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MMA Dad’s Weekend is coming, Oct. 14-16, 2005!

The Volume 104, Number 2


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Friday, Oct. 7, 2005

Homecoming brings 250-plus back to MMA Homecoming weekend 2005 at Missouri Military Academy brought more than 170 alumni from 24 states, Canada and Mexico back to the stately campus for a busy schedule of activities involving current and former students and faculty. Events began Friday morning, Sept. 30, and continued through Sunday evening, Oct. 2. “We had more than 250 alumni and guests for homecoming events,” said Lt. Col. Paul Gillette, MMA’s director of Institutional Advancement. “Homecoming weekend has grown here each of the last 10 years.” Activities began with the annual alumni golf scramble and luncheon at Arthur Hills Golf Course in Mexico at 11 a.m. Friday. More than 40 alumni participated. A barbecue in honor of the Golden Anniversary Class of 1955 was held at 6 p.m. Friday at Camp Mismilaca. Participants enjoyed food on the lawn near the lake and lodge, and more than 100 attended. Alumni wives judged barracks decorations as inspection was conducted at 9 a.m. Saturday, and selected Delta Company’s display as the winner. At 9:30 a.m. the noted Fusileers precision drill team

Contents Dale Dye returns.............2 Promotions given ............3 Class elections held ........3 Senior Ring Ceremony....3 All-school picnic............4 Centralia trip taken..........4 Summer Camp awards....4 Cadet Spotlight: BC Adam Harralson .....5 Ask a Cadet.....................5 Senior Ring Ceremony....5 Soldier’s Bar awards ......6 Junior School trip ......... 6 Cross country .................7 Football .........................7 Soccer.......................8

gave its first performance of the season under the direction of 1st Sgt. Greg Seibert before an appreciative crowd at the MMA Fieldhouse. A special review in tribute to the honor classes of 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995 was held on Colonels Field on Saturday morning, Oct. 1. An alumni drill down and sweepstakes drill down were held, won by Tony Ehler, class of 1997 from Newton, Iowa, and Cadet Master Sgt. John Bassett of Vienna, Mo., respectively. An alumni awards convocation and performance of the MMA Cadet Chorus followed the review in the Centennial Gymtorium. MMA alumnus Capt. Dale Dye, class of 1962, author of “Platoon” and a participant in numerous Hollywood movies as an actor and military advisor, spoke to the Corps of Cadets at the Memorial Chapel.

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From left to right, Col. Ronald Kelly, Missouri Military Academy president, presents the sweepstakes drill down plaque to Cadet Master Sgt. John Bassett of Vienna, Mo. Alumni drill down winner Tony Ehler, class of 1997, from Newton, Iowa, and Alumni Association president Raymond Stotlar, class of 1971, from Carbondale, Ill., look on. The sweepstakes drill down was part of the annual Homecoming Review on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Colonels Field.

Dad’s Weekend promises many activities By Sgt. Kasey Turnbull

Dad’s Weekend marks the first weekend that most Missouri Military Academy parents are able to see their cadets since school started in September. Festivities start the evening of Friday, Oct. 14, and end Sunday, Oct 16. Friday night, the Junior School takes on Community R-6 in basketball action at 6 p.m. The MMA football Colonels meet Slater High School in football Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. Saturday, the parents of cadets begin registering for activities at 8 a.m., and parent-teacher conferences will continue through 10 a.m. in the Academic Building.

Parents are also welcome to observe their cadets during inspection at 9 a.m. At 10a.m. the Corps of Cadets will form up on Colonels Field and hold a special Battalion Review honoring the fathers of cadets present. Cadets will have a drill down to determine the bestdrilled “new boy” and “old boy” in both the high school and junior school, followed by a luncheon picnic on front campus. Cadets will be allowed to sign out with parents after the football game and spend the rest of the afternoon with them, while also enjoying some time with friends or other cadets. The annual Dad’s Day


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Ball will be held in the Centennial Gymtorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, featuring Phoenix Entertainment from St. Louis. It will be the first of four formal balls at MMA this calendar year. Parent-teacher conferences will continue through Sunday from 8 a.m. until noon. Sunday Battalion Review at 1:30 p.m. will honor cadets who earned the academic wreath and star in JROTC for 2004-05. The cadets recognized are in the top 10 percent of their academic and JROTC classes. After the review, the MMA Fusileers will show off their new and improved skills and routine.


In the Memorial Chapel at 6:30 p.m., the weekly vespers service will take place. It will be conducted by Chaplain Jim Berlin and cadet Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rosales. Lt. Col. Paul Gillette, MMA director of Institutional Advancement, said, “Dad’s Day is good, particularly with the ‘new boy’ parents. They are pleasantly surprised at the progress of their sons. “That, too, is a testament to the school. Some parents are still skeptical as to whether they made the right choice in sending their son here, but I think that this weekend helps them to justify that decision.”


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Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004

Actor-author Dye, ’62, speaks to Corps of Cadets on Oct. 1 By 2nd Lt. Chris Marcione Capt. Dale Dye, USMC retired, Missouri Military Academy Class of 1962, visited his alma mater for the first time since 1988 at the 2005 Homecoming festivities Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. Dye, a retired U.S. Marine Corps captain and MMA Battalion Adjutant, has been very busy since graduating from MMA. His most notable work was the writing of the best selling novel “Platoon,” which was then directed in a movie by Oliver Stone. Later, Dye served as a military advisor in films such as “Alexander,” “Band of Brothers” and “Saving Private Ryan,” where he also had a part as an actor in the film. His newest venture is a History Channel show called “The Conquerors,” which brought famous battlefields into viewers’

Actor and Missouri Military Academy graduate Capt. Dale Dye, Class of 1962, addressed the Corps of Cadets at Memorial Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 1, as part of Homecoming activities.

homes. “The Conquerors” delves into the decisions and tactics that generals used in the historic battles. In Dye’s newest movie, “The Great Raid,” he trained actor

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A pep rally on the front campus preceded the MMA Homecoming soccer game, and a fried chicken picnic was held on the campus front lawn at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The soccer team rolled past Montgomery City, 9-0, to raise its record to 6-1 in the afternoon contest. At halftime of the soccer game, a special induction ceremony was held for the newest member of the MMA Athletic Hall of Fame, David Arbogast, class of 1965, of Knoxville, Iowa. Arbogast was the starting fullback on the undefeated MMA football team, was third in the state wrestling meet and finished the season with a 26-1 record, was the battalion 185-pound boxing champion, and was a hurdler and weight events man on the first MMA track team to win the Missouri Military Championship meet. A “Rockin’ ’50s” dinner-dance was held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Mexico Elks Lodge. An Elvis impersonator provided entertainment, and more than $2,000 was raised for the school’s Alumni Scholarship Fund by alumni participating in a silent auction and fragrance basket raffle. On Sunday, a battalion review and awards in honor of Ellis Cokes, class of 1951, MMA Alumni Association president-elect, was held, including presentation of the Soldier’s Bar award to 16 cadets.

James Franco to have an authentic military deportment. “The Great Raid” tells the story of an attempted POW rescue in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Dye spoke to cadets about his

career and what it took him to be where he is today on Saturday in Memorial Chapel. “MMA prepared me for my training at Paris Island (a Marine Corps training facility), and it pre-

Vesper services were held at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Chapel, conducted by Chaplain Jim Berlin, to conclude the busy weekend of activities.

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roll status was earned by Ahron Corral, of Aurora, Ill., grade 8; Ty Armer, Austin, Texas, grade 8; John Chen Yuan of Diamond Bar, Calif., 8; and Nam Soo Kim of Seoul, seventh grade. On the merit roll were Leonardo Lichtinger of Huixquilucan, Mexico, grade 7; Jason Peters, Oak Park, Ill., grade 8; Corey Sharpe, Ben Wheeler, Texas, grade 6; Treavor Ownby of Kansas City, Mo., grade 7; and Sebastian Raiff of Mexico, Mo., grade 7.


Eagle Established in 1900, the Missouri Military Academy Eagle is the nation’s longestrunning student newspaper. Yearly subscriptions are $5. Reporters/Photographers Master Sgt. John Bassett Lance Cpl. Matthew Burrier Pfc. Cody Callahan Pfc. Manuel Camargo Sgt. Kyle Caperton Staff Sgt. Luis Cordero JS Cpl. Mauricio Davila Pfc. Stephen Doran Staff Sgt. Anuar Duahye Lance Cpl. Aaron Goetting Lance Cpl. Matt Graves Sgt. 1st Class Evan Hollowell Sgt. 1st Class Shale Houston Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Ibanez 2nd Lt. Chris Marcione Sgt. Giuseppe Poletti Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rosales Sgt. Kasey Turnbull Sgt. Justin Warshauer

Junior School announces September academic honors

Missouri Military Academy Junior School Principal Lt. Col. John Eastman has announced academic honors for September. Named to the high honor roll were Gerardo Sanchez of Mexico City, Mexico, grade 8; and Francisco Almirudis, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, grade 8. On the honor roll were Rodolfo Davila, Chula Vista, Calif.; and Kevin Lee of Seoul, South Korea, both grade 8. Honorable mention honor

pared me for the rest of my life, including my combat missions in Vietnam and my work in Hollywood,” Dye told the assembled Corps of Cadets. Dye answered cadet questions ranging from military terminology to conditions in Vietnam. Other student inquiries focused on the various movies Dye has played a part in and the people has had the opportunity to meet and work with along the way. After attending MMA, Dye served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967-70. He won a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat. The former Marine warrant officer and captain eventually received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland, and worked for Soldier of Fortune magazine after that.

Director of Publications Capt. Mark L. Elwood Junior School Instructor Lt. Daniel Laleman Circulation Assistant Ms. Brenda Simons

1st Sgt. Greg Seibert, left, judges the form of Capt. Sam Blair, class of 1994, in the alumni drill down held at Colonels Field during the Battalion Review on Saturday morning, Oct. 1.

Faculty Photographers Maj. Willis Kleinsorge Steve Biggers of Biggers Studios Col. Ronald Kelly ••• 204 N. Grand Ave. Mexico, Mo. 65265 (573) 581-1776 Contact Capt. Mark L. Elwood at

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October promotions given

Senior Army instructor Lt. Col. Kahl Ireland presents Missouri Military Academy President Col. Ronald Kelly with a plaque Monday, Sept. 26, in recognition of the school’s “distinctive support for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps during the inspection of 2004-05” from the Department of the Army.

Vital Statistics

MMA cadets for 2005-06 hail from 23 states and 11 nations: States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Utah and Vermont. Nations: Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Venezuela and the United States.

Cadet Leaders Battalion Commander: 1st Lt. Adam Harralson Charlie Company Commander: 2nd Lt. Hector Sada Delta Company Commander: 2nd Lt. Ismael Cantu Echo Company Commander: 2nd Lt. Chris Marcione Battalion Staff: Sgt. 1st Class Morgan Josephs (S1) Master Sgt. Luis Carrillo (S-2) Sgt. 1st Class Eric Detmer (S-3) Sgt.1st Class Jose Rosales (S-4) Sgt. 1st Class Drew Petty (S-5)

Upon recommendation of the Missouri Military Academy Promotion Board, 31 members of the Corps of Cadets were awarded advancement appointments on Wednesday, Oct. 5, according to Commandant Lt. Col. James E. Medley. Promoted to cadet master sergeant were John Bassett, a senior from Vienna, Mo., and Luis Carrillo, a senior from Chula Vista, Calif. Receiving the rank of sergeant first class were six cadets: Jose Rosales, a senior from Puebla, Mexico; Eric Detmer, senior from Rushville, Ill.; Drew Petty, a senior from Tipton. Mo; Jorge Ibanez, a senior from Puebla; Alfredo Baranda, a senior from Mexico City, Mexico; and Evan Hollowell, a senior from North

Seniors President: Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rosales Vice President: Staff Sgt. Anuar Duahye Secretary: Master Sgt. John Bassett Treasurer: Sgt. Juan Avelar Cadet Council Representative: Recruit Kyle Rober Juniors President: Sgt. Giuseppe Poletti Vice President: Lance Cpl.

Little Rock, Ark. Promoted to cadet staff sergeant were Guillermo Avelar, a senior from Mexico City; Luis Cordero, a senior from Mexico City; and Joshua Vaughn, a senior from Maryville, Tenn. Elevated to the rank of cadet sergeant were Michael Breedlove, a senior from Lisle, Ill.; Scott Silverberg, a junior from St. Charles, Mo.; Zach Rodgers, a senior from Alton, Ill.; and Shawn Mueller, a senior from St. Louis. Advancing to corporal were Jose Carlos Flores, a junior from Puebla; Woo Jai Jang, a junior from Asan City, South Korea; Adrian Martinez, a junior from Ciudad Victoria, Mexico; Mike Lee, a senior from St. Charles; and Jeremy Williams, a junior from St. Louis.

Class Officers

Gavin Davis Secretary-Treasurer: Sgt. Kyle Caperton Cadet Council Representative: Recruit Jose Espinosa

Sophomores President: Pvt. 1st Class Carlos Davila Vice President: Lance Cpl. Alain Garcia Secretary: Pvt. 1st Class Manuel Camargo Treasurer: Pvt. 1st Class Benja-

Promoted to lance corporal were Alex Blum, a sophomore from Houston; Cody Callahan, a sophomore from Highland, Ill.; Yuscanne Campos, a sophomore from Mexico City; Charles Carmichael, a sophomore from Parker, Colo.; Rocky Huppert, a sophomore from Hiawatha, Kan.; and Richard Johnson Jr., a sophomore from Germantown, Tenn. Receiving the rank of cadet private first class were Logan Branch, a freshman from Norman, Okla.; Travis Howard, a junior from Wichita, Kan.; D.K. Lee, a freshman from Seoul, South Korea; Dennis Newman, a freshman from Climax, Mich.; Eric Schmidt, a freshman from St. Louis; and Jared Sullivan, a freshman from O’Fallon, Ill.

min Campos Cadet Council Representative: Recruit Giorgio Bonadiman Freshmen President: Pvt. D.K. Lee Vice President: Pvt. Harold Flynn Secretary: Pvt. Stephen Hasheeve Treasurer: Pvt. Joshua Gould Cadet Council Representative: Pvt. Jacob Sullivan

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Ron Hopkins, right, president of Commerce Bank in Mexico, presented Col. Ronald Kelly, president of Missouri Military Academy, a grant of $25,000 from the William T. Kemper Foundation. The Kemper Foundation and Commerce Bankcshares Foundation are members of the MMA Order of the Regiment, representing the highest levels of philanthropy to the academy.

Missouri Military Academy: ‘Leading the Way to Success!’

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The Missouri Military Academy Cadet Chior performed Saturday morning, Oct. 1, at Centennial Gymntorium as part of 2005 Homecoming activities. The chorus is directed by Capt. Michael Shoemaker. (Photo by Steve Biggers)

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Friday, Oct. 7, 2005

Cadets enjoy picnic, games By Pfc. Stephen Doran The Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets gathered on Colonels Field for the annual allschool picnic and platoon competitive games on Saturday, Sept. 10. Platoons from all companies competed against each other in various games held at strategically placed stations around the field. A few of the games included were pony express, spin the bat, platoon pyramids, wheelbarrow races, company tug-of-war and a cadet leader drill-down. Echo Company’s 3rd Platoon had the fastest time for the pony express. Echo 2nd Platoon won the platoon pyramid contest. Master Sgt. John Bassett of Echo Company won the cadet

leader drill-down, with 2nd Lt. Ismael Cantu placing second. Charley Company won the tug of war. After the games were completed, all of the companies formed to competitively sing “Old MMA.” Col. Dana Reynard announced Echo Company as the singing contest winner. Echo Company 3rd Platoon was the overall winner of the games, followed by Charlie Company 3rd Platoon in second place and a third-place tie between Charlie Company 2nd Platoon and Delta Company 1st Platoon. Festivities concluded on Colonels Field with the assistance of Mr. John Tucker and his MMA food service crew serving the first battalion cookout of the year.

Charlie Company 1st Platoon competed in the platoon pyramid contest at the Missouri Military Academy All-School Picnic and Competitive Games on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Colonels Field.

MMA Summer Camp awards are presented Missouri Military Academy awards for July 2005 Summer Camp requirement completion were presented Sunday, Sept. 18, according to Maj. Mark Vaughan, camp director. Seven leadership campers, six previous year campers and one leadership trainee received the MMA Summer Camp Ribbon in a brief ceremony at Sunday Review. Leadership campers recognized were Ty Armer of Austin, Texas; Tyler Branham of St. Louis; Joshua Gould of Eureka, Mo.; Ethan Robinson of Gower, Mo.; Parker

Simpson of Carbondale, Ill.; Christopher Owens Storie of Okawville, Ill.; and Paul Strebeck of St. Louis. Previous year campers recognized included Hunter Hisaw of Bartlett, Tenn.; Antonio Muradas of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico;

Kyle Rober of St. Louis; Jose Salinas of Brownsville, Texas; Reuben Senatore of Anthem, Ariz.; and Dylan Waschkowski of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Recognized for leadership training was Christopher Creacy of St. Peters, Mo.

Col. Dana Reynard pins the Missouri Military Academy 2005 Summer Camp Ribbon on Reuben Senatore, who is flanked by cadets Paul Strebeck and Alan Ortega, on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Colonels Field.

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Cadet Cpl. William King, left, and recruit Lance Loiselle watch a re-enactor saddle a horse at the Massacre of Centralia event on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Centralia. Maj. Frank Giuseffi took a group of cadets to the historical event.

Class attends Centralia re-enactment

CENTRALIA -- Missouri Military Academy Director of Studies Maj. Frank Giuseffi took his honors United States history class to a special event held in Centralia, Mo., in September. The cadets departed at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning for a re-enactment of the “Massacre of Centralia.” Many experts in history of the Civil War were there to give visitors a perspective of how events at the massacre occurred. Among the cadets attending was Pfc. Alexander Blum, who commented, “It was an event in which you can just imagine how times of war are. Not only that, but it was very interesting and informative. It was a good and fun learning experience.” Cadets attending the event also had the opportunity to walk in a war encampment from those times so they could see how life was during wartime. When Maj. Giuseffi was asked how the trip went, he said, “I think it was very beneficial trip for the cadets. There were a lot of very qualified people to do the re-enactment, and it was good that the cadets got to know people who know a lot of history. They also could see how life was in those days.”

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MMA seniors receive rings in long-awaited special ceremony By Staff Sgt. Anuar Duayhe

The Missouri Military Academy class of 2006 received its senior rings on Wednesday Sept. 14. For current seniors and those who were MMA graduating seniors in the past, the senior ring is not just a class souvenir, but a bearer of the true meaning of being a Missouri Military Academy graduate. Memories of life at MMA will be constantly recalled whenever a cadet gazes at his senior ring. Whether it was the strenuous work it took to get there, or the solidarity the senior class demonstrates, it all comes back to the senior ring and the ceremony in which it is presented to the graduating class the previous fall. The 2005 ceremony took place on front campus. The Corps of Cadets formed by companies, as directed by the battalion commander. Among faculty and staff present were Academy President Col. Ronald J. Kelly; Chairman of the Board of Trustees Col. Charles R. Stribling III, ’44; Director of Institutional Advancement Lt. Col. Paul Gillette, ’70; Assistant Commandant Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Kronquest, ’79; and

Director of International Relations Capt. Samuel Blair, ’94. As the mentors and officials of the Academy stood in front of Stribling Hall, the battalion commander and his staff marched to the front. A faculty member presented each of the cadet battalion staff members, as well as the battalion commander and company commanders, with their rings. Faculty members and cadet company commanders returned to their respective companies and began calling out names of the recipients of the MMA senior ring. Each individual senior moved toward the front of the formation, saluted the official and received his personalized senior ring. The senior ring ceremony tradition at MMA started when Col. Clyde Patterson brought the tradition from Texas A&M University in the mid-1970s.

Before that, seniors purchased their rings from the quartermaster. Alumni say that today the ceremony has become a true MMA tradition for which cadets wait until their final year. Col. Charles R. Stribling III remembers the time when he and his fellow cadets ordered their senior ring nearly 60 years ago. They purchased it from the quartermaster for $25. Col. Stribling said he has worn his ring ever since, but was close to losing it once while swimming in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Capt. Blair said, “Every time I see a senior receive his senior ring, it reminds me of the great feeling I felt as a senior in the fall of 1993. I waited five years for that moment.” Capt. Blair also said he felt happy for the seniors graduating this upcoming spring because he enrolled most of them during his first year on the MMA faculty All who were asked said the senior ring will be a memento of cadet days at MMA, and will be a reminder of the memories seniors lived while attending the Academy, their second home.


Cadet Spotlight

Adam Harralson, Battalion Commander By Sgt. Giuseppe Poletti good runners who are Cadet 1st Lt. Adam Harralson, a 5-year cadet, is now serving as the 2005-06 Battalion Commander. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany. Harralson is very proud of his position. “Leading the MMA Corps of Cadets gives me the chance to teach something to the new boys, and also gives me the opportunity to improve my leadership skills,” he said. Lt. Harralson is captain of the MMA cross country team, coached by Maj. Larry McCleary, and he is already looking forward to the next sports seasons. “I feel that the team is doing fantastic,” he said. “We have some

willing to work hard.” The new battalion commander went on to say, “I think that we are going to have some very good leaders this year. I see some good cadets who will surely step up next year, and I want to help them out on their way.” Harralson received the Military Order of World Wars Medal, an award that is given each year to the cadet of the junior class who shows a constant improvement throughout the year. After graduating from MMA, Harralson is planning to take another year of school in Germany to learn to speak German. Thereafter, his goal is to move to Switzerland to study in college and work toward a doctorate degree.

What are your goals for the 2005-2006 school year?

2nd Lt. Hector Sada, Calexico, Calif.:

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“I want to win company competition and raise my SAT scores so I can get into a good college.”

2nd Lt. Chris Marcione Boulder, Colo.:

“I am going to make Echo Company the example for years to come, and we will win Honor Company. I also want to get accepted into a good college.”

Sgt. Guiseppe Poletti, Vigevano, Italy:

“To make Delta 2nd the most military-trained platoon. I also want to win platoon competition during Formal Inspection, and to make an officer position for next year.”

Battalion Commander 1st Lt. Adam Harralson, front and center, leads his command staff onto Colonels Field at the Homecoming Sunday Review on Oct. 2. From left to right are Master Sgt. Luis Carrillo, Sgt. 1st Class Drew Petty and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rosales.

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Sixteen cadets receive Soldier’s Bar recognition

Missouri Military Academy President Col. Ronald Kelly addresses the first assembly of cadets and faculty of the 2005-06 school year on Friday, Sept. 9, in the Centennial Gymtorium.

Junior School cadets travel to maze By JS Cpl. Mauricio Davila

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Maj. Willis Kleinsorge volunteered to take a group of Junior School cadets to the Shryock Corn Maze on Missouri Highway 70 south of Mexico The field trip was only for students with high grades and low demerits. The maze hosted a competition in which the cadets were given a sheet that had 10 squares, numbered one through ten. They had to find the ten checkpoints in a onehour time limit. Anyone who found one

through five checkpoints had a chance to win a steak dinner. If a cadet found six through eight checkpoints, he could get two free movie tickets, and if he found all 10 he could receive both rewards. The cadets who gathered all 10 checkpoints showed great athleticism and patience. After the long run in the corn maze, the group of cadets made their way with Maj. Kleinsorge to the Columbia Mall where they had time for a meal and to walk. According to Cadet Gerardo Sanchez, “This trip to the corn

maze was more exciting than last year’s Many cadets participated in the event, including Cpl. Mauricio Davila of San Diego, Calif.; Sgt. Billy Sanchez of Mexico City, Mexico; recruit Aaron Corral of Chicago; recruit Manuel Kaskanian from Los Angeles; recruit Ty Armer of Austin, Texas; Pvt. 1st Class Cole Gilham of Rushville, Ill; recruit Victor Haddad of Cuernavaca, Mexico; Pvt. Javier Portas of Mexico City; and Pvt. Justin Johnson of Atlanta.

Sixteen Missouri Military Academy cadets were honored at the Homecoming Sunday Battalion Review on Oct. 2 with presentation of the Soldier’s Bar. The award is made for “military courtesy, bearing, neatness, attitude and performance of duty,” according to the order issued by MMA Commandant Lt. Col. James E. Medley. Winners of the Soldier’s Bar were: Sgt. 1st Class John Bassett of Vienna, Mo.; Lance Cpl. Matthew Burrier of Tomball, Texas; Pvt. 1st Class Cody Callahan of Highland, Ill.; Sgt. Luis Cordero of Mexico City, Mexico; Sgt. Guillermo Garza of Montemorelos, Mexico; Lance Cpl. Nevin Harralson of Ventura, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Evan Hollowell of North Little Rock, Ark.; Pvt. 1st Class Rocky Huppert of Hiawatha,

Kan.; Lance Cpl. Woo Jai Jang of Asan City, South Korea; Lance Cpl. Mike Lee of St. Charles, Mo.; 2nd Lt. Chris Marcione of Boulder, Colo.; Cpl. Shawn Muller of St. Louis; Pvt. Dennis Newman of Climax, Mich.; Sgt. Giuseppe Poletti of Vigevano, Italy; Cpl. Scott Silverberg of St. Charles, Mo.; and Pvt. 1st Class Rene Zuazua of Garza Garcia, Mexico. Among the criteria for the Soldier’s Bar is for the cadet to have no disciplinary demerits during the month of September, and be nominated by the company and battalion commanders. Lt. Col. Medley made final approval of those honored and presented the awards with Academy President Col. Ronald Kelly.

Lt. Col. James E. Medley presented Soldier’s Bar awards to 16 Missouri Military Academy cadets on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, in the MMA Fieldhouse.

Web site a valuable MMA tool

Have you visited the Missouri Military Academy Web site recently? If not, the way to get to it is by typing into a Web browser. By going to the site, visitors can see all of the new activities of the school has planned. They can even take a virtual tour of the Academy. To catch up on future events throughout the year, or even current ones, visit the animated monthly calendar. If a visitor is just looking for activities information, he can go to the events calendar. That is

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also a good way for cadets and their parents to organize visits and trips to home or the academy. “It helped me and my parents coordinate their schedule with mine so we could meet together more,” said Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Jacob Goro of Waterloo, Iowa. “Yes, I believe that the site benefits the school and cadets. Seventy-five percent of all communications come from the site,” said Capt. Andrea Nunziante, MMA technology advisor. “It helps families get an overview of the Academy and what it has to offer,” he added.

Junior School cadets honored for academic work

Cadet Sgt. Justin Warshauer meets former Missouri Military Academy Spanish instructor Maj. Paul Baum, ’62, at the “Walk Back in Time” held on the grounds of the Audrain County Historical Society museums Saturday, Sept. 24. Baum played his wooden flute as part of a Native American exhibit. Baum’s father, brother and newphew all graduated from MMA. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Burrier)

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Lt. Col. Jonathan Eastman, Missouri Military Academy Junior School principal, has announced that five cadets have earned the Academic Effort Bar for their September

work. Earning the bar were Ahron Corral of Aurora, Ill.; Rodolfo Davila of Chula Vista, Calif.; Nam Soo Kim of Seoul, South Korea; Kevin Lee of Seoul,

South Korea; and John Chen Yuan of Diamond Bar, Calif. Kim is in the seventh grade, while the other four students who earned the recognition are eighth-graders.

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Football team improves defense in early outings Two new coaches -- Capt. Brian Case, Missouri Military Academy athletic director, and Lt. Darin Davis -- are leading the 2005 MMA varsity and junior varsity football teams. Capt. Case came early and worked hard all summer in preparation for the season. After many long three-a-day practices and hard work during sports camp, the MMA Colonels played their first game on Friday, Sept. 16, against Southern Boone County. Although the new coaches inspired the Colonels with extremely well organized and disciplined practices, Southern Boone defeated the Colonels, 53-0. Despite the loss, the team seamed to be in high spirits after the game and was still hopeful of having a good season. Many of the players played well, said Capt. Case. Cody Calahan had a number of good runs and Bobby Kelley played a strong game as quarterback. Defensively, Hector Sada and Ryan Harkey also played an excellent game, putting pressure on the Southern Boone offense all night.

In the second game, the Colonels improved in some areas of defense and the passing game, but fell to the South Callaway Bulldogs, who used an overpowering running game to record a 48-0 victory in the Colonels’ first home football game of the 2005 season. The Colonels’ running game was limited to 37 yards on 30 carries by the Bulldog defense, but sophomore quarterback Kelley got the passing game going in the second half. He finished with 82 yards through the air. Jackson Davis and Gardner Westgate caught two passes apiece. Two potential Colonels scoring drives in the second half ended deep in Bulldog territory with turnovers. After the Colonels’ first two games, team captains Michael Breedlove, Eric Detmer and Shale Houston agreed that the team played hard, and that they believed the Colonels still had a chance for a winning season. They also agreed that by the time the team plays Wentworth Military Academy, the Colonels will be ready to put up a strong fight.

The Missouri Military Academy cross country team, led by Cadet 1st Lt. Adam Harralson, started strong at the sports camp on Sept. 1. The three-a-day practices were full of conditioning for the runners, but they never gave up and have been showing significant improvement. Coached by Maj. Larry McClarey, the team shows great promise, due to several lettermen who returned for the fall season. Maj. McClarey said he believes that the whole team is working hard consistently. The harrier Colonels have five returning lettermen, including Sgt. 1st Class Luis Carrillo, 1st Lt. Adam Harralson, Sgt. 1st Class John Bassett, Sgt. Giuseppe Poletti and Lance Cpl. Nevin Harralson. Also, the harriers have newcomers with a lot of potential, such as Staff Sgt. Anuar Duayhe and Cpl. Peter Aranda. The cross country team had a strong start with the first meet at Fulton on Saturday, Sept. 17. They ran against 20 teams, with Adam Harralson clocking 21:04, Duayhe leading the way

at 20:47, Bassett at 23:37, recruit Dennis Yarigin at 22:26, Thomas Mennemeyer in 21:47, Nevin Harralson at 25:36 and Carrillo at 22:44. “Duayhe and Adam Harralson both had good races,” said Maj. McClarey. “The Fulton Invitational and the competition itself was tough. Duayhe, Mennemeyer and Yarigan have never run cross country prior to this. Bassett and Nevin Harralson are coming off injuries. “The rest of the MMA team is still working on getting the mandatory 14 days worth of practices under their belts. Still, we established benchmark times for the runners who competed at Fulton. If our runners train hard and consistently we will improve by the District Meet on Oct. 29,”

Lance Loiselle (22) of Missouri Military Academy protects the ball as he is tackled by South Callaway defenders Phil Collins (66) and Josh Albrecht (67) on a kick return. Other Colonels in on the play are Jackson Davis (88), Bryant Davis (45), Shale Houston (62) and Michael Breedlove (60).

The Colonels fell to 0-3 on the season with a 41-0 loss at Brentwood High School in football action Friday night, Sept. 30. “We just couldn’t get the football moving,” said Capt. Case. “Our defense improved in

the second half for the second straight week, but we need to get to playing like that the whole game.” The Colonels travel to Lexington at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, to battle Wentworth Academy for the state military school prep

Maj. McClarey said. The cross country team was going to compete against Wentworth on Thursday, Sept. 22, but the meet was cancelled, due to Wentworth having several sick or injured runners. The MMA team will continue drilling and working hard, according to Maj. McClarey, until the end of the season. He said he believes that the MMA cross country team will have a very successful year. ••• WARRENTON -- The Missouri Military Academy cross country team finished 10th in the Warrenton Invitational on Friday afternoon. MMA runners finished bunched midway in the pack of 81, according to Colonels coach Maj. McClarey.

Duayhe again led MMA runners with a time of 21:18 over the three-plus mile tract, finishing 51st and just ahead of team captain Adam Harralson at 21:22. Nevin Harralson and Mennemeyer recorded personal best times of 21:38 and 21:44 to finish 56th and 57th, respectively. Aranda was another spot back at 21:58. Rounding out MMA harriers were Victor Ortiz, 62nd at 22:46, and Giuseppe Poletti, 63rd at 23:48. “In running it is important to learn from your mistakes,” said McClarey of the MMA effort. “Many of our runners were feel-

football championship. “We’re going to keep working hard in practice and getting better,” said Case. “We want to go in there Saturday and really represent MMA well.”

Harriers build up endurance, learn from mistakes

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ing an adrenaline rush at the start of the race and went too fast on the first mile. “As the team gets more experience, the tendency to go too fast too soon should disappear.” The Colonels also had six runners in the junior varsity race. They were also in a pack as Luis Carrillo led the way in 36th place at 23:15. Daniel Garcia, Erich Sullivan and Bassett finished 41st through 43rd, respectively. Yarigan was 45th and Hugh Carnahan was 48th to round MMA jayvee efforts. MMA’s next cross country meet is at the Orchard Farm Invitational on Oct. 6.

Missouri Military Academy: ‘Leading the Way to Success’ since 1889!

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MMA Eagle


Friday, Oct. 7, 2005

Soccer team off to a fast September start By Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rosales

The MMA Soccer Colonels are planning to make this year’s season another successful one. Newly appointed head coach Capt. Ali Syed was recently called up for National Guard duty in Louisiana after the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Taking his place temporarily were new English and science instructors Lt. Matthew Zeik and Lt. Nancy Schnell, respectively. Some of last year’s team members are helping the new coaches to adjust to MMA’s training style and maintaining high standards of discipline for team members. Among those senior members are Ismael Cantu, team captain; Iñaki Valle; Gilberto Garcia; and Jose Rosales. Last year soccer Colonels came back home with the district championship. “I am very confident about this year’s team performance,” said Cantu. “There is no doubt in my mind that we can win the district championship again and advance further in the state competition.”

The first game of the season took place in the annual Moberly Tournament. The Colonels found themselves in an intense game against Kirksville High School. Recruit Dennis Hong scored the first goal of the match in the beginning of the second half.

Kirksville scored a goal against the Colonels during a free kick 10 minutes later, and there was no further scoring in regulation play. Two overtime periods of 10 minutes each were played in order to break the tie, but did not do so as neither team scored.

After a dramatic penalty kick shootout, the Colonels fell by a one-goal difference, 4-3. MMA penalty kick goals were scored by Valle, Jesus Manzano and Victor Caraballo. After the defeat against Kirksville, the Colonels doubled their efforts and defeated

Mexico High School, 7-0, and Montgomery County, 11-1, to capture the fifth place consolation bracket title with a 2-1 record. Coaches said the tournament was really helpful for the Colonels as a learning experience for both veteran and new team members.

WESTPHALIA – The Missouri Military Academy Colonels applied relentless pressure to wear down Westphalia Fatima, 5-1, in soccer action Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20. The Colonels posted a 20 halftime lead in 85-degree heat and glaring sunshine, out-

shooting the hosts, 28-4, over the first 45 minutes. Colonels goals were scored by Eduardo Cabildo, German De La Barrera, Gilberto Garcia and Jose Carlos Flores. The fifth MMA score was an owngoal ricochet by a player on the home team.

Woo Jai Jang, Ismael Cantu and Garcia led the MMA barrage of shots on goal. MMA coach Lt. Matthew Zeik said goalkeeper Jesus Davila had a strong game and narrowly missed posting another shutout. Jose Rosales and Tyler Pascoe were other

leading defenders. Zeik credited strong passing and team play, led by captain and senior midfielder Cantu, as the deciding factors in the win. The Colonels improved to 3-1 on the season with the win. ••• KIRKSVILLE --- The Missouri Military Academy Colonels avenged their lone loss of the season Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22, with a 7-2 soccer victory over Kirksville on the road. The Colonels held a commanding 5-1 lead at halftime. Senior forward Jesus Manzano scored twice for the Colonels, who improved to 41 on the season with the win. Other goal scorers were Woo Jai Jang, Dennis Hong, Victor Caraballo, Gilberto Garcia and Ismael Cantu.

Jang assisted on three of the Colonels’ goals, while Manzano’s passes led to two more and Hong passed for one set-up. Lt. Nancy Schnell, coaching in the absence of Lt. Matthew Zeik, said goalkeeper Jesus Davila, Israel Avelar, Jose Valle and Tyler Pascoe led an aggressive Colonel defense. “The team played great,” said Schnell. “I think we all felt that we shouldn’t have lost to Kirksville in the Moberly Tournament, but it was our first match. “I was proud to see them come together as a team and avenge the loss.” The Colonel junior varsity made it a sweep with a 9-1 win over the Kirksville jayvees.

The Missouri Military Academy soccer team won the consolation bracket of the Moberly Tournament to open the season, winning six straight games after a double overtime shootout loss in the seaon opener. Here the team poses after the Moberly tourney.

MMA defeats Westphalia and avenges Kirksville loss

Ismael Cantu (12) drives down field with Jose Rosales (5) and Israel Avelar on the wing and a Westphalia Fatima defender in tow.

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