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Cadet Awards Announced

Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018

Cadet Shereef Alkhateeb was awarded the John J. Wicker Religious Studies Award as the cadet with the best academic performance in Religious Studies class this year. Cadet Alkhateeb, a junior, is the son of Samy Korched of Rego Park, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Dr. John J. Wicker, for whom this award is named, served as the fifth President of Fork Union Military Academy, from 1930 until 1945.

 

Cadet Thomas Betters received the award for Cadet of the Year, presented to the most outstanding cadet in the Corps of Cadets, as determined by the Commandant's Office. Cadet Betters, a junior, is the son of Cathy Betters of Pittsford, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet Marcus Billingslea received the award for Day Student of the Year, presented to the most outstanding cadet attending as a day student, as determined by the Commandant's Office. Cadet Billingslea, a freshman, is the son of Lewis and Charemon Brooks of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Carter Crawford received the Jensen Baseball Award, presented to the baseball player that exhibits a love of baseball, a competitiveness and desire to excel, and who shows sportsmanship and team spirit. Cadet Crawford, a sophomore, is the son of Sean and Theresa Crawford of Delaware, Ohio. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Thomas Cullum received the Choral Award, presented to the cadet who makes the best contribution to the Men's Chorale. Cadet Cullum, a senior, is the son of Dr. Jeffrey and Daphne Lodge of Franklin, Tennessee. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a junior.

 

Cadet Hieu Danh Dao was awarded the Jones Physics Award as the cadet with the highest academic average in Physics this year. Cadet Dao, a senior, is an international student from Vietnam. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a junior.

Jack R. Jones, for whom this award is named, was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of Fork Union Military Academy.

 

Cadet Patrick Dorsey received the Thomas Postgraduate Award, presented to the best all-around athlete on the postgraduate teams as selected by the coaching staff. Cadet Dorsey, a postgraduate, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a postgraduate.

 

Cadet Patrick Dorsey received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Cadet Dorsey, a postgraduate, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a postgraduate.

The nation's service academies are among the most challenging colleges to gain admission to with acceptance rates estimated to be in the 9% to 18% range. Applicants must meet stringent academic and physical fitness requirements and receive a nomination from a member of of the United States Congress, United States Senate, the Vice President, or President in order to be considered for appointment.

 

Cadet Kaleb Dressler was awarded the Debate Award as the cadet selected by the debate team coach as the most outstanding student on the team this year. Cadet Dressler, a senior, is the son of Kenneth and Laura Davis of Troy, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2014 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet Chad Dreswick received the Charles F. Rogers Leadership Award. Cadet Dreswick, a postgraduate, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a postgraduate.

The Charles F. Rogers Leadership Award is presented each year to a member of the postgraduate class who best brings to mind the qualities and spirit of the late Charles Rogers. Rogers was a member of the Fork Union Military Academy postgraduate class of 1983, and later served on staff at Fork Union Military Academy as a TAC and coach before his death from cancer in 2004.

 

Cadet Nickolas Farrar received the Sullivan Award, presented to the varsity or prep athlete who demonstrated the qualities exemplified by Coach Micky Sullivan, being always positive, fiercely persistent, dedicated, a charismatic communicator, and dedicated to their faith. Cadet Farrar, a senior, is the son of Amanda Bartlett of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Jackson Farrior received the Colonel Fred Hoffman Quartermaster Award for his outstanding service to the Quartermaster this year as a supply officer in the Corps of Cadets. Cadet Farrior, a senior, is the son of Mark and Kristin Farrior of Cary, North Carolina. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Colonel Fred Hoffman came to Fork Union Military Academy in 1943 as an English and Civics instructor. In 1943, he was named to the Quartermaster position and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1992. The quartermaster building was re-named the Hoffman Supply Center in 1990 in his honor.

 

Cadet Eric Friedlander received the LaZizza Most Efficient Band Member Award. Cadet Friedlander, a senior, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a senior.

Major Anthony LaZizza came to Fork Union Military Academy as band director in 1970 following a 33-year career as a director of the band at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He retired as Fork Union's band director in 1990.

 

Cadet Eric Friedlander received the United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Bandsman Award presented by the US Marine Corps to the graduating senior who has been a first chair musician in the band, capable of performing as a soloist with the band, and recognized as both an outstanding performer and as a truly outstanding young citizen. Cadet Friedlander, a senior, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a senior.

 

Cadet Spencer Gaynor received the Undergraduate Theater Award as the undergraduate who showed the most improvement this year in Theater class. Cadet Gaynor, a junior, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a junior.

 

Cadet Jared Giszack was awarded the Justin Edell Award for his performance in Mathematics while attending Fork Union Military Academy. This award is presented to the rising senior who has attended the Academy as a US citizen since his sophomore year and has achieved the overall best combined math scores while in attendance. Cadet Giszack, a junior, is the son of Todd and Katherine Giszack of Fork Union, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2012 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Justin Edell, for whom this award is named, graduated from Fork Union Military Academy with the Class of 2010 and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon his graduation from West Point, Edell has gone on to serve our nation as an officer in the United States Army.

 

Cadet John Graves-Marchand was awarded the Reserve Officers' Assocation Award for military excellence while in attendance at Fork Union Military Academy. Cadet Graves-Marchand, a senior, is the son of Ms. Djenane Marchand of Arlington, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet Joshua Henriques was awarded the William E. Hatcher Valedictorian Award for earning the highest academic average of all graduating seniors who have attended at least two years. Cadet Henriques, a senior, is the son of Miguel and Pauline Henriques of West Nyack, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Joshua has been in attendance at the Academy for five years and has accumulated a grade point average of 4.581. He is the president of the National Honor Society, and President of the Honor Council. He has served as President of the Interact Club as well as the Orienteering team. Joshua also served as this year's Battalion Commander. He is an honor graduate. He plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy this fall.

 

Cadet Joshua Henriques was awarded the H. R. Kelly Foreign Language Award as the cadet with the highest average in a Foreign Language—Spanish class this year. Cadet Henriques, a senior, is the son of Miguel and Pauline Henriques of West Nyack, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet Joshua Henriques was awarded The MacArthur Award as the graduating senior who best embodies the principles exemplified by the life and service of General Douglas MacArthur, and shows a daily commitment to General MacArthur's watchwords: Duty, Honor, and Country. Cadet Henriques, a senior, is the son of Miguel and Pauline Henriques of West Nyack, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet Joshua Henriques received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Cadet Henriques, a senior, is the son of Miguel and Pauline Henriques of West Nyack, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

The nation's service academies are among the most challenging colleges to gain admission to with acceptance rates estimated to be in the 9% to 18% range. Applicants must meet stringent academic and physical fitness requirements and receive a nomination from a member of of the United States Congress, United States Senate, the Vice President, or President in order to be considered for appointment.

 

Cadet Joshua Henriques received the United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award presented by the US Marine Corps to a cadet who is recognized as an exemplary young citizen and role model for younger students, and has best exhibited academic achievement and leadership as a high school scholar. Cadet Henriques, a senior, is the son of Miguel and Pauline Henriques of West Nyack, New York. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet John Henry was awarded the Edward D. Morgan Bible Award as the cadet with the second highest academic performance in Religious Studies class this year. Cadet Henry, a junior, is the son of John and Angela Henry of Moultrie, Georgia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Edward D. Morgan graduated from Fork Union Military Academy with the Class of 1942 and this award is given in his memory.

 

Cadet John Henry was awarded the Sojourner's Award for encouraging and demonstrating the ideas of Americanism by his deeds and conduct, and demonstrating potential for outstanding leadership. Cadet Henry, a junior, is the son of John and Angela Henry of Moultrie, Georgia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet John Henry received the William & Mary Leadership Award presented on behalf of the College of William & Mary to honor a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding leadership, critical and creative thinking, and who brings people together. Cadet Henry, a junior, is the son of John and Angela Henry of Moultrie, Georgia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet Jonathan Ilori received the I. A. Howell Best All-Around Cadet award, presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding performance in scholarship, conduct, leadership, and overall participation in activities. Cadet Ilori, a senior, is the son of David and Alice Ilori of Colonial Heights, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

Colonel I. A. Howell served the Academy from 1935 until his retirement in 1975 as Bookkeeper, Treasurer, and Business Manager.

 

Cadet Jonathan Ilori received an ROTC college scholarship for college. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded on an extremely competitive basis to outstanding students who meet very high standards in academics, leadership, and physical fitness. Cadet Ilori, a senior, is the son of David and Alice Ilori of Colonial Heights, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Logan Justice received the Frank A. Crockett Captain's Award, presented to the graduating senior or postgraduate who served as Captain or Co-Captain of a Varsity or Prep athletic team and achieved the highest academic average, was of good conduct, and demonstrated good character this year. Cadet Justice, a senior, is the son of John and Debi Justice of Fork Union, Virginia and Lewes, Delaware. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Logan Justice received the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award presented by the US Marine Corps to a student-athlete in grades 9 through 12 who is recognized as an exemplary young citizen and role model for younger students, and who has exhibited the personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence, and leadership while performing as a student-athlete. Cadet Justice, a senior, is the son of John and Debi Justice of Fork Union, Virginia and Lewes, Delaware. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Drew Leydig received the Dolson Citizenship Award, presented to the 9th grade cadet who matriculated from the Middle School at Fork Union Military Academy and achieved the highest academic performance combined with the lowest number of demerits. Cadet Leydig, a freshman, is the son of Gary and Shannon Leydig of Fork Union, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since December 2014 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Jackson Lloyd was awarded the Beatty Chemistry Award, presented to the cadet in 9th, 10th or 11th grade with the highest grade in Chemistry. Cadet Lloyd, a junior, is the son of Stephen and Mary Alice Lloyd of Williamsburg, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a junior.

The Beatty Chemistry Award is given in honor of Mr. Guy E. Beatty, Jr. who contributed much to the success of the cadets at Fork Union Military Academy during his lifetime, having served on the board of Trustees for more than 30 years. The Beatty Library on campus is named in his honor. Mr. Beatty died in 2013.

 

Cadet Oliver Long received the Edgerton Music Award, presented to the band member who demonstrates the best work ethic. Cadet Long, a freshman, is the son of Steve Long and Christina Treppendahl of Madison, Mississippi. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

George Reton Edgerton served as the band director at Fork Union Military Academy from 1929 until 1957 and established the first marching band at the Academy.

 

Cadet William Lot was selected by RADM J. Scott Burhoe, the President of Fork Union Military Academy, to receive the coveted President's Award, presented to the rising senior who meets the highest standards in the eyes of the President. Cadet Lot, a junior, is the son of Lucy Lot of Erie, Pennsylvania. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Emerson Mabry received the Undergraduate Artist Award as the undergraduate who showed the most improvement this year in Art class. Cadet Mabry, a junior, is the son of Shalon Emerson and grandson of Amy Hood of Brandywine, Maryland. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Malcolm Mays received a Navy ROTC college scholarship for college. Navy ROTC scholarships are awarded on an extremely competitive basis to outstanding students who meet very high standards in academics, leadership, and physical fitness. Cadet Mays, a senior, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a senior.

 

Cadet Paul McCoy received the Senior Theater Award as the most outstanding senior in Theater class this year. Cadet McCoy, a senior, is the son of Ms. Jean McCoy of Reston, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2016 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet Christopher Merlo was awarded the A. J. Cox Geometry Award as the 9th or 10th grade student with the highest academic average in Geometry class taken at Fork Union Military Academy. Cadet Merlo, a freshman, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Alexander J. Cox, P.E., graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in the Class of 1947. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1951 and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University in 1956. He served with the Corps of Engineers in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a Chief Engineer of Purdy and Henderson Associates Inc., a New York City structural engineering consultant in the building industry in 2000.

 

Cadet David Middleton received the E. H. Lacy Seniority in Attendance Award, presented to the rising senior who has been in continuous attendance for the longest time as a boarding student at Fork Union Military Academy. The awarded cadet receives an orange cord to wear on his uniform for his senior year. This cord is informally referred to by cadets as the "Dinosaur Cord." Cadet Middleton, a junior, is the son of Mrs. Beth Wade of Parkersburg, West Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a seventh grader.

Colonel E. H. "Gus" Lacy came to Fork Union Military Academy in 1948 as an English instructor. He went on to serve as Assistant Dean, Registrar, Director of Admissions, Track Coach, Assistant Athletic Director, and Director of Alumni Affairs during his long career at the Academy.

 

Cadet Hayden Miles received the Forrest Lee Heil Award established in memory of the father of alumnus Matthew Heil of the Class of 1987 and presented to the senior prep football player who loves the sport, gives his all, and stands out as a contributing team player. Cadet Miles, a senior, is the son of Eric and Sara Miles of Palmyra, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet Zachary Miller received the Senior Artist Award as the most outstanding senior in Art class this year. Cadet Miller, a senior, is the son of Karen Miller of Thornburg, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Adam Nazar was awarded the MacDougal Science Award as the 9th grader with the highest average in Environmental Science this year. Cadet Nazar, a freshman, is the son of Raed Yahia and Reem Nouri of Manassas, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Captain Hugh MacDougall was an instructor in General Science at Fork Union Military Academy from 1956 until his death in 1964.

 

Cadet William Pessaud was awarded the J. W. Pendergrass Social Studies Award as the cadet with the highest average in US History and US Government classes taken while attending Fork Union Military Academy. Cadet Pessaud, a senior, is the son of Mary Jane Pessaud of Alexandria, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Colonel J. W. Pendergrass served as an instructor and as Headmaster of the Middle School from 1948 until 1963. He then came to the Upper School as Assistant Headmaster and in 1967 he was named Dean of the Upper School and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1990.

 

Cadet William Pessaud was awarded the Battalion Leadership Award as the graduating senior serving as an officer or non-commissioned officer who demonstrated outstanding leadership over the course of the school year, who led by example, and maintained a consistently firm but fair presence in his leadership of the Corps of Cadets. Cadet Pessaud, a senior, is the son of Mary Jane Pessaud of Alexandria, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Colton Ramsey received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Cadet Ramsey, a senior, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a senior.

The nation's service academies are among the most challenging colleges to gain admission to with acceptance rates estimated to be in the 9% to 18% range. Applicants must meet stringent academic and physical fitness requirements and receive a nomination from a member of of the United States Congress, United States Senate, the Vice President, or President in order to be considered for appointment.

 

Cadet Seth Robinson received the Davis S. Hatfield Blanket Award as the prep football player or student-athlete who demonstrated the qualities of leadership, the importance of sportsmanship, concern for teamwork, and exemplified an attitued of being willing to improve his character as an example for others to follow. Cadet Robinson, a senior, is the son of Christopher and Tiffany Robinson of Lexington, North Carolina. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet David Santos was awarded the H. R. Kelly Foreign Language Award as the cadet with the highest average in a Foreign Language—French class this year. Cadet Santos, an eighth grader, is the son of Sarah Good of Junction City, Kansas. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2017 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet John Scully received the R. L. Pulliam Award, presented to the student-athlete who has shown himself to be a gentleman, courteous and considerate of others, high in character, and demonstrating good academic acheivement. Cadet Scully, a postgraduate, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2017 when he enrolled as a postgraduate.

 

Cadet Sean Seabolt was awarded the Barker Retan Rifles Award as the most outstanding new freshman in the Retan Rifles. Cadet Seabolt, a freshman, is the son of William and Michelle Seabolt of Moseley, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2017 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet Caleb Shaw-Watson received the Miles Music Award, presented to the best overall or most improved member of the band. Cadet Shaw-Watson, a sophomore, is the son of Lisa Shaw of Washington, DC. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a freshman.

The Miles Music Award was established in 1996 by Lewis C. Miles, who graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in the Class of 1944. He loved band and music during his days as a cadet and wished to establish this award for future cadet musicians.

 

Cadet Brennan Stone was awarded the E. J. Snead Algebra Award as the cadet with the highest academic average in Algebra I & II classes taken at Fork Union Military Academy. Cadet Stone, a sophomore, is the son of Thomas and Trichelle Stone of Dillwyn, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Brennan Stone was awarded the Arritt Biology Award as the 9th or 10th grader with the highest average in Biology this year. Cadet Stone, a sophomore, is the son of Thomas and Trichelle Stone of Dillwyn, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

The Arritt award for Biology is given in honor of Fletcher Arritt who graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in 1960. He returned to the Academy to teach Biology and coach basketball in 1966. Coach Arritt taught for Biology 46 years before retiring in 2012.

 

Cadet William Stupalsky received the Randle Undergraduate Athlete Award, presented to the cadet having attended Fork Union Military Academy at least two years who is best all-around athlete in grades 9 through 12 , as determined by the coaching staff. Cadet Stupalsky, a junior, is the son of Joseph and Jill Stupalsky of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2015 when he enrolled as a freshman.

Ulmo Shannon Randle, known to all as "Sonny," spent 13 years at Fork Union Military Academy as a cadet, starting in the first grade, graduating as a senior in the Class of 1954, and returning for a postgraduate year with the Class of 1955. Randle played college football at the University of Virginia and went on to play ten years in the National Football League as one of the NFL's leading wide receivers in the 1960s.

 

Cadet Alex Thomas, Jr received the award for Cadet Officer of the Year, presented to the most outstanding cadet serving as an officer in the Corps of Cadets, as determined by the Commandant's Office. Cadet Thomas, Jr, a senior, is the grandson of Althea Glover of Birmingham, Alabama. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2014 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

 

Cadet Abraham Ullrich was awarded the H. R. Kelly Foreign Language Award as the cadet with the highest average in a Foreign Language—German class this year. Cadet Ullrich, a sophomore, is the son of Peter and Jeannie Ullrich of Knoxville, Tennessee. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Hadley White received the award for Cadet NCO of the Year, presented to the most outstanding cadet serving as a non-commissioned officer in the Corps of Cadets, as determined by the Commandant's Office. Cadet White, a sophomore, has attended Fork Union Military Academy since January 2018 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

 

Cadet Seph Williams was awarded the Minuteman Award by representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution. This award is presented to the graduating senior who was selected by the Commandant as meeting the criteria set forth by the Sons of the American Revolution, including respect for the military and its role in preparing young people to accept leadership obligations of American citizenship, showing potential for effective leadership, and demonstrating traits of honesty, loyalty, and patriotism. Cadet Williams, a senior, is the son of Tony and Katina Graham of Durham, North Carolina. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as a freshman.

 

Cadet Luke Wilson received the Paul Frederick Cobb Award, presented to the non-varsity football player who was both a most valuable player to the team and displayed the same high quality of character and sportsmanship as displayed by Freddie Cobb, a fine athlete, true gentleman, and posthumous recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in Vietnam. Cadet Wilson, a senior, is the son of Michael and Natalie Wilson of Louisa, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2015 when he enrolled as a sophomore.

Paul Frederick "Freddie" Cobb, in whose name this award is given, attended Fork Union Military Academy as a postgraduate in the Class of 1962, continuing a legacy begun by his father, William Chester Cobb III, a graduate of Fork Union in the Class of 1931. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech in 1966 where he had played quarterback on the football team, Cobb joined the United States Marine Corps. Although the Baltimore Colts offered Cobb a tryout, and offered to fix it so he would not have to serve in Vietnam, Cobb refused the offer and shipped out to the Vietnam War as a second lieutenant in January 1968 leaving behind a young wife who was carrying his son. A little over four months later, on May 16, 1968, Freddie Cobb was killed in action while leading his platoon in heavy combat. The official report of that battle says that "he was wounded by hostile fire, however, he aggressively led his men in hand-to-hand combat. While maneuvering forward with his men, he was mortally wounded by the enemy fire. His courageous leadership during the ensuing assults inspired his men to continue to advance and overwhelm the enemy to the point of defeat." For his courageous leadership, bold determination, and unwavering selfless dedication to duty on that day he was awarded the Navy Cross, the military's second highest honor.

 

Cadet Robert Wood was awarded the K. T. Whitescarver–Marine Corps League NCO Award as the 11th grade non-commissioned officer who shows dedication to duty and attention to detail, and who embodies well the attributes of the Academy's motto: "Body, Mind, Spirit." Cadet Wood, a junior, is the son of Ernest and Genevieve Wood of Goochland, Virginia. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2014 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Kenneth T. Whitescarver became a commissioned officer in the United State Marines in 1943 and served on continuous active duty more than twenty years. He served as President of Fork Union Military Academy from 1968 to 1990.

 

Cadet Du Xiang was awarded the Harry M. Waldon Salutatorian Award for earning the second highest academic average of all graduating seniors who have attended at least two years. Cadet Xiang, a senior, is the son of Dehua Xiang and Change Fu of Changshu, China. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since February 2014 when he enrolled as an eighth grader.

Du has been in attendance for five years and has accumulated a grade point average of 4.439. He is the President of the Global Citizen's Club, the Parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, Secretary of the Interact Club, a former member of the Retan Rifles and the Cadet Personnel Officer. He is an honor graduate. He plans to attend the University of California-San Diego this fall.

 

Cadet Julian Yescas received the award for Best Drilled Cadet this year. Cadet Yescas, a senior, is the son of Alejandro and Deborah Yescas of Miami, Florida. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since September 2011 when he enrolled as a sixth grader.

 

Cadet Zhi Cheng Zhang was awarded the J. R. Wildman English Award as the senior with the highest average in English this year. Cadet Zhang, a senior, is the son of Rongming Zhang and Wei Wang of Beijing, China. He has attended Fork Union Military Academy since August 2016 when he enrolled as a junior.

Major J. R. Wildman served the Academy as an instructor in English, Latin, and was the band director. He came to the Academy in 1919 and served until his death in 1964.

 

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