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NHS Adds Five Junior Cadets for 2013

Five Missouri Military Academy cadets have become full members of one prominent academic society.  Juniors Jesus Herrera ’14, Dallas Lopez ’14, Nicholas Mabbs ’14, Jacob Priester ’14, and Jack Solls ’14 were officially recognized as part of the National Honor Society during Battalion Review Sunday.

Chapter adviser MAJ Mike Pemberton says members are selected by a Faculty Council for meeting high standards of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

“National Honor Society members are chosen and then expected to continue their exemplary contributions to the school and community,” said Pemberton added.  “These students are the most worthy of this honor.”

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Front row (L to R): Jack Solls, Dallas Lopez. Second row (L to R): Jacob Priester, Jesus Herrera, Nick Mabbs.

The Missouri Military Academy chapter of the National Honor Society has been active since 2005.  The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Chapters exist in more than 60 percent of the nation’s high schools and, since 1921, millions of students have been selected for membership. Millions of dollars in scholarships have also been awarded to senior members since 1945 by the society’s sponsoring organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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.

Colonels Complete Wentworth Sweep in 2011-2012

Just one win over your biggest rival can mean the world for a team, but the Missouri Military Academy Colonels did not stop at one victory this school year.

MMA’s varsity teams defeated the Wentworth Military Academy Red Dragons in every sport during the 2011-2012 athletic season.  The tennis team won 9 matches to none and the golf team added a 193-222 triumph to complete the season sweep.

The top six varsity tennis players were all victorious in their singles matches as well as the junior varsity players, Hsin Wei Chiu ’12 and Nischal Khanal ’13.  All doubles teams also came away with wins.

“This was a good win for the team,” head coach MAJ Mike Pemberton said.  “I was pleased with our effort and good sportsmanship throughout the match.  After some rest, we’ll prepare for district play next week.”

Senior Santiago Bou has a shot at competing in the state tournament of two spring sports.

While the tennis team was in action on the courts, the MMA varsity golfers took to the links of Shirkey Golf Course in Richmond, Mo. against Wentworth.

Head coach 1SG Randal Jacobson says John Dillon ’13 and Marcelo Gomez ’14 finished with gold medals and Diego Michelsen ’12 took home a bronze medal.

“This match was a big boost in confidence after a rather dismal district showing last week,” Jacobson said.  “The boys seem to be back on track. I wish we had a few more matches to help build upon that confidence.”

The Wentworth match was the final one for the varsity golf squad, who finish the season with a record of 5-1.

The season is not over for one golfer, however, as Santiago Bou ’12 competes in the state sectional match Thursday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course in Hartsburg, Mo.

Environmental Science Class Begins Using New Weather Station

Thanks to a generous donation by an alumnus and current parent, one of Missouri Military Academy’s science classes will be able to monitor local weather readings a lot more closely.  Jose Garcia Batarse ’78 made the donation so that cadets in MAJ Mike Pemberton's environmental science class may take precise measurements of the weather at the school.

Batarse is the father of MMA junior Jose Garcia ’13.

Crews recently finished mounting the station on the roof of Barnard Hall, and has already allowed cadets in Pemberton’s class to document wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, temperature, and other conditions.

Cadets in the class had the opportunity to go up and see the device in action.










“We’re very lucky to have received these gifts in such a short amount of time,” Pemberton said.  “I’m very excited to help the cadets learn more about the weather, especially with such sophisticated equipment.  Not only will it assist my meteorology lessons, it will also give us very accurate readings.”

This is not the first donation welcomed by the science department this school year.  Last month, alumnus Ben Jones ’50 donated funds for the purchase of new microscopes for MMA’s biology classes.

Donated Microscopes Provide New Opportunities for Cadets

Cadets in Missouri Military Academy’s science classes may notice some of the equipment they use has been upgraded.  After MMA alumnus Ben Jones, ’50, of O’Fallon, Missouri contributed a generous donation to the school’s science department, students will now have access to new microscopes that Biology teacher MAJ Mike Pemberton plans to use in many future lessons and labs.

“Our old microscopes had seen a lot of wear and tear to the point where they were hardly usable anymore.  The new ones have features that will allow us to do things we couldn’t do before in labs,” Pemberton said.  “We’re very appreciative.”

 MAJ Mike Pemberton assists Cadet Jacob Ziegler ’15 with operating one of the new microscopes.

Pemberton has wasted no time in showing off the new equipment.  His Biology I Honors class used them yesterday for a lab about the biological processes of meiosis and mitosis.

Jones contributed the funds for the microscopes, and he requested the money be used specifically for that purpose.

“I worked in a business where we had to keep up to date with equipment and technology,” he said.  “I felt it was necessary to help the science classes out and bring their equipment up to date.  Things change with each generation.”

This is not the first time Jones has worked to upgrade MMA technology.  He donated a computer to the school in 1975 – the first one at MMA.