Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–April 18, 2017

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Stories in this issue:

  • Fork Union inducts 20 cadets into National Honor Society
  • PHOTO ESSAY: NHS & NJHS Induction Ceremony in Wicker Chapel
  • Delegation from Qatar visits Fork Union campus to learn best practices
  • Applied Christianity class takes service trip
  • Guidance Office schedules upcoming "Let's Talk" seminars
  • Admissions Open House on campus this upcoming weekend
  • PHOTO ESSAY: This is the busy season for our admissions office and cadet tour guides
  • CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Cooking Club
  • Welcome back, alumni! Anytime!
  • CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Interact Club
Springtime means baseball

Fork Union inducts 20 cadets into National Honor Society

Nine cadets inducted into the National Junior Honor Society

Fork Union Military Academy inducted twenty cadets (three seniors and seventeen juniors) into the National Honor Society in a ceremony in Wicker Chapel attended by the entire Corps of Cadets. In addition, five 8th graders and four freshmen were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

These cadets met stringent guidelines based on their high academic performance and their excellent conduct to be eligible for membership in these prestigious academic societies.

The National Honor Society inductees included the following cadets:

Cadet William Richard Ebright, a junior, is the son of James and Heather Ebright of Charleston, West Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since October 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Cadet David Jackson Greenspon, a junior, is the son of Jonathan and Melissa Greenspon of Fork Union, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet Joshua James Henriques, a junior, is the son of Miguel and Pauline Henriques of West Nyack, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Cadet Jonathan Ademola Ilori, a junior, is the son of David and Alice Ilori of Colonial Heights, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet Logan Michael Justice, a junior, is the son of John and Debi Justice of Lewes, Delaware. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet Qiran Li, a junior, is the son of Dong Li and Hairong Dong of Changchun, China. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Cadet Samuel Jones Marinace, a junior, is the son of Carolyn Jones of Ocracoke, North Carolina. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since February 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Cadet Hayden Thomas Miles, a junior, is the son of Eric and Sara Miles of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Cadet Andrew Charles Morris, a senior, is the son of Dawn Morris of Louisa, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a junior.

Cadet William Humphrey Pessaud, a junior, is the son of Mary Jane Pessaud of Alexandria, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Cadet Gavin Curtis Powell, a junior, is the son of Ruth Guss and Larry Powell of Troy, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Cadet Seth Stewart Robinson, a junior, is the son of Christopher Robinson of Lexington, North Carolina. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Cadet Alex Marcel Thomas, Jr, a junior, is the son of Althea Glover of Birmingham, Alabama. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2014 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Cadet Benjamin James Vanderpool, a senior, is the son of Brian and Elizabeth Vanderpool of Medina, Ohio. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Cadet Luke Wilson, a junior, is the son of Michael and Natalie Wilson of Louisa, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Cadet Du Xiang, a junior, is the son of Dhua Xiang and Change Fu of Changshu, China. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since February 2014 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Cadet Haonan Yan, a junior, is the son of Quanhong Yan and Sun Nan of Chengdu, China, and the nephew of Dong Sun of Glen Allen, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Cadet Julian Damon Yescas, a junior, is the son of Deborah Yescas of Miami, Florida. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet Yuchen Zhang, a senior, is the son of Zhang Fenglei and Zhu Jun of Changchun, China. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

The National Junior Honor Society inductees included the following cadets:

Cadet Timothy Robert Cooper, an eighth grader, is the son of Mark and Amy Cooper of Centerville, Ohio. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2015 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet John Corey Fraser, a freshman, is the son of Scott and Stacie Fraser of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Cadet Logan Aren French, an eighth grader, is the son of Laverne French of Silver Spring, Maryland. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet Luke Glen Gustafson, a freshman, is the son of Glen and Janine Gustafson of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2015 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.

Cadet Drue David Hackenberg, an eighth grader, is the son of Erick and Nicole Hackenberg of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.

Cadet Maximus Marshal Neil Holm, a freshman, is the son of Clark Holm of Charlottesville, Virginia and Scott and Allison Baumann of Warsaw, Illinois. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2015 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.

Cadet Drew Samuel Leydig, an eighth grader, is the son of Gary and Shannon Leydig of Fork Union, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since December 2014 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Cadet Ze Yu Luo, a freshman, is the son of Zhaoming Luo and Yi Ling Ruan of Beijing, China. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Cadet Tommy Thanh-Thien Pham, an eighth grader, is the son of Xuan Pham of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.

NHS & NJHS Induction Ceremony in Wicker Chapel

Delegation from Qatar visits Fork Union campus to learn best practices

A delegation from the country of Qatar in the Middle East visited the Fork Union Military Academy campus and met with senior staff and faculty this past week. They hope to open a similar type of school in Qatar, and are traveling to the top schools in the world to learn about best practices and to ask questions of school leaders as they begin to plan for the creation of their own school.

RADM J. Scott Burhoe hosted the delegation as they toured the campus and facilities of Fork Union Military Academy and spoke with members of the senior staff and faculty regarding the operations of the Academy.

At left are three Developmental Analysts from the Ministry of Defence in Qatar, with RADM J. Scott Burhoe, MSgt Lashonida Wilson, USAF, of the Office of Military Cooperation, and a representative from the Embassy of Qatar in Washington, DC
Workout Time

Applied Christianity class takes service trip

The Applied Christianity class traveled to White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue on last Wednesday. The rescue, located about 20 minutes south of Farmville, is non-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and at-risk Appaloosa and other horses, especially those in urgent need and in danger of slaughter. Eleven cadets traveled to the farm that day, and they spent several hours helping to clear out nine stables. The labor was hard, and it required some of the cadets to step outside their comfort zone and into an environment they had never experienced. But while the work was strenuous, it was rewarding as well. Senior Andrew Morris stated, “This service has reminded me that I am only part of the picture, as the whole class worked together to complete the work and our work helped others.”

This service trip opportunity is one of many that the Applied Christianity class will experience this term. The cadets will spend time in the classroom learning about life purpose in light of the Christian faith, and our call from Jesus to love our neighbors. This love is many times exhibited through service, and cadets will have the opportunity to serve various organizations as part of the class: Camp Crossroads and Conference Center, the Fluvanna SPCA, Central Elementary School, Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, and the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond.

This service has reminded me that I am only part of the picture, as the whole class worked together to complete the work and our work helped others.—Cadet Andrew Morris
The Sarah Alice Bronson Commons is a beautiful and quiet spot on campus

Guidance Office schedules upcoming "Let's Talk" seminars

The Guidance Office continues to schedule helpful seminars for cadets on a regular basis. The next session this week will cover "Careers in Business." Next week's seminar will talk about the all-important topic of "Finances 101: Budgeting Tips for College Freshmen."

Looks like they're ready for a leave weekend!

Admissions Open House on campus this upcoming weekend

We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to learn more about Fork Union Military Academy and whether our college prep environment might be a good fit for one of their young men. Check out the upcoming schedule of admissions events:

April 22—Admissions Open House on Campus

Attend our Admissions Open House at the Beatty Library on the campus of Fork Union Military Academy on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Join our faculty and staff to learn more about enrollment opportunities, including Summer and Fall 2017.

May 6—Admissions Fair in Fairfax, VA

Meet with our admissions staff at an Admissions Fair on Saturday, May 6th, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks.

This is the busy season for our admissions office and cadet tour guides

We invite any family interested in learning more about us to come for a visit!

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Cooking Club

Ms. Robbin Dodson and her Cooking Club cadets continue to learn new and delicious dishes, and appear to have a lot of fun in the process! This week they prepared quiche.

Apparently, real men bake quiche.

Tim Redden (at right), our VP of Development, is always pleased to greet visiting alumni, families, and friends of the Academy

Welcome back, alumni! Anytime!

We at Fork Union Military Academy are always pleased to see alumni stop by, check out the campus, see what's changed, see what is still the way they remember it....and, best of all, share their stories with us.

The Academy was blessed this week by a few such visits, including that of Tom "T" Green from the class of 1958. T visited the campus to view the new barracks and to visit the Veterans Memorial with his friend Bill to honor one of T's fallen classmates, Richard Riley, whose name is engraved on the wall of the memorial alongside the names of all of our former cadets who have given their life in the defense of our nation.

He also visited with Cadet Jared Giszack, the cadet with whom he'd recently had a telephone conversation during the annual phonathon. T shared personal stories of his days at the Academy, making quite an impression on the 10th grader, as well as making a much-appreciated donation to the school. Cadet Giszack gained key insights from his fellow cadet from days gone by during their phone conversation, and was very pleased to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Green in person and to give him a tour of the campus. As they toured Jacobson Hall together, discussing different ways of waxing floors, the brotherhood and timeless mission of the Academy resonated with each footstep.

Best wishes to "T" Green, and to all our alumni, as we work to continue your legacy and look forward to meeting again, perhaps at an upcoming class reunion. Or anytime you might be able to stop by Fork Union.

Cadet Jared Giszack with Tom "T" Green, Class of 1958, and his friend, Bill.
Flowers on Fraley Circle

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Interact Club

Pinwheel Garden for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Cadets in the Interact Club worked with faculty advisor CSM Catherine Garcia to place dozens and dozens of bright, shiny pinwheels alongside US Route 15 at the front of the campus to call attention to April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The pinwheel—that happy and whimsical symbol of childhood—has been adopted by Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, and other organizations as a national symbol in the effort to prevent child abuse. The colorful pinwheel gardens planted this month around the nation help call attention to the cause.

In recent years, our cadets have taken part in this effort by planting a large and attention-grabbing pinwheel garden along this area's busiest highway, US Route 15, where it passes in front of our campus. We hope drivers and pedestrians alike will enjoy the beautiful display and will have their attention directed to the important effort to aid children by the Prevent Child Abuse Virginia organization.

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Photos by: COL Al Williamson, Kate Pendergrass, RADM Burhoe, & Charles Thomas

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