Mothers and grandmothers were the guests of honor at Missouri Military Academy’s Spring Family Weekend. The annual event includes activities that honor mothers and grandmothers and their influence on their sons.
The Mothers’ Tea kicked off the weekend, as incoming MMA president Charles A. “Tony” McGeorge and Mrs. McGeorge joined a number of mothers and grandmothers in the Barnard Hall atrium. The tea was hosted by the Office of Advancement and the MMA Parents’ Committee. Incoming chairperson Cynthia Dillon of Colorado Springs, Colo. and incoming vice-chairperson Leslie Teague of Plato, Mo. spoke briefly about the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.
After the tea, families made their way to the new Stribling Hall, where MMA president MajGen Robert M. Flanagan joined the Office of Advancement and MMA faculty and staff to dedicate the terrace that is attached to the back of the building, which will house a 50-year time capsule. The area has been named after MMA alumnus Bill Ewton of the class of 1941. MajGen Flanagan and Director of Advancement Dan Fowler unveiled a plaque that will be displayed on the terrace. Ewton’s daughter, Valynda, spoke of her father at the event, noting that her father held only his wife higher in his heart than MMA. The area will be known as the Bill Ewton ’41 Terrace.
Families had the opportunity to sign their sons out for the afternoon before returning to campus for the Kathryn C. Epple Memorial Art Show and the Festival of the Arts in the Centennial Gymtorium. Many cadets displayed their work in the art show, including Best in Show winners Rodrigo Delgadillo ’13 for his scratchboard, “Bob,” and Byron Amidon ’16 for his graphite drawing, “Skull.”
After the conclusion of the art show, the audience took in performances by the Middle School and High School bands, chorus, Dramateers, the new high school jazz band and other fine arts groups. Several cadets showed off their skills with a solo. The entire show was well received by the crowd.
MMA faculty also awarded cadets with the annual fine arts awards. Ribbons and plaques were presented to cadets who were most outstanding in the areas of art, drama, band, chorus, and journalism during the 2011-2012 school year. Winners can be seen by clicking here.
Cadets could spend the night out with their parents after the show before returning Sunday morning. Families enjoyed a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Class of 2012 before heading to the Field House for Sunday’s main event, the Flower Pinning Ceremony. Cadets were in formation for the pinning, where mothers and grandmothers pin red flowers on their sons and grandsons. In a special part of the ceremony, MajGen Flanagan and Mrs. Debbie Flanagan pinned white flowers on those cadets who have lost their mothers.
After the pinning ceremony, the crowd took in a performance by MMA’s Fusileers followed by the Sunday Battalion Review. As part of the Review, Senior Army Instructor SGM Henry Suddarth presented the Superior Cadet Award to cadets Nathan Hollinger ’12 (LET IV), Eoghan Matthews ’13 (LET III), Alec Noonan ’13 (LET II), and Jonathan Miller ’15 (LET I). The award is given for excellence in military and academic scholarship and leadership; demonstrated qualities in discipline, courtesy and character; and potential for achieving positions of ever increasing responsibility at MMA.
The weekend concluded with Vespers in the Memorial Chapel with Susan Iverson of Germantown, Tenn. serving as a guest speaker to the cadets.
For photos from all of Spring Family Weekend, click on this link to our Flickr page.