August 26th, 2019


Matriculation is almost complete and we are ready for the school year to get started!! We will send out a weekly newsletter that provides highlights and information to keep you informed of what's happening around campus. As cadets adjust to their lives away from home, a wide variety of activities besides class, sports practices, and residential life are available. These activities help a cadet keep the academic, character, physical fitness, and spiritual components of his campus life in perspective. The information on the following events are selected to help parents understand and shape conversations with their cadet. These are only a fraction of the exciting things happening in the near future.

Upcoming Events

August 26 - Returning Cadets Matriculation

August 29 - Convocation (First Day of Classes)

August 31 - Saturday Classes (including Day Students); Honor Council Dinner (robing of Honor Council and formal signing of the Honor Code book)

September 7 - Founder’s Day (Corps-wide competitions and picnic celebrating the founding of Hargrave)

September 8 - Local Churches’ Cadet Welcome: Cadets are invited to attend several local churches for Sunday-morning worship

New Furniture in the Academic Learning Center …

The new furniture in the ALC will provide our cadets with modern, collaborative workspaces. Furnishings include high tables and conference tables with modern amenities, such as built-in charging ports and tearable paper-top tables. In addition, adjustable desks and wobble stools are available to ease cadets through strenuous study sessions in a kinetic environment. We’ve also added circular couches and upholstered chairs with desks and footstools for maximum study-time comfort. The ALC will be an ideal location for our cadets to interact in a contemporary learning center.

The Academic Learning Center (ALC) will be the physical site for addressing a full spectrum of individualized education needs ranging from differentiated learning and assessment to monitoring online coursework for cadets. The ALC will address the needs of the modern learner without losing sight of the traditions that made Hargrave alumni successful: realistic expectations; mentorship; encouraging and recognizing incremental successes. The ultimate goal of the ALC is to empower our students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers.

“Before the furniture was wooden, and now the furniture is futuristic and very comfortable.” — Cadet CPT David Kiesnowski

… and the Military Lounge

The military lounge is also getting several upgrades provided by the Hargrave Parent Council: upholstered chairs and sofas as well as high tables and high chairs.

“The new furniture in the military office has me hyped up for the exciting upcoming changes for the 2019-2020 school year. Now, Cadets are able to use the military office as a more comfortable option to study, socialize, and unwind.” — Cadet 1st Lt. Charles Moreno

The new furnishings were all funded through donations. Hargrave Military Academy would like to extend a big thank-you to those that keep Hargrave cadets first in their minds.

Leadership Academy

Cadets participated in a week-long training designed to test and evaluate their leadership abilities and determine eligibility for key cadet leadership positions for the upcoming year. The evaluations consisted of several graded events: physical fitness tests, barracks, and personnel inspections, drill and ceremony evaluations, and a comprehensive final exam. Cadets also received graded peer and staff evaluations measuring their ability to display the school’s core values and leadership traits. The course culminated on Friday, August 16th, with a graduation ceremony to announce the board-selected cadet leadership positions.

“Leadership Academy not only prepares you physically, but it also prepares you to deal with the challenges you face as leaders of the Corp. of Cadets.” — Cadet 2nd Lt. Jay Thompson

“This week breaks you down, but most importantly it builds you up as a brother, leader, and friend.” — Cadet MAJ Joseph Kennedy

Dr. Reichert Presentation

Psychologist Michael Reichert visited Hargrave on August 19th to share his research challenging traditional conventions about how boys become men. The focus of his research centered on how boys need sincere, loving relationships to become healthy men. If you are interested in his work, check out his book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men.

Cover of How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men

New Faculty Bios

Adam Felty

My name is Adam Felty and I am the chaplain of Hargrave Military Academy. I provide spiritual care to the cadets of Hargrave and teach the school’s Bible course.

I am a graduate of Liberty University where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and interdisciplinary studies with a minor in biblical studies. I am also a graduate of the Rawlings School of Divinity with a Master of Divinity, Pastoral Counseling Cognate.

I am passionate about the spiritual development of young men. I have been ministering to teenagers in churches for a decade. Prior to Hargrave, I served as an ordained pastor in Gore, Virginia and Knotts Island, North Carolina. I have also worked for Shenandoah University and later served the military community as a mortgage loan originator with Navy Federal Credit Union.

I reside in Chatham with my wife, Jeanie, son, Finley, and cats. Outside of work, I am an aspiring writer.

John H. Dixon

My name is John H. Dixon, Major - USAF (Ret). I was raised in Newport News, Virginia. At Virginia Military Institute, I earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering. I completed an M.S. in aviation management/aerospace science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida). I am a graduate of the United States Air Force Squadron Officer School, the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the USAF Command and Staff program. I served in the USAF for 24 years in a variety of roles: B-52G navigator, instructor navigator, radar navigator, general facilities engineer, pavements engineer, staff civil engineering officer, and weapons controller.

After retiring from the military, I worked in the private sector as a highway construction project manager before entering the education field. I have worked in both public and private schools, spending the last 7 years at a boys boarding school teaching mathematics and science.

I have been hired to teach mathematics at HMA, and am hoping to share my experience as a high school coach in basketball, football, and baseball.

My wife Patricia, who was originally from Manchester, Maryland, and I, live at Cherry Point on Gwynn’s Island in Mathews County, Virginia, and we have five children, John, Mary, Nicole, Nathan, and Robert; 4 grandchildren, and two dogs.