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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.

Cadets Recognized at First All-School Assembly

Cadets, faculty, and staff convened in the Missouri Military Academy Memorial Chapel Thursday for the first all-school assembly of the year.

After the Color Guard posted the colors and Chaplain Rev. Randall Sawyer opened with a prayer, the Battalion S-5, or public information officer, NinYong Qin ’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 September.  Award winners include:

Student of the month:  Sandir DeSilva ’16

Athlete of the month:  Jesus Gonzalez ’13

Teacher of the month:  LT Andrea Vollrath

The following faculty members were promoted to the rank of captain:

Brian Davis, Commandant Staff

David Higgins, Commandant Staff

John Noel, Athletic Director

Dr. Steven Wolf, Math Teacher

Joshua Yancey, Bandmaster

New awards were also presented at the first assembly.  The Honor Award was created to be awarded to the cadet who most exemplifies the MMA Honor Code.  The OneMMA committee also recognizes a high school and middle school cadet who are the “team players” among the Corps – the cadets whose teamwork and school pride promote true school spirit.

(Photo by Taps editor Dillion Brown-Dawson ’14)

The first Honor Award recipient of 2012 was Blake Gorman ’13, presented by Commandant LTC Greg Seibert.  The OneMMA Committee presented Guangning Wei ’15 and Charlie Norman ’18 with the OneMMA Award.

Athletic Director CPT John Noel introduced the fall athletes for 2012, including those playing football, soccer, cross country, Raiders, and middle school athletics.

Academy president Mr. Charles A. McGeorge took time to recognize the MMA laundry and tailor staff for their hard work ensuring all cadets had the necessary clothing for the year.  He also presented LTC Seibert with the Presidential Gold Star for his efforts in making MMA’s Summer Leadership Camp an accredited camp with the American Camp Association (ACA).

The meeting also featured an inspirational video about the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a group of highly trained pilots who showcase their skills in air shows.  Mr. McGeorge said he showed the video to encourage the cadets to focus on the importance of teamwork and its role in achieving goals.

As the assembly concluded, the cadets’ shouts of their new motto echoed throughout the chapel:  We are! MMA!

(Photo by Taps editor Dillion Brown-Dawson ’14)

Alumni Relive Memories on MMA Campus

Home is where the heart is.  Those feelings were expressed by nearly 200 MMA alumni who returned to Mexico, Mo. for the school’s Homecoming celebration Sept. 28-30.  Alumni from as far back as the 1940s came from near and far to visit the school that was once – and possibly still is – a home away from home.

Friday – First Glimpses of Campus

Homecoming events kicked off Friday morning at the Mexico Country Club.  About 15 alums took an early weekend and enjoyed a scramble golf tournament accompanied by a luncheon.  The competitive atmosphere continued to the soccer field Friday afternoon, as a handful of alums challenged the varsity soccer team on the pitch but fell 4-2 to the cadets.

After a busy afternoon of athletics and competition, alumni were treated to a special Homecoming Review.  Alumni were invited to inspect the cadets along with MMA president, Mr. Charles A. McGeorge.  The long line of alumni spanned Colonels Field as they trooped the line.  The alumni were also invited to take part in the presentation of rings to MMA senior cadets.  Many said they were honored to be a part of this significant moment. The day concluded with some socializing at the Mexico Country Club for the Alumni Barbeque.

Alumni were invited to “troop the line” with President McGeorge and former Alumni Association president Dave Telford ’65.  (Photo by Taps editor Dillion Brown-Dawson ’14)

Saturday – A Day of Honor and Remembrance

Saturday was a day of recognition and appreciation for many of MMA’s alums.  The day began with the fifth annual donor breakfast, held in Barnard Hall.  After updating the donors on the progress MMA has seen in the last year, Mr. McGeorge and Director of Advancement Dan Fowler presented donors with awards to thank them for their generous contributions.

PHOTOS:  Check out all the festivities from Homecoming Weekend

Many of Saturday’s events brought everyone to Colonels Field, beginning with a dress parade.  Similar to a review, the dress parade was the first at MMA in recent memory.  Following the parade was the alumni drilldown, during which alums headed to the field to see just how much they remember from their time at MMA.  Paul Petit ’85 of Mission, Texas won the drilldown. The ten best alums then squared off against the ten best current cadets in the sweepstakes drill, with Carlos Anda ’95 (center below) winning the event.

Academy executive officer LTC Jim Medley keeps an eye on alumni during the drilldown competition.  (Photo by Eagle reporter Blake Gorman ’13)

After some time at Colonels Field, attendees headed to the Centennial Gymtorium for the Alumni Awards Convocation.  George Cline ’46, although not able to attend, was presented with the LTC Paul Gillette ’70 Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognizing him for his past contributions and dedication to MMA.  The school also recognized two donors for achieving a lifetime giving milestone.  Former president and alumnus Charles R. Stribling, III ’44 and his wife Winnie became members of the Legacy Society for their contributions, and R. Stribling Koster and his wife Janie were added to the 1889 Society for their giving.

Alumni then joined cadets by falling into formation and marching to noon mess, with several former band members picking up instruments and playing alongside members of the MMA band. This was yet another chance to relive their MMA experience. After sharing more memories about the mess hall from their days at MMA, the alums made their way back to Colonels Field for the Homecoming football game against Central High School (Kansas City).  Despite a defeat on the football field, many alumni recalled their athletic days during the game. During halftime of the football game, Charlie Company accepted the plaque for the Barracks Decorating Contest for the second year in a row, as judged by the alumni wives.

Alumni joined the mess formation and found themselves back in the role they had while at MMA.

Manager of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Terry Logue ’72 and outgoing Alumni Association president Dave Telford ’65 also announced the induction of the undefeated, state runner-up 1992 MMA tennis team.  Because Walt Diehl, the coach in 1992, was unable to attend Homecoming, Logue and Telford accepted the award on his behalf.

Hats, t-shirts, and jackets flew off the shelves at the Quartermaster’s souvenir tent as alums were eager to show their support once again.  The cool, crisp fall weather made for a very pleasant afternoon of football.

Saturday concluded with a dinner and dance at the Mexico Elks Lodge.  Former MMA Alumni Association president Telford, of Omaha, Neb., installed Jesus Soriano ’82, of O’Fallon, Mo. as the 2012-2013 president of the association for the next year.

The Class of 1992 proudly accepted the Class of ’55 plaque for attendance and philanthropy, raising the most contributions during Homecoming weekend.

Sunday – Wrapping Up the Weekend

On Sunday, Soriano was honored as the new MMA Alumni Association President during Review.  One unique part of this year’s Homecoming festivities included a review at the Mexico, Mo. community’s local festival, Walk Back in Time, at the Audrain County Historical Society.  Cadets showcased the review to community members and veterans.

Veterans of the community were invited to ‘troop the line’ at review during Sunday’s “Walk Back in Time” event at the Audrain County Historical Society.  (Photo by Taps editor Dalton Blackwell ’14)

Tom Reynolds ’61 of Bellefontaine, Ohio was the alumni speaker at evening Vespers.

Many alumni stayed for the duration of Homecoming and took part in events that jogged their memories of their days at MMA.  Some came from nearby Mexico, Mo., and others came from as far as Thailand.  They shared laughs, their MMA pride, took time to honor other alums, and even had a few tears.  But perhaps most importantly, they were able to return to a place many still consider a second home.

Community Members Meet and Greet at Stribling Hall

Once every month, the Mexico, Mo. Chamber of Commerce hosts events at different businesses and organizations around the community.  “Business After Hours” was held at Missouri Military Academy Tuesday, September 18 in the rotunda of Stribling Hall.  About 60 guests were on hand to chat and enjoy refreshments with other business owners and community members.  Pictured below is Mr. Bruce Oliver (left) of Edward Jones enjoying a conversation with Academy president Mr. Charles A. "Tony" McGeorge and Admissions Director Phillip Dunbridge.

MMA Remembers Leslie C. Barnard ’48

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Les and Joanne Barnard cut the ribbon during the Barnard Hall dedication in October 2009.

The MMA community is mourning the loss of alumnus and philanthropist Leslie C. Barnard ’48, of Flossmoor, Ill., who passed away on July 12. The students participating in MMA’s summer camp and school took a moment during dinner Thursday evening to remember a man they’ve never met – but whose legacy is present all around them.

The family will hold a celebration of life at Mr. Barnard’s hotel in downtown Chicago on Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m.

Les Barnard attended Missouri Military Academy from 1945 until he graduated in 1948. He long remembered his time at Missouri Military Academy as a transformative experience and attributed his success as an entrepreneur to his MMA education. He was prosperous in the construction, real estate and hotel industries.

At MMA, he was widely respected by his classmates, the board of trustees, staff and faculty as a kind man of excellent character. Mr. Barnard was a loving husband to his wife, Joanne, a proud father of children Nancy Barnard Knox, Stephen Barnard and Ross Barnard, and a grandfather to their children.

Mr. Barnard was a lifelong supporter of Missouri Military Academy. Former Missouri Military Academy president and chairman of the board, Charles R. Stribling III ’44, remembers Mr. Barnard as an “incredibly loyal” alumnus who was among the first to step up and serve the MMA Alumni Association when it was revived sometime after World War II. He served as the Association president in the 1950s.

In 2009, he decided to make the gift of a lifetime, contributing $3 million to construct MMA’s academic building, which was named Barnard Hall in his honor. A modern, state-of-the-art facility that transformed the way MMA cadets learn, Barnard Hall was the first LEED-certified high school constructed in the state of Missouri.

Mr. Barnard’s gift remains the largest single contribution in Missouri Military Academy history. He found tremendous personal gratification from philanthropy, and once mentioned that he considered the dedication of Barnard Hall among the best moments in his life. In his public remarks during the dedication, he encouraged those in attendance to experience the great feeling that comes from philanthropic contribution.

In many ways, Barnard Hall is a symbol of Les himself: Elegant. Innovative. Welcoming. Supportive of a cadet’s ability to learn and grow. And in those walls, his spirit lives on at Missouri Military Academy.

Other members of the MMA community shared their thoughts about Les Barnard:

“Les will always be remembered as not only an accomplished cadet and later a highly successful businessman, but also as one of the Academy’s most generous benefactors and philanthropists. His vision and support in spearheading the construction of Barnard Hall will leave a lasting imprint on MMA cadets for generations to come.” R. Stribling Koster, chairman of the MMA board of trustees

“Generous is not even enough. He truly loved the school.” Ron Kelly, MMA president, 1993-2007

“I am saddened to hear of Les Barnard’s passing. Saddened because he was a good friend and because he was a man of character who will be missed by many.  Les was a successful entrepreneur who worked hard all his life and he always attributed his success to the values and lessons he learned at MMA. I’ll miss Les, so will many others.”  – Robert M. Flanagan, USMC (Ret), MMA president, 2007-2012

“Due to the extraordinary generosity of one of MMA’s own, Les Barnard, we have an academic building that is conducive to the intellectual development of today’s youth. So many of our cadets will benefit from Barnard Hall for years to come.” – Francesco Giuseffi, MMA Dean of Academics

“Les was a good student at MMA, and a very good friend.” Classmate and close friend SMSgt Albert Brown USAF (Ret), MMA class of 1948

“I am very sad to hear this. Les was a great person. We will miss him tremendously.” Classmate Wallace Beckley ’48

“Les and his wife Joanne have truly been transformational figures at MMA.   Their commitment to the institution and its Cadets is manifest in the beautiful state of the art Barnard Hall which serves each Cadet and members of our faculty and staff every day.   We will all truly miss this wonderful son of MMA.” – Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge, current MMA president

MMA Staff Bids Farewell to MajGen Flanagan

It was one last hurrah for Missouri Military Academy’s ninth president.  MMA staff gathered in the new Stribling Hall yesterday for a farewell lunch for MajGen Robert Flanagan, who is retiring after five years leading the school.

About 30 faculty and staff convened to say goodbye to MajGen Flanagan, and a few of them presented him with some parting gifts.  They also provided a cake for the gathering that featured a motorcycle riding down a cookie-crumb road, and the words, “Happy Trails!”

Flanagan told the group that after his last day at the school, Friday, June 29, he plans to begin his trek to the West Coast along the Lewis and Clark Trail.  However, he will not be making this trip in an air-conditioned car – he will be cruising west on his motorcycle.

PHOTOS:  See more from MajGen Flanagan’s farewell luncheon

“I’ll finish packing up the truck, put on my jeans, and head out sometime Saturday,” Flanagan said.

He added that he has wanted accomplish this feat for many years and figured the perfect time to do it was now, before settling with his wife Debbie in Georgia.

Flanagan completes five years of service to MMA, during which he approved the construction (and saw the completion) of Barnard Hall and the new Stribling Hall.  He oversaw other extensive renovations to campus.

Academically, MMA cadets achieved record-breaking college scholarship totals during Flanagan’s time at the school, as well as a 100% college acceptance rate among MMA graduates.  He also created numerous new ties with the Mexico, Mo. community.

Following Flanagan is Mr. Charles A. 'Tony' McGeorge, who has been named the Academy’s tenth president.  McGeorge begins his MMA tenure Monday, July 2.  His wife, Joy, will join him as they complete their move to Mexico.