Newsletter - November 17
Saturday 16 Nov
Sunday 17 Nov
Monday 18 Nov
Tuesday 19 Nov
Wednesday 20 Nov
Thursday 21 Nov
Friday 22 Nov
Saturday 23 Nov
Thursday & Friday 28/29 Nov - Hargrave Offices closed
Sunday 1 Dec
Annual Fall Varsity Sports Banquet
Last Friday evening, at the annual Fall Sports Banquet, the Varsity Soccer, Football and Cross Country award winners were announced after season summaries from each of the head coaches. In an evening of celebration and camaraderie, members of each fall Varsity sport were awarded Varsity letters in addition to being recognized for individual achievements and awards.
Individual award winners follow:
Additionally, Daniel Pierce was awarded Second Team All-VIC honors in soccer and Wesley Marquardt '21 ( ) was awarded his medal for placing on the Second Team All-Metro during the Danville Metro Meet in October.
Friday evening was an excellent way to cap off the fall sports season as Hargrave Athletics transitions into the winter sports season!
Hargrave in the Community - Veterans Day
Parade at Hargrave
The Corps of Cadets parade on November 9 was held in honor of local veterans. Over 100 community members were in attendance. The Guest of Honor was Major Harry Gillispie. The Speaker was the Honorable Coleman B. Yeatts, Jr.
Gillispie began his military career when he was drafted in 1945 and sent to serve in Germany at the end of World War II. In 1950 he was called up to serve in Korea. It was during this time Gillispie was captured by enemy soldiers. He escaped from his captors, but suffered a crushed hand in the process. It took Gillispie a little over a week to reunite with his group, and by then the injuries to his hand had gone without medical attention, leaving him with disabilities in his hand. He continued his service on into the Vietnam War in 1962. He later joined the Hargrave staff in the Military Department.
Yeatts is a Hargrave alumni ('61). He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and a retired Virginia District Court judge. His comments addressed the impact of veterans from developing personal character and strengths to making last impacts on our local, state, and national community.
Iwo Jima Assembly
On Veterans Day, a representative of the Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) spoke to the Corps of Cadets at a school assembly. Not only were the historical facts of the Battle shared, but the efforts to preserve the island and honor the fallen in the 75 years since in the battle were discussed. More importantly, the character and role of the members of the Greatest Generation were discussed.
Cadets were challenged to remember and look within themselves about the characteristics that made these men great in and out of battle.
Dan River Middle School
Col Brown was the keynote speaker for a ceremony which recognized and celebrated military veterans. Veterans from the Marines, Navy, Army, and Air Force were present and given thank you notes from the students.
At the close of the ceremony, fallen or deceased veterans were recognized with a moment of silence and the playing of Taps by Cadet Michael Lewis ('20).
Scouts at McAfee Knob
LTC Broomell and CPT Ott led five cadets on an overnight hike to McAfee Knob, outside of Roanoke, VA. As a "first outing" the intent was to get newer scouts oriented in the basics of hiking and campcraft. Mother Nature didn't quite share that intent and tried to discourage our intrepid Scouts. The first day’s hike took them up the trail to an overnight campsite not too far from the Knob. They sheltered against a pretty aggressive wind chill, with one report citing single digit overnight temperatures. The morning sun found nobody willing to quit (or wanting to stay cocooned in mummy bags) and obligingly warmed everyone up to where it might even have looked like a summer hike! They pushed up the rest of the steep trail to be rewarded with the grand vista that makes McAfee Knob one of the most popular and picturesque sections of the Appalachian Trail. Taking the long way back down the mountain, the newer cadets discovered how comfortable a heated bus can be as they returned to campus to resume their normal school week schedule!
Parent Council Sponsors Ice Skating
Cadets enjoyed an ice-skating experience due to the generosity of Hargrave's Parent Council. With skill levels ranging from first time skaters to veteran hockey players, another bond of brotherhood was "iced in" with plenty of comedic moments and advice on the ice.
Exciting news: Parent Council has created a Facebook page for parents of current cadets! Follow these quick and easy steps to join:
Campus Improvements Continue!
While cadets are hard at work in the classrooms, on the athletic practice fields, and building relationships on barracks, the staff, alumni, and contractors have had its own set of tasks:
Hanging of the Greens
All in the community are welcome to join the Hargrave family at the Hanging of the Greens in the Cheatham Chapel on our historic campus Sunday, Dec 8 at 6-7pm.
The Hanging of the Greens service is one of the main events highlighting the Faith pillar of Hargrave Military Academy. At the service, we celebrate the nativity of Jesus with the recognition that He is the Messiah, born at Christmas so that He might die to secure humanity’s salvation. Without Christ’s birth, there would be no hope for our faith. Therefore, we observe the Advent season with hopeful expectation of Christ’s promises
Music will be provided by the Hargrave and Chatham Hall choirs, the Hargrave Band, and the Hargrave Highlanders. Our fine young men will also perform Christmas Hymns and give readings.