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.”
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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.