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FUMA Prep Football to play nationally-broadcast game on ESPN

The prep football team at Fork Union Military Academy will face off with Hermitage High School of Richmond, Virginia in a nationally-broadcast football game carried by the ESPN network on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The game will be hosted at Oscar C. Smith High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Last year, ESPN broadcast thirteen high school games on their channels.

Hermitage High School has one of the best players in the state in running back Derrick Green, who is weighing scholarship offers from at least two dozen college programs. Fork Union is led by nationally-ranked quarterback Christian Hackenburg who has committed to play next year for Penn State.

Plans are underway for this game and FUMA hopes to have a large contingent of staff, cadets, alumni, and friends on hand to cheer on our Blue Devils. 

JOIN US for a Tailgate before the Football Game!!!

Throw on your blue and red to show your Fork Union pride and come join us at River Oak Church before the game!!!

  • Food & drinks available for purchase from Nader's Bistro (Nader Hagez, class of '95)
  • Ticket Will Call and Sales
  • Alumni Registry & Parent's Association Table
  • FUMA Apparel & Gear for Purchase
  • Raffle for FUMA Gifts & Prizes

After the game, head on back to the church for a post-game gathering with the football team!!

Timeline of Events
11:00 am: Tailgate begins
3:00 pm: FUMA vs. Hermitage kick-off
6:30 pm: Post-game celebration with the football team

River Oak Church (located less than a mile from the stadium)
255 Great Bridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA 23320

**Please note that both River Oak Church and Oscar Smith High School have a strict no alcohol or tobacco policy.


Fork Union's Ali Khalafalla ranked as #2 top individual performances of 2013-2014

Scrimmage Play magazine recently published their list of the "Top 10 Individual Performances" of the 2013-2014 school year, and Fork Union's own Ali Khalafalla came in ranked at #2 for his dominating performance at the VISAA Swimming State Championship meet. Congratulations, Ali!



Coach Shuman making an impact at Virginia Tech. No, not THAT Coach Shuman, the other one.

Coach Shuman is continuing to make an impact at Virginia Tech these days. Coach Ryan Shuman, that is. The son of legendary football coach John Shuman, Ryan is the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Virginia Tech. Having played football as a three-year starter for the Hokies, Ryan continued on as a graduate assistant while pursuing his masters degree, and now is a full-time staff member.

As the articles below in the Roanoke and Richmond newspapers describe it, Coach Shuman sounds like a chip off of the old block, coaching with the same level of skill and quiet, self-deprecating humor for which his famous father is known.



Summer School Check In Begins Sunday, June 29th at 9:00 am

Check In and registration for Summer School at Fork Union Military Academy will begin this Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 9:00 am, continuing until 11:00 am. Check in will take place in the Estes Dining Hall on campus. Families arriving for registration should be sure to bring all required forms, all of which can be found in the Summer School Students selection of forms in our Download Forms center on the website. The Health Form MUST be completed prior to registration or the student will not be permitted to check in and stay on campus. You will find a list of the supplies and items to bring with you for summer school in the selected download forms.


Chicago 2014 -- National Forensics and Debate Tournament

Over 4000 people - students, coaches, judges, parents, friends, volunteers -- convened in Chicago during the Memorial Day weekend to be a part of the National Catholic Forensic League's Grand National Tournament.  Approximately 2700 students attended and competed in many categories -- Original Oratory, Declamation, Dramatic Performance, Duo Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, and Student Congress.  Student Congress results can be viewed beginning on page 87 at (
From FUMA, freshman Cadet Michael Head, was one of the 219 students who competed in Student Congress.  On Friday morning - May 23, 2014 - Michael began his trip to Chicago.  He traveled to Richmond where he boarded a plane to Chicago.  Michael was accompanied by his parents, Miss Welch and Mrs. Giszack.   After landing in Chicago, we needed to travel about 15 miles to our downtown hotel - the Chicago Hilton and Towers.  In bumper-to-bumper traffic we made the trek in about an hour and 20 minutes.

Traditional Dress Uniform Jacket to Replace Eisenhower Jacket for Cadets at Fork Union Military Academy

The Quartermaster of Fork Union Military Academy announced today a return to the school's traditional dress uniform jacket as part of the cadet uniform allocation for the upcoming year, replacing the Eisenhower-style dress jacket with the longer and more traditional peak lapel jacket, commonly referred to as a blouse.

The new dress blouse was endorsed by the executive board of the Alumni Association and its adoption marks a return to the Academy's traditional dress uniform style from years past. This style of dress uniform blouse was worn by cadets at Fork Union Military Academy for many years, as seen in this photograph taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

The cadet's blouse is based on the same pattern that has continued to be worn by staff and faculty as their Class "A" dress uniform for many decades.

Cadets will wear a white belt with the uniform for parades, along with white gloves and white duck trousers. The sash and saber will be worn with the white belt for guard and parade duty. Officers will wear their rank on the epaulets and non-commissioned officers will wear their rank on the sleeve. Upper School officers will still wear a coattee and shako for full dress parades.

Record Number of Cadets Graduate Fork Union Military Academy with Honors This Year

On a bright and beautiful morning, seventy-six seniors from fifteen states and five foreign countries crossed the stage at Fork Union Military Academy to receive their high school diplomas at the conclusion of the school's 116th academic session. The Class of 2014 produced a record number of honor graduates with nineteen seniors earning honors by having attended at least two full years, earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and receiving fewer than forty demerits. This equals twenty-five percent of the senior class graduating with honors, double the average in the past ten years. Thirty-two percent of the senior class, twenty-four students, graduated as members of the National Honor Society, another record achievement.

The seventy-six seniors in Fork Union Military Academy's Class of 2014 earned a total of more than $6,500,000 in college scholarships to attend many of the nation's top universities.

The commencement address was given by 2LT Brian Zitterkopf, a graduate of Fork Union Military Academy's Class of 2008. 2LT Zitterkopf attended the Academy for five years and was the Salutatorian of his graduating class.  He was accepted to both the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy. He chose to attend the Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he lettered all four years in track and field, graduating in May, 2012. He chose a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and is currently stationed with the Second Battalion, Ninth Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Pickup and Graduation Parking

Dear Family Members,
In an effort to assist you as you prepare to arrive on campus for your Cadet’s departure and/or Graduation from the Academy, we wanted to provide you with an overview of our improved parking arrangements.  
You’ll notice on the far left of the Academy map, we have added an additional parking area which can be entered from James Madison Highway.  A new sidewalk has been constructed which leads from the parking area to the end of Arbor Lane providing you easy access to the parade field.  
Additionally, you will see on the map a parking area on the right of Pettit-Foster Lane, beyond Jacobson Hall and the Chapel.
Our Middle School circle, just left of the center of the Academy, will be designated for handicap parking.
Overflow parking can be accessed from Academy Lane, on the far right of the map, adjacent to our outdoor running track.   
We will have numerous members of the staff positioned around the Academy to aid you with parking and answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to your arrival and sharing in the accomplishments of your special Cadet as they complete another year with us or graduate and transition to the next chapter in their lives.  
Be safe in your travels,
Master Chief Michael Wilton
Assistant to the President

Fork Union's Drum Major Marches Away with Top Honors at the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Cadet Zakee Heyward, a sophomore from Durham, NC, was named Outstanding Drum Major in the parade held in Winchester, VA, as part of the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The festival has been held since 1924, and Fork Union Military Academy has participated in the parade throughout much of its history. Last year's festival parade featured over 170 marching units and floats. In addition to the band, the Middle School's Dillard Guard also marched in the parade, as they have done for many years. The Apple Blossom Festival is a one of the largest and longest running civic celebrations in Virginia, drawing more than 250,000 people and offering a major opportunity for people to see our cadets representing Fork Union Military Academy with pride and confidence.

All of us at Fork Union Military Academy offer our congratulations to Cadet Zakee Heyward, seen in the photo below at our recent Alumni Day Parade on campus, on marching away with top honors at this major public event.

Upper School Awards Night and Graduation Exercises

The Upper School Academic Department, along with the faculty and staff of Fork Union Military Academy would like to welcome you to the closing exercises of the 2013-2014 school year.  As we conclude another year, it is our hope that you will be able to join us for all of the activities listed below. It is a very special time not only for those who are graduating, but for those who have seen them make so many accomplishments while they have been students here.  We want to make their graduation a very special day.

(For Middle School schedule information please click here.)


Listed below are the activities that will take place in the final days of school.

Thursday - 22 May 2014

Undergraduate Awards Ceremony
1:30 PM
Wicker Chapel

Friday - 23 May 2014

Review and Final Exams
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Senior/Postgraduate Final Parade
1:30 PM
Parade Field
(Departure of the underclassmen after the parade)

Reception for Seniors, Postgraduates, Families, Faculty & Staff
4:00 - 5:30 PM
Middle School Lawn

Upper School Awards Program for Seniors and Postgraduates
6:30 PM
Wicker Chapel

Ice Cream Party for Seniors, Postgraduates, their Families and Faculty and Staff 
 Following Awards Night Program
Estes Dining Hall

Saturday - 24 May 2014

8:00 AM
Wicker Chapel

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