April 17, 2019


Upcoming Events

April 24 - Day Student Info Session (Tell your friends!)

May 4 - Admissions (Tag-a-Long) Open House

May 6-10 - Faculty Appreciation Week

May 10 - Spring Sports Banquet

May 12 - Underclassmen Awards &Mothers Day Parade

May 16 - Baccalaureate

May 17 - Senior Dinner

May 18 - Graduation

Jun 29 - Summer Matriculation

Featured Faculty - Dr. Brent Robida

Dr. Robida did not intend to be an English teacher, though as a high school student, he was fascinated with reading and remembers the day he realized that other people were putting serious consideration into the written word.

After being a lecturer at the University of Tennessee and Clemson University, he has learned to really appreciate teaching high school students. "They are so much more present than college students; you can see them as a whole individual."

"I like to step into the shoes of the students. Writing and reading is a process and I must be their encourager and guide."

He also coaches Soccer at Hargrave. "Coaching opens up relationship doors with students. Being sincerely called "Coach" is a good feeling."

Something that he wishes everyone knew about Hargrave is "how many first rate (beyond exceptional) students attend."


What a great turnout this year! Alumni from all over the United States and world traveled back to our little town and to Hargrave Military Academy.

Homecoming at Hargrave means a lot more than Homecoming at most schools. Is a time where our alumni come home to reconnect with the family that they worked with, played with and grew up with. Former faculty and staff come back for Homecoming too.

As an Alum of HMA, it is amazing to see the brother / sisterhood and how strong those bonds are even to this day. The weekend was full of events from our Annual Alumni Golf Tournament at Danville Golf Club, Alumni Social at Reid Street Gallery, Homecoming Parade, breakfast and lunch with the cadets and the Homecoming Finale at Berry Hill Resort.

See everyone next year!

- Ben Wall '92, Director of Alumni Relations

White is Naval Academy Bound

Cadet Kevin White has been a Hargrave student since the 8th grade. Now in his senior year, he has received appointments and acceptances to both the United States Military Academy (West Point) and The United States Naval Academy. Our Hargrave Family could not be more proud of him!

He recently completed a preview weekend in Annapolis where he was "the most aggressive high schooler there. Many were terrified to be away from home and have people tell you what to do. I was ready for it." Hargrave did not prepare him for everything though. "Jeans were on the packing list and I had to go buy some."

White wants to make a career of the Marine Corps and become an Intelligence Officer. That is a long way from being a 7th grader with subpar grades and little direction.

While at Hargrave, Cadet White competed for the Varsity Track, Swimming, Wrestling and Football Teams and has been a member of the Chess, Speech and Badminton Clubs. He is also very proud of his Eye of the Tiger badge.

He wishes that everyone knew that Hargrave helps you to learn how to deal with life's conflicts. "You really learn patience and how to work with others."

"Go Navy, Beat Army!"

Alex Judd Speaks with Cadets

Alex Judd is an energetic youth minister who has a passion for communicating practical truth in a powerful way. He is an 18x Marathon finisher, a 2x Ironman triathlete, and currently works as a Leadership Coach for business leaders around the country. Alex also works for Dave Ramsey who is a highly respected Christian-based financial adviser.

He was invited to Hargrave by his longtime friend, Captain Lynn. Alex was our guest speaker in chapel on Sunday and Tuesday. He also spoke with our Personal Finance class and held several discussions in the auditorium during military time.

Sophomore Challenge

Coach Eberly and Coach Broomell took the Entire Sophomore Class to the Sandy River Adventure Resort for the Annual Sophomore Challenge. It was a fantastic day of Team building, obstacle challenges and high ropes course and zip line fun.

I have been in the adventure world for a long time and I haven't seen anything like this place. We were in the trees for two and a half hours and still didn't complete everything.

It was so much fun and the guys could not stop talking about how much fun it was especially on the black course. The courses were listed from green which was the easiest and I'd say 15 feet off the ground followed by the yellow course which had harder obstacles and I'd say 25 feet off the ground then the blue course which was 35 feet then the black course had really hard obstacles and was a good 45 ft or so off the ground.

Some of the young men did not make it to the black as they were not forced to go any higher than they were comfortable with but most did and had sooooo much fun.

It was a great day that ended with a trip to Buffalo Wild Wings. The Cadets didn't make a sound on the way home as they were exhausted after an energetic day and had full bellies.

Thank you so much to Coach Broomell for going along and not just chaperoning but getting up in the trees and having FUN being Tarzan with me and the guys.

- Mr Bill Eberly, Activities Director

Tennis at FUMA

After over a decade-long absence, Hargrave Tennis returned to Fork Union Military Academy to face off against their Junior Prep squad. As an individual sport, a "scrimmage" at whatever level is often an adventure. Not only is there usual discovery of an opponent's talents and vulnerabilities, but the league or level on paper often does not correspond to the level of play seen on the courts! With 3 Tigers out of action, the outcome was anything but predictable.

Tiger wins were logged at #1 Singles (David Kiesnowski, Appleton, WI), #2 Singles (Luke Atkins, Raleigh, NC), #1 Doubles (Kiesnowski and Max Eskew, Wilmington, NC) - shortened due to time issues, and #3 Doubles (David Chen, Chiang Mai, Thailand and Mason Rucker, Matthews, NC).

Highlights include great matches at #1 Singles, #3 Singles, and #2 Doubles. At #1, HMA team co-captain Kiesnowski and Tyler Ackenbom battled along for 100 minutes (1:40). Both had similar playing styles, able to mix up solid groundstrokes, service, and net play. Kiesnowski slowly ground out a 4-1 lead in the same time that other singles matches had finished. Ackenbom came back to tie it up at 5-5. From there to 7-7, the battle continued with neither player losing serve despite the opponent contesting each game to deuce. With 90 minutes ticking over (and one of the second round of doubles matches completed!), Kiesnowski began what was to be the final 10 minute push to first break his opponent's serve and then hold his serve to finish out the match 9-7.

At #3 Singles and #2 Doubles, two Tiger heartbreakers were recorded. At #3 Singles Sebastian Richardson (Charlotte, NC) settled in for what looked to be a seesaw battle. The score slowly ratcheted up with Blue Devil K. Nguyen not relinquishing his one game lead until Richardson pulled even at 7-7. Two long games later, they were tied at 8-8 and the match moved to the tiebreaker format. The grinding continued with neither player wanting to go home without the victory. In the end, Richardson fell 8-9 (5-7). At #2 Doubles, Atkins fresh from a 8-1 victory on the singles side teamed up with Aidan Steinbach (Durham, NC) looking to recover from his singles loss. They faced two Blue Devils that had similarly split their respective singles matches. The Tigers pounced out to a 5-3 lead. The tide turned as FUMA's Williamson's confidence returned with a vengeance. Under the new pressure, the Tigers continued to battle, but the lead was slowly whittled down and when the dust settled, the Blue Devils were on top 7-9.

Again, the courts were used when available to give several players the opportunity to gain court experience in a venue away from the friendly confines of the Landon Tennis Center. Mason Rucker, Conner Henretta (Roanoke, VA), Tyler Medin (Chatham, VA), John Paul Kapp (Chatham, VA), Eryk King (Chatham, VA), and David Mueller (Miami, FL) were in exhibition matches.

Based on his determination, grit, and continued team leadership throughout a long afternoon, it is easy to name David Kiesnowski the HMA "Man of the Match"!

- Dr. Jim Tung, Academic Dean & Head Tennis Coach

Weekly Gallery

Baseball prepares for a game

Greenhouse Science Trip

Dissecting a frog in science class

Sophomore Challenge

Seniors and Alumni at Mess 1 (breakfast)

Future College Athlete Signing Ceremony

Freshman Nametag Ceremony

Ms. Pugh receiving an award at homecoming

Cadet Wilkie our Battalion Commander

Freshman Nametag Ceremony

Sophomore Challenge

Freshman Nametag Ceremony