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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.

Teacher of the Month: November

LT Edsel Baker teaches Geometry, Regular Statistics and Advanced Placement Statistics.  He is well-versed in instructional technology and helps out with MMA’s Athletic program.  Mr. Baker enjoys college sports, theological discussions and exercising.  He can also be seen at MMA sporting events on a regular basis.  He is a native of the great state of Kentucky and at the same time cheers for the Duke Blue Devils.  Congratulations to Edsel Baker for his great work!



Teacher of the Month – May

Our “Teacher of the Month” for May is LT Annette Meinheit.  LT Meinheit teaches our English-as-a-Second-Language classes; she is always thinking about developing new ways to make our ESL program more effective.  LT Meinheit implements a variety of teaching techniques in her classes and communicates with the rest of the teaching staff about how her students are progressing in English.  We commend LT Meinheit for her dedication and hard work!

Teacher of the Month – April

Our Teacher of the Month for April is LT Mary Maupin.  LT Maupin grew up in Mexico, Missouri, one of five siblings.  After graduating from Mexico High School she attended Moberly Junior College, then Missouri Valley College where she earned a BA in English.  She continued her studies at Missouri State University in Springfield where she completed a Masters in English, with concentrations in composition and literature.  LT Maupin teaches both college- and middle school-level courses.  She is completing her first year as the MMA middle school literature teacher.  She also teaches as an adjunct professor for Moberly Community College which recognized her for excellence in teaching last May.  We now do the same, naming her Teacher of the Month for Missouri Military Academy.

Teacher of the Month – March

Our “Teacher of the Month” for March is our Band Director, LT Josh Yancey.  This is Josh’s second year at MMA.  He is responsible for Middle School and High School Band.  He also oversees our Private Music program.  Josh is involved in various aspects of MMA:  military reviews, musical/dramatic events, musical concerts and special weekends hosted by MMA. Josh puts in long hours and strives to develop a great band for MMA.  Josh also has a passion for music of all kinds – opera, musicals, rock and jazz.  Hats off to Josh’s good work at the Academy.

Teacher of the Month – February

Our “Teacher of the Month” for February is actually our School Librarian CPT Katherine Larison.  Katherine has been at MMA for several years.  During her tenure she has created a wonderful collection of books for our library.  Katherine is always willing to help teachers and students with research, curriculum development and lesson plans.  Katherine has a strong desire to see our cadets pick up the enjoyable habit of reading.  She informs cadets and teachers about recently published books and offers reading competitions to our cadets. Periodically, Katherine will have themes in the library.  For instance, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, she highlighted books about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Cheers to Katherine’s good work!

Teacher of the Month – January

Renae Stumpe is our Learning Specialist at the Academy.  She has been an educator at MMA for many years, dedicating herself to the academic success of MMA cadets.  Renae’s diligence and patience in helping our cadets improve their study and test taking skills is a testament to the great work educators can do for today’s youth.  We salute Renae for her years of wonderful service to the Academy!

Stumpe gives 8th grader Huifeng Chen ’16 a hand with an assignment.

December’s Teacher of the Month

CPT Craig Flynn is enjoying his third year of teaching middle school English at Missouri Military Academy. Prior to working at MMA he taught at both Mexico High School and Mexico Junior High School. He has been teaching for twelve years.  CPT Flynn brings a great background to his work. Before becoming a teacher he was a successful restaurateur in mid-Missouri. He has worked as the “boss” and manager of young people for many years and he knows what they need to learn in order to be successful outside of school.  CPT Flynn and his wife, Millie, have a daughter in St. Louis and are enjoying getting to know Finn, their first grandson.

CPT Flynn teaches Middle School English and Creative Writing

Teacher of the Month – November

We are happy to announce that MAJ Ananta Khanal is our November “Teacher of the Month.”  MAJ Khanal has been a faculty member at MMA for several years.  He has taught various Math and Physics courses along with helping out with extracurricular activities.  MAJ Khanal developed a wonderful Physics program, helped implement technology in the classroom, and motivated our cadets to get involved in Mathematics competitions.  MAJ Khanal has a son, Nischal, who is a hard-working, dedicated student at MMA.  Kudos to MAJ Khanal’s good work!