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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.

Outstanding Cadet Performances Recognized at All-School Meeting

Cadets, faculty, and staff convened in the Missouri Military Academy Centennial Gymtorium Thursday for the second all-school assembly of the year.  After the Color Guard posted the colors, Battalion Commander John Dillon ’13 introduced school officials for the award presentations.

PHOTOS:  See all the award winners here

They recognized outstanding performers among both faculty and the Corps of Cadets for the month of November.  Award winners include:

Student of the month:  Rodrigo Marroquin ’17

Athlete of the month:  Patricio Herrera ’13

Teacher of the month:  MAJ Mike Shoemaker

The Honor Award, created to be awarded to the cadet who most exemplifies the MMA Honor Code, was presented by LTC Greg Seibert to Dallas Lopez ’14.  Seibert also announced that Echo Company mentor LT Murrell Adams was the recipient of the Mentor of the Month award.  Rifle coach 1SG Randal Jacobson also announced the achievements of several of his shooters, who continue to advance through the ranks of marksmanship.

1SG Alan Hakes then honored a handful of cadets who participated in the Wounded Warrior 10K/5K Run in Columbia, Mo. recently.  The group that ran in the 10K, including 1SG Hakes, took first place overall in the race.  He presented the victory plaque to the Academy, which will be displayed.

Academy president Mr. Charles A. McGeorge took time to recognize Greg Morton and the MMA maintenance staff and present them with the Presidential Gold Star for their hard work making sure things run smoothly in the Academic Building, Barnard Hall, Stribling Hall, and the rest of campus.

MAJ Richards Boyce introduced the director of the Central Missouri Food Bank, who spoke about the importance of the cadets’ involvement with the food bank.  She expressed her gratitude for the cadets’ ongoing commitment to serving the mid-Missouri community.

The meeting also featured a performance by the MMA Band and Choir, who tried to kick off the holiday season with some Christmas-themed selections.

Student of the Month: November

Blake Gorman ’13 is our November Student of the Month!  An Honor Award winner, he is one of our most polite and respectful cadets.  His October GPA was a 3.83.  He is involved in a variety of activities: Railsplitters, The Eagle, Raiders and Honor Guard.  Mr. Tony McGeorge, MMA’s President, is impressed with his demeanor, sincerity and maturity. We expect great things in the future for Cadet Gorman!

Student of the Month – May

Our “Student of the Month” for the month of May is Jacob Myers ’13.  Jacob earned a 3.714 GPA for the month of April.  Jacob is a Junior and enjoys participating in Golf.  Ever since Jacob started at MMA he has been a disciplined, focused cadet.  Staff and faculty appreciate his dedication, respectful behavior and desire to succeed.  Hats off to Jacob!

Student of the Month – April

Our Student of the Month for April is Orshikh Bilegdemberel.  Cadet “Bil” is a Senior who holds the rank of Lieutenant.  He is the Executive Officer of Charlie Company.  Bil’s attention to detail, good academic performance and leadership skills ultimately earned him an impressive acceptance to The Citadel.  Bil also earned a Varsity letter in basketball and enjoys weightlifting.  Congratulations to Cadet Bil for his great work as a cadet at MMA!

Student of the Month – March

Our “Student of the Month” is Jonathan Miller ’15.  He earned a 4.0 for the month of February.  He is one of the most polite cadets on campus.  Jonathan is respectful, hard-working and focused on success at the Academy.  He intensely likes Raiders and stays physically fit.  We congratulate Jonathan on his academics, athletic ability and dedication to excellence!

Student of the Month – February

Cadet Jose Herrera ’12 is our February “Student of the Month.”  Jose’s GPA for last month was a 3.71.  He is currently participating in Varsity Wrestling; he is doing a great job!  Jose enjoys practicing judo and running.  He is also a member of the MMA Raiders squad.  He is currently reading Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.  He is one of the most respectful and polite cadets we have on campus.  He keeps an optimistic attitude and is excited about his future.  Hats off to Jose!


Student of the Month – January

Ziqing Zeng ’12 is our January Student of the Month! Ziqing is an outstanding student.  He earned a 4.167 GPA for the month of December and was also inducted into National Honor Society (pictured below).  Ziqing is an excellent musician, periodically playing the piano for cadets and teachers during the academic day.

Ziqing is our Battalion S-5, or the Public Relations Officer.  His responsibilities include informing and “selling” the JROTC program to the community.  He also keeps track of interesting news and events to pass along to the Cadet Corps, keeps a scrapbook of cadet events on campus, and maintains records that ensure community service merits, ribbons, and medals are awarded to deserving cadets.

Ziqing is a Senior and has applied to many top colleges and universities.  The impressive list includes UCLA, New York University, Brandeis and UC-Berkeley.  Congratulations to Cadet Ziqing Zeng!

Zeng became a part of the National Honor Society in December.

December’s Student of the Month

Since arriving at MMA, Anthony Ingracia ’12 has worked hard to climb the ladder of success at the Academy.  He incrementally improved his grades to the point that he now consistently earns A’s in his classes.  He earned a 4.0 for the month of November!  He is our S2 – the Security and Intelligence Officer for the Academy.  This position requires attention to detail and important leadership skills.  Tony regularly participates in class, asks thought-provoking questions, and has a desire to improve his mind.  Congratulations to Tony!

Tony is also involved in FBLA, Dramateers, and is a member of  the Cadet Council.

Student of the Month – November

Cadet Jacob Beatty ’12 is our November “Student of the Month.”  Cadet Beatty was a successful summer school student at the Academy.  He enjoys writing and discussing academic topics with teachers.  Jacob earned a 3.43 grade point average for the month October.  He is looking at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Hats off to Jacob’s great work thus far!