Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–January 23, 2017

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Stories in this issue:

  • Cadets Serve on Honor Council
  • Chili Wars: Round Two
  • Chaplain's Corner
  • Alumni Protecting Our New President
  • PHOTO ESSAY: "How did you enjoy your Term 3 Exams?"
  • Reminder: Saturday Class on January 28
  • Middle School Dance Scheduled for February 10th
  • Don't Forget! Vote this Week for Fork Union Military Academy
RADM Burhoe speaks at faculty meeting this past week.

Cadets Serve on Honor Council

CPT Aaron Butt, a member of the English faculty serving students in both the middle school and upper school, also serves as the faculty advisor to the honor council. He describes the work of the cadets serving on the honor council:

"The honor council is led by president Ozz Ben-David, Vice President Walker Lander, Secretary Samer Khalil, and Sergeant at Arms Josh Henriques. The other members are Cadets Garrison, Hawley, Alex Thomas, Pessaud, Grabeel, and Warner.

"Ozz Ben-David leads the proceedings, overseeing the proceedings of the council. Walker Lander fills in during Ben-David’s absence. Samer Khalil makes the record the proceedings, and Josh Henriques escorts the cadets in and out, and calls any needed witnesses.

"When a cadet stands before the council accused of committing an honor violation, these members of the council have the opportunity to speak directly to the cadet, address the offense, mete out consequences, but most importantly, to help encourage and guide the cadet to put the situation behind them and return back into the Corps with a renewed enthusiasm to represent the honor and integrity of Fork Union Military Academy.

"The honor council does not determine the facts, and the cadets standing in front of the council have already been determined guilty by the Dean/Commandant/Faculty Advisor. However, upon listening to the offense, the council can ask for more information about the violation, and if they are not convinced of the cadet’s guilt they can send the violation back up to the Dean. They must believe the evidence enough to take ownership of the decision to give consequences.

"As peers, the honor council members listen to the cadet and allow them a voice, but they also as peers admonish the cadets before the council to take responsibility for their actions, and become men of their word and good representatives of the Corps of Cadets.

"Their main priority in the council is to determine consequences and to have a chance to speak to the offender and offense, uphold the honor and integrity of the Academy, and help to encourage and reinstate the cadets into the Corps and build cadets of integrity."

The Corps of Cadets cheers on FUMA's wrestlers in a tournament this past week.

Chili Wars: Round Two

Echo Company Victorious

The second round of the annual Chili Wars was held this past Thursday and the competition was once again fierce. This time it was the cadet cooks of Bravo Company facing off against Echo Company.

When the votes were tallied, the final count gave Echo the victory with 130 votes over Bravo's 114 votes.

The battle rages on in the weeks ahead, leading ultimately to a championship round pitting cadets against faculty/staff:

  • Thursday, January 26: Academic Department vs. Athletic Department
  • Thursday, February 2: A three-way competition between Alpha, Charlie, and Echo
  • Thursday, February 8: Chili Championship (Cadet Winner vs. Staff & Faculty Winner)
The Staff Meeting takes place each Tuesday morning as department heads and school leaders gather together.

Chaplain's Corner

The following article by Chaplain James Benson was first published in the January 10, 2017 edition of the student newspaper (online edition), Sabre Now

Nestled in the middle of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), is the call to “honor your father and your mother” (HCSB). I have a great relationship with my mom and dad, so I read that directive from God and find it quite natural. However, some will see those words and will struggle with the idea of “honoring” one or both parents. Sadly, there are family situations where it is almost inconceivable for a child to offer honor to parents. But as difficult as it might seem, it is still ordered by God. As we celebrate time with our families over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, I would encourage all cadets to follow God’s command and honor their parents.

Why? It would be easy for God to answer that question with the cliche response: “Because I said so!” But God – thankfully – does not do that. The Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesian church (6:2) that this is the first commandment with a promise. While many can quote the “honor your father and your mother” part, it may surprise you to know that is only part of the sentence. Look at the scripture closer. God tells the Israelites: “Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12 HCSB, emphasis mine). We are to honor our parents in obedience to God’s command. We are not called to honor them because they necessarily deserve it. And, if we are obedient to His commandments, God will bless us.

So how can you honor your parents? You can make the most of the opportunity you have been given here at Fork Union. You can show respect (remember, it’s a FUMA core value) in how you act towards and speak to your parents. Show appreciation if your parents have provided what you need (though not necessarily what you want) in your life. And if your relationship with your parents is strained at this time, work to make it better. Remember, in the Book of Isaiah (11:6), we are told that a child will lead. Perhaps this is your chance to lead your family, in reconciliation of a broken relationship.

Have a wonderful time with your family over the upcoming breaks. It is hard to believe we are already at this point in the school year. Let’s keep making this the best year ever!

CPT Biette at work in his classroom

Alumni Protecting Our New President

This past Friday, as the nation watched a new president take office, the Fork Union Military Academy family was proud to see some of our own at work in the important job of protecting the President of the United States of America.

Viewers of the Inaugural Parade saw a number of Fork Union alumni in service along the parade route from the US Capital to the White House both as uniformed law enforcement officers, military personnel, as undercover officers spread throughout the crowd, and even in the most high profile of jobs—as part of the President's own personal protective detail as Special Agents of the United States Secret Service.

As President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their family members exited the heavily-armored limousine and began to walk down the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route, Fork Union teachers, coaches, and alumni quickly recognized a former cadet just steps away from the First Family as a member of the President's Secret Service detail. He is not the only Academy alumnus to serve in the United States Secret Service, but this past Friday he was especially easy to spot as one of the President's personal bodyguards.

Although we will not identify him here by name (it is, after all, the "Secret" Service, and we do not wish to thrust one of these publicity-shy public servants into the spotlight's glare), this former football player and National Honor Society member continues to makes us just as proud as he did during his time here in the Cadet Corps.

We salute the courage and commitment of all of our alumni who serve the public as law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service workers, and in our nation's armed forces. Because they are #ForkUnionStrong, we are #ForkUnionProud.

"How did you enjoy your Term 3 Exams?"

Reminder: Saturday Class on January 28

You might have a copy of a school calendar that has a typographical error regarding the dates for Saturday class and SAT testing in January. This error has been corrected on the calendars online, but some print calendars in circulation might have the dates switched. The correct schedule is:

  • Saturday Class on January 28, 2017
  • SAT Testing on January 21, 2017
Ring Ceremony to be held Thursday, February 2nd at 10:15 AM

Middle School Dance Scheduled for February 10th

Ms. Amy Reese, Activities Coordinator, has announced plans to hold a Middle School Dance on Friday, February 10th, from 7 to 9 PM. The dance will be held in the Social Center in Vaughan Hall. The cadets of the Middle School are inviting young ladies in Grades 7 & 8, from the Fluvanna County Middle School, as well as young ladies from other schools, home schools, and anywhere else throughout the region, to join them for this special occasion. Please help spread the word!

The legendary Coach Fred Hardy (second from left), who retired from FUMA a few years ago, was on hand this past Saturday for the annual invitational indoor track tournament named in his honor. Also pictured (l to r) are coaches Winston Brown, George Winslow, and Howard Nippert.

Don't Forget! Vote this Week 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.

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

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