October 6th, 2019
This year’s annual Hargrave Parents’ Weekend will be on October 11-12. We welcome parents and families to join us on campus for a weekend of fellowship as we wrap up our first marking period (completing one-third of the semester!). You will have opportunities to meet with faculty, coaches, and TAC officers. It is an opportunity to touch base, refresh acquaintances, and sometimes even put faces with names that somehow got missed in the whirlwind of matriculation! A conference schedule, grades, a character report summary (if applicable), and maps will be available when you come to campus on Friday, October 11, and check in on the Main Hall. It is not necessary to check in again on Saturday morning, but it would be a great opportunity to check on how your bids are going at the Parent Council’s silent auction (hint, hint ... see below) and perhaps grab a quick breakfast snack served in the English Lounge (also on Main Hall!).
Parent-Teacher conferences may be scheduled through Mr. Jeremy Eubank, firstname.lastname@example.org. He will help you schedule the 10-minute conferences. If you wish to have a conference and are not able to attend or the conference times have filled, faculty can be contacted through email and an alternate date and/or format may be scheduled. Walk-in conferences are available on a first-come basis around the pre-arranged schedule.
Hargrave’s generous supporters have a huge impact on the quality of life of Cadets. One small portion of their generosity is exemplified by the items and experiences up for grabs at the Parent Council’s Silent Auction. All proceeds of this awesome fund-raising event with go towards improving cadet quality of life, from major furniture purchases in the common areas to the little touches that transform a school into a home away from home.
Come down and celebrate all that has been accomplished so far in this school year! After the parade (and any Saturday afternoon parent conferences), cadets may check out and should return no later than MONDAY, 14 October, at 5 pm. Dorms will remain open throughout the weekend and there are activities for those cadets that do not check out with family or a friend’s family.
Even though the fall high school sports season is in full swing, the prep-basketball season is almost upon us. Meet the 2019–2020 Post-graduate Basketball Tigers! Their season will match them up with a variety of prep and junior college programs, take them to Bermuda, and culminate in the National Prep Championship tournament in Connecticut in 2020.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. at the Walter Davis Gymnasium. Enjoy a Slam Dunk Contest, a Three-Point Contest, and an Intrasquad Scrimmage. This will be our first chance to see the nationally ranked Tigers in action. The team includes some of the best up-and-coming student-athlete basketball talent in the country.
Afterwards, for those that haven't gotten their fill of basketball, the faculty and staff will square off in a good-natured game against the cadets. We know that at least one group will get a good night's sleep afterwards!
This year’s Weekend of Service brought a different sort of buzz of excitement to campus. While the year to date has focussed on a beginning (new friends, new classes, new sports teams, understanding what it means for iron to sharpen iron, etc.), the Weekend of Service introduced cadets to a new group and task: our alumni and community service.
The day began with a recognition service as Colonel Brown presented Mrs. Dianna Lavoie with the designation as Honorary Alumna. Not only is she the parent of three alumni, Mrs. Lavoie’s service to the Academy and her cadets has spanned over thirty years in a variety of capacities from volunteer to staff to faculty. Her approach to life and schedule is such that getting her to slow down to get to Weekend of Service was easier than our traditional spring Homecoming weekend.
After breakfast, over two dozen alumni, a dozen faculty, and the Corps of Cadets broke into work crews to attack campus beautification projects. Not only did our cadets see each other and two other groups of Hargrave stakeholders in a different light, but it was a time for fellowship over some well-appreciated work. The projects included painting, mulching, weeding, trimming, and repair work. At the end of the day, the cadets not only came to appreciate the power of their own hands (and backs!), but an appreciation of the maintenance around campus and the power of teamwork. We are extremely grateful that our Hargrave Alumni took time to come to campus and pass down a bit of their elbow grease and know-how to our current Hargrave cadets.
“I enjoyed working with my fellow cadets. We got a lot done and were very proactive. As a member of the football team, it will be nice to look at the freshly painted stands and be proud of our hard work.” — Cadet 1SG S. Lee (Wrightsville Beach, NC)
“Weekend of Service is always a tremendous opportunity for former and current cadets to work side-by-side. They get to trade stories while working on projects to improve the Hargrave campus. It is a bonding experience that speaks to the heart of Hargrave. We are all family.” — Colonel Brown, Hargrave President
“At this fall’s blood drive, we had 37 donors. We’re expecting to have another one in the spring. Cadets that donated were treated to extra ice cream. and we had a lot of local community, faculty, and staff support. Bravo company won for the most donations. We look forward to even more cadets to come out in the spring.” — Patricia Baker, Head Nurse
Reporting and Photography by Cadet 1LT Charles Moreno
Character is one of our 4 Pillars and we strive to authentically develop it each and every day. To help focus our efforts, each month one of 10 character traits are highlighted by the faculty and staff. During the Thursday morning chapel and assembly time, a cadet was recognition for his modeling of the attributes of respect within our tight community. Cadet John Mauriello received the Excellence in Character Award for respect at Chapel by Sergeant Major Dooley and Colonel Brown. We congratulate him for his exemplary actions.
In addition, Colonel Brown and Chaplin Felty introduced the new character trait, integrity. Over the next month, the halls of Hargrave will be filled with opportunities for cadets to learn about and reflect on integrity. Chaplin Felty’s upcoming sermons on the story of Daniel and his integrity in the face of temptation, uncertainty, power, and death are highly anticipated.
“This year is a rebuilding year for the Cross Country Team. We have only four returning athletes from last season but we acquired some very talented cadets. The team chose three cadets as their Tri-Captains Leadership Team (Seniors Mason Shrage [Anchorage, AK], Scott Kennedy [Hillsborough, NC], and Aidan Thomas [Chapel Hill, NC]). The team is working hard to improve; pairing runners of similar conditioning and times have caused them to push each other to improve. Nine out of fourteen runners on the team have scored in different meets. We have a long way to go, but we are committed to the belief that Hard Work given Time beats Talent.” — Coach Mike Broomell
On Sunday, Hargrave cadets went down to Extreme Park Adventures in Durham for an afternoon of airsoft matches. Cadets worked in small teams of about 10 players to eliminate their opponents in an exhilarating afternoon competition . Students enjoyed the trip so much that several cadets have decided to invest in the sport and start a new club at Hargrave Military Academy. The club has already had one practice and it has only been four days since the trip.
“During the airsoft trip, I enjoyed the teamwork, communication, and adrenaline rush that comes with playing the sport. I snuck around obstacles, surprised opponents, and gave covering fire for teammates. I also enjoyed the bonding experience with Coach Dixon, Coach Stumpo, and my fellow cadets.” — Cadet Cpl. Matthew Guentzel (Eagle Rock, VA)