October 14th, 2019
The Hargrave Military Academy’s Chapter of the National BETA Club held its Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. The officers for the 2019-2020 school year are Daniel Pierce — President, David Kiesnowski — Vice President, Secretary — Ben Gregori, and Community Service Liaison Officer — Jared St. John.
Newly inducted into the Senior BETA Club for the Fall Induction are 11th grader Ijomah Ezuma (Willowspring, NC) and 9th grader John Paul Kapp (Chatham, VA). Newly inducted into the Junior BETA Club is 8th grader A. Malachi Dixon (Ellicott City, MD). A Spring Induction is generally held in February.
The guest speaker was local businessman, lawyer, veteran, and church leader Tim Fisk. He spoke about the importance of having a heart for service and encouraged the cadets with examples of Beta Club members that have become leaders even as young men and women at the beginning of their careers and adult lives.
Membership in the Beta Club is a privilege that must be earned. To be selected for membership in Hargrave’s Senior Beta Club, a candidate in the 9th to 12th grade must have been on the Honor Roll for at least a semester, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, be on track and working towards an Advanced Studies diploma, and be actively involved in at least 2 extracurricular activities such as a club, sport, band, or Scouting. The names are further reviewed for good character, demonstration of good leadership skills, and excellent conduct.
The criteria for membership in the Junior Beta Club, which is for 7th and 8th grades: a student must be on the Dean’s list or the President’s list for a semester, be actively involved in two extracurricular activities, and demonstrate excellent character.
Cadet Zhu demonstrated his piano skills at Chapel. This public performance was part of his Music Ensemble curriculum. He did a phenomenal job and the cadets gave him resounding applause at its conclusion.
Introduced during Chapel this week is a new prayer request email address. Cadets are now able to send emails to share prayer requests so that the chaplain can pray for and with them. Cadets can mark prayer requests as private (only shared with the chaplain and counselor) or public (shared during prayer in chapel service).
On October 4, the Hargrave Football team welcomed the Virginia Spartans to Dyer Field. In a highly contested game, the Tigers emerged on the losing end of a hard-fought battle, by a score of 0-20. The score was in no way indicative of the effort and tenacity of our Tigers. For most of the game our Tigers were all over the place defensively. Cadets Peyton Johnson and Shyheim Davis each had over 21 total tackles, while the defensive unit (Hammock, Farmer, Sovulla, Ponton, Rucker, Piccione, Hubbard, Hankins, Hayes, and Jackson) combined for 13 tackles for a loss of yardage (72 yards), holding our opponents’ offense in check.
Offensively, Mason Anderson was on fire passing until he left the game with an ankle injury. Cadets Nick Anderson and Caleb Causey finished the game rotating at the quarterback position. Peyton Johnson also had 6 punts averaging 40 yards per kick with a long punt of 60 yards.
Thursday night was jam-packed with rim-rockin’ basketball action. The PG slam-dunk and three-point contests were the first two events of the night. Derrick Quansah, known as Fiifi, put up a thrilling spectacle as he dribbled two basketballs at once down the court, ending with a double slam dunk. Corey Walker won the dunk contest and Jordan Johnson won the three-point contest. Following the contest, the entire PG basketball team scrimmaged, showcasing their talent before the Corps of Cadets for the first time this season.
The evening concluded with our annual faculty and staff versus cadets basketball game. During the first quarter, Mazae Blake lead the cadets with numerous three-pointers, giving the faculty and staff quite a scare. Eventually, the faculty and staff team was able to drive the lead forward, finishing the game with a score of 57 to 35.
On Sunday, Hargave Cadets headed down to North Carolina to watch an action-packed NFL game. The Carolina Panthers faced off with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a thrilling home stadium victory.
Hargrave’s Obstacle Course is an exact replica of the US Marine Corps’ Obstacle Course, and challenges each cadet to overcome fear, build self-confidence and to test muscular strength and endurance. The course develops each cadet physically and mentally by overcoming obstacles that require each student to use physical strength, technique, balance and determination to complete the course.
In addition to traditional classroom instruction and assignments (reflections, writing assignments, group activities, presentations, and written assessments), the cadets of the Leadership 1 Course conduct field training at the Hargrave Obstacle Course as weather permits (alternating with activities at the Hargrave Leader Reaction Course) using the “crawl, walk, run” method of training to help build self-confidence and physical and mental resilience in each cadet.