Cadets, Faculty and Staff Honored at the April 2024 All-Academy Assembly

Cadets, Faculty and Staff Honored at the April 2024 All-Academy Assembly

An all-academy assembly was held on 17 April 2024 in Memorial Chapel. Below, please find the list of the cadets, faculty, and staff who received special recognition during the assembly. Photos are available on MMA's Flickr account. Feature photo above, President Geraci congratulates Cadet Ryan Miles for achieving academic all-American status.

Cadets and Faculty Awards Assembly, 2024

Commandant Cadet Awards

The Paul Petit Award for the best International Relations: This award is given to an 8th grader cadet who has most improved international relations in the middle school.  Petit attended in 1979-1982, alumni association board, and admissions recruiter.  The recipient is Adrian Rodriguez. 

The Paul Petit Award

The Paul Petit Award for the best International Relations, presented to Adrian Rodriguez

Petit Fellowship Cup: This award is given to the middle school cadet with the best fellowship ranking for the entire year. This year's recipient is Luis Sass-Zaragoza.  

Richard White Improvement: This award is given to a middle school cadet with the greatest all-around improvement since his enrollment.  Richard White attended MMA in 1946-47, a past middle school donor.  The recipient this year is Gunnar Ward. 

Thomas Wittman Plaque: This award is presented to a cadet who displays his faith through his actions. The award is named for Lt Col Thomas E. Wittman, USA (ret), MMA Class of 1975, class valedictorian and member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. The recipient this year is Jacob Pehle.  


JROTC Cadet Awards 

Special Forces Association: This is the Outstanding Raider Award.  The recipient this year is Connor Moore. 

Daedalian JROTC Medal: The award is presented to the outstanding cadet who embodies patriotism and love of country, who desires to serve our nation through pursuit of a military career, who ranks in the top twenty percent of their high school class, and who ranks in the upper 10 percent of their JROTC class.  This year's Daedalian JRTOC achievement award winner is Brayden Phelps.  

Military Order of the World Wars: This award is given for improvement in military and academic studies, good standing in military aspects and academics, and indication, through military and academic extracurricular activities or individual endeavors, of a desire to serve his country. This year the recipient is Gaston Gastelum. 

Military Order of the World Wars Award

Military Order of the World Wars Award, presented to Gaston Gastelum


The All-American Awards

USMC Character and Leadership All-American: Awarded for exemplifying dependability, judgment, endurance, innovation, tact, Integrity, unselfishness, loyalty, and courage. Must be a junior or senior. This year the recipient is Ryan Miles.  

National Wrestling Coaches Association and USMC Academic All-American: Recipients are recognized for achieving a minimum 3.5 GPA, winning a varsity letter, and academic excellence. This year, the recipients are Ryan Miles, Dallas Grantz, Michael Pfeifer, and Deonte Kerns.  

The All-American Award

The Wrestling Coaches Association and USMC Academic All-American award, presented to Deonte Kerns


Employee Awards

The Company Leadership Advisor of the Semester: Craig McMillen.  

The Faculty Member of the Semester: Eric Evertson, science instructor. 

The following employees were recognized for their years of service with the Missouri Military Academy:

  • Christy Nowlin (Equestrian Program Coordinator), 5 years
  • Cindy Kemp (Math Instructor), 5 years
  • Josh Allison (English and Spanish Instructor), 5 years
  • Mike Kulas  (Senior Help Desk Analyst), 10 years

Bravo Zulu Awards 

One of the highest compliments paid in the U.S. Naval forces is the Bravo Zulu.  The combination of the Bravo and Zulu nautical signal flags is a naval signal, typically conveyed by flag hoist or voice radio, meaning “Well Done” regarding actions, operations, or performance.  This award symbolizes the achievement of excellence.  

Bravo Zulu Award Recipients:

  • Mike Hamilton (SAGE Dining)
  • Nicki Garfield (Laundry Assistant)
  • Nicole Morris (Barber)
  • Janessa Crump (Bus Driver, Transportation) 
  • Jefferson Grantz (Senior Company Leadership Advisor)
  • Charles Stockdall (Custodian)
  • Dennis Schriever (Custodian)
  • Tausha Martinez (Marketing Coordinator)      
  • Danielle Dorks (English Instructor)
  • Ted Brauker (Choir Director, Music Instructor)
  • Kristin Adams-Vargas (Instructor, Learning Specialist)
Bravo Zulu Award

Bravo Zulu Award, presented to Tausha Martinez

Bravo Zulu Award

Bravo Zulu Award, presented to Dennis Schriever


The Gold Star Awards

President Geraci established the Gold Star Awards to recognize outstanding employees. The president’s Gold Star Award is the highest award an individual employee may receive. This award is given at the president’s discretion for outstanding achievement and performance consistently and substantially exceeding the expectation or making a significant contribution towards the mission and vision of the Academy. 

Captain Joe Balvanz

This award recognizes CPT Balvanz's outstanding performance as the JROTC Senior Army Instructor and Rifle Coach from 2017 to 2024. During this period, he has been involved in every aspect of leading, delivering and improving an exceptional and rigorous Army JROTC program of instruction, resulting in consistently maintaining the Honor Unit with Distinction designation under his tenure. Additionally, he has grown one of the largest JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge camps in the Midwest and successfully coached a nationally recognized rifle team. His unwavering commitment, invaluable contribution and selfless dedication to Missouri Military Academy has significantly contributed to the success of our cadets, the JROTC department and the accomplishment of the Academy's mission at every level. 

President's Gold Star Award

President’s Gold Star Award, presented to Captain Joe Balvanz

William Roundey

This award recognizes Mr. Roundey's outstanding performance as the director for college and career guidance from 2020 to 2024. During this period, he has been involved in every aspect of improving and delivering an exceptional college and career guidance program, resulting in improved ACT scores, a 100% college acceptance rate, millions of dollars of scholarships awarded annually for our cadets and establishing an outstanding MMA College Fair benefiting our cadets as well as the local community. His unwavering commitment, invaluable contribution and selfless dedication to Missouri Military Academy has significantly contributed to the success of our cadets and the accomplishment of the Academy’s mission.

President's Gold Star Award

President’s Gold Star Award, presented to William Roundey

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