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Khanal Named National Merit Finalist

For the first time, a Missouri Military Academy cadet shares a lofty status alongside 15,000 other U.S. high school students. Nischal Khanal ’13 was notified of the announcement at lunch today.  Khanal was named a National Merit Semifinalist in September and had been awaiting news.   He scored in the top one-third of the original 50,000 high scorers to achieve Semifinalist status.

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Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi was the first to know – but it was not long after until Nischal was commended for his achievement. He will find out between March and mid-June if he is a scholarship winner.

According to the organization, Khanal’s abilities, skills, and accomplishments will determine if he is selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.  National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) selectors will also evaluate Khanal’s academic record, two sets of test scores, information about his school involvement, and a personal essay, among other criteria.

Khanal is now in the running to be one of 8,300 Finalists that will be selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award. Beginning next month and continuing to mid-June, NMSC will alert the winners.

Cadets Take on International Panel at MHS

Seven Missouri Military Academy cadets recently participated in a workshop dealing with international issues with other area students.  Those seven, who all hail from different countries of the world, shared their experiences of being an international student studying in the United States, and also educated the others about the culture and background of their home nation.  Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi said the event was an opportunity for MMA cadets to share a global experience with their peers in the community.

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MMA cadets participating in the international issues discussion included (left to right in photo): Francisco De Llano ’13 (Mexico), Alexander Kolyasnikov ’13 (Russia), NinYong Qin ’13 (China), Yun Jeon ’16 (South Korea), Julien Mugabo ’17 (Rwanda), Khas-Ochir Sod-Erdene ’13 (Mongolia).  (Photo courtesy of Dana Keller, Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce)

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.

“100 Greatest Books” to Grace Library Shelves, Classrooms

Many men and women have contributed to the course of history, especially in the world of literature.  One hundred famous works of Western civilization by those men and women will soon be added to the Missouri Military Academy library as part of the “100 Greatest Books” program.

Alumnus Clay “Tex” Dodson ’56 of Amarillo, Tex. donated the funds to purchase all 100 of the books, which will be organized in a section of the library and also incorporated into the school’s curriculum.

“While Missouri Military Academy is always exploring new and productive ways to educate our cadets, we also recognize the necessity of a liberal arts education,” said Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi.  “An education that ideally stirs the mind and heart toward elevated and noble things.”

Giuseffi added that this liberal arts tradition finds its home with the “Great Books” – the canon of texts in literature, philosophy, politics, history, mathematics and theology that have stood the test of time and shaped the thoughts and events of western civilization.

“As a college preparatory school, we will require several of these books to be read and analyzed in our Literature classes,” he said.  “As part of our commitment to a 360-degree education, these books will be intertwined in our curriculum since they are recognized as texts that develop the mind and strengthen the will.”

Giuseffi concluded by saying that with the right teaching, facilitation and, guidance from MMA instructors, our cadets will grapple with the ideas and questions that have challenged humankind throughout history and come to understand how these writings are relevant to their lives.

Cadets Receive Taste of Home at Dumpling Festival

Some Missouri Military Academy cadets come to Mexico, Mo. from very distant locations.  A number of those  cadets hail from the Far East – China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, and other countries.  So it is not common for them to enjoy a meal that reminds them of home.

Chinese instructor LT Jackie Li, Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi, and science instructor LTC Willis Kleinsorge accompanied 19 cadets to the sixth annual Dumpling Festival hosted by the Columbia Friends of China.  The cultural event was open to the public, as more than 250 guests joined the MMA group at the Forum Christian Church in Columbia, Mo.

PHOTOS:  See more from the Columbia Dumpling Festival

Cadets were treated to authentic meat and vegetable dishes, homemade dumplings, Chinese bread, and other dishes. They also had a chance to chat with teachers and students from the Confucius Institute at the University of Missouri.

Three cadets were greeted with an interesting surprise at the festival.  Those three, who are with us from Mongolia, were approached by a pastor from a local church in their native Mongolian language.  The pastor said he lived in Mongolia for several years and had learned quite a bit of the language.

In addition to dinner, guests could take their chances in several raffles and also shop for Chinese jewelry and photos.

Getting a Head Start: 2012 New ERA Summer School

Four weeks can feel like a long time for a high school student to be in school over their summer.  But at Missouri Military Academy’s New ERA Summer School, that time was spent inside and outside the classroom.

52 young men and women completed this year’s New ERA program, learning math, science, English, and even robotics and SCUBA diving in a focused environment.

“The smaller classes encourage more individual learning in the classroom,” Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi said.  “There are more one-on-one opportunities between teachers and students.”

PHOTOS:  What were those New ERA students up to for four weeks?

Students came from all four corners of the United States and some visited from other countries.

Brais Galvan of Pontavedra, Spain was one of the international students who took part in the program.  He participated in CPT Keith Morgan’s robotics class and also brought home the Academic Excellence Award for being the most outstanding student.

Brais was one of the students in CPT Keith Morgan and Mr. Mark Murphy’s summer Robotics course.  The class will also be offered to MMA cadets in the fall.

Giuseffi also noted how New ERA can prepare students for their upcoming school year.

“We believe a program like New ERA can keep kids focused on their schoolwork, even over the summer,” he said.  “It allows them to get a head start on their fall classes and be ready to go when they head back to school.”

While much of the four weeks is spent in the classroom, the New ERA program offers a number of opportunities to learn outside of it.

Students in MAJ Mike Pemberton’s biology class bussed to the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City, Mo. for a day dedicated to learning about local flora and fauna, and the processes that occur in nature.  Pemberton’s class also visited the St. Louis Zoo to learn more about the world’s wildlife.

Morgan’s robotics class signed up for the SkillsUSA Robotics Conference in Kansas City, where hundreds showcased their innovations in mechanical engineering and other areas.

MMA also offered a SCUBA diving class for the first time during New ERA, taught by certified SCUBA instructor and MMA alumnus Mitch Moffitt ’82.  Moffitt says students responded very positively to the class, so he decided to continue the SCUBA class into the fall for MMA cadets.

At the end of the summer program, students were commended for their diligent work over the four-week span through a graduation ceremony.  Each participant received a certificate recognizing their completion of New ERA.

In addition to the Academic Excellence Award, Giuseffi presented the Good Character and Leadership Award to Bart Muehlberg of Waterloo, Ill., for displaying outstanding traits as a leader throughout the summer program.

New ERA Summer School began June 24 and concluded July 21 with the graduation in MMA’s chapel.

Khanal, Chung Excel on AP Tests

There are many ways Missouri Military Academy cadets put their knowledge on display. A number of them are enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which push students a bit harder in their respective subjects.

Despite a more rigorous curriculum, both cadets who took the AP Physics exam posted very impressive results. The school was notified this week that EuiJeong Chung ’12 and Nischal Khanal ’13 achieved perfect “5” scores on the test. AP test scores are ranked 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible score.

Chung is now an MMA alumnus attending the University of California-Berkeley. Khanal will be a senior this fall.

In addition to his perfect score on the AP Physics test, Khanal earned three additional scores of “5” in three other subjects. Khanal also excelled in biology, calculus, and macroeconomics.

Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi says this is the first time an MMA cadet has earned this many perfect scores on AP tests.

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy Educators Visit, Observe MMA

Missouri Military Academy welcomed visitors from another military school last month as representatives from St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy traveled to Mexico, Mo.  The educators, Academic Dean John Thornburg, College Counselor Joe Niemczyk, and Educational Technology Director Eric Wozniak departed the Delafield, Wis. school early Wednesday, December 7, and upon arrival that evening, began preparations to observe classes and tour the campus with MMA Dean of Academics LTC Frank Giuseffi Thursday, December 8.

Each representative sat in on different classes throughout the morning, focusing on science and English, and the lessons presented.  Wozniak also met with MMA Educational Technology Director Matt Vore to discuss how each institution employs new technologies in the classroom.

The three visitors noted many more similarities than differences, particularly when it came to academics and cadet life.  Thornburg says the two schools focus on improving the learning experience of their students and effectively preparing them for their next level of education.  He adds that while the academic approaches are similar, one major difference is St. John’s operates three different military education programs:  one with Army JROTC, one with Navy JROTC, and another with Marine JROTC.

Reporters for the Eagle chat with St. John’s Northwestern College Counselor Joe Niemczyk (left), Academic Dean John Thornburg (center), and Director of Technology Eric Wozniak (right) about the similarities and differences between MMA and St. John’s. 

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