel, Athletic Director, 5 years
Gary Stewart, Admissions Counselor, 5 years
Richard VanDuyne, Maintenance Technician, 5 years

Academy librarian CPT Katherine Larison received the Bravo Zulu award, while IT staffer Mike Kulas received the Presidential Gold Star Award.

IMG_5654_larison“Larison is being recognized with a Bravo Zulu Award for her wonderful performance with regard to community service,” McGeorge said. In 2014, the Corps of Cadets amassed 5,888 hours of community service. This year, they totaled 7,457 hours. “Under CPT Larison’s guidance we met and exceeded our community service goal.”

Each cadet is required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service in order to graduate to the next grade at MMA.

“We believe very strongly that it is their obligation not only to be a good family member and to give to their family, but to give to their community as well,” McGeorge said, “to be baseball coaches and football coaches and work in their church or at their hospital.”

Director of College Placement MAJ Kevin Farley and Academic Dean Dr. Frank Giuseffi were also recognized “for their splendid performance with regard to college placement and scholarship performance.” Of the 68 graduating seniors, 71 percent were admitted to highly selective colleges.

IMG_5838_elizondo“We want to thank the two of them and recognize them with our Bravo Zulu Award for outstanding performance,” McGeorge said. “Well done!”

Kulas received the Presidential Gold Star Award “in recognition of his personal courage and disregard for self in acting to protect our cadets from possible personal harm.”

“Kulas’ actions on our cadets’ behalf has upheld the highest traditions of the MMA faculty,” McGeorge remarked.62_garciajr


Academic Dean Dr. Frank Giuseffi next took the stage to present the following annual academic awards.

David Whitney 1954 Plaque: John Curley ’16
MAJ William Bryan Medal: Simon Barrera ’15
SEN John C. Danforth Plaque: Jose Garcia ’15
William F. Enright, Jr 1937 Memorial Award: Kane Anderson ’15
SEN Thomas F. Eagleton Plaque for Excellence in Senior English: Octavio Gomez ’15
SEN Thomas F. Eagleton Plaque for Excellence in Junior English: Oscar Cortada ’16
Eugene Lamm Memorial Award (ESL): Rongyang Yi ’18
American Legion Award for Scholastic Excellence, Underclassman: Maverick Jones ’16
Sylvia Mansfield Memorial Award & stipend (ESL): Jesus Villalobos ’16 and Maximiliano Perez ’15

13_giuseffiThe following cadets were also recognized for earning straight As throughout the school year in core college preparatory subjects.

Daniel Amezcua: ESL II
Gerardo Amezcua: ESL II
Kane Anderson: US Government
Mohammad Babak: AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, English II Honors, US History
Purevsuren Bayanbaatar: Written Language
John Curley: Biology II, Entrepreneurship
Jose De La Vega: Biology I
Zikun Deng: AP Physics I
Charles Eckardt: Biology II Honors, Chinese II
Jose Garcia: US Government
Octavio Gomez: World History
Nishan Khanal: AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C-Mechanics, Biochemistry, C++ Programming, Visual Basic
MinJun Kim: Geometry
Alexandre McDonald: College Algebra
Kyle Mertens: Algebra II, Biochemistry
Cole Mueller: Economics Honors, English IV, Humanities
Ajay Nemali: Economics
Alex Otti: AP Chemistry
Maximiliano Perez: ESL Science
IMG_5716Gregory Prinster: English II Honors, Geometry
Pablo Rodriguez: ESL II
Jean-Luc Shyaka: Biology I Honors
Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar: US History
Turbold Tumurkhuu: Chinese IV
Gabriel Vallejo: Biology I, Chinese I
Hector Villanueva: English II
Jorge Zamorano: ESL III
Yuchen Zhang: ESL Science


First-year bandmaster WO2 Freddie Lomas next presented the band awards, followed by a performance of Homeward Bound by the MMA Cadet Chorus.

LTC E.R. Jackson Music Award: Gavin Hendee ’15
Streep Brothers Band Award (Senior): Miles O’Keefe ’15
Streep Brothers Band Award (Junior): Robert Moore ’16
Streep Brothers Band Award (Sophomore): Photsavat Pongsuea ’17
COL Paul F. Cherches Memorial Award: Tony Reed Vaughan ’15


Senior Army Instructor CPT Carl Estenik and Army Instructor SFC John Biddle next presented military awards, along with guest presenters including: past president of the Military Officers Association Missouri chapter LTC John Jones, US Army ret.; LTC Denny Pendergrass, US Army ret.; LTCMDR David Christian, US Navy ret.; Alan Heidbreder; SSGT Joshua Greer; and SGT Carol Thompson.

MSGT Billy Crawford Memorial Award: Rodrigo Elizondo ’15
Military Policeman Of The Year: Rodrigo Vilches ’15 (second consecutive year)
Daedalian JROTC Medal: Vincent Burke ’15
Fusilier Of The Year: Francisco Fletes ’18
Best First-Year Fusilier: Alberto Avila ’18
Veteran of Foreign Wars JROTC Award: Nolan Borgsmiller ’15
US Daughters of 1812 Award: Kotaro Kasamatsu ’15
Sons of the American Revolution Medal: Victor Gomez ’15
Military Order of the Purple Heart National Leadership Medal: Enkhbilegt Luvsandorj ’16
Raider of the Year: Juan Cepeda ’18
Special Forces Association Medal for an Outstanding Raider: Oscar Cortada ’16
US Army Recruiting Command Award (academics): Connor Cunningham ’16
US Recruiting Command Award (athletics): Cole Mueller ’15
National Sojourners Award: Rodrigo Padilla ’15
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War JROTC Award: Jonathan Richardson ’15
American Veterans Medal for Military Excellence: Victor Marroquin ’15
American Veterans Medal for Leadership: David Lazcano ’16
Military Order of the World Wars Award: Ariyandev Sandui ’15
Military Officers Association of America Medal: Adam Schmitz ’15

IMG_6174_harris_noelATHLETIC AWARDS

The following sports awards were presented by Athletic Director CPT John Noel.

Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award:
D’Cherion Nelson ’15

Joe D. Bailey Award for Most Dedicated
Varsity Athlete: Hugh Harris ’15


Commandant of Cadets LTC Gregory Seibert took the stage to present the following discipline and leadership awards.

Class of 1968 Freshman Leadership Award: Daniel Amezcua ’18
Richard Hall Memorial Award: Logan Byrd ’17
Mentor of the Year: LT Katie South

IMG_5777_deanMeritas Plaque for Excellence in Discipline: Claudio Arias ’15; Naranmandakh Ayulgui ’16; Thomas Dean ’16; Oreste Giorgi ’17; Eduardo Gonzalez ’16; Xiao Liang ’15; Paul Murphy ’20; Gregory Prinster ’17; Diego Quintanilla ’16; Santiago Sanchez ’21.


Following a performance of Best Day of My Life by the MMA Concert Band, Academy President Charles McGeorge took the stage to present the final awards.

AMCSUS Medal: Roger Gonzalez ’15
LT Gov. Joe Maxwell Community Service Award: John Curley ’16
Steve Walker Memorial Award for an Outstanding First-Year Cadet: John Curley ’16
Jack Meyers Class of 1939 Memorial Cup for Most Creative Cadet: Victor Gomez ’15

IMG_6155_mcguire_zhangremingtonDuke of Edinburgh’s Award bronze medalists: Deigo Quintanilla ’16; Damdinbazar Sumiyabazar ’16; Turbold Tuumurkhuu ’16; Jesus Villalobos ’16; Jorge Villarreal ’17.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award silver medalists: Haoming “Remington” Zhang ’15; Dustin McGuire ’15; Alfonso Leon ’16; Jose Estrada ’16.


The Class of 2015 and their family members gathered in the Memorial Chapel on the evening of May 22 for the Baccalaureate ceremony, a traditional religious event held prior to Commencement.

Chaplain MAJ Edsel Baker led the benediction and delivered the baccalaureate address, playing the song Glory Days faintly in the background as he spoke. Baker compared his experience as a sophomore during the 50th anniversary of his high school to the senior class’ experience as juniors during MMA’s 125th anniversary celebration.

“They were the golden class of Lafayette High School,” he said. This special group could do no wrong, while other classes felt unimportant in comparison.

12_bakerMuch of the rhetoric during his sophomore year touted high school as the “glory days” of life, Baker said. But he disagreed.

“I thought, I’m not buying it,” Baker said. “These aren’t my glory days. I don’t want high school to be my glory days. … I wanted my high school to prepare me for my glory days.”

The “glory days” occur in your careers, at your wedding, as your children are born and grow up, Baker said. The duty of a high school is to give young men and women the tools necessary to change the world with their accomplishments.

“What have we done in this space to prepare you for what comes next?” Baker said, indicating the Chapel in which he spoke. “There is a part of you that’s spiritual. It’s that part that connects with the universe writ large and helps you through your daily life.”

“That spiritual part of you needs things, and hopefully we have equipped you with the things that it needs,” he concluded. “You need a place to be centered and to come back to. And so each Sunday night we gather here to hopefully center you.”

Baker closed the service with a benediction. Hymns throughout the ceremony included For The Beauty of the Earth and Holy, Holy, Holy. Prayers were led by Academic Dean Dr. Frank Giuseffi, and the Cadet Chorus performed Let All The People Say Amen accompanied by MAJ Mike Shoemaker on the drums.

Immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony, seniors and their families walked from the Chapel to the Centennial Gymtorium for the Senior Banquet.

IMG_5915_richardsonSENIOR BANQUET

The senior banquet began with the induction of the Class of 2015 into the MMA Alumni Association. As each senior student’s name was called, his senior portrait and college choice was projected behind him. Each senior crossed the stage, strode under an arch of sabers (held by Kane Anderson’15 and D’Cherion Nelson ’15) and paused for photos at the end of the stage. As every graduate descended the steps, Alumni Association Board President-Elect Jeff Kays ’84 and LTC Paul Gillette ’70 shook hands with him and presented him with an engraved drinking glass.

Up next were toasts to the Academy, the Corps of Cadets and the Class of 2015 led by senior class president Jose Garcia ’15 and Academy President Charles McGeorge. After a short invocation by class cadet council representative Cole Mueller ’15, dinner was served.

Following a buffet dinner of fish and steak, guests viewed the senior video created by the MMA Marketing Department and heard the traditional Class Chronicle, this year delivered by seven-year cadet Tony Reed Vaughan ’15. Vaughan was awarded the Richard Cooper ’82 Plaque for the Longest Tenure by Kays, who delivered his remarks after a bittersweet rendition of See You Again by senior chorus members Zikun Deng and Kotaro Kasamatsu.

According to Kays, a nine-year cadet who served as Battalion Adjutant his senior year, not becoming involved sooner in the MMA Alumni Association was a big mistake.

IMG_6134_kays_vaughan“As you can imagine, I was ready to move on by the time graduation arrived. Actually, I was probably ready to move on by November of 1983. But I stuck with it,” he said.

“Don’t wait for Homecoming. Organize get-togethers with alumni wherever you may be at any time of the year,” he advised the Class of 2015. “You have earned your right to wear the ring. You have earned your right to come back here year after year and stand with the thousands who came before you.”

After Kays’ speech, he joined Gillette and Academy President Charles McGeorge in presenting several senior awards.

Alumni Plaque for the Senior Voted Most Likely to Succeed: Kane Anderson ’15
American Legion Military Excellence Medal: Maxwell Broughton ’15
American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal: Edmond Biruta ’15
MMA JROTC Distinguished Service Award: Adam Schmitz ’15
William S. Lowe Award: Nolan Borgsmiller ’15
COL Veon McConnell Korean Trophy: Guangning Wei ’15
Plaque for Outstanding MMA Athlete: Hugh Harris ’15
Class of 1984 Unhearalded Leader Award: Edmond Biruta ’15
Dr. Gregory “Doc” McDonald Award: Simon Barrera ’15
COL Jerome G. Harris Cup for Soldierly Qualities: Dustin McGuire ’15

IMG_6064_garciajrJose Garcia ’15 then presented a $2,100 check to McGeorge on behalf of the Class of 2015. The funds, earned through service projects and gifts, will purchase the Academy’s first Academic Mace, which will be used during all academic ceremonies and is symbolic of the school’s authority to confer diplomas.

“That mace will live forever and lead every academic parade [and] every graduation from this point forward,” McGeorge said. “Thank you.”

The ceremony concluded with the singing of Old MMA led by Kasamatsu and a benediction led by Simon Barrera ’15. As cadets and their families exited the gym, they received copies of the local paper The Mexico Ledger featuring formal portraits and the college plans of each graduating senior.


Senior students gathered on the parade field for the final time on the morning of May 23. During this special Battalion Review, Battalion Commander for the 2014-15 school year D’Cherion Nelson ’15 presented incoming BC cadet Mohammad Babak ’16 of Logar, Afghanistan, with the Davison Saber. As the ceremony ended, seniors marched toward the Centennial Gymtorium, their families following suit.

The 2015 Commencement ceremony began as faculty members and seniors performed their traditional march into the Centennial Gymtorium to the tune of Marche Militaire. After the posting of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, Academy President Charles McGeorge took the stage to welcome attendees.

16_gonzalezroger“The time that we spent together has focused on your professional resume, your accomplishments as a man, and the building of the future,” McGeorge said.

The President challenged cadets to keep community service, morality and virtue in mind as they enter the next chapter of their lives.

“We have two resumes. We have our professional resume, and then we have our personal resume,” McGeorge said. “What is it that you give back to society? How have you contributed and made your family and your community a better place?”

Chairman of the Board R. Stribling Koster net took the stage to highlight the Academy’s progress during the 2014-15 school year.

“We thank you for your support. Thank you for bringing your sons here,” Koster said. “We thank you for everything you have done to help MMA succeed for not just the last 125 years but hopefully and surely the next 125 as well.”


Middle School Principal MAJ Edsel Baker and Academic Dean Dr. Frank Giuseffi presented the following academic awards.

Stribling Cup for Highest Efficiency in the Middle School: Chandler Bolinger ’19
SEN Christopher S. Bond Award for Outstanding Middle School Underclassman: Rogelio Coria  ’21
Plaque for Highest Scholarship in the Freshman Class: Gabriel Vallejo ’18
Plaque for Highest Scholarship in the Sophomore Class: Gregory Prinster ’17
Plaque for Highest Scholarship in the Junior Class: Nishan Khanal ’16


Following a performance of Battle Hymn of the Republic by the Cadet Chorus, McGeorge once more took the stage to present the following awards.

Heimos Trophy: CSGT Mike Harding
Robert H. Weaver Memorial Award for those who exemplify philanthropic support for MMA: Linda Angel and Robert Moore, parents of cadets Robert and William Moore
Fritsch Plaque and stipend: Mohammad Babak ’16
Dorsey Anderson Class of 1895 Cup: Rodrigo Padilla ’15
Red Ireland Class of 1941 Trophy for a Fighting Heart: Steven Prinster ’15
Mustang Scholars Foundation Plaque: Edmond Biruta ’15
Outstanding Performance by a Company Commander: Victor Marroquin ’15
Don Hooton Class of 1919 Fellowship Cup & Charles I. Wall Cup: Simon Barrera ’15
Legion of Honor: D’Cherion Nelson ’15

M-Club Award: Bravo Company
Highest Athletic Standing: Echo Company
Highest Disciplinary Standing: Charlie Company
Company Spirit Award: Bravo Company
Highest Scholastic Standing: Bravo Company
Highest Military Standing: Company Company
Honor Company: Bravo Company


Academic Dean Dr. Frank Giuseffi next called senior class president and valedictorian Jose Refugio Garcia ’15 to the stage, presenting him with the James C. Olson Award for the Highest Scholarship in the Senior Class. As he took the podium for his remarks, Garcia said he would never have imagined he would be named valedictorian.

“MMA helped me by trial and error to turn my weaknesses into strengths,” he said. “MMA has done the same to all of its cadets.”


Keynote speaker Chancellor of the University of Missouri Dr. R. Bowen Loftin next addressed cadets, relating a few true tales from throughout his career to illustrate his thoughts on leadership.

He began by describing a Gulf of Mexico sailing expedition gone awry in 2008 during his tenure as CEO at Texas A&M University. Six people — four student researchers and two safety officers — set sail. Five returned.

“You’re sleeping and all of a sudden your boat’s upside down, total darkness, and water is coming in rapidly,” Loftin said.

Roger Stone, a 53-year-old father of two, died saving the lives of two students.

“He grabbed the only available life jacket he could find, handed it to one of them and pushed them both out into the sea,” Loftin said.

“Humans like to be loved,” he said. “You have been loved by your parents, your family, your friends, the faculty and staff here at MMA. They love you. But some day as a leader, people won’t love you any more. And that’s a hard thing. It’s a hard thing at my age. It’s a very hard thing at your age.”

Loftin related this somber story to a silent Commencement crowd, connecting it to one of the most important lessons he learned about leadership. He concluded his speech by challenging cadets to remember that the path of a leader isn’t always easy.

“You will be extraordinarily successful in your careers going forward,” Loftin said. “I wish you the very best in your future endeavors. … Congratulations to each of you and best wishes for a very, very bright future.”

After a performance of How To Train Your Dragon by the Concert Band, seniors received their diplomas and walked across the stage, pausing as they descended the steps to pose for a photograph. (Prints can be ordered here.) The ceremony concluded with the singing of Old MMA and the retiring of the colors.


The 126th Corps of Cadets marched from the Gymtorium to the front lawn, forming up for the final moments of their time as cadets at MMA. Family members and friends crowded the roped-off grass, snapping photos as seniors marched to the edge of Teardrop Lake. Upon command by Battalion Commander D’Cherion Nelson ’15, graduating seniors plunged their sabers into the grass, placed their hats upon their hilts, and saluted as the sound of Taps (led by bugler Joshua John ’17) echoed in a round across the silent grounds.

As the final note faded, emotional seniors embraced one another for several minutes, tearfully hugging their brothers. The crowd of family members, faculty and friends flooded the grounds. An hour of tearful goodbyes and hugs followed, as those with early flights broke off and departed campus.

Kevin Farley hired as new Director of College Placement and Counseling, Head Soccer Coach

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Missouri Military Academy is pleased to announce that MAJ Kevin Farley has been named the Director of College Placement and Counseling. MAJ Farley, who has nearly fifteen years’ experience as a college soccer coach, will also take the helm of the Fighting Colonels soccer team in the fall.

MAJ Farley comes to Missouri Military Academy from Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, Mo., where he previously served as the Director of Public Relations and Head Soccer Coach. He began work on July 1.

“MAJ Farley brings many years of experience working in the field of higher education, building relationships with other schools and working with students to help them reach their goals,” says Dr. Frank Giuseffi, MMA Dean of Academics. “I feel confident that he will bring a great deal of professionalism and energy to this very important position.”

As head soccer coach at Wentworth, MAJ Farley successfully developed the first-ever college soccer team at the school, guiding several players to soccer scholarships and NCAA athletic programs. He developed relationships with colleges and universities across the country. He also led the 2012 team to earn the highest GPA (3.31) in the nation for a 2-year soccer team.

From 1992 to 1997, MAJ Farley served in the United States Navy as a sonar technician, earning the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Si Tanka University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from Dakota Wesleyan University.

Q&A with New Director of College Placement MAJ Kevin Farley

Q: What is your philosophy as a coach?

A: My philosophy, I have had it for probably the last 13 years, is be better today than you were yesterday, be better tomorrow than you are today. We all make mistakes – that is what makes us all successful. That is what I ask of my players, not only on the field but in their lives. It’s kind of how I live my life.

Q: What are your plans as a college placement director?

A: We have a good program here, which I’d like to build upon. I’d like to make the College Placement office a resource for students and families, so they know what is happening in higher education and college placement. For example, one of the first things that I would like to do is to develop a digital newsroom about college placement on the school’s website. It will basically be a one-stop shop where people can come in and read stories about what is happening in college placement. College is obviously one of the biggest decisions in life, and educating parents and students about the college selection process and higher education in general will help inform the right choice.

Q: What do sports teach kids?

A: Everything from leadership to commitment to loyalty. … One of the first things you learn as an athlete is to overcome adversity. As an athlete, nothing ever goes perfect, whether it is making the team, playing the position that you want, winning the number of games that you want, etc. … One of the first things I will do with our team is on the back of our jerseys above all the numbers will be the word “honor.” It is a very important word in my life and obviously here at a military academy such as MMA. … The character that you learn from being an athlete is huge. … At a school like ours it is important for every kid to be a part of sports. It is a great tool to teach that character.

Q: What would you do over if you could return to high school?

A: I would spend a lot more time focusing on my grades. I was a smart student but it really wasn’t a priority. I wish I would have known a lot more about the college opportunities that were out there.

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I spend a lot of time with my dog Baxter. … I live by the lake, so I will take him on walks and enjoy time with him. I read a lot. I listen to music. I love to run. I love to play golf. I am not very good at it but I enjoy it. … In 1997 was the last time I ever had a television set in my house. When people come over they start looking around a little bit, they ask, “Where’s your TV?” I find myself being a little more productive without distraction.

Q: Why do you support the military school model?

A: The military changed my life. It made a huge difference in who I am as a person. It transformed me from being a boy to being a man. It transformed me from being irresponsible to responsible. … It’s structure and discipline and all that, but what it does is teach you how to take care of your responsibilities so that you can have fun. … Some of the most fun days of my life were when I was in the military. It teaches you to take care of what you need to take care of so you can have fun.

Chief Justice Mary Russell to be next Leach Foundation speaker

russell Missouri Military Academy cadets, faculty and community guests will gather on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Centennial Gymtorium for the third event in the three-part Leach Foundation Speaker Series. Chief Justice Mary R. Russell of the Supreme Court of Missouri will share her insights about the American justice system with attendees.

The Leach Foundation Speaker Series was funded by a grant from the Leach Foundation in Mexico, Missouri, to promote fine arts, entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, cultural awareness, self-reliance and academics. Previous speakers were WUSTL Chancellor Dr. Mark Wrighton and John Beuerlein, a managing partner with Edward Jones Co. As with previous events, the general public is welcome to attend.

Chief Justice Russell was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in September 2004 and is currently serving a term that expires in 2018. She previously served as a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, from 1995 to 2004 and as its chief judge from 1999 to 2000.

A native of Hannibal, Missouri, Chief Justice Russell earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude (majors – communications and print media) at Truman State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

Chief Justice Russell actively gives her time to a long list of civic and charitable organizations throughout the state of Missouri and was selected as a Rotarian of the Year in 2007. She is a recipient of several distinguished awards, including the Zonta “Woman of Achievement” award in 2007, Woman of the Year by the Women Lawyers Association of St. Louis in 2007, and the Truman State University Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003.

Missouri Military Academy Welcomes New Hires

The spring semester at Missouri Military Academy commenced January 6 with the addition of two new employees.

Colour Sergeant Mike Harding, RM (Ret) is the new middle school English teacher. He will also assist Director of Cadet Life WO2 Thornton with the coordination of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. CSgt Harding comes to MMA from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover, UK, where he taught English language and literature and drama for four years. While at DOYRMS, CSgt Harding also served as a boarding Housemaster, coached rugby, was a tutor to 12 students, managed the English Skills Club, and a Film Club and participated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program. Prior to that, he taught English in two other public schools in the United Kingdom. He served in the Royal Marines from 1979 through 2002, retiring as a mentor and trainer who delivered courses to multi-national units in preparation for peace-keeping and peace support operations world-wide, including Jamaican Defence and Police Forces, Philippines Special Forces and Nepalese Armed Forces.

image of sensoliKelly Sensoli is the Academy’s new school counselor. Sensoli comes to MMA from St. Joseph Behavioral Health Services in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she was an Outpatient Therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Sensoli has more than ten years of clinical experience, with particular expertise working with ADD/ADHD and adolescent males. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work, which is ranked among the best in the nation. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. In her new role she will assist students individually and collectively in the areas of personal and social development.

Missouri Military Academy Announces 2014 Summer Programs

Confidence Camp for boys ages 8-11 is added to offerings this year

Missouri Military Academy has announced the agenda for its 2014 summer programs, adding a one-week confidence camp for boys ages 8-11. The camps are held on MMA’s 288-acre campus in Mexico, Missouri.

Summer Leadership Camp cadets complete a back campus obstacle.

Summer Leadership Camp cadets use teamwork to complete a back campus obstacle.

Summer Academy: June 22- July 18, 2014
A four-week, for-credit summer school for students entering grades 7-12. This structured program combines engaging, teacher-intensive classroom work with fun activities that open new horizons to young people – all in a safe, well-supervised environment. Day and boarding programs exist for male students, while female students enroll as day students.

Confidence Camp: July 6-12, 2014
MMA’s Confidence Camp helps boys 8-11 develop a sense of pride in them¬selves and their accomplishments. Focusing on good decision-making and teamwork exercises, the one-week program rewards young men for their progress.

Leadership Camp: July 6-18, 2014
Young men ages 12-17 find new challenges at the two-week Leadership Camp. The program teaches boys to follow as well as to lead, as it helps them to understand the benefits and responsibilities of being a leader. Physical training helps participants unlock their potential, and team-building courses help them to work better alongside their peers.

Director of Summer Programs LTC Greg Seibert, who leads the summer program at MMA and also serves as the Commandant of Cadets during the academic year, hints at an action-filled experience for the summer camps: “This is a great experience for any boy or young man who wants to push himself and grow as a leader. We’ll have fun, too – paintball, rappelling, high ropes, and swimming are just a few of the many activities at both camps.”

For the first time, families can purchase MMA summer camp gift certificates. In anticipation of the holiday season, the Academy is offering a $100 camp discount to those who purchase gift certificates before December 31.

More information can be found at

MMA Art Department Raising Funds for Permanent Art Gallery

image of the Epple Gallery MMA art teacher LT Chris Bain and the Advancement office have launched an initiative to construct the Academy’s first permanent art gallery, located in Barnard Hall. The purpose of the exhibit is to display students’ works of art on a rotating basis and to present themed exhibits that will serve as teaching tools on the subjects of art and humanities.

With a goal to raise $3,500, Bain is planning to install lighting and materials on the second floor of Barnard Hall, near the art room. The wall space in that area is

currently unused. He hopes to name the gallery consistent with the annual art show named in memory of the late Kathryn Epple and plans to call it the Epple Art Gallery.

“The Epple Memorial Art Show has been an annual tradition at Missouri Military Academy, but art education isn’t a once-a-year event,” says LT Bain. “We’d like to showcase our students’ artwork year-round and make the most of our educational space.”

Funds will also be used to reinvest in and expand the annual Kathryn Epple Memorial Art Show held during the spring Festival of the Arts. The funds will be used to purchase new, more portable display boards to put the show in a more prominent location and to exhibit artwork at various times of the year.

Bain has been actively working to develop the art program at MMA, introducing the first public gallery showing of cadet artwork in January and February 2013, when cadets displayed paintings and drawings at the Vault Gallery in Mexico, Mo.

Kathryn Epple was the spouse of the late Dr. Lawrence Epple, MMA alumnus and then MMA physician, who were well-known members of the Mexico community. Kathryn, Lawrence and several of their children were tragically killed in a car accident many years ago. Their memory lives on via the annual art show at MMA, held during Spring Family Weekend.

Individuals who would like to contribute to the project may do so via the MMA web site – , by mailing a check to Missouri Military Academy Att: Epple Gallery Fund, 204 N Grand St., Mexico, Mo 65265 or by contacting Christine Smith, Terry Logue ’72 or LTC Paul Gillette ’70 at 573-581-1776.

Missouri Military Academy and Stephens College Partner to Host Guest Speaker Shabana Basij-Rasikh

Rasij-Basikh is co-founder and president of SOLA, School of Leadership, Afghanistan and an internationally known advocate of the education of women in Afghanistan

On Wednesday, October 23, Shabana Basij-Rasikh will present “The Future of Afghan Women” at 7 p.m. in Lela Raney Wood Hall on the campus of Stephens College. The event is free and open to the public.

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Shabana Basij-Rasikh is co-founder and president of SOLA, School of Leadership, Afghanistan, a nonprofit that makes education and employment accessible to young Afghan women. SOLA is also the first, and perhaps the only, girls’ boarding school in Afghanistan, where the education of females was illegal during the decades of Taliban rule.

Basij-Rasikh’s work has garnered international attention, and her personal story is compelling.  Cadets and faculty will travel to Columbia to hear the courageous story of her personal struggle to seek an education as a young woman, often disguising herself as a boy to avoid severe punishment by the Taliban.

Basij-Rasikh comes to central Missouri to visit Missouri Military Academy (MMA) in Mexico, where her nephew, a SOLA scholar, attends the college preparatory school as a boarding student. As the second oldest women’s college in the country, Stephens College agreed to host a speaking event on campus in Columbia.

“SOLA’s mission is an important one for women in general and Afghanistan in particular. Through MMA’s 360° Educational model, which focuses on the development of the whole young man, we hope to educate the fathers of the future that will support the active participation of women in every aspect of society. We are proud to support the initiatives and mission of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan.” – MMA President Tony McGeorge

 Shabana Basij-Rasikh – Official Bio

Born and raised in Kabul, Shabana finished high school in the U.S. through the State Department’s Youth Exchange Studies program. She went on to attend Middlebury College, graduating magna cum laude in International Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 2011.

In college, she founded HELA, a non-profit to empower Afghan women through education. She also raised funds across the U.S. to build a high school for girls in her ancestral village, and wells in the outskirts of Kabul. Shabana was selected as one of Glamour® Magazine’s Top 10 College Women in 2010, and received the Vermont Campus Compact 2011 award for outstanding public service. In 2011–12 Shabana was the National Gender Mainstreaming Advisor at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul.

Shabana co-founded SOLA in 2008 with four students. Today, 23 girls and 2 boys aged 11 to 22 represent all major ethnic groups, religious sects and tribes, and half of Afghan provinces in SOLA’s preparatory program in Kabul. SOLA scholars attend boarding schools, colleges and graduate programs in the U.S. and around the world, including Bates, Loomis Chaffee, Middlebury, Mt. Holyoke, Northfield Mt. Hermon, Smith, and Tufts.

SOLA’s mission is to provide these future leaders of Afghanistan with global educational opportunities so that they can—and will—return home to develop Afghan solutions to Afghan problems. The strength of her vision for advancing Afghanistan, drawing on her personal story and that of the school she founded, have propelled her onto the world stage.

E.B. Feutz ’41, Leader in Aviation, Dies

Missouri Military Academy graduate and longtime Mexico resident Emil B. (E.B.) Feutz, class of 1941, passed away at his home on September 1.

Feutz graduated from MMA in 1941 and went on to achieve his dream of becoming a test pilot. He tested aircraft for Cessna and McDonnell Aircraft, eventually founding his own company, Testair, in St. Louis.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Estep Feutz, four children, Sheryl Feutz-Harter of Plattsburg, Mo., Wally Feutz (Cindy) of Mexico, Connie Feutz (Paul) of Bellingham, WA, and Eric Feutz (Grace) of Fayette, Mo., eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Feutz left his mark on MMA with the creation of the Feutz Aviation Scholarship, awarded to the deserving MMA cadet who participates in the aviation program. The family is requesting memorial contributions to the E.B. Feutz Scholarship, care of Missouri Military Academy, or the local hospice of their choice.