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2013 Superior Cadet Award

MMA 2013 Superior Cadet Award

MMA 2013 Superior Cadet Award Presentation During Spring Family Weekend
Photo credit: Coetta Brashear

Cadets with the highest standing in military and academic aspects are awarded the Superior Cadet Award. One cadet from each Leadership Excellence Training, (LET) level was presented with this prestigious award.

The following cadets were awarded the medal for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Richard Massey- Scott LET 4; Jacob Preister LET 3; Roel Rodriguez LET 2; Paolo Rosado LET 1.  This award was presented to them during the Spring Family Weekend at Missouri Military Academy on April 21, 2013 by Missouri Military Academy President Charles A. McGeorge.

By: Kurtis Mennemeier and Ethan Rachell

2013 Festival of the Arts



Missouri Military Academy once again hosted its spring Festival of the Arts on April 20 and 21, recognizing and showcasing cadets’ talents and achievements in visual and performing arts. On Saturday night, the Academy celebrated the performing arts during a 2 1/2 hour extravaganza that included the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus and Dramateers.

See photos from the Festival of the Arts.

The Festival of the Arts program opened with the Middle School Band, directed by CPT Josh Yancey, MMA’s Bandmaster. After performances of “Bandroom Boogie,” “Rock n’ Roll Part 2,” and “Latin Fire.” CPT Yancey then recognized the recipients of the middle school band ribbon:

Middle School Band Ribbon: Eugenio Barrera, Chandler Bolinger, Samer Doumit, Juan Hernandez, Antonio Montes, Miguel Quijano, Carlos Ramos, Santiago Sada, Ricardo Salido, Mason Scott, Francisco Siller

Next up was the MMA Chorus, directed by music teacher and Fine Arts department chair MAJ Mike Shoemaker. The chorus performed the reverent “In Flanders Field,” “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,” and “Brother Will, Brother John,” a solo by senior Richard Massey-Scott. The group then dedicated the song “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” to the Corps of Cadets and finished up with the Huey Lewis pop song, “It’s All Right,” with a special shoutout to LTC Giuseffi’s trademark phrase.

Before the chorus left the stage, MAJ Shoemaker recognized some of his singers’ talent with some awards:

Phillip Russel Award to the Best First-Year Member – Jesus Herrera

Outstanding Contributor to Cadet ChorusRichard Massey-Scott


MMA Jazz Band. Photo Credit: Dillion Brown Dawson

Fine Arts Ribbon – Vocal Music: Kotaro Kasamatsu, Dallas Lopez, Richard Massey-Scott, Jacob Phillips

MMA junior Chad Cardott  performed a trombone solo, “Hasse Suite,” before the MMA Jazz Band, which was developed at MMA by CPT Yancey in recent years, took the stage to finish up the first half of the show. The band performed “Mister Cool,” “Ballad for a Blue Horn,” featuring an alto saxophone solo by Daniel Diaz and rounded up the performance with “All Blues.”

A brief intermission was held before two solo performances took place. Senior John O’Leary performed Chopin’s “Nocturne in C# Minor” on the piano, followed by Daniel Diaz played “Nocturne,” on the clarinet.

The Dramateers then stormed the stage with three short skits: Jabberwocky, Random #42 and X7. The first was adapted and the latter two were penned by Dramateers advisor CPT Jon Griffin. After the performances, CPT Griffin presented drama awards to the following students:

Stribling Dramateer of the Year Award – Ben Mertens

Most Versatile DramateerBlake Bibles

Drama Ribbons

First Year (Ribbon only) – Kane Anderson, Jacob Conyers, Michael Courte, Daniel Diaz, Sebastian Diaz, Alberto Elizondo, J.D. Gonzalez, Blake Gorman, Hugh Harris, Gavin Hendee, Leo Lozano, Kurtis Mennemeier, Kyle Mertens, Chase Osborne, Ricardo Padilla, Jacob Priester, Santiago Prieto, Nick Vanatta

Second Year (Ribbon + Bronze Star) – Tajae Blue, Oliver Fitzgerald, Emeterio Gomez, Jonathan Kirkland, Nicholas Mabbs, Eoghan Matthews, Jacob Phillips, Christian Thomas, Gilberto Villarreal

Third Year (Ribbon + Silver Star) – Blake Bibles, Parker Bridge, Chad Cardott, Richard Massey-Scott

Fourth Year (Ribbon + Gold Star) – John Dillon, Benjamin Mertens

epple memorial art show

Photo Credit: Coetta Brashear

The performances wrapped up with the High School Concert Band’s show – “Miss Liberty’s March,” “Ascend,” “Largo,” and a medley of selections from the Broadway musical Chicago.  CPT Yancey then presented awards to outstanding high school band students:

Crain-Jorischie Jazz Musician Award – Daniel Diaz

John Phillips Sousa Band Award – Jacob Myers

Band Ribbons

First Year (Ribbon only) – Tajae Blue, Jordan Butz, Jacob Conyers, Connor Cunningham, Raul Escarcega, Sean Fitzgerald, David Gu, Gavin Hendee, YunIl Jeon, Joshua John, Maverick Jones, Jonathan Kirkland, Mason Kussman, David Lazcano, Robert Moore, Brennan Morand, Julien Mugabo, Miles O’Keefe, Jason Russell, Jon Snyder, Pedro Tinoco, Hang Zhang

Second Year (Ribbon + Bronze Star) – Blake Bibles, Oliver Fitzgerald, Kotaro Kasamatsu, Jacob Myers, D’Cherion Owens, Detallion Owens, Reed Vaughan

Third Year (Ribbon + Silver Star) – Chadwick Cardott, Austin Teague

Fourth Year (Ribbon + Silver Star) – Daniel Diaz, John Dillon, Cody Olson

Fine Arts Ribbon – Instrumental MusicChad Cardott, Emilio Cueto, Daniel Diaz, John Dillon, Nischal Khanal, John O’Leary, Jon Snyder, Eduardo Valenzo

The weekend events also included the Epple Memorial Art Show in the Charlie Company rec room. Art instructor LT Chris Bain displayed a variety of cadet works of art, including photos, paintings, pencil and other media. Several pieces of art were for sale, with proceeds benefiting the individual cadet artist and the MMA visual art program. During Saturday night’s Festival of the Arts performance, LT Bain recognized several cadets for their exemplary work via the following awards:

Art Achievement Award –Paolo Rosado

Middle School Award – Juan Gonzalez Luna Escoto

Creative Art Award – Jose Estrada,  Omar Sanchez Ibarra 

Fine Arts Ribbon, Visual Art – Kane Anderson, Fernando Blanco, Vincent Burke, Hunter Bush, Francisco Del Rio, Jose Estrada, Jose Refugio Garcia, Nicolas Mabbs, Benjamin Mertens, Francisco Morales, Felix Paz, Paolo Rosado, Khas-Ochir Sod-Erdene, Rodrigo Vilches, Hang Zhang

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Epple Memorial Art Show. Photo credit: Coetta Brashear

 Art Ribbon – Juan Aguirre, Byron Amidon, Kane Anderson, Bruno Avataneo, Edmond Biruta, Fernando Blanco, Jose Bours, Vincent Burke, Hunter Bush, Jose Carrillo, Michael Courte, Francisco Del Rio, Sebastian Diaz, Clayton Ebert, Emilio Elias, Jose Estrada, Hayden Fairbanks, Orlando Farias, Juan Ramon Flores, Jose Refugio Garcia, Jose Garcia, Victor Gomez, Roger Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Hector Granillo, Oscar Gutierrez, Blake Gorman, Quentin Heasler, Xinshuai Hu, Sanchez Ibarra, Benjamin Jennison, Jonathan Kirkland, John Kohm, Qi Li, Enkhbilegt Luvsandorj, Nicolas Mabbs, Benjamin Mertens, Francisco Morales, Emilio Nanni, Charles Norman, Pedro Onieva, Ricardo Padilla, Rodrigo Padilla, Felix Paz, Ning Yong Qin, Jonathan Richardson, Paolo Rosado, Sergio Salas, Ivan Salinas, Adam Schmitz, Khas-Ochir Sod-Erdene, Dasheng Sun, Pedro Tinoco, Rodrigo Vilches, Chen Wang, Hang Gao Wei, Oliver Worthington, Jiahao Wu, Andres Zamora, Hang Zhang

The weekend also provided an opportunity to recognize MMA’s student journalists. The following received awards on Saturday night:

Lyle C. Wilson Journalism ScrollDillion Brown Dawson

Pearl Green Whitney Memorial AwardBlake Gorman


Global Business Group Repeats at State FBLA Competition

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team of Nischal Khanal ’13, Paolo Rosado ’14 and Connor Wilkinson ’14 took first place in the Global Business category in the State FBLA Leadership Conference in Columbia, Mo. this week.  The win qualifies them for the National FBLA Leadership Conference in San Antonio in late June.

This is the third year in a row that MMA has sent a group for national competition for FBLA.  In 2011, Matthew Reindel ’11 earned 4th in State and competed at Nationals in Business Law.  In 2012, the Global Business group of Tommy Abraham ’12, Anthony Ingracia ’12, and Jared Roberts ‘12 took first in state and qualified for nationals, but were unable to attend.

MMA’s FBLA chapter was chartered in 2008 by coordinator MAJ Peggy Reynard.  According to Reynard, in that time, FBLA cadets have won 14 first-place district awards, 18 presentations have been eligible for state competition, and FBLA cadets have won “1st to 10th Place” state awards.

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Rosado, Khanal, Wilkinson, and FBLA Coordinator MAJ Peggy Reynard

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.”

MMA Seniors Raising Dollars and Awareness for Wounded Vets

On May 4-5, 42 Missouri Military Academy seniors and 10 adult chaperones will march to benefit a foundation that raises funds for critically wounded soldiers. The theme of the hike is “We March For Those Who Can’t.”

Executive Officer Lt. Col. Jim Medley announced last week that this year’s Senior Bivouac (Senior Hike) will be completed in honor of severely wounded veterans. The participants will hike 7 kilometers while wearing t-shirts purchased from Nine Line, a charity that sells t-shirts and apparel to raise funds to assist severely wounded veterans after they return from service.

Buy a t-shirt: www.ninelineapparel.com.

On May 9 (the date was chosen to represent the Nine Line Foundation) MMA faculty, staff, and cadets will wear the Nine Line Foundation t-shirts on campus.

The group, composed by members of the class of 2013 and several of their adult advisors, will hike the Cedar Creek Trail area of the Mark Twain National Forest. The trip is a final bonding experience for the 42 boys who will graduate from MMA in May and head off to colleges and universities in several countries. To date, this group has earned more than $2 million in college scholarships.Nineline Foundation logo

Nine Line Foundation is an organization that works to raise awareness of the harsh circumstances our severely injured service members face once their life threatening injuries are stabilized, and provide help on an individual basis. This includes providing lodging and transportation for loved ones to provide support during yearlong rehabilitations, raising money for tuition to send the children of soldiers to college, and retrofitting their homes to become handicap accessible.

In the military, the term Nine Line represents a request for help. These nine separate lines transmitted over a radio are often the difference between life and death, requesting the immediate evacuation of wounded soldiers from the battle field. The Nine Line Foundation’s mantra is “No Mission Denied.”

For more information about the Nine Line Foundation, visit the nonprofit’s website at www.ninelinefoundation.com.

Math Bar Award Winners Announced

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:

Missouri Military Academy Academics

First row: Rodrigo Marroquin ’17 (8th Grade), Nishan Khanal ’16 (Pre-Calculus), Channing Carlson ’19 (6th Grade)
Second row: Brais Galvan ’15 (Algebra 2), Santiago Sada ’18 (7th Grade), John O’Leary ’13 (Statistics)
Third row: Guangning Wei ’15 (Geometry), Jacob Priester ’13 (AP Calculus AB), Benjamin Mertens ’13 (AP Statistics), Chase Osborne ’16 (Algebra 1)
Not pictured: Paolo Rosado ’14 (College Algebra)

MMA Welcomes New Director of Cadet Life

There has been an exciting addition to the Cadet Life program at MMA!  In an initiative designed to offer a more dynamic, fulfilling and youth-oriented cadet life curriculum,  we are pleased to announce that as of April 1, Warrant Officer Richard “Rik” Thornton, Royal Marines Commando (Ret.), will fill a new role at MMA –  the Director of Cadet Life.

In his new role, WO2 Thornton will be responsible for the general health, welfare, discipline, non-academic programming and morale of the Corps of Cadets. He will also be in charge of the assimilation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award into the cadet life curriculum.

WO2 Thornton is an enthusiastic, positive youth leader who brings valuable skills to the Missouri Military Academy program. Read about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and his experience below:

About The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

logoThe award is a unique self-development program available to young people worldwide aged 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference within themselves, their communities, and the world. Participants embark on a wide variety of activities and projects that span four award sections – Community Service, Physical Fitness, Special Skills, and an Adventurous Journey – all with the goal to “better themselves while helping others.”

The DOEA was founded in 1956 in the UK by Her Majesty the Queen’s husband, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award boasts operations in 144 countries around the world and is now entering its fourth year of operations in the United States. Missouri Military Academy will be the first DOEA chapter in Missouri and the only school in the United States to offer a school-wide program.

MORE: Click here for more information about the award

The goal of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is aligned with MMA’s 360 Degree Education – both exist to promote self-esteem and character development in young people. The 2013-2014 Corps of Cadets will have access to a life-changing experience.

About WO2 Thornton 

WO2 Thornton comes to MMA from Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pa., where he was most recently Commandant of Cadets. He previously served in the capacities of Command Sergeant Major, Training Officer and Tactical Officer. Before coming to the United States, he was a Warrant Officer in the Royal Marines Commando, participating in complex operations and training activities on a global level.

WO2 Thornton’s educational qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Military Training and Science from Indiana University, licences in Human Resources and Physical Resources Management, and an NEBS diploma in Management and City and Guilds in General Technology and Mechanical Engineering Maintenance.

He boasts a long list of professional training and qualifications, including certification in first aid, first responder instruction, SCUBA instruction, survival tactics and physical training. In his spare time he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys sailing, running, cycling and shooting. Thornton also has participated in winter biathlons, triathlons, skydiving, cross country and Alpine skiing and has climbed the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Mt. Kilimanjaro and the foothills of Mt. Everest.

“Rik brings an impressive knowledge of and enthusiasm for engaging young people in exciting, challenging activities,” said Missouri Military Academy president Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge. “This, coupled with his excellent rapport with young people, will bring a tremendous change to our program.”

Three Cadets Named to State Music Festival Lineup

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.

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Pictured (L to R): MAJ Mike Shoemaker, O’Leary, Diaz, Cardott, CPT Josh Yancey

“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.

Missouri Military Academy Music

Front row (L to R, category/rating): Shoemaker, Jacob Phillips (vocal, 2), O’Leary (piano, 1), Dallas Lopez (vocal, 3), Cody Olson (brass quintet, 2), Rick Massey-Scott (vocal, 2), Jacob Conyers (saxophone quarter, 3), Yun Il Jeon (tenor sax, 2), Gavin Hendee (trombone, 2), Yancey. Second row (L to R): Blake Bibles (saxophone quarter, 3), Daniel Diaz (clarinet, 1), Kotaro Kasamatsu (vocal, 2), Chad Cardott (trombone, 1), John Dillon (brass quintet, 2), Tony Vaughan (brass quintet, 2), Austin Teague (tuba, 2)

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Zhou, Galvan Take AMC Honors

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.

Zhou (left) and Galvan show off their certificates from AMC10 and AMC12.

Zhou (left) and Galvan show off their certificates from AMC10 and AMC12.

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.

Matthews Appointed to United States Military Academy

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.

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Academy president Mr. Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge congratulates Eoghan Matthews ’13 on his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. Matthews received recommendations from a U.S. representative and U.S. senator before being accepted.

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.

Stribling Hall Reaches Silver Status of LEED Certification

Another Missouri Military Academy campus building has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.  MMA’s administration building, Stribling Hall, has been awarded Silver status of LEED certification.

The new building, completed in 2012, replaced the old administration building that stood at the same location from 1900 until 2011.  MMA’s academic building, Barnard Hall, is also LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council.  It was awarded gold status in 2010.

Missouri Military Academy Stribling Hall

Sophomores Post Impressive PLAN Results

Missouri Military Academy’s College Placement office has released cadet scores on the PLAN exam taken in January, with several cadets receiving very positive results.

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.

In Class: Tall Tales

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.

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Middle School cadets Dmitri Lamping ’18 (foreground) and his project partner Samer Doumit ’18 use proportions to map out Robert Wadlow’s legs.


Families Convene at MMA for Valentine Weekend

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.

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Chen Wang ’15 was greeted first by Battalion Commander John Dillon ’13 (far left), then by Academy officials. Each cadet who enrolled in January was welcomed into the 124th Corps of Cadets.  (Photo by Eagle reporter Nick Vanatta ’13)

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.

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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.

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Miss Missouri 2013 Tippe Emmott and junior class president Roel Rodriguez ’14 crown Jessica Ludovicy Valentine Ball queen. (Photo by Mrs. Christine Smith)

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 ’14Jose Carrillo ’14, Jack Solls ’14Austin 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.

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Rodrigo Vilches ’15 accepts the Academic Fourragere award for the month of January from Middle School Principal MAJ Richards Boyce during Battalion Review.  Vilches, along with 70 other cadets were honored.  (Photo by Emilio Nanni ’16)

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).