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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

Directions:
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 Alumnus Eddie George to be Honored at Gus Lacy Track Classic

Eddie George at FUMA in 1991.The Gus Lacy Track Classic will take place this Saturday, April 12, 2014, beginning at 9:00am at Fork Union Military Academy.  This is one of the biggest track events of the year and this year’s event will be no exception, featuring more than twenty high school teams from across the state. Each year Head Coach Winston Brown chooses a former FUMA Track Athlete to honor at the meet and this year’s honoree will be Eddie George, former Tennessee Titans running back.

This will be George's third return to the campus in recent years. He was inducted into the FUMA Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He also participated in the production of an NFL Films feature about the Academy on campus in October 2006. But his time on campus may be increasing in the coming years, as he has accepted a position as the Academy's newest member of the Board of Trustees. His term on the board will begin July 1, 2014.

Academy President, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, said of George's return and his selection as a Trustee, "We are pleased by his interest in 'giving back' by helping us educate, develop, and inspire the next generation of young men who will lead with character."

George attended Fork Union Military Academy from 1989 to 1992 where he was a standout in sports, in the Corps of Cadets, and in the classroom.  Although football was always his athletic focus, it was in track that George made his breakthrough as a premier athlete. In three years, Eddie hardly lost a race eventually winning two State Championships in the 300m hurdles and one in the 4x400 relay.

Middle School Orienteering Wins Championship

Fork Union Military Academy Middle School Orienteering Team Wins Eastern States Championship

In Orienteering news this weekend, the Fork Union Military Academy Middle School team captured the Eastern States Championships on Friday, April 4th. Julian Yescas led the way with a blazing time to win an individual gold medal. Jared Giszack added a bronze and Thomas Snow was right behind him. David Muench and Blake Chiovaro rounded out the team.

At the Varsity level, Will Phillips' 3rd place spearheaded a second place finish for the FUMA varsity team. The rest of the team was comprised of Colin Beverage, Brad Chiovaro, Zimu Li, and Ben Chiovaro.

Academic Team Competes in Physics Olympics

Academic Team from Fork Union Military Academy competed in the Physics Olympics

On Saturday, April 5th, the Fork Union Military Academy's Academic Team travelled to the University of Richmond to compete in the 10th Annual Physics Olympics. Several dozen teams from other high schools around the region had a fun day of working to solve six specific Physics Challenges. The Fork Union team won 6th Place overall in the competition. Team coaches, COL Todd Giszack and COL Steve Macek, expressed pride in their team following the event, noting that the squad has a bright future, with several young team members. Of the seven cadets who travelled to this event, two were seniors, one was a sophomore, and four were freshmen. Team members were: Dalton Fowler, Micah Giszack, Graham Luongo, George Oscar, Scott Bradley, Colman Hoyt, and Walker Lander. Photos from the event can be found at: http://photos.forkunion.com/Other-2/April-2014/Physics-Olympics/38317552_bR46Kh.

Place of Happy and of Sad

Desperate and completely uncontrolled

My future unforeseen and unforetold

A scared boy looks in a man's eyes and says yes sir

My sweaty palms shake his hand firm

He looks to my father then

And says we'll take real good care of him

And when it was time to say good bye

A tear fell down my father's eye

He said son I am so proud of you

I hugged his neck and said thank you

He said now go be strong and make a man

Just as I know you can

He drove away and that was that

Alone and no one knew my past

That night I looked upon my ceiling

Scared and exited all in one feeling

I thought to myself is this where I belong?

Unsure of what was to come.

There are many stories of times we had

In this place of happy and of sad

Nights gone by and so did a tear

They have been shed by all men here

Shine your shoes cut hair and shave

Get in step don't misbehave

These sounds are familiar to us all

Grumble, groan, scruff, musk, and gall

We are connected by similar past

Brothers we become for life to last

Corps of Cadets and Staff Earn Presidential Unit Award from RADM J. Scott Burhoe

RADM J. Scott Burhoe addresses the Middle School Battalion during today's presentation ceremony of the Presidential Unit Award.

In an historic first at Fork Union Military Academy, a Presidential Unit Award was presented to the entire Corps of Cadets, and staff and faculty of the Academy today. This award is a special unit award given at the discretion of the President of Fork Union Military Academy.

In the words of Academy President, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, "this has been the hardest and maybe the longest winter I've ever endured." He made his remarks at a ceremony in Wicker Chapel in which the awards were formally presented to the Corps.

"Fork Union is challenging enough, but to layer on this winter made it even more challenging. This winter should have taught you the same lesson it taught me: It's not the situation or circumstances around you that defines you, it is what you do with them and how you act during them. Do you give up when things get hard? Or do you let it make you stronger?

"This winter, I watched cadets, faculty, staff, and administrators get stronger from the challenge. I saw determination, and tenacity.

"In the armed forces, when units go through a particluarly challenging period and excel, they earn unit awards. These awards signify successful work as a team. So today, I am awarding each cadet, and every member of the faculty and staff the first ever Presidential Unit Award from the President of Fork Union Military Academy. It will be worn over the right pocket by cadets and uniformed staff, and non-uniformed staff may wear it as well. It unites us in our mission here."

Thirteen FUMA Alums Compete for Post-Season Championships

Since post-graduate basketball separated from prep basketball prior to the 1970-71 season when legendary coach Fletcher Arritt took over, the PG program has sent over 450 athletes to the collegiate level to compete. Currently, our program has roughly 40 alumni playing basketball at higher levels with a few playing the sport at the professional levels. Of the close to 40 alumni playing collegiate basketball, there are thirteen former players who are participating in the four post-season tournaments division one basketball has to offer.

The main tournament is the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship. A single-elimination tournament played each spring currently features 68 college basketball teams to determine the national championship. Created in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the event is widely known as March Madness or the Big Dance. The tournament includes champions from 32 Division I conferences, which receive automatic bids, and 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. The field is divided into four regions. The champions of each region meet in a pre-chosen metropolitan area to compete in what is known as the Final Four. The winner of this last event is crowned the National Champion.

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.

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

Baccalaureate
8:00 AM
Wicker Chapel

Upper School Graduation
10:30 AM
Parade Field
(Inclement weather -Thomas Gymnasium)

21st Annual National Character & Leadership Symposium

For the fifth consecutive year, FUMA was invited to bring a cadet delegation to the 21st annual National Character & Leadership Symposium.  The event, held at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a college-level conference on various challenges of leadership.  This year’s theme at the NCLS was “Character Overcoming Conflict: Individual Stories, Global Impact,” and many great speakers shared their personal and professional stories as over 4,000 visiting students and guests gathered.  FUMA is honored to have been able to attend; currently, we are the only non-local high school invited to bring attendees to this impactful experience.

This year cadets Seth Jackson, Joshua Mosier, Alexander Kirkov, and Lauris De Neef represented FUMA and were accompanied by Chaplain James Benson and MAJ Houston Eldridge.  The cadets, all junior leaders, were selected to attend as representatives of cadet leadership at FUMA, with an eye towards the 2014-15 school year.  “I definitely will take some of the lessons I’ve learned at the NCLS and apply them to life at FUMA,” stated cadet Kirkov.  “I think the speakers really helped me appreciate how important character is when I make leadership decisions,” added cadet De Neef.

The Fork Union - Big South Connection

Article by CPT Seth Wilson
 

This time of year is highly regarded for basketball fans as conference tournaments and post-season championship pursuits begin. One such tournament that coaches at Fork Union are paying particular attention to, is the Big South Conference Championship being held this weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC. Why this conference over the ACC, SEC, Big 10 and others? Well, there are nine former Fork Union post-graduate basketball players suiting up for Big South member teams: Ethan Wilmoth at UNC-Asheville, Kyle Buffkin and Ron Trapps at Coastal Carolina, Isaac Belton at Longwood, Ot Elmore and Julian Eleby at VMI, Allen Dickerson and Kion Brown at Radford, and Larry Brown at Winthrop.

Hailing from Dobson, NC, left-handed Ethan Wilmoth '13 was a prototypical point guard for Fork Union during the 2012-13 season. Nicknamed the "Tebow" of FUMA, Wilmoth was able to use his size, strength, and quickness to develop himself into a pesky defender. UNC-Asheville applauded these qualities and asked Ethan to join their team. It's hard for freshmen to crack the line-up much, but late in the year, Ethan had his best game. In a 100-85 win over Coastal Carolina, he logged 21 minutes, made one three-pointer, recorded one assist and one steal but helped quarterback the team to victory. UNC-Asheville finished the regular season with a 10-6 conference record and 16-14 overall, enabling the team to secure a first round bye in the Big South tournament. They will take on Radford University Friday at 2pm.

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