Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–September 11, 2020

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Stories in this issue:

  • Highlighing Outstanding Cadets
  • Activities Update from Amy Reese
  • We Remember — September 11th
  • Academy Evenings with COL Bill Hitchcock
  • Are you part of the Parent Association
  • A Reminder on SAT/ACT Testing
  • Art Department is thankful for recent donations
  • Academic Team to begin preparing for the Battle of the Brains
  • Parents, do you have questions?
  • Do you want to be a part of our Cadet Corps?

Highlighting Outstanding Cadets

By c/2LT Alexander V. Self

Delta Company Cadet of the Week

Cadet Lorenz A. Terry

Cadet Lorenz A. Terry was recently selected Cadet of the Week for Delta Company by his TAC Officer and Head Postgraduate Football, Coach LTC Frank Arritt. Cadet Terry is a first-year postgraduate cadet and plays football at the academy. He is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Varina High School.

Interview with LTC Arritt:

Q: Why did you choose Cadet Terry as Cadet of the Week?

  • A: Cadet Terry was chosen as the cadet of the week due to excellence in leadership without having any rank to back himself up. He helped his fellow company members get better. He made sure that the community around him grew in a positive direction.

Q: What is Cadet Terry’s strongest quality?

  • A: He has a very strong leadership quality in that he leads by example.

Q: Does Cadet Terry plan to attend college and if so, what college?

  • A: He will be enrolling into the University of Virginia this spring.

Q: What were the first leadership traits you observed that made you realize that Cadet Terry was a cadet leader?

  • A: He corrects his peers constantly and maintains a level of professionalism, without having any rank to back himself up.

Interview with Lorenzo A. Terry:

Q: Why did you choose to take initiative and to be a leader?

  • A: I wanted to strive to push people to be on the same page; one heartbeat.

Q: What are your goals and aspirations?

  • A: My goal is to get my SAT grade up, strive for competition, and work on strategies for the next level.

Q: What do you want to major in at University of Virginia?

  • A: I want to major in business, if that doesn’t work out, I’m majoring in sports-medicine.

Q: How do you like it here?

  • A: I like it quite a bit. The school keeps me disciplined, and I need to survive without social media for a while.

Q: What is your favorite leadership trait?

  • A: Leading by example.

Q: How do you feel about yourself and your leadership skills?

  • A: I have room for improvement for ideas, consistency, and working on my leadership skills.

Q: What helped you develop your leadership skills?

  • A: Football has helped with my leadership. One person leads well, and everyone follows.

Q: What else influenced your leadership outside of football?

  • A: My company. I still need some room for improvement, but overall, my grades have been better than ever since I enrolled at FUMA.

With Cadet Terry’s excellence in Body, Mind, and Spirit, he helped Delta Company receive only one infraction, zero demerits, and zero company-wide extra duty tours.

Alpha Company Cadets of the Month

Cadet Chase White

Cadet Chase White is a returning cadet who has stepped up to be the Alpha third floor platoon leader. Cadet White's strong leadership skills have helped him take a group of cadets that are new to the Academy and make them the best platoon in the Corps. Not only does Cadet White impress people with his leadership skills, but he runs cross country and is known for his drive to get better and work harder than anyone else.

Cadet Kylian Allegra

Cadet Kylian Allegra is a returning cadet who has really stepped up this year. During the 2019-2020 school year he struggled when he was at FUMA and had a very difficult time behaving. But that has all changed in the 2020-2021 school year. Cadet Allegra has impressed many people this year with his attitude and willingness to get better. Whether it's room inspections or competing on the football field, he has improved 110% and he only wants to get better. He was recently promoted to platoon sergeant, which was well-deserved.

Cadet Alex Wills

Cadet Alex Wills is a new cadet to Fork Union Military academy who has strived within the first month of the school year. Cadet Wills adapted to Fork Union very quickly. In and outside of the barracks he does well. On the drill field he is very impressive doing every detail of every command perfectly. He also keeps a very clean room and personal appearance which greatly helps Alpha company out in personal appearance inspections and room inspections.

Bravo Company Cadets of the Month

Cadet Michael Luce

Cadet Michael Luce has attended Fork Union Military Academy since 2018 and become a model cadet. Cadet Luce came to FUMA because he knew the school was the right fit for him. His goals are to finish out the year strong and strive to get all A’s and B’s. Cadet Luce likes that Fork Union has the One Subject Plan, and he is thankful for the bonds and friendships made over the years he has been here. Cadet Luce has a very bright future ahead of him, and we can’t wait to see what he achieves.

Cadet Isaiah Lewis

Cadet Isaiah Lewis has attended Fork Union Military Academy since 2017 and has made many strides to become a better young man. He volunteers off-campus as a firefighter and on-campus with the Athletic Training staff. Cadet Lewis came to FUMA to get structure in his life. His goal this year is to graduate and get into a college. Cadet Lewis likes FUMA because of the community we have at the school. Isaiah has a bright future ahead of him.

Cadet Christian Yates

Cadet Christian Yates is a first-year cadet and has adapted very quickly. He came to FUMA to learn discipline and stability. His goal at Fork Union is to get as close to perfection as possible. One thing that Cadet Yates likes about FUMA is there is always something to do, and he never gets bored. Cadet Yates has a bright future, and we can’t wait to see what he achieves.

Charlie Company Cadet of the Month

By Cadet Jackson Pretus

Charlie Company is proud to announce their Cadet of the Month for September - CPL Phillip Johnson. The German-born cadet has already come a long way in his two years at Fork Union. He spent his first year as a Private with no interest in leadership but has since turned over a new leaf. Not only does Philip now consistently prove himself to be an outstanding cadet and role model, but he has also been promoted to Corporal, with the billet of Team Leader. Philip has worked hard to support and improve himself and his fellow cadets this year and hopes to continue to become a better leader every single day.

Activities Update from Amy Reese

SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2020


Throughout the weekend, cadets can enjoy all OUTDOOR activities on campus—basketball courts, tennis courts, walking trails, athletic fields, and disc golf, to name a few. If you are looking for an INDOOR activity, or a SPECIAL GROUP activity, then consider the following offerings:






Open for video games, recreational table games, arcade games, a game of chess and casual cadet gatherings. The Moon Snack Bar will be open for cadets to grab popcorn, nachos, snacks and beverages. OUTSIDE WINDOW is available—you do not have to enter building to get a snack.

  • OPEN FRIDAY: 1900-2115
  • OPEN SATURDAY: 1300-1645 and 1900-2115 (closed during Dinner)
  • OPEN SUNDAY: 1300-1645


  • Friday and Saturday – 1900 (Feature) JURASSIC WORLD-FALLEN KINGDOM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 1400 (Matinee) CALL OF THE WILD

We Remember — September 11th

This morning, the Corps of Cadets stood formation around Fraley Circle as always for the raising of the national flag. On this September 11th morning, however, the flag was then lowered to half staff and cadets observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims lost on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Academy Evenings with COL Bill Hitchcock

COL Bill Hitchcock is a longtime faculty member, teaching government and related classes.

Join us on Thursday, September 17th, at 6:30 PM ET, as our host, COL Tripp Billingsley, leads a conversation with COL Bill Hitchcock. We will discuss his career at Fork Union Military Academy and his thoughts on preparing another generation to participate in the American system. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with one of the most influential men in FUMA history.

Join Zoom Meeting


  • Thursday September 17, 2020
  • 6:30 PM Eastern
  • Meeting ID: 754 2853 8870
  • Passcode: ruN7Tx

Are you part of the Parent Association

Parents Association Mission Statement

The purpose of the Parents Association shall be to provide support and resources to the school for the benefit and educational growth of the cadets; to engage in fundraising endeavors; to develop parent leadership and build capacity for greater involvement; to foster and encourage parent participation; to provide a vehicle of communication for parents; and to create a network that connects fellow parents to one another.

Join the Parents Association today!

For information about how to join the Parents Association, please contact Shannon Higginbotham at shannonh@fuma.org.

Parents Association Representatives

The Parents Association Board consists of five class representatives here to support and guide other parents. They have volunteered their time to help new and returning parents in any way possible. Please feel free to reach out to them with questions and concerns. To learn more about this year's class representatives, go to https://www.forkunion.com/parents/parents-association.

A Reminder on SAT/ACT Testing

By Rhonda White, Test Director & Coordination of Counseling Services

This is a reminder to all cadets and parents that Fork Union Military Academy will be offering the SAT and ACT tests in September and October.

  • The SAT test will be given on September 26th and October 3rd.
  • The ACT test will be given on September 12th and October 24th.

Be mindful of the registration deadlines for the October test dates, and that our capacity level is low due to COVID-19 and the social distancing measures that have been put in place, so please register as soon as possible. Cadets will not be allowed to leave campus to take the SAT or ACT test at other locations.

  • The registration deadline for the September test dates has already passed.
  • The deadline to register for the October 3rd SAT test is September 4th.
  • The deadline to register for the October 24th ACT test is September 17th.

All the information for registering is on our website under the Academics > College Counseling & Scheduling menu item.

Art Department is thankful for recent donations

The art department is very thankful for all donations of supplies and materials.

This week, Mr. Al Williamson donated easels, canvases, artist pens and pencils, watercolors, watercolor paper, and much more. We gratefully accept these donations in honor of Mr. Williamson‘s late son who was an accomplished comic book artist.

Academic Team to begin preparing for the Battle of the Brains

Fork Union's Academic Team competed against Fuqua School is a previous year's competition.

Cadets participating on the Academic Team will begin practicing for their Battle of the Brains competition that will start taping in early October. The team's first match is tentatively scheduled to pit them against Clover Hill High School.

You can learn more about the Battle of the Brains, the quiz show broadcast seen around the state of Virginia, at the show's website at http://battleofthebrains.net.

Parents, do you have questions?

Parents, if you have questions, we have answers. Take a look at our new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages for Boarding Students and Day Students.

You can find both of them in the Parents section of our website:


If you don't find answers to the questions you have, please let us know! Just email your question to Dan Thompson at dan@fuma.org and we will get your questions (and our answers) added to the FAQ.

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.

Fork Union Military Academy Campus in 1910
Created By
Daniel Thompson


Photos by: Kate Pendergrass, Kelly Shuman