Special Order #54 was read at lunch this week, recognizing outstanding achievement during the second quarter of 2012-13 in Math. Math Department chair MAJ Ananta Khanal awarded the following cadets the Math Bar:
The results are in from last week’s District Music Festival at Mexico High School and three Missouri Military Academy cadets will compete for a state title in their specialty. Chad Cardott ’14, Daniel Diaz ’13, and John O’Leary ’13 are slated to perform for a title at the University of Missouri April 25.
Cardott will compete in the trombone competition, Diaz in the clarinet competition, and O’Leary will be offering his piano performance for the judges’ consideration. All three received the highest rating, ‘1’ (superior), for their performances in the district festival. Those competitors with superior ratings move on to the state contest.
“All of our cadets put in an extraordinary amount of extra time honing their skills to perfect their respective solos and ensembles,” Band Director CPT Josh Yancey said. “[MAJ Shoemaker] and I couldn’t be more proud.”
Additional cadets were recognized for their performance in the district competition. Six cadets, and MMA’s brass quintet, received ‘2’ ratings (excellent). Two others, and the saxophone quartet, were awarded ‘3’ (good) ratings.
Two Missouri Military Academy cadets have been recognized for their performance in a recent mathematics competition. Sophomore cadet Brais Galvan ’15 and senior Yu Zhou ’13 both brought home awards.
The American Mathematics Competition (AMC10/AMC12) is organized by the University of Nebraska and sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Akamai Foundation. Students compete by taking a test at their school with the results passed along to the MAA. Students in grades 8-10 participate in the AMC10 group and AMC12 is comprised of 11th and 12th graders.
Math instructor MAJ Ananta Khanal says this is the fourth year MMA cadets have entered the competition. 15 cadets took this year’s test.
This was the second math competition in which MMA students participated this school year. Cadets also competed in November’s state level contest, “Excellence in Math”, organized by St Louis Community College.
For the third time in four years, a Missouri Military Academy cadet will begin classes at a United States service academy this fall. In 2013, Eoghan Matthews ’13 of St. Louis has been appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
The announcement came after Matthews received recommendations from Missouri representative Lacy Clay and Missouri senator Roy Blunt. Matthews is scheduled to report to the academy in July.
“I remember the first conversation I had about West Point with my family,” Matthews said.
He recalls that his family initially balked at the idea, but after a few years of research and working toward his goal, his family came around. Matthews says he has had West Point on his mind since 2009, and hasn’t given up since. With a 4.4 GPA and notice of his appointment, the next stage of packing and planning begins.
Matthews says he may take his first year to experience the Academy before settling in on a specific focus of study.
“I want to take a look around at all the Academy and the Army has to offer,” he said. “I know I’m interested in being an infantryman, but there could be other opportunities for me.”
It is a very difficult and arduous process to apply and subsequently be accepted to any service academy. A lengthy application, letters of recommendation from representatives, and an outstanding GPA are just some of the requirements to be fulfilled.
Matthews joins Luis Gonzalez ’10, Jared Roberts ’12, and Landon Smalley ’12 as MMA alumni to be appointed to service academies. Gonzalez and Smalley are currently studying at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Roberts is rehabilitating from a knee injury.
Matthews is the first MMA cadet to report to West Point since Devin Lang in 2009.
The PLAN test is offered to high school sophomores (and some freshmen) as a sort of practice for the ACT exam taken during their junior and senior year. The scores also give an indication of where the student’s test-taking skills before taking the ACT.
The highest sophomore score was posted by Kane Anderson ’15, who ended up in the 99th percentile of test takers. This means that Anderson scored better than 99% of students who took the test. Freshman cadet Nishan Khanal ’16 finished in the 98th percentile and Wade Lueckenotte ’15 tested better than 92% of PLAN students.
Anderson’s best performance came on the English and Math sections of the test, scoring in the 98th percentile. Khanal led the way in Math among cadets, scoring in the 99th percentile.
Anderson’s test-taking skills are not limited to the PLAN exam. He also posted the best score on the PSAT for the Class of 2015 in October. In addition to placing higher than 99% of students who took the PLAN, his overall score on the PSAT was better than 89 percent of students who took the test. Anderson also posted a very impressive score on the Writing portion of that exam, scoring in the 99th percentile of students who completed that section.
Other notable performances include Guangning Wei ’15, who scored in the 96th percentile of math students, and Sergio Salas ’15 testing in the 97th percentile for the reading section.
MAJ Richards Boyce has been teaching Missouri Military Academy middle school cadets about a famous Guinness World Record holder from the region. Robert Wadlow spent his adult life standing 8 feet, 11 inches tall until his death in 1940. Residing in Alton, Illinois, about 30 minutes north of St. Louis, people came from miles around to meet the tallest measured person in history.
This week, cadets have been using proportional measurement to convey just how tall Wadlow was on paper. Boyce presented a scale drawing of Wadlow’s hand, and then asked the cadets to “construct” the rest of his body on paper using the measurements of his hand.
It’s not often at Missouri Military Academy that cadets have a chance to show off their moves on the dance floor. The annual Valentine Ball, hosted by the junior class, encourages them to do just that. The main event of MMA’s Valentine Weekend, the Ball is a formal military ball hosted by the cadets. Parents, siblings, friends, family, and even Miss Missouri were all invited to Mexico, Mo. February 8-10.
The weekend also provides an opportunity for families to visit their sons on campus, sit down and chat with teachers during conferences, and have a brief glimpse of life at MMA.
A number of parents ventured classroom to classroom in Barnard Hall for conferences with their sons’ teachers. The College Placement Office and Quartermaster also set up shop in the building’s atrium to pass along information to parents or to send them home with MMA memorabilia.
Many of the parents and some cadets took a break from their conferences and enjoyed a pancake breakfast in the Mess Hall. After the conferences concluded, the Corps gathered in formation in front of Stribling Hall for the mid-year Passing Through Ceremony. New cadets, or “recruits,” who enrolled in January were formally admitted to the 124th Corps of Cadets after completing their training to become full-time cadets. Each new cadet was recognized on front campus, shaking the hands of the Academy’s president, Executive Officer, Dean of Academics, Middle School principal, Commandant, and Battalion Commander.
Most cadets were able to travel off campus Saturday after the ceremony, but they were sure to get back in time to get ready for the evening’s Valentine Ball. Decked out in their dress uniforms, cadets began arriving at the Centennial Gymtorium well before dinner began.
The cadets and their dates shared a few laughs and some punch, and some had their photograph taken in the Gymtorium lobby prior to the dinner. After the four-course meal, the cadets, their dates, parents, faculty, and staff performed the traditional Grand March through the gym. But it wasn’t long before they hit the dance floor.
The crowd paused midway through the evening to find out who would be the queen of the 2013 Valentine Ball. During the crowning ceremony, the junior class officers escorted each candidate to the main stage. First, junior class president Roel Rodriguez ’14 walked Miss Missouri Tippe Emmott to her seat, then cadets Jose Bours ’14, Jose Carrillo ’14, Jack Solls ’14, Austin Teague ’14 each guided one of the queen candidates to the stage.
This year’s candidates included Miss Jessica Ludovicy, Miss Madeline Brooks, Miss Sierra Westphal, and Miss Morgan Smith, all of Mexico, Mo. The crowd roared once Dallas Lopez ’14 announced the name of the winner: Jessica Ludovicy. Emmott and Rodriguez crowned her as the queen of this year’s Valentine Ball. After the flashes ceased, cadets went back to the Cha Cha Slide and the Macarena until 10:00. Parents were then able to sign cadets out for the rest of the night and Sunday.
The weekend concluded with a Battalion Review honoring those cadets who earned the Academic Fourragere for the month of January.
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.”
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).
Missouri Military Academy junior Jacob Priester ’14, of Maumelle, Ark., offered a fantastic showing at this year’s Missouri Class 2 District 2 Wrestling Championship at St. Charles West High School. Competing in the 195-pound weight class and seeded third, Jacob got off to a rough start Friday, losing by pin in the first round. After receiving a bye in the first round of the consolation bracket, he went on to win his all three following matches by pin, earning third place overall in the tournament. Priester’s next match is Thursday at Mizzou Arena in the MSHSAA Class 2 Wrestling Championships, where he will square off against Devon Overall of Monett High School in his first match.
by Blake Gorman ’13, Eagle Columnist
I see a lot of new boys come into the Corps of Cadets throughout the year. Just last year I was one of the new boys that came in the middle of the year. I enrolled at MMA right after the Christmas break. A lot of cadets say that the cadets that come in the middle of the year miss all of the hard times, but that is not always the case.
It can be harder to transfer schools, especially socially, because everyone has already established friends from the beginning of the year. Many cadets are reluctant to willingly accept the “new boy” into their social circle. I personally have experienced being the “new kid” at other schools and at other public schools – it can be difficult to make friends. I only had hours a day to get to know those individuals, but at MMA you have the experience of living here, so you get to know your fellow MMA cadets quite well.
Another reason it is tough being a mid-year student is making huge adjustments. The pressure of adapting to the cadet life on campus can be very tough overall. It can be even tougher if you are the only one learning the ropes while everyone else already knows how things go. But there will always be someone there to help you out, like your leaders. At the same time, many of the leaders should remember that the new boys are learning all of these things and, just as it is at the beginning of the year, we have to be patient with them.
Cadets that come in the middle of the year may sometimes be instantly assumed as ‘bad kids’ – maybe there is a reason why they were sent at MMA halfway through the year. We have seen that is not always the case. There are a number of reasons students enroll halfway through the year. It could have been from bad grades, to learn time management, or just wanted to pursue a serious career in the military. All in all, cadets that show up in the middle of the year aren’t always the “bad kids.” One senior I spoke with said, “There is no such thing as a bad kid. There are just good kids that have made bad decisions or has been living in a bad environment.” Let’s do our best to welcome these boys into the Corps of Cadets and help them along in their new journey.
Blake Gorman is a senior cadet from Wentzville, Mo. He plans to attend North Georgia College and State University with the intention of joining its Corps of Cadets.
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.
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.
Missouri Military Academy’s World War II re-enactment group, the Railsplitters, traveled to rural western Missouri for a weekend re-enactment of the Battle of the Bulge. LTC Tim Scherrer, Railsplitters coordinator, provided an account of the weekend’s events from both an MMA and a World War II soldier’s perspective. Click the link in the story to see more photos from the weekend.
“The Railsplitters Living History Company participated in the 2013 Battle of the Bulge recreation at Camp Clark near Nevada, MO. The event was held January 18-20 and had near perfect weather for January, although it is odd not having snow on the ground for a Battle of the Bulge recreation.
Overall the company fielded 29 troops, including two rifle squads, a scout/sniper section, and a support element. We had 13 MMA cadets and two Mexico High School JROTC cadets. One squad was lead by Illinois State Army ROTC Cadet Art Avery and the second, MMA alumnus Kyle Hughes ’12. Kyle is transferring to Marion Military Institute this summer and attending Army ROTC leader training camp, so he is pursuing a commissions as an officer too. Also attending was former MMA student Jordan Uthe.
The company did four missions. The first was a movement to contact although the enemy had already occupied the crossroads so it became a hasty attack. We were able to push the Germans off the objective quickly by using high ground with Art’s one squad and Kyle led a terrific flanking movement that pinned the Germans against a barrier. The second mission we defended a town and hilltop. We were destined to lose by the scoring system, but the company gave a good accounting of itself. Tyler Grogan ’13 as the designated marksman was able to barricade the road leading into our position through sniper fire. The third mission was to recover a downed parachute of supplies. The victor got a box of Hershey bars. We found the parachute in 17 minutes, much to the dismay of the umpires who gave the mission 90 minutes. The final missions was an attack on a bridge in which Kyle’s squad gained some key high ground which dominated the bridge, causing resistance to collapse quickly. By the end of the day, we had humped about 8 miles and were glad to be off our feet.
On Saturday night we had a visit by “‘Splitterclaus.” The Battle of the Bulge was fought during Christmas 1944. I had 84th vet Allen Howerton state he had a similar visit on Thanksgiving of 1944 from a Santa who brought him his Thanksgiving meal in Germany. We also watched two period films, Buck Privates and This is the Army. We all believe that the star of This is Army, Reagan, will never amount to much of anything but a B film actor.
Overall I was very proud of the cadets, and the company overall. We performed very well in the field and did many things that re-enacting units never do, like serve hot chow in the field. They set the standard and we received many compliments on the Railsplitters’ performance and authenticity. The only complaint I received was they weren’t very quick to take hits and die in the field…and I am OK with that.
A big thanks to MAJ Mike Shoemaker and Paul Petit, Sr. for being such a help on the trip. Cadet Hugh Harris ’15 took all the pictures and did a great job with them.
PROUD TO BE A RAILSPLITTER!”
The Commandant’s office issued Special Order #36 at Sunday’s Missouri Military Academy Battalion Review announcing the winners of the January Soldier’s Bar. Here is the text:
“For outstanding military courtesy, neatness, bearing and attitude, as well as performance of duty, the following cadets are awarded the Soldier’s Bar: Jose Bours ’14, Vincent Burke ’15, Francisco Del Rio ’13, Tyler Grogan ’13, David Gu ’16, Javier Ibanez ’14, Ivan Quiroz ’14, Gabriel Rodriguez ’14, Paolo Rosado ’14, Jon Snyder ’16, Eduardo Valenzo ’13, and Rodrigo Vilches ’15.”