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February 27, 2019

HARGRAVE
NEWSLETTER

Upcoming Events

Feb 27 - VISAA D2 State Tournament Elite Eight Basketball Tournament

Mar 2 - Military Ball

Mar 4-7 - PG National Championship

Mar 8 - Winter Sports Banquet (Parents Welcome)

Mar 9 - Admissions Open House

Mar 16 - Band @ St Patrick's Day Parade - Charlotte

April 6-7 - Junior Retreat

April 12-13 - Homecoming

Featured Staff William McCaskey

Delta Company is made up of our 7-9th graders and their company leadership. Delta is the reigning Honor Company in our Corps. Captain McCaskey is one of the Delta Company TAC Officers and he attributes their successes to their outstanding cadet leadership and great cadets. "Our cadet leadership taught them well and then the cadets held themselves to a high standard."

For 15 years CPT McCaskey was in the United States Army and is currently in the Army Reserves. After leaving the Army he missed the feeling where his job was making a difference in the world. As a Muay Thai instructor he had developed a passion for working with teenagers and started researching military boarding schools. Hargrave immediately stood out and he was impressed with the mission and how the academy is not just focused on academics but on who our cadets will become. He was especially impressed with our faith based approach. "Faith is essential as a guide for life"

As a TAC Officer, he is a mentor for almost 50 students. He helps them to solve their problems on campus and sometimes at home. He shares his life experiences and works to better prepare cadets for life than he was at their age. (ed note: During the interview two cadets came to see CPT McCaskey with problems, one was that someone had borrowed their headphones and the headphones were now locked in an unoccupied room, the other was a cadet who was convinced he had a tapeworm, all this while they were preparing for a uniform inspection).

Though he is a career military man, CPT McCaskey does not push cadets towards military service. "We talk a lot about life goals and set benchmarks for these goals. I try to help them to see options."

As a TAC Officer his favorite part of Hargrave is having a personal impact on the growth of a cadet. "Lots of small victories as they internalize things and learn what character really is. Boys have to learn to be men. They have to learn to step up and use their passions for good. Many times they learn through mistakes."

He wishes that everyone knows that our mission is not just words that we say, but something we make personal for every cadet.

Military Ball Timeline

The Ball will be held at the Old Dominion Agricultural Complex at 19783 US-29, Chatham, VA 24531 on Saturday, March 2nd
9:30 am - Officers will have final promenade practice at the AG center with their date if she is able to make it.
7:00 pm - Officers and dates arrive at AG center for preparations.
7:30 pm - Meet and greet
7:45 pm - Posting of the Colors
7:50 pm - Camden Rifles performance
8:00 pm - Promenade begins
8:30 pm - President crowns the King and Queen of the Ball
8:40 pm - Officers first dance
8:45 pm - Dancing and blackjack begins
8:45 pm - Parents are invited to a Parents Reception at the President's House
11:00 pm - Ball concludes

- Mr. Bill Eberly, Student Activities Director

Top Shooter in the State





Hargrave has the top shooter in the state in Chandler Wilkie who shot a score of 523. HMA is also proud of David Kiesnowski who finished 8th at State with a score of 481. Also scoring for HMA were Jackson Stewart with a 453 and AJ Thomas with a 442. Our other two competitors for the day were Jacob Kitchen and newcomer Luke Fricke.

Please congratulate all the shooters for a hard fought season which demanded fortitude and diligence. I am also very appreciative of Coach Paris who gave a lot of his time and energy throughout the season.


- Chaplain Jacob Kave, Rifle Team Coach and Academy Chaplain




Weekly Gallery

Character Awards

Future Tigers listening to Coach

Character Awards

Piedmont Tournament

Colonel Brown cheers on the Tigers

Piedmont Tournament