Front & Center News from Fork Union Military Academy–February 27, 2017

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Stories in this issue:

  • Spring is in the air
  • Busy season for Admissions Office
  • Cadet Seabolt is paying it forward
  • The Robert T. Marsh Alumni House and Academy Museum
  • Phonathon raises over $60,000 in its first week

Spring is in the air

The campus is beginning to show the first stirrings of spring, as the beautiful pink-flowered trees beside our Veterans Memorial are in full bloom. Next will be the white-blossomed pear trees around Fraley Circle and the grass will begin to green up nicely once we get a bit of rain.

Flags floating in the breeze at the Veterans Memorial

Busy season for Admissions Office

COL Tripp Billingsley, Director of Admissions, leads a mother and son on a tour of campus.

This is the time of year when our admissions staff is hustling hard every day, touring prospective student families around campus, interviewing prospects, fielding phone calls, and reviewing applications.

We hope you will encourage your friends and neighbors to check out Fork Union Military Academy for their sons. We have a number of admissions events taking place from Atlanta to New York between now and June. Plus we give campus tours and interviews almost every day of the week but Sunday.

Are those cell phones they're staring at so intently? Oh! They're actually challenging their brains!

Cadet Seabolt is paying it forward

Kudos to Cadet Seabolt (8th grade) who decided he wanted to use a portion of his personal savings to donate to a few worthy causes. Cadet Seabolt donated $100.00 to the Wounded Warrior Project and the same amount to Cancer Research.

He also donated an undisclosed amount to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Penny Wars Competiton between Corps companies. The amount remains "classified" until the competition has concluded so as not to tip off the other companies in the competition.

The Robert T. Marsh Alumni House and Academy Museum

Just to the left of the front gate as you enter the Academy campus, sits a lovely Victorian style home that has been there since before Fork Union Military Academy was founded on this site. In fact, the original owners of the house were among the original ten guarantors who helped form the Academy in 1898, and it was their donation of sixteen acres of land that gave the Academy its first campus grounds.

In the school's early years, many cadets were boarded in this large home, as the Academy itself did not have dormitory space for all its students until Hatcher Hall was built in 1916. In the photo below, one such boarding cadet is pictured standing outside the front bay window of the house to the right of the front porch, underneath that red turreted roof.

Today, the first floor of the home houses the Academy's museum, with a number of interesting artifacts and items dating back to the earliest days of the school. You can find some of those interesting items displayed on our Pinterest site as part of our "Online Museum" board.

The Debate Team prepares for state tournament with CPT Goad

Phonathon raises over $60,000 in its first week

The Development Office reports that our cadets have raised approximately $61,981 in their first week on the telephones contacting alumni, benefactors, family, and friends of the Academy during the annual phonathon.

Have they called you yet?

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

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