Newsletter - October 28

Upcoming Events


Sunday 27 Oct

  • Intramural Flag Football tournament on campus

Monday 28 Oct

  • VMI Leadership Conference (overnight)

Tuesday 29 Oct

  • Varsity Soccer vs. Fork Union - 1630
  • PGBB vs Franklin Prep - 1900

Wednesday 30 Oct

  • Interim grades close

Thursday 31 Oct

  • Chapel & Character Briefing (Monthly trait switches to “Service”)
  • PGBB depart for Bahamas
  • Halloween! - FACULTY costumes are authorized; limited Trick or Treat opportunity for select seniors
  • Interim grades posted by 1900.

Friday 01 Nov

  • Open Weekend
  • PGBB Vs. Helsinki Basketball Academy (Nassau, Bahamas) - 1300

Saturday 02 Nov

  • Football v Catholic High School - 1900 - SENIOR RECOGNITION ceremony at 1845.

Sunday 03 Nov

  • Cadets return by 1700
Victory in Waynesboro 

On a beautiful fall afternoon in Waynesboro your Tiger Cadets played their best game of the season versus their arch-rivals the Caissons from Fishburne. 

The defense set the tone for the game.  Cadets Peyton Johnson ('20, Clinton, NC), Frank Piccionne ('21, Wake Forest, NC), Robert Sovula ('21, Arlington, VA), CJ Farmer ('22, Blairs, VA), Malachi Jackson ('23, Danville, VA), Andrew Ponton ('22, Simpsonville, SC), Shy'heim Davis ('21, South Boston, VA) and Mason Rucker ('22, Matthews, NC) each racked up double digit tackles.  Defensively, Peyton Johnson galloped 35 yards on a scoop and score after CJ Farmer leveled the running back knocked the ball from the unsuspecting Caissons hands.  The defense accounted for 12 tackles for a loss of 49 yards, and two interceptions.

Offensively, Johnson accounted for 151 yards on 15 carries thanks to the outstanding blocking of the offensive line unit and his running mates Jackson and Davis out of our wishbone alignment.  Cadet Davis rushed for a two yard plunge and Stephen Searce ('22, Danville, VA) caught in a 7 yard touchdown reception from Mason Anderson ('21, Chatham, VA).  David Hubbard ('22, Danville, VA) caught 2 passes for 40 yards with a longest being 33 yards.

With less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter our opponents scored to bring the game within a score of 21-16 and then successfully attempted an onside kick.  Your tigers went onto the field undaunted and the defensive held and with less than 1:15 on the clock Cadet Sovula intercepted an errant pass and the Tiger offense went on the field to run out the clock in victory formation!

Thanks to those who made the trip, the Tigers rose to the occasion and played a truly inspired exciting game.  Our next home game is this Friday at home versus the North Cross School. -- Coach Jeff Schaum 

Final Score HMA 21 - FMS 16


Imagination Lab 


On Thursday Oct 24th Mrs. Kent's Science classes participated in a STEM activity on the Imagination Lab bus. This bus is an extension of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research located in Danville. The students were challenged to build a square of a certain length, width, and height and then be creative with it. All students did very well and enjoyed the hands on challenge.



Virginia Museum of Transportation
On Saturday, Oct 25, Hargrave cadets from the international students group took a trip to the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, VA. Cadets had a blast looking at both actual vehicles and scale models throughout the museum.  Planes, trains, and automobiles of all shapes and sizes were available to both look at and in some cases, climb around. The day ended with a trip to one of the local restaurants, Roanoke Cafe Asia 2, known for serving authentic Asian cuisine. 
"The museum is very interesting. I got to see a lot of historical vehicles. I especially loved the aircraft section with real engines." -- Cadet CPL David Chen (10th grader from Chiang Mai, Thailand).

Leadership in the Field


The Leadership 1 Course (Block 1 aka "Ghost Platoon"), led by Cadets Matt Bajorek ('20, Charlotte, NC) and Luc Garcia ('22, Raleigh, NC), trained on the first half of the Spartan Challenge Run (SCaR). After a slow start, the team came together and showed great determination to complete all the required training objectives. The SCaR is a character building event that includes a 1.8 mile run over rough terrain and tests the cadets on problem solving, decision making, resilience, and teamwork.

Service at the Pittsylvania Pet Center


On Sunday, Oct 20th, Ms. Pugh took 10 cadets to the Pittsylvania Pet Center for volunteer work. The Pet Center is protects the health, safety and well-being of all companion animals to reducing the number of stray and homeless animals, and providing the best care possible for every animal that comes through our doors.


The Pet Center folks love having the guys there and it's pretty clear from that the animals appreciate the attention as well!  Based on feedback from the cadets and the Pet Center, cadets will return as much as possible.


Meritorious Performers Enjoy at Trip to Lynchburg 



A group of the Meritorious Performers for the first Marking Period at Hargrave went and enjoyed a day out in Lynchburg. They went out for a nice lunch and then went over to the Liberty vs. Maine football game.  Cadets who earn the Meritorious Performance Award are eligible for selected special activities following the relevant grading period.  Past activities have included a pizza party, off-campus event, or extra weekend pass.


The Meritorious Performance Award is based on achieving 800 MP points using the formula below during each of the academic marking  periods.


  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in academic classes (MP points = GPA*100) 
  • Earn 100 pts per week in which the cadet has no more than five character reports


Some automatic disqualifiers include earning a total of more than 10 character reports in six weeks, Honor Council violations, Academic Restriction, or a disciplinary suspension.

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