After a short address by Battalion Commander Gregory Prinster ’17, Interim Dean MAJ Edsel Baker and Academy President Charles McGeorge presented several awards to students and staff members.
The Teacher of the Month award for December went to bandmaster WO2 Freddie Lomas.
“In December, he took a group of students to represent us well in Hawaii – and then turned around in January and took another group students to represent us at the Military Band Festival,” Baker said.
David Wilkins, Technology Department Director and MMA information technology internship instructor, was next named Teacher of the Month for January.
“It could be pushing a cart around the building and collecting computers,” Baker said of the program. “Wilkins has pushed that internship to writing code, to developing tools for other instructional staff members to use. ... Some [interns] have written code for the monitor that displays upcoming announcements in Barnard Hall. It’s really a vast internship opportunity.”
Interim Athletic Director Juan Garcia was named Teacher of the Month for February; MAJ Lawrence McClarey was the March recipient.
The President’s Gold Star was awarded to Mike Hamilton of Sage Dining Services and his staff.
“Sage is just an outstanding partner,” McGeorge said. “Food is one of our strengths here.”
Students of the month were: senior Zenghui Zhang, December; senior Raul Escarcega, January; eighth grader Jose Karam, February; and senior Hector Villanueva, March.
Juniors Alexander Schaaf and Matthew Ghidey were recognized as the next Duke of York’s Royal Military School Fellows. The duo will study during the fall 2017 semester at MMA’s sister school in Dover, England.
Cadets enrolled in MMA’s new eighth hour Equine Studies course were also recognized.
“Cadets take a course that I think is fairly rigorous in terms of horsemanship,” Baker said, “learning [the] anatomy of a horse, parts of a saddle, different showing styles.”
Junior Paul Murphy received a gold Horsemanship Certificate and junior Ryan Hannagan received a silver award. The duo competed for the honors February 10 by formally demonstrating knowledge of balance and timing, skill at cueing the horse to move forward, trotting, turning, backing, haulting, mounting and dismounting.