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Middle School Track Report

From head coach LTC Willis Kleinsorge:

“The Middle School participated in the much more difficult Mexico Relays Track Meet yesterday than the one they competed in on Monday, but our boys put forth a good effort once again, they just had more competition.  Two of the team members earned medals.  Most of them improved their times or distances!

TaJae Blue placed 4th in the Long Jump with a very good jump of 15 feet, 9.5 inches.  (The first place jumper had an amazing jump of 16′ 11.75″!)

Daniel Perez placed 4th in the High Jump with a two-inch improvement over his jump in the last meet, clearing 4 feet, 10 inches.  There was a six way tie at this height, but he cleared the jump on his first attempt, so was placed above four of the other jumpers.  The best jump of the meet was 5 feet, 4 inches.

There were over a dozen schools participating and the best of each school competed, so we did quite well considering the odds.”

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.