Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–January 9, 2017

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Stories in this issue:

  • Our Online Photo Galleries
  • Chili Wars Declared
  • Mr. Reynolds Goes to Washington
  • Guidance Department to Lead College Road Trip to University of Richmond
  • Academic Honors for Term 2
  • Vote for Fork Union Military Academy
  • Admissions Open House on Campus January 14th
Back at the books on the evening of January 2nd!

Our Online Photo Galleries

Do you want to see what life is like at Fork Union Military Academy? One great way to keep in visual touch with the Academy is by visiting our online photo galleries located at

There you will find almost a quarter-million photos (a bit over 234,000 images at last count) organized in galleries by month and school year, dating back over the past decade. We publish more than 20,000 images per school year, covering special events, games, ceremonies, and daily life on campus.

Our online photo galleries are hosted by Smugmug, one of the internet's oldest and best photo hosting/sharing providers. You can share your favorite photo links on your social media feeds, subscribe to an RSS feed to stay updated on recent uploads, and purchase any size photo print, or photo merchandise such as coffee mugs, mouse pads, and more...all featuring your selected photo.

Navigation Menu

The photo galleries are very easy to navigate. The main menu has only four items from which to choose:

  • Home
  • Current School Year
  • Past School Years
  • Search

Selecting "Current School Year" takes you to a page with folders by month. Clicking on a folder will display all the available photo galleries for that month.

Selecting "Past School Years" will let you choose any academic year in the past decade. You can then browse the folders by month to locate the gallery you want to view.

There is also a "Search" link that will let you type in keywords to look for gallery titles, phrases in the gallery description, or text that might appear in photo captions or tags.

Like, Share, and Buy Photos

See a photo that you want to buy? Think that picture of your cadet would make a great coffee mug, poster, or mouse pad? Just click on the "Buy Photos" link to select and customize your photo merchandise.

Share great photos with your friends on social media by clicking on the "Like" or "Tweet" buttons at the top of the page, or by sharing a link to an individual photo or photo gallery.

New for 2017!

  • You will find new photo keepsakes available for purchase, including customized greeting cards with envelopes, and phone cases for your iPhone or Android cell phone.
  • We've reduced most prices across the board for 2017 to help make these photo products more affordable for you than ever before.
  • Want to order your own photo memorabilia from a local vendor? You can download a high-resolution photo file to use for your own personal use for a very nominal fee. Just click the "Buy Photos" button and look for the "Downloads" section.

Support Fork Union by Buying Photo Gifts

The money you spend on photo prints and photo merchandise helps support the Academy! A full 85% of the profit on the products you buy comes back directly to Fork Union Military Academy. We keep our prices as low as we can for you, and we use the profits made to help pay the costs of maintaining our online galleries and producing great photographs each year. It's a win-win solution that's helps you hold on to valuable memories, and helps us to document them for you.

Cadets returning from leave bring much-needed survival supplies!

Chili Wars Declared

The Second Annual Chili Cook Off Competition gets underway this week on campus with six registered entrants prepared to wow taste buds with their special chili recipes. The competition is expected to see cadets from four companies (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Echo) vie for the opportunity to face the staff & faculty winning team (Academic Department or Athletic Department) in a final showdown next month. Teams will send three of their best chefs into the kitchen on each Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning to prepare their top-secret ingredients for lunch on Thursday.

  • Thursday, January 12: Alpha Company vs. Charlie Company
  • Thursday, January 19: Bravo Company vs. Echo Company
  • Thursday, January 26: Academic Department vs. Athletic Department
  • Thursday, February 2: Winner of Alpha/Charlie vs. Winner of Bravo/Echo
  • Thursday, February 8: Chili Championship (Cadet Winner vs. Staff & Faculty Winner)
Lunch with friends

Mr. Reynolds Goes to Washington

Kevin Reynolds, Jr., a Fork Union Military Academy alumnus of the Class of 1990, has been named as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett in Washington, DC. Congressman Garrett was sworn in on Tuesday of this past week to represent the 5th Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives.

Reynolds served as Garrett's chief of staff in the Virginia Senate, the seat Garrett held until his election this past November to the U.S. Congress. Reynolds grew up in Orange and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1990. He attended the College of William & Mary, earning his B.A. in History. Reynolds now resides with his wife and children in Greene County. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is a professional skydiving instructor. He can often be seen parachuting in to NASCAR races and sporting events as part of the opening ceremonies.

Reynolds is a familiar figure at Fork Union Military Academy, having made many parachute drops into our stadium for football games and parades, as seen in the video below from

LTC Strickland's class gets back to work after Christmas Leave

Guidance Department to Lead College Road Trip to University of Richmond

The Guidance Department will be sponsoring a visit to the University of Richmond on Friday, January 27th, a stop on our “College Road Trips”. We are working on scheduling a trip to Virginia Commonwealth University for next month. These trips are advertised well in advance, and cadets from any grade level are invited to sign-up. Space on the bus is limited, so priority is typically given to our upper classmen. These trips to college campuses provide our cadets a great opportunity to learn about what colleges are seeking in their applicants. They also provide them the opportunity to experience a bit of college culture.

There is much to be accomplished during these remaining months of school. A paramount goal of the Guidance Department heading into the new year is to make sure that ALL of our seniors gain college acceptance. As a school, we are very proud of our record of achieving a 100% acceptance rate for our seniors.

As of this date, 64% of the class has been accepted into at least one college or university. Many of these cadets have been accepted into several schools. Ms. Jenny Payne, our College Placement Officer, along with so many other Academy personnel, is spending countless hours helping our cadets reach their goals. We celebrate each achievement. Next time you are on campus, stop by the lobby of Hatcher Hall to check out the college acceptance bulletin board. You can also view the acceptances on our website highlighted in the top banner on the admissions pages.

In the Library

Academic Honors for Term 2

Congratulations to all those cadets earning academic honors for Term 2. The Academy recognizes "Commendation" level performance for cadets earning all A's during the term. Upper School Cadets earning a B in their Term 2 class and Middle School cadets earning all A's and B's in their Term 2 classes are recognized for "Citation" level performance.

Ring Ceremony to be held Thursday, February 2nd at 10:15 AM

Vote for Fork Union Military Academy

Virginia Living magazine is collecting votes for their Best of 2017 issue. Be sure to cast your vote now for Fork Union Military Academy as the Best Independent School.

How to vote:

  1. Click "Vote Now" button below to go to website
  2. Scroll down the web page and select "Click here to get started!"
  3. Enter your email address and select the "Central" region
  4. Vote in as few or as many of the 106 categories as you wish
  5. Make sure you cast your vote on item #52 Best Independent School and enter "Fork Union Military Academy, Fork Union"
  6. Note that item #106 requires an answer. "None" will work if you have no other choice to offer
  7. You don't have to take the whole survey at once...if you exit and return to the survey from the same device and web browser your choices will be saved and re-displayed
  8. Limit one ballot per person
  9. When you have finished voting for all of your desired "bests," click the "Submit Survey" button and your vote will be cast

You have until 11:59 PM on Friday, January 27, 2017 to submit your ballot.

The "Best of 2017" issue is determined by popular vote. The "Top Schools" issue, which has selected Fork Union Military Academy as an Editor's Choice for each of the past several years is determined by the magazine staff.

This past week saw the retirement of longtime business office employee, Mrs. Ellen Melton, who is looking forward to tending to the needs of her new grandchild

Admissions Open House on Campus January 14th

We encourage you to tell your friends, family, and neighbors about our upcoming Admissions Open House on campus at the Beatty Library on this coming Saturday, January 14th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Our admissions staff, coaches, and faculty will be on hand to provide tours, answer questions, and interview prospective student families.

Word of mouth has always been our biggest source of new students. Won't you take a moment to share the link to the video below on your social media feeds and to invite those you know who might benefit from one of the nation's top college preparatory academies to join us this Saturday? We thank you.

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