Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–April 25, 2017

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Stories in this issue:

  • Parade Season begins Sunday, April 30
  • Cadets write thank you notes to scholarship donors
  • A beautiful blooming campus
  • Alumni! Mark your calendars...Alumni Weekend is coming!
  • CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Interact Club and Woodworking Club join forces for community project
  • Orienteering team wraps up season at US Military Academy at West Point
  • Virginia Tech's 2017 season ticket commercial features FUMA alumnus in key role
  • Guidance Office schedules upcoming "Let's Talk" seminars
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Military Ball
  • Campus Visitation Day a success for admissions office
  • Admissions schedules events around the region
The FUMA Fountain Restoration Project is showing great progress already!

Parade Season begins Sunday, April 30

Fork Union Military Academy's annual spring parade season kicks off this Sunday afternoon, April 30th at 2:00 PM. Family and friends will gather on campus to watch cadets form up around Fraley Circle at "First Call" and then move down to the stadium for the full-dress parade.

The Corps of Cadets has been practicing hard during afternoon drill time and each unit is looking sharp as parade preparations continue.

Fork Union Military Academy has been holding parades of the Corps of Cadets for more than a century, and not much has changed in the way these parades are carried out over the years. This is because many of the parade traditions we follow today have been around even longer than the Academy has been in existence.

Most of the parade traditions for military units in the United States date all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Baron von Steuben, the Prussian-born military leader, was brought to Valley Forge to train General George Washington's soldiers, and it was Baron von Steuben who wrote the Army's famous "blue book" that served as the drill manual for many decades.

From the first order to "Sound Attention," to the order for the band to "Sound Off," to the final "Pass in Review," our parades reflect traditions passed on in military units for more than 200 years, some of which may even date back to the Middle Ages. Several of these specific traditions will be the subject of upcoming "FUMA Fact of the Day" articles.

By carrying on these traditions, the cadets of Fork Union Military Academy are helping preserve a bit of American military history, honoring the importance of discipline and teamwork in all our activities, and fostering an esprit de corps at our Academy -- that special spirit and morale that sets our cadets above and apart from any students at any other school.

The Drill Competition was held in Estes Athletic Center due to rainy weather this week

Cadets write thank you notes to scholarship donors

Cadets gathered this past week to continue the important task of writing thank you notes to the benefactors who have contributed to Fork Union Military Academy in order to provide the scholarship and financial aid funds that enable so many of our cadets to attend the school. Mrs. Jamie Krogh and Ms. Kate Pendergrass from our Development Department helped cadets put their appreciation in writing, as they crafted thank you notes to the donors who provided this much-needed assistance to the Academy.

Economic forces in today's world produce challenges for a school like Fork Union Military Academy. On the one hand, the school's costs keep rising and the electric bill needs to be paid and buses kept full of gasoline. On the other hand, household income, in inflation-adjusted dollars, has gone down or, at best, remained flat since 2000, making tuition affordability a real issue for many cadet families. Most Americans, just like the Academy, have higher bills to pay, and less disposable income with which to pay them.

While tuition at Fork Union Military Academy remains very low, relative to that of most other boarding schools in the nation, tuition has been forced up by rising costs in the last two decades and a large percentage of our Corps of Cadets would not be able to attend the Academy if not for the support of scholarships and financial aid.

The funds to help students attend the Academy do not magically "appear" in the school's accounts—real people have to write checks donating real money that the school can then use for scholarships and financial aid. The Academy simply would not be able to operate and provide a top-notch college-preparatory education to so many young men without the generosity of our alumni, family, and friends. All of us at the Academy are thankful for our donors who help us keep the Corps of Cadets strong, diverse, and committed to achievement.

April showers

A beautiful blooming campus

Springtime at Fork Union Military Academy highlights the natural beauty of the school's campus, with trees and flowers in bloom across the many acres of Academy grounds. As winter's dreariness gives way to the hopeful blossoms of spring, cadets know that the end of the academic year is within reach and graduation for our seniors is just around the corner.

Library time

Alumni! Mark your calendars...Alumni Weekend is coming!

May 5–7 is Alumni Weekend

Alumni, we hope you are making plans to return to campus on May 5–7 for our annual Alumni Weekend. We have a number of events being prepared for your participation, concluding with your taking the review of our parade on Sunday afternoon.

Bench time in the sunshine

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Interact Club and Woodworking Club join forces for community project

Last Thursday afternoon, two members of the Interact Club and two members of the Woodworking Club assisted members of the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program in building a Handicap accessible picnic table (to ADA specs) to be installed at the Palmyra Veteran’s Memorial Park in Historic Palmyra. This was part of a team project from the Fluvanna Leadership Development Program which focused on making safety and other improvements to the Historic Courthouse area.

In the Guidance Office

Orienteering team wraps up season at US Military Academy at West Point

FUMA Orienteering Team at West Point, NY

The FUMA Orienteering team finished its season amidst the boulder strewn forests of Upstate New York. Saturday featured a course using property belonging to the United States Military Academy, while Sunday’s event was Harriman State Park, the location for the 1993 World Orienteering Championships.

One month rookie, Sa'eed Dasher (7th grade) crushed all opposition on the white course. At the varsity level, Sam Marinace finished 2nd overall. Sophomore Brennan Stone captured a 3rd place medal at the JV level.

While not competing, the team found time to study and tour the US Military Academy museum and campus.

RADM Burhoe offers an encouraging word

Virginia Tech's 2017 season ticket commercial features FUMA alumnus in key role

Do you recognize the Fork Union Military Academy alumnus seen in Virginia Tech's new commercial advertising season ticket sales? Watch the hilarious video below as former Hokie head coach, Frank Beamer, tries to get into the game without his ticket. Watch carefully and see if you can recognize none other than our own Ryan Shuman as he carts of the coach at the commercial's conclusion!

Cadet Muniz completes his Eagle Scout project at the Veterans Memorial

Guidance Office schedules upcoming "Let's Talk" seminars

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

Military Ball

Campus Visitation Day a success for admissions office

The week after Easter saw the first of our new Campus Visitation Days. During that week over 25 families took advantage of the opportunity to tour our campus, complete their admission interviews, attend class, join us for chapel and have lunch with us. This provided families with a much fuller experience of a typical day at Fork Union than the usual campus visit.

We received so many favorable comments from parents and students that we have decided to make this a regular part of our admission program. Beginning with April 28th until the close of school, each Friday will be a campus visitation day. Current parents are encouraged to let their friends with age appropriate boys know of this opportunity to see Fork Union in action.

Pruitt Lake

Admissions schedules events around the region

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:

May 6—Admissions Fair in Fairfax, VA

May 20—Admissions Fair in Philadelphia, PA

May 21—Admissions Fair in Gaithersburg, MD

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

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