by COL Chris Nothnagle
Saturday, August 22nd, a bunch of cadets descended to Pruitt Lake to try their luck to win a pizza. The rules were the cadet who caught the longest fish between 1400 and 1600 hours would win a pizza. We brought out a number of rods if cadets didn't have one as well as those who brought their own. They used worms, lures, and cut bait to try and nail a decent size fish.
Unfortunately the sun came out after a nice cloudy morning and the fish closed the door saying its MOVIE time. The total number of fish caught was about 10 and the largest, a fat sunfish, was caught by Cadet Mark Griggs, a new student in C-Co. He was happy and continued to fish after the tournament was over and caught one additional fish. We enjoyed soft drinks from a cooler and everyone seemed to have a good time.
It was a great way to start the fishing club. We hope to try it again and catch bigger fish.
Blue Devils Scale Modelers' Club gets building this year
Cadets interested in building scale models joined with club sponsor, MAJ David Wallace, to begin this year's Blue Devils Scale Modelers' Club. MAJ Wallace reports that the club will be working in partnership with a modelers' club in Richmond and is grateful for generous individuals who have been donating materials to the club for cadets to enjoy this year.
Woodworking, Fishing, and Chess Clubs are underway with COL Nothnagle
COL Nothnagle is legendary not only as a mathematics teacher, but as one of the most prolific sponsors of clubs that are popular with a wide variety of cadets. So far this year, he has helped cadets with a fishing tournament and held additional Fishing Club events. He has cadets actively working in his Woodworking Club, and competing in Chess Club. He expects to start up the Table Tennis Club this weekend.
Taking Care of our Cadets’ Emotional Health
The Academy places high value on the academic, spiritual, and physical fitness of our cadets. Through a challenging academic program, we strive to help them build academic skills necessary for success beyond FUMA. Instruction and training in the Christian faith help to promote our cadets’ spiritual development. Through athletic participation and physical training (PT), cadets learn the importance of taking care of their physical health. In the same vein, we strive to place equal emphasis on helping our cadets take care of their emotional well-being.
Our faculty and staff have been receiving training in Youth Mental Health First Aid from instructor COL Steve Macek, the Academy's Chief of Staff. COL Macek has already led two classes for teachers and staff members in August. Since introducing this program to Fork Union Military Academy five years ago, many of the Academy’s faculty and staff have been trained as Youth Mental Health First Aiders.
Photos by: Kate Pendergrass, Kelly Shuman