Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–April 9, 2021

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Stories in this issue:

  • Parent Update: Day Pass, Parades, Spectators
  • Happy Easter!
  • Familiar Faces, New Titles
  • National Honors Society
  • Bravo Zulu Awards
  • Do you want to be a part of our Cadet Corps?
On March 22, junior and senior cadets received their class ring!

Great News From FUMA!

What a year this has been, with all the protocols we’ve put in place to mitigate the health risks presented by the global pandemic during this school year.

We are so proud of our cadets. They have followed the rules, even though it hasn't been very fun, and our campus has been safer this year because of it. Our Infirmary has seen far fewer cases of flu and colds than in past years, and I'm sure it is because our cadets have been washing their hands and wearing their masks.

Your boys have done well. They deserve our praise and appreciation.

As we get closer to the end of the school year, we are looking to make some improvements to campus life towards the end of April. Below you will find some exciting updates to our policies this year on day passes, parades, and spectator attendance at campus events.

Day Pass

Starting Sunday, April 25, your cadet will be allowed to go on Day Pass on select Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each Day Pass has to be approved by the Commandants Department.

Available Day Pass Dates:

  • Sunday, April 25
  • Sunday, May 2
  • Sunday, May 16

Please make sure you have a proper Leave Permission Form on file with the Commandants Department. Any leave requests can be emailed to leave@fuma.org.


Parade season is about to begin! The Academy will host two parades that will be open to cadet families, including our annual Mother's Day Parade and Senior Day Parade. These parades will be ticketed with a limited amount of tickets available per family.

Open Parades:

  • Sunday, May 9 - Mother's Day Parade | Open to all cadet families. A maximum of two tickets will be available per cadet.
  • Friday, May 14 - Senior Day Parade | Open to senior cadet families only. A maximum of five tickets will be available per cadet.

Please fill out the form below to request tickets for each parade.


Starting Saturday, May 1, Fork Union Military Academy will allow a limited amount of spectators at outdoor campus events, including sporting events. All spectators will have to follow the current COVID-19 statewide protocols:

COVID-19 Protocols:

  • If you have any COVID-19 related symptoms on the day of the event, please stay home.
  • A mask is required at all times on campus.
  • Please social distance at all times.

It was a very Happy Easter!

This past weekend, our cadets celebrated Easter Weekend. We had many events throughout the weekend, including an Easter Egg Hunt and puppies on Saturday morning and an outdoor Sunday service with Chaplain Benson at the Stadium Field. The Easter festivities will be capped off with our annual Easter Brunch at the dining hall.

We hope you all had an amazing Easter as well! He is Risen!

Familiar Faces, New Titles

Colonel David L. Coggins, President of Fork Union Military Academy, is pleased to announce two position changes that will take effect immediately. Kelly Barnette has accepted the new role as the Academy’s Director of Communications, while Jackie Montero-Sharpe is the Director of Enrollment Management.

Barnette will oversee the all aspects of the Academy’s communication efforts, along with Montero-Sharpe running the Admissions office, including the re-enrollment of current cadets. The two roles became available when Dan Thompson took over the Academy’s Marketing efforts and COL Tripp Billingsley took over the Academy’s Advancement Department.

Montero-Sharpe arrived at the Academy in July of 2019 as the Director of International Enrollment. Prior to becoming the Director of Admissions, the Ridgewood, N.J., native managed international enrollment efforts in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya.

Prior to Fork Union, Montero-Sharpe was the Associate Director of International Admission at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Va., for four years. She exclusively corresponded and communicated with international prospective students and their families, planned and executed admission and alumnae events across the United States, Central America and Asia.

Montero-Sharpe spent a year at her alma mater, Sweet Briar College, as an Admission Counselor, guiding prospective students through the college application, financial aid and college decision making process.

She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Latin American Studies and Business minor.

Barnette came to Fork Union Military Academy in July 2016 as the Director of Sports Information. Barnette was promoted to an Assistant Athletic Director in 2019.

Previously, Barnette worked as a Sports Information Director at the collegiate level, spending time at Virginia Tech, University of Richmond and Davidson College.

A native of Fork Union, Va., Barnette returned home after spending a year at Davidson College, where she was the primary contact for football and baseball.

Before arriving in Davidson, N.C., Barnette spent two years at the University of Richmond, serving as the primary contact for women's basketball, field hockey and men's and women's tennis. She also served as the secondary contact for football.

From 2011-13, Barnette was a sports information assistant at Virginia Tech, where she assisted with all 17 varsity sports, as well as being the primary contact for the top-25 women’s soccer and swimming and diving programs.

Prior to joining the Virginia Tech staff, Barnette was a sports information assistant for a year at her alma mater, Radford University.

Barnette graduated from Radford University in 2010 with bachelor’s degree in sports administration. She is the daughter of Director of Athletics John Shuman and wife of Admissions Counselor Reggie Barnette.

Thirteen Cadets Inducted into National Honor Society at Fork Union

Fork Union Military Academy inducted thirteen cadets into the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society today. Four seniors and six juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. Two 8th graders and one freshman were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

NHS Inductees

Grade: 12th

  • Carlton Stephen Ashby IV from Raleigh NC
  • Tommy Thanh-Thien Pham from Mineral VA
  • Thinh Phu Quach from Binh Duong Vietnam
  • Jace Andrew Thompson from Christiansburg VA

Grade: 11th

  • Nhyiraba Kwadwo Asumadu Addo from Cairo Egypt
  • Gavin Alexander Demorro from Palmyra VA
  • Robel Lulseged from Alexandria VA
  • Grayson Taylor Mitchell from Barboursville VA
  • Elijah Luis Muñoz from Virginia Beach VA
  • Massimo Terence Swail from Surfside FL

NJHS Inductees

Grade: 9th

  • Mark Timothy Boyd from Fork Union VA

Grade: 8th

  • Maxwell Luke Boyd from Fork Union VA
  • Michael Chadwick Johnson from Mt. Airy GA

These inductees were welcomed by the current members of the National Honor Society at Fork Union Military Academy:

Grade: 12th

  • Marcus Terrell Billingslea from Palmyra VA
  • Andy Thien Bui from Santa Ana CA
  • Hector Jesus Del Angel Hernandez from Palmyra VA
  • Gregory James Hyson from Upper Marlboro MD
  • Khang Gia Le from Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
  • Drew Samuel Leydig from Fork Union VA
  • Jackson Foster Manglicmot from Palmyra VA
  • Adam R. Nazar from Manassas VA
  • Aaron Michael Reese from Palmyra VA
  • Michael Paul Valverde Sandusky from Charles City VA
  • Phu Thanh Vo from Thu Dau Mot City Binnh Duong Province Vietnam

The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 and is the nation's most prestigious organization honoring students in grades 10 through 12 for their outstanding academic performance, character, and conduct. The National Junior Honor Society was formed in 1929 to likewise recognize students in grades 6 through 9. To be eligible for membership, cadets must be in at least their second year of attendance at the Academy and meet specific criteria for grade point average and demerit counts. Academic and conduct qualifications for membership in the Fork Union Military Academy chapter are even more stringent than the national guidelines and induction into the NHS or NJHS is one of the Academy's top academic honors.

Fork Union Military Academy is nationally-recognized for its unique One Subject Plan curriculum, followed at the school since 1950. Under the One Subject Plan, instead of students taking four to six classes every day, students take just one subject at a time. The year is divided into five grading periods of about seven weeks each. Each grading period, the student takes one class, such as English or Algebra or Biology. He is with that one teacher all day, every day, for those seven weeks. In a typical school system, a teacher may be responsible for teaching as many as 80 to 150 different students every day in several different classes. At Fork Union Military Academy, a teacher has only one classroom of about ten to seventeen students each day, every day, for seven weeks. Teachers get to know students as individuals, and students get to concentrate fully on each subject. This is believed to be one of the key factors in Fork Union Military Academy achieving a 100% college acceptance rate for seniors, and maintaining a sizable honor roll of students earning academic honors each grading period.

Several Middle School cadets enjoying Pruitt Lake.

Bravo Zulu from Col. Coggins!

Every Friday the Fork Union Military Faculty and Staff meet to nominate a few who have exceeded the standards and demonstrated superlative performance. Whilst we have various awards and recognitions - a simple "Well Done!" we hope, is also appreciated. The combination of the Bravo and Zulu nautical signal flags, i.e., Bravo Zulu, also referred to as "BZ," is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flag hoist or voice radio, meaning "Well Done" with regard to actions, operations or performance.

The following are the Bravo Zulu awards for this week:

Cadet Private Dominic Lancey is a second-year cadet in Alpha Company. He is a boarding student from Norfolk, Virginia. Cadet Lancey worked diligently to earn his spot on the tennis team. He had a great showing this week at practice and with his hard work and determination was able to pick up the 6th seed spot on the team allowing him to compete against Randolph-Macon Academy. Cadet Lancey has a positive attitude and is always willing to assist his Coach MAJ Shuman and his TAC officer MAJ Leydig. Cadet Lancey is a member of the cross-country team, off season program, tennis and is a leader in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). Bravo Zulu, Cadet Dominic Lancey!

Cadet Second Lieutenant Jackson Manglicmot is a seventh-year cadet in Bravo Company. He is a day student from Palmyra, Virginia. Cadet Manglicmot is the Public Affairs and Recruiting Officer for Bravo Company. He is a member of the Prep football and baseball teams and helps manage the Junior Prep basketball team. This past Tuesday, Cadet Manglicmot helped his team defeat Fishburne Military Academy with a score of 8-4. He pitched for two innings and had four strike outs. He has also recently accepted his invite to attend the University of Tennessee where he will major in Sports Management. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Jackson Manglicmot!

Cadet Private Joshua McGuire is a first-year cadet in Charlie Company. While Cadet McGuire is a day student from Louisa, Virginia, he stayed in the barracks over the Easter weekend to experience life as a boarding student. He successfully fulfilled his mission and took initiative to clean his room and complete morning clean-up details without being asked, exceeding the expectations of his TAC Officer. His enthusiasm and kindness are unsurpassed. Bravo Zulu, Cadet Joshua McGuire!

Congratulations, gentlemen! Bravo!

Cadets Charles Campbell and Sebastian Quinteros helping with the annual Phonathon last month.

Do you want to be a part of our Cadet Corps?

Are you a young man in the 7th to 12th grade? Do you want to be a man known for integrity, respect for yourself and others, faith, character, and discipline?

Do you want to learn more about how a top military school for boys can help you succeed? Are you interested in attending one of the USA's top college prep boarding schools? Does a good Christian school environment sound like what you are looking for? Do you think a great private school would suit you better than public school?

We encourage you to fill out an application for enrollment and join our cadets here at Fork Union Military Academy.

Cadets Trent Maxwell and Hunter McDonnell firing off bottle rockets in Ms. Jen Schnelle's science class this past week.
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