September 21st, 2019
We hope your son is settling into life at HMA and that you are adjusting as well. We know this is a big change for both cadets and parents. Please know we are parents just like you and are here to help in any way we can.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone on campus for Parents’ Weekend coming up October 11th–12th. This is a time of fellowship among families, meeting your son’s teachers and HMA staff, sporting events, and the first dress parade of the year. Lots of great photo opportunities this weekend with your cadet!
Once again, Parent Council will be hosting a Silent Auction for its annual fundraiser during this event. All proceeds from the Silent Auction support Parent Council activities and events throughout the year, which improve life on campus for ALL our cadets and the HMA family.
Parent Council has now begun to secure in-kind gifts/donations to be auctioned and raffled at this year’s Silent Auction. Some examples of donations are sporting event tickets, movie tickets, handmade craft items, gift baskets, weekend getaways, gift cards, jewelry, autographed items, and sports equipment. Any and all donations are welcome! If you would prefer to make a cash donation, we will be happy to shop and put together a basket or auction item of your choice.
Please contact Amy Mauriello at [email protected] for information on how to mail items in for the Silent Auction or to advise of a cash donation. Thank you so much for your continued support of the Parent Council and we look forward to seeing you at Parent’s Weekend!
HMA PC President 2019-2020
Cadet Bennett Soles knew that God had called him to deliver a message of encouragement to his peers. After working with the Chaplain, he was given the ability to do just that. During the evening chapel service on Sunday, September 15th, Soles presented an inspiring message to his fellow cadets. He emboldened the Corps of Cadets to work hard and to embrace the available opportunities presented by their attendance at Hargrave: “Without Hargrave, I would never understand God, the world, the importance of life and service, and most importantly, myself. God’s plan always works; maybe not immediately, but it will always be for good to those who love Him,” he said. The Corps appreciated the chance to hear from a fellow cadet.
On Wednesday, September 18th, the Corps of Cadets went through a workshop put on by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The organization has a clear mantra: “Better athletes, better people.” The workshop centered around becoming a “Triple Impact Competitor.” A “Triple Impact Competitor” is one that focuses on the following three aspects:
The young men were exposed to thinking about team culture, how to handle failure, and the value that everyone can bring to a team regardless of their skill level. A main focus of the workshop was to change their mentality from a “Scoreboard Approach” to a “Mastery Approach.” The “Mastery Approach” is one that leads to maximizing potential, developing confidence, learning from mistakes and — in the end — leads to winning a lot more. Every Cadet walked away with a complimentary book that not only reinforces what was learned but also provides a framework for self-assessment and development.
We were incredibly fortunate to have Monica Livingston as our speaker from PCA. She was a star athlete throughout her scholastic career and continued on to become a Hall-of-Fame member of the DC Divas, a professional women's tackle football league. She had a wealth of knowledge and experience with this age group and was high energy and engaging throughout. Monica’s bio can be found here, and you can google her to watch her highlights or hear her speak.
This is the first year that Hargrave has partnered with PCA, and we are looking forward to seeing growth in all areas throughout the athletics pillar as a result!
On Tuesday, September 17, the Hargrave yearbook staff set off for Camp Carolina Fall 2019 Technology Workshop in High Point, North Carolina. Over 200 students from 22 schools came together to receive technical training in Basic Online Design, Advanced Design, and photography. Students left with a firm understanding of their role as a part of the yearbook staff and a newfound confidence in their technical skills.
Hargrave Military Academy was approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, becoming one of eight new listings on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Hargrave and the other listings will be forwarded for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
“This is a tremendous milestone in Hargrave’s history. It recognizes Hargrave’s historical significance to the state of Virginia. We are proud of our legacy and are excited about this recognition as well as the potential to be named to the National Register of Historic Places in the coming month.” — Colonel Brown
I am a graduate of the College of Charleston with a background in high-value client acquisition in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. I have a passion for marketing and communications and believes that the synergy of technology and human capacity has never been more critical for growing organizations. I am excited to be a part of the Hargrave team and look forward to modernizing the marketing efforts of Hargrave Military Academy.
I am a graduate of ShuRen University in Hangzhou, China, with a Bachelor’s in Art. I am a dynamic HR professional with an outgoing personality and extensive experience working in an international environment. My hobbies include badminton, billiards, and travel. I also enjoy sharing Chinese language and culture. I have joined the Hargrave team as part of the international marketing department and as the school photographer.