Early spring blossoms continue to brighten the campus
Right on schedule, following the pretty pink flowers bursting into bloom around the Veterans Memorial, Fraley Circle is next to blossom as the white flowering trees begin to show their spring colors, as well as a few other flowering trees and shrubs around the circle.
This is an indication that Spring Leave is getting closer and closer!
Spring Leave begins this Friday!
Our annual Spring Leave will begin at 12:30 PM this Friday, March 10th, and continue until cadets return to campus on the evening of Sunday, March 19th, at 7:30 PM.
Krispy Kreme helps with a tasty fund raiser
The Cooking Club held a very popular fund raiser this past week to support their club's activities, selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts to cadets and staff. The Cooking Club meets regularly with faculty advisor Mrs. Robbin Dodson to learn how to prepare some home-cooked favorites. The club was able to raise about $200 to support their activities.
Orienteering Team takes 2nd Place in National Meet
Varsity team places 9th in National Interscholastic Orienteering Championship
Orienteers from from Seattle to Boston, and Atlanta to Minnesota converged on Cooper Lake State Park near Sulphur Springs, Texas, and the Fork Union Military Academy Orienteering Team raced to a 2nd place in Sulphur Springs, TX. The Varsity team placed 9th at the National Interscholastic Orienteering Championships.
The two-day event underscored the depth of the JV team as different members of the team contributed to team points over the two-day competition. Sam Marinace led the charge, finishing with the gold medal for the best combined two-day total for the competition. Saturday’s points were also added by David Muench, who placed 2nd, and Zach Williams, who placed 7th on Day One. Day Two saw freshman, Brennan Stone, and sophomore, David Middleton pick up the slack in muddy, rain soaked conditions, to keep the team on the award podium.
Competing was not the only thing the team did in the whirlwind four-day trip to Texas. The team was able to do some sightseeing around the Dallas area, and received a tour of the Institute for Creation Research, observing current scientific research being accomplished. They also sandwiched several hours of study time at the Sulphur Springs Public Library around an afternoon of practice on Friday to prepare for upcoming exams, and they also got a chance to sample some of the various culinary delights that Texas had to offer.
The team also had a unique opportunity on Saturday evening to listen to former Olympic gold medalist Sir Peter Snell speak about training tips for competing in endurance running events. Sir Snell competed for New Zealand in the 1960 and 1964 Olympics, winning three gold medals and is still the only male runner to win the 800 and 1500 meters race in the same Olympic games (1964) since 1920.
Phonathon surpasses goal
Cadets from Fork Union Military Academy spent eight evenings calling over 2,000 alumni, family, and friends of the Academy to raise funds for the school. The group started off with a goal to raise $120,000 and by the time they hung up their phones from the final calls, they had raised a total of $131,025.72.
A big thank you to our dedication phonathon cadets: Blake Chiovaro, Timothy Cooper, Abduar Dasher, Liam Finch, Jared Giszack, Michael Head, Andrew Hill, Maurice Khoury, Kirko Kirkov, Walker Lander, Drew Leydig, Robel Lulseged, David Muench, Thailan Pay, Franklin Wallace, Julian Yescas, and Benjamin Zhu.
News from the Guidance Office
The coming months are a very busy time in the Guidance Department as we gear up to begin the process of course selections for next year. The guidance staff will be meeting with each cadet in the coming weeks to review transcripts, to discuss and select tentative courses for next year, and to discuss plans of study moving forward to eventual high school graduation. COL Feathers will be meeting with his assigned cadets, those in grades 7-9. COL DeVault will be meeting with his 10th and 11th graders, and Ms. Payne will be assisting these two to make sure that an individual conference is held with every cadet. Toward the end of the year, we will be sending home completed course selection forms for parents to review.
On February 17th, LTC John DeVault traveled with a number of our cadets on a “College Road Trip” to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. Our cadets enjoyed a session with an admissions representative to learn more about the University prior to taking a tour of the school. The tour ended with dinner at one of VCU’s dining facilities. The Guidance Department is in the process of scheduling at least three more “College Road Trips” before the end of the year.