Dick and Nancy Cooper have established UVa scholarship for FUMA graduates
Are you a FUMA graduate with an undergraduate degree in liberal arts, science, or engineering and want to continue your education?
Fork Union Military Academy alumnus Dick Cooper, Class of 1954, and his wife Nancy have established the Richard L. and Nancy L. Cooper Scholarship for the Masters of Science in Commerce program at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
"Careers in the Military" seminar presented by COL George Gennin
Cadets take a "College Road Trip" to VMI
Cadets exceed goal in fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
This past Friday, Amy Reese, the Academy's Activities Coordinator shared with the Cadet Corps a presentation about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and our Penny War fundraiser, along with the results of the fundraising project. The lofty goal this year was to raise $3,000 for this cause, and our cadets blew that target out of the water. Mrs. Reese proudly reported that Fork Union Military Academy raised $4,654.07 for LLS this year!
Bravo Company won the Penny War by collecting $1,434.77. Charlie Company was a very close second place collecting $1,421.55 (just $13.22 separated 1st and 2nd place).
A huge part of our success this year was due to our cadets' efforts and the online donations we received from cadet family members. Our cadets and their families are truly amazing!—Amy Reese
Chess team wins the FUMA Open Chess Tournament
This past Saturday, Fork Union Military Academy hosted the FUMA Open Chess Tournament, also billed as the Fork Union Spring Scholastic Tournament by the Virginia Scholastic Chess Association, with a field of twenty-five high school, middle school, and elementary school competitors. The Fork Union team took first place in the high school division.
Cadet Luming Zhao won three matches and claimed a victory over the highest-rated player at the meet, whose rating was over 400 points above Cadet Zhao's rating, in a contest that chess advisor COL Chris Nothnagle described as "an awesome game." Cadets David Cammack and Alexander Birch each won two games, and Cadet Andrew Phillips added a win to help boost the team to the top in the tournament.
Orienteering team brings home two national championship medals
After 1,500 miles of driving and five races the Fork Union Military Academy orienteering team returned to campus this past weekend with a slew of medals, including two national championship medals. On Friday evening, Cadet Sam Marinace, a junior, raced through a soggy 6.6 km course in an hour and twenty-four minutes to claim the gold medal in the US Night Orienteering Championships. Marinace ran at the varsity level. At the junior varsity level, sophomore Zach Williams obtained a bronze medal. The team had practiced on the Fork Union campus property to prepare for the limited visibility inherent in a night competition.
In addition to the night orienteering championships, three other competitions made up the twenty-first annual Flying Pig National Event. Fork Union orienteers placed in the middle distance competition on Friday afternoon and in Saturday’s long distance event, characterized by high, steep hills. The highlight of Saturday’s event was rookie seventh grader Sa’eed Dasher blowing away his competition on the beginner course.
Sunday’s competitions consisted of two short distance events, the first through the town of Columbus, Indiana. Columbus is a town with varied architecture. On Saturday, the team, pursuing excellence of both mind and body, had an opportunity to hear a lecture by a professor of architecture. On Sunday morning the team competed in and amongst the architecture. For Senior Dong Hun Lee, an AP Scholar, the race within the city was the highlight.
The weekend provided veteran and new orienteers the opportunity to employ all their skills in varied competitions in over 20 km of racing, and demonstrated why the Fork Union Military Academy team is nationally-recognized in the orienteering world.
Admissions team travels the world meeting FUMA parents as well as prospective international students
In the past couple of weeks, Fork Union Military Academy representatives, Mrs. Katherine Giszack and Mrs. Sonia Brandon, visited several of the families of our current cadets in South Korea.
After a wonderful experience in South Korea, they headed to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to attend a total of seven admission fairs and to meet with several newly-admitted FUMA cadets.