September 1st, 2019
On the morning of August 29th, our cadets assembled in the Owen R. Cheatham Chapel for the 2019 Opening Convocation of Hargrave Military Academy. The service was led by Col. Brown, Dr. Tung, and our new Chaplain, Adam Felty. Highlights of the ceremony included an energizing speech given by Lt. Col. Morris and a solemn oath of mentorship taken by our faculty, before the cadets. Cadet Officers presented the year’s mission statement and the NCOs recited their creed to set the leadership tone and tenor for the big year ahead.
The international students of Hargrave journeyed to Bedford, Virginia, to visit the National D-Day Memorial. The memorial was dedicated in 2001, by President George W. Bush, to one of the most significant battles in American history. On the tour, our cadets contemplated the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of young men sent into battle, and the necessity of peace in our world. The visit was followed by a tasty lunch at Liberty Station, a historic railroad house, where cadets enjoyed Virginia homestyle cooking.
The Hargrave College Counseling program, led by Ben Veshi, encompasses all aspects related to building a young man into a leader of character prepared for lifelong success.
This year, our program will introduce the Naviance system, which streamlines the college selection process. Naviance places a major emphasis on the direct correlation between higher education and career selection. By offering college visit opportunities and utilizing Naviance, our cadets will be able to select the right college, that will ultimately lead to the right career. Our young men will take personality assessments that identify strengths and interests that line up with future employment opportunities. After identifying the skills of individual cadets, Naviance will match our young men with specific colleges suiting them in a variety of academic, social, and potential career areas.
Ben Veshi, our College Counselor, is thrilled to be spearheading this all-encompassing college counseling program. “In the past, I’ve always been most proud of our 100% college acceptance for graduating seniors, and we’ve been able to find the right fit in terms of college for our young men through mostly conversation. By including Naviance, our guys can see actual data in real-time to help enhance their college selection which should ultimately line up with the potential career interests. I’m thrilled to revamp our College Counseling program this year!”
The cadets of the chapel staff are excited to contribute to this year’s chapel program. Presiding over the chapel staff is the chapel officer, Garrett Treanor. Malachi Dixon, Luke Fricke, Michael Lewis, and Gavin Warll round out the chapel staff.
The chapel staff will work closely with the chaplain to oversee the Sunday and Thursday chapel program. The cadets are in charge of lighting and sound for the chapel program and ensuring that the chapel is clean and orderly before and after every service. They also serve as greeters and direct cadets and guests to seating before the chapel service.
Members of the chapel staff serve as role models for how all cadets should engage during the chapel service. During special events, the chapel staff's duties will include set-up and take-down, passing out programs, and assisting special guests who participate in the chapel program.
This year, the chapel staff is looking forward to taking a more “hands-on” approach to chapel services. During services, there will be opportunities for them to read Scripture, pray, and participate in worship.
The Hargrave Soccer program had 24 players come in early for preseason, following a rigorous training schedule and scrimmage to help prepare for the season. “We (the coaches) wanted to stress fundamentals, conditioning, the system of play, and team chemistry as we progressed through the preseason to get our players mentally prepared for the upcoming season,” stated Head Varsity Coach Jeremy Eubank.
Preseason wrapped up with an exhibition match against Holy Cross out of Lynchburg. “It was great to give these guys the opportunity to compete against someone else and to work in the items that we focused on during our preseason,” Eubank said.
The varsity team also had their first match of the season on Tuesday, August 27, against Timberlake Christian School, where they won 1-0. Senior Nathan Anderson scored the only goal with fellow senior Dimitri Clinton assisting. This win also marks the 50th career win for Eubank since taking over the program. “To get to this milestone is a result of having great players and coaches who want to get better in all areas of the game,” stated Eubank. “It is a true testament to the philosophy and culture of the program and school.”
My name is Elliott Perkins and I am from Altavista, Virginia. I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in history. For the past seven years, I have taught English as a second language in China. I was previously employed at Zhejiang Ivy International Academy in Hangzhou, China. My duties included teaching ESL and geography, as well as admissions counseling for U.S. bound students. I will teach ESL at Hargrave Military Academy and assist with coaching the soccer team. I enjoy playing soccer, reading science fiction novels, and traveling abroad. I have a decent level of Chinese language skills and encourage anyone to chat with me in Chinese.
Hello, my name is Isaac Dixon. I majored in educational studies and minored in art at LaGrange College in 2016. For the past three years, I was a math teacher at LaGrange High School in LaGrange, GA. In 2018, I was a running back coach, wide receiver and defensive back coach, and a track coach at LaGrange College. I was born in Columbus, GA. I’m the first to graduate from college of ten siblings. I love to grill, run, and golf (not saying I’m good).
Hi! I’m Meredith Martin! I was born and raised in the picturesque town of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. In pursuit of my dreams of becoming a teacher, I studied history and education, earning a bachelor’s degree in history, secondary education in 2011. I began my teaching career in the Wilkes County public school system and moved on to Chatham Hall, where I also served as a teacher, dorm parent, and coach.
As I look forward to my newest endeavor as the Director of the Academic Learning Center at Hargrave, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to encourage our young men to take pride in themselves through their academic pursuits and help them cultivate a foundation that will lead them to become lifelong learners. I believe in building relationships with people and am thrilled to be in a position where I can advocate for the cadets and help them achieve their goals!
After years of being a part of the Hargrave family as an extension of my husband, Lee, I am extremely excited to finally be a Tiger in my own right! I am thankful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to an awesome school year! Go Tigers!