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

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Stories in this issue:

  • Winter Athletic Awards announced this past week
  • Battalion Commander receives appointments to both Annapolis and West Point
  • Class of 2017 closing in on 100% college acceptance rate
  • Granting a wish
  • Senior/PG Dinner welcomes the Class of 2017 into the ranks of alumni
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Senior/PG Dinner
  • Guidance Office schedules career seminar and college road trip to VMI
  • Alumni Speaker Day brings alumni on campus to talk with cadets
  • President's Blog post describes Alumni Speaker Day...and more

Winter Athletic Awards announced this past week

These Middle Basketball players were among the athletes recognized at this past week's Winter Athletic Awards

The Athletic Department honored student-athletes from Prep, Junior Prep and Middle School basketball, swimming and diving, indoor track and field and wrestling this past week at the Winter Athletic Awards ceremony held in Wicker Chapel.

Team awards such as Most Valuable Player were announced for each sport, and cadets receiving All-Virginia Prep League, All-State, and Academic All-America honors were recognized at the event.

For all the details of the awards given, and to keep up with all the athletic news from Fork Union Military Academy, we encourage you to read The Blue Devil Report published each Friday by our Sports Information Director Kelly Shuman. Click the link below to read the latest issue, and be sure to subscribe to this excellent weekly newsletter so it will be delivered to your inbox each Friday evening.

Battalion Commander receives appointments to both Annapolis and West Point

Third cadet to receive admission to a service academy this year

Cadet Ozz Ben-David will have a choice to make between US Military Academy and US Naval Academy this fall

Cadet Ozz Ben-David, the battalion commander, faces a tough choice for college this fall as he has now received appointments to both the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Ben-David is the third cadet this year to receive a service academy appointment, with Walker Lander recently receiving news of his appointment to the US Naval Academy and Graham Luongo having been accepted to the US Coast Guard Academy.

The nation's service academies are among the toughest schools to gain admission to, with acceptance rates in the single digits. The US Naval Academy, for example, receives over 20,000 applications each year, but accepts fewer than 1, acceptance rate of less than 7%. The US Coast Guard annually accepts only 300 out of 5,000 applicants.

But meeting their high standards for admission is not all that is required for West Point and Annapolis.

Gaining admission to the US Military Academy or the US Naval Academy means successfully completing a very competitive and intimidating process:

  1. The student must first apply to the academy and meet rigorous academic standards, show evidence of leadership ability, and satisfy stringent physical fitness requirements.
  2. Next, the student must gain a nomination from their elected representative in the US House of Representatives or US Senate. Each legislator can have five constituents from their area attending the service academy at one time. When a constituent leaves the Academy (through graduation or withdrawal), that leaves a vacancy for the member of Congress to nominate a new student for admission. The member of Congress can nominate up to ten candidates for each available vacancy.
  3. Having successfully met the admission requirements for the school, and then having been selected as one of up to ten candidates for each vacancy to receive a nomination from their US Congressman or Senator, the student will then be carefully evaluated by the academy. The nominee will be compared to the rest of the candidates who also successfully gained a coveted nomination from that member of Congress. Only one of those nominees will ultimately be selected to receive an appointment to the academy.

"An average year for Fork Union"

"A remarkable achievement for our cadets"

Since 2000, Fork Union Military Academy has seen more than four dozen cadets receive admission to our nation's service academies, an average of about three per year. In one recent year, seven Fork Union cadets received a total of nine service academy appointments.

With numbers like that coming from a small school like Fork Union, it is easy to lose sight of just how huge an accomplishment it is to earn an appointment to a service academy.

There are more than 26,000 public high schools and more than 10,000 private high schools in the United States graduating about 3.5 million students each year. Out of all of those schools and millions of students, each year only about 2,800 high school graduates will earn appointments to either West Point or Annapolis.

It is a mark of Fork Union Military Academy's success as a college preparatory school that having three students receive admission to a service academy seems like "an average year," when, in fact, each academy appointment represents an extraordinary achievement by these students. —a FUMA Staff Member

We congratulate Ozz Ben-David, Walker Lander, and Graham Luongo on their remarkable achievement and wish them much success in their coming days.

Class of 2017 closing in on 100% college acceptance rate

One of the statistics of which Fork Union Military Academy is justifiably proud is that for the past decade or more, our college acceptance rate for graduating seniors has been right at 100%. While some seniors may choose to pursue a different path in the fall following graduation, some entering military service, and some taking a gap year, or pursuing other plans, we insure that all of our graduating seniors have the opportunity to enter the college of their choice in the fall.

This year is no exception, as about 75% of our seniors already had acceptance letters in hand by mid-February, and more than half had been accepted to at least two colleges before the beginning of March...even though March usually marks the beginning of the "acceptance season" when colleges and universities begin notifying the bulk of their applicants of their decisions. Many of our seniors proactively apply for early decision, or are at least well ahead of the pack in submitting their applications, thanks to the hard work of our Guidance Office.

Here is a list of the colleges and universities to which members of our Class of 2017 have already received acceptances. As you can see, there is great diversity in the schools represented here:

  • Adrian College in Adrian, MI (1 cadets)
  • Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (1 cadets)
  • Arcadia University in Glenside, PA (1 cadets)
  • Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ (2 cadets)
  • Averett University in Danville, VA (1 cadets)
  • Baylor University in Waco, TX (2 cadets)
  • Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA (2 cadets)
  • Boise State University in Boise, ID (1 cadets)
  • Bradley University in Peoria, IL (1 cadets)
  • Brandeis University in Waltham, MA (1 cadets)
  • Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA (3 cadets)
  • Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA (3 cadets)
  • Clark University in Worcester, MA (1 cadets)
  • Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY (1 cadets)
  • Clayton State University in Morrow, GA (1 cadets)
  • Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC (3 cadets)
  • Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO (1 cadets)
  • Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO (1 cadets)
  • Concord University in Athens, WV (3 cadets)
  • Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV (2 cadets)
  • DePaul University in Chicago, IL (2 cadets)
  • Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA (1 cadets)
  • Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA (1 cadets)
  • East Carolina University in Greenville, NC (1 cadets)
  • East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN (1 cadets)
  • Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY (1 cadets)
  • Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA (2 cadets)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL (2 cadets)
  • Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA (3 cadets)
  • Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA (1 cadets)
  • George Mason University in Fairfax, VA (7 cadets)
  • Georgetown University in Washington, DC (1 cadets)
  • Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA (1 cadets)
  • Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA (1 cadets)
  • Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, VA (9 cadets)
  • Hampton University in Hampton, VA (2 cadets)
  • High Point University in High Point, NC (1 cadets)
  • Hiram College in Hiram, OH (1 cadets)
  • Hood College in Frederick, MD (1 cadets)
  • Hunter College of the City University of New York in New York, NY (1 cadets)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL (1 cadets)
  • Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN (1 cadets)
  • Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (1 cadets)
  • James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (7 cadets)
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY (1 cadets)
  • Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS (1 cadets)
  • Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA (6 cadets)
  • Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN (2 cadets)
  • Longwood University in Farmville, VA (2 cadets)
  • Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA (1 cadets)
  • Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD (1 cadets)
  • Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA (6 cadets)
  • Marymount University in Arlington, VA (1 cadets)
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA (1 cadets)
  • Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA (1 cadets)
  • Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN (1 cadets)
  • Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (1 cadets)
  • Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ (1 cadets)
  • Mount St Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD (1 cadets)
  • Norwich University in Northfield, VT (3 cadets)
  • Ohio State University in Columbus, OH (1 cadets)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH (1 cadets)
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK (1 cadets)
  • Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA (6 cadets)
  • Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK (1 cadets)
  • Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA (2 cadets)
  • Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA (1 cadets)
  • Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR (1 cadets)
  • Purdue University - Northwest in Hammond, IN (2 cadets)
  • Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN (2 cadets)
  • Radford University in Radford, VA (6 cadets)
  • Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA (4 cadets)
  • Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA (2 cadets)
  • Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA (1 cadets)
  • Regis University in Denver, CO (1 cadets)
  • Rhodes College in Memphis, TN (1 cadets)
  • Roanoke College in Salem, VA (5 cadets)
  • Saint Johns University in Collegeville, MN (1 cadets)
  • Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA (1 cadets)
  • St. John's University in Queens, NY (1 cadets)
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland in Saint Mary's City, MD (1 cadets)
  • SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, NY (1 cadets)
  • Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY (1 cadets)
  • The Citadel in Charleston, SC (3 cadets)
  • The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH (1 cadets)
  • The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL (2 cadets)
  • The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN (2 cadets)
  • The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, TX (1 cadets)
  • Thiel College in Greenville, PA (1 cadets)
  • Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA (1 cadets)
  • Towson University in Towson, MD (1 cadets)
  • Trinity University in San Antonio, TX (1 cadets)
  • United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT (1 cadets)
  • United States Military Academy in West Point, NY (1 cadets)
  • United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD (2 cadets)
  • University of Akron in Akron, OH (1 cadets)
  • University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ (1 cadets)
  • University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR (1 cadets)
  • University of California - Irvine in Irvine, CA (1 cadets)
  • University of California - San Diego in La Jolla, CA (1 cadets)
  • University of California - Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA (1 cadets)
  • University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH (1 cadets)
  • University of Georgia in Athens, GA (1 cadets)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL (1 cadets)
  • University of Illinois in Champaign, IL (1 cadets)
  • University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN (1 cadets)
  • University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS (1 cadets)
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe, LA (1 cadets)
  • University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA (1 cadets)
  • University of Mississippi in University, MS (2 cadets)
  • University of Missouri in Columbia, MO (1 cadets)
  • University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE (1 cadets)
  • University of Nevada - Reno in Reno, NV (1 cadets)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC (1 cadets)
  • University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA (1 cadets)
  • University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA (1 cadets)
  • University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC (1 cadets)
  • University of South Florida in Tampa, FL (2 cadets)
  • University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA (2 cadets)
  • University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA (1 cadets)
  • Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, PA (1 cadets)
  • Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN (1 cadets)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA (1 cadets)
  • Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA (8 cadets)
  • West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV (2 cadets)
  • Wingate University in Wingate, NC (3 cadets)
  • Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH (3 cadets)
  • York College of Pennsylvania in York, PA (1 cadets)

Granting A Wish

The Fork Union Fountain, located at the front of campus between the Wicker Science building and the Veterans Memorial, was built about 50 years ago with the help of the Class of 1967 as part of their senior gift. The fountain was once a beautiful addition to campus, but in recent years it has fallen into disrepair.

COL Arthur Duane Fender spent over 35 years of his life at Fork Union Military Academy, beginning as a cadet and finishing as Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. He dedicated his heart and soul to the school, but most importantly to the cadets themselves. COL Fender thought of the cadets as part of his family, often saying, "I have two daughters and hundreds of sons."

One of COL Fender's wishes for the school and the community was to have the fountain repaired and flowing again. As a tribute to COL Fender, the Class of 2017 and the Class of 1967 (who will be celebrating their 50th reunion this Spring) would like to make that wish come true.

COL Duane Fender salutes officers of the Cadet Corps' Class of 2017 at Trustee Formation in October 2016

The Class of 2017, with the help of the Class of 1967 and friends like you, hopes to repair the fountain, creating a memorial that stands as a symbol of COL Fender's legacy on this beautiful campus and in this special community.

Will you consider helping our Class of 2017 grant this wish? Thank you...

Senior/PG Dinner welcomes the Class of 2017 into the ranks of alumni

The annual Senior/PG Dinner was held this past Saturday evening in the Estes Dining Hall. Alumni and staff joined with our seniors, postgraduates, and their families for a dinner celebrating the coming graduation and the cadets entering into the ranks of our alumni.

The cadets received their "alumni pin" as a gift from the Alumni Association in a special pinning ceremony.

Academy President, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, gave the following remarks at the event:

This is a terrific night, seeing everyone in dress uniforms reminds me of the Dining Ins we held for First Class Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy just before their graduation. You will remember nights like this...the brotherhood...the friendship...the simplicity of your life here...and I hope you will remember today's words of encouragement.Tonight should help you realize that you are a cadet for only a limited time...but you will be an alumnus forever.

I read a quote recently that said: "Isn't it amazing that our futures rest on decisions we make, and actions we take as teenagers." Our teenage years do shape our futures. It is good to be among so many whose futures are brighter because of the decision to attend Fork Union Military Academy.

This school will become more and more special to each of you as the years pass. This is a place of timeless values. We are a sanctuary...and a crucible...a place like no other. Believe it or not, one or two cadets in this room tonight will return soon to teach, to coach, to counsel, or as a member of our Alumni Board or Board of Trustees. Some day one of you may even come back as the President. That would be a special moment for this school...and I hope I live long enough to see which one of you that might be...

There are only 63 days to graduation.

Go Postgraduates! Go Seniors! Go Alumni! Go FUMA! Fork Union Strong!

Annual Senior/PG Dinner

Guidance Office schedules "Let's Talk" seminar and a college road trip to VMI

Alumni Speaker Day brings alumni on campus to talk with cadets

This past Saturday, alumni of Fork Union Military Academy traveled to campus to spend the morning visiting with cadets and describing their experiences at Fork Union and the paths their lives had taken in the years since. They met with cadets in panel discussions and in informal conversations across the lunch table.

President's Blog post describes Alumni Speaker Day...and more

Academy President, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, talks about our Alumni Speaker Day in some detail in his newest blog post, published this afternoon. We invite you to read (and subscribe to) his blog to get his insights on life and events at Fork Union Military Academy.

...and RADM Burhoe introduces Fork Union Military Academy's new slogan in his blog post

Driven by purpose. Called to Lead.
Created By
Daniel Thompson


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

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