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Fall Family Weekend
MMA Families and Friends from all corners of the world made the long trip to Mexico, MO, for Fall Family Weekend 2017. While enjoying the beautiful weather, guests took part in several exciting events. Instructors discussed their students’ achievements during parent-teacher conferences, the 129th Corps of Cadets put on a dazzling display during the Review, and seniors cut-a-rug at the Senior Ring Dance.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parents and guardians spoke one on one with their sons’ instructors when they arrived on campus Friday. These parent teacher conferences gave faculty members a chance to discuss students’ strengths and challenges in the classroom.
Colonels Football Game
Parents, faculty, and MMA fans gathered under the Friday night lights for Senior Night vs Central Homeschool. Seniors honored were: #7 Pedro da Rocha, #11 Vernon Leach, #12 Styles Fountain, #14 Edward Cha, #50 Copeland Grahmann, #58 Charlie Norman, and #63 Alex Ebersole
On Saturday morning, the new boys were officially welcomed into the 129th Corps of Cadets in the Passing Through Ceremony.
“These new boys have passed the handbook test and completed the Crucible,” MMA Commandant Col. Rick Grabowski said. “They have earned the right to wear the MMA brass. After today, they are old boys.”
Col. Grabowski started a new tradition at this year’s ceremony. Cadets’ parents, loved ones, and friends were invited to take part by presenting each boy with their hat brass.
Immediately after the conclusion of the Passing Through Ceremony, spectators were asked to make their way down to Colonels Field.
After the corps paraded onto the field, the cadets’ fathers and grandfathers were invited to troop the line. Then, after getting a good look at the picture-perfect corps, the senior class was brought forward and given their class rings by family members and faculty.
During the convocation, parents were treated to the angelic voices of the cadet chorus. Remarks were then given by Col. Grabowski, who talked about his role at MMA and the vital impact that parents have on their children.
Chief Academic Officer BG Richard Geraci spoke about how in today’s world, a “D” grade is the new “F.”
“A ‘D’ is no longer acceptable,” he said. “Cadets who are earning unsatisfactory marks are assigned guided study hall. While this is not a punishment, we must hold cadets accountable and responsible for their learning.”
Academy President Tony McGeorge concluded the event with his own remarks, explaining his vision for the school and this it’s guiding principles.
“This year, we are driven by the phrase ‘Make the Change that Makes the Difference,” he said. “We truly believe that we can have a positive impact on the boys who we are charged to look after.”
Senior Ring Dance
The Senior Ring Dance served as the final event for Fall Family Weekend 2017. Seniors escorted their guests and families through a giant replica senior ring before taking their seats in the beautifully decorated Centennial Gymnasium.
After some brief remarks by Todd Helm ’80 and Cadet Francisco Fletes, guests gathered for the Grand March down the center of the dance floor.
Colonels Soccer closes out regular season with seven game streak Thursday at Battle
By Coach Collins
The guys played brilliantly again last night and notched their seventh win in a row and ended regular season in style with a fantastic win away to a strong Battle HS.
Joao Souza opened the scoring with 8 minutes left in the first half to give MMA a good lead going into the half.
Luis Merino did a great job at organizing the defensive side of the game and was up to the task of stopping whatever Battle threw at him. The back four Francisco Fletes, Victor Arturo Leon, Sergio Castelo, and Cesar Pererra were solid all night and helped keep the fifth shutout of the regular season.
Joao Souza added the insurance goal with 18 minutes left in the second and the goal is a worthy contender for goal of the season. Jorge Garcia delivered an inch perfect ball from 50 yards out and Souza took his first touch with his chest and then bicycle kicked the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The Colonels clinched a great 2-0 road win and improved to a record of 11-8 to end the regular season.
The Colonels open up district play on Tuesday against Winfield.
Colonels Football gives it their all during Senior Night By Coach Jenkins
The Fighting Colonels football team fell at home 28-21 Friday night.
The team trailed 14-0 after the first quarter but rallied to tie the game at 14 going into the half. Central was able to extend the lead to 28-14 at the end of the 3rd quarter. An 81 yard touchdown scamper by senior Pedro da Roacha got the team within 7, but a late rally ended at the 45 yard line.
“It was a very well-played game, where we just ran out of time,” Head Coach Mitchell Jenkins said. “It’s a tough loss, especially on senior night, but our team left everything out on the field.”
The Colonels start district play this Friday, heading to state ranked #4 Blair oaks.
MS Soccer remains unstoppable in regular season
By Coach Kleinsorge
The Middle School Soccer Team brought home the gold medal after the team lost zero Games in the U15 (Under 15) Boonville League tournament play this Fall. They had a tie in their very first game of the season and won all seven of their other games, for a 7-1-0 record in the Boonville League Play.
In their Sunday, October 15th games, they won both with scores of 7 to 1 and 15 to 3! We only had six players participate this weekend, due to a couple MS cadets checking out with their families. The six players were Team Captain: Felix Tonella (8th); Victor Vielledent (8th); Emiliano Chaidez (8th); Fausto Salazar (8th); Juan Carlos Gonzalez (7th); & Michael Wever (7th).
In the first game against a Moberly team, Tonella; Vielledent; Salazar,F.; & Weaver each contributed one point in the first half of play. Our goalies Chaidez and Gonzalez,J. did not allow any goals to be scored in the first half. In the second half only one goal was made by the Moberly team, while we score three more goals, with Tonella; Vielledent; and Wever each contributing one more goal. The final score of the 1 p.m. game was 7 to 1.
The second game at 4 p.m. was against a Boonville Ravens team. We easily defeated this team 15 to 3. The Boonville team came out strong in both halves and got in a quick goal on us, but then our boys shut them down, except for one other early goal in the first quarter. Salazar was the high scorer in this game with five goals. Cousins Tonella and Vielledent each scored four goals; and Wever added a goal each half, totaling the goals to fifteen. Gonzalez, J. was the team goalie for this whole game. Chaidez played a strong defense and had several assists.
I am proud so of their good effort and sportsmanship in the games and I am overjoyed that they earned the Gold Medal.
I would like to thank Wever's parents and grandparents for their support once again at our games this weekend!