Strong Cadre of Missouri Military Academy Cadets Begin Fall 2021 Semester

On Monday, August 16, the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) Corps of Cadets began their academic classes for the fall 2021 semester. Cadets have been on campus at the Mexico, Missouri campus since late July, when cadet leaders returned to work with MMA commandant staff to prepare for the upcoming year.

“High school and middle school education for our MMA cadets is more challenging than what typical students participate in, as we challenge and motivate each cadet to realize his full potential,” said MMA President Richard V. Geraci, Brigadier General, USA (Ret). “Cadets participate in our 360° Education – in an environment marked by structure, self-discipline and accountability – to help them take command of their lives.”

According to Geraci, MMA anticipates 195 to 220 cadets to be enrolled for fall 2021 classes by October 1. The arrival of international cadets who are awaiting visas, with travel to the U.S. hindered by the COVID pandemic, will impact the final number. COVID in some areas of the United States is also impacting cadet arrivals.

The fall semester started with cadet leaders participating in an intensive 9-day leadership training camp, and a week-long prep into the Academy’s military educational model, prior to the first day of academic classes, for all cadets. During that time, cadets received their first haircuts of the year and were issued uniforms, began athletic practices and underwent training with Commandant of Cadets Rick Grabowski, Colonel, USMC (Ret).

This year’s corps currently includes cadets from 24 different states and eight countries, including China, Mongolia, El Salvador, Peru, Malaysia, Portugal, Mexico and Rwanda.

Missouri Military Academy cadets march from Centennial Gymtorium to Barnard Hall for their first day of classes on Monday, August 16, 2021. Missouri’s only military boarding school, educating boys from across the U.S. and around the world in grades 7-12 plus post-grad year, the academy focuses its unique 360° Education around structure, self-discipline and accountability.

Senior Gavin Roberts from Rogers, Arkansas, attends his first day of fall 2021 classes at Missouri Military Academy.

Cadets Lucas Sydlewski from Houlton, Wisconsin (left) and Geraldo Quiroga from Mexico (right), get into shape during JROTC Raiders practice. In addition to Raiders, fall athletic options for MMA cadets include football, soccer, cross country, equestrian, swimming and diving.

Cadet Battalion Commander Michael Machary-Pagan, a senior from Lake St. Louis, Missouri, reviews the line during MMA’s 9-day cadre leadership camp. Cadet leaders returned to the military academy’s campus in late July to prepare for the new academic year.

New MMA faculty for the 2021-22 academic year with Academy President Richard V. Geraci. Top row, left to right: Brian Meny, athletic director; and Mark Lucas, learning support and guidance counselor. Second to top row: James Garrett, music instructor; and Rob Dalton, English instructor/department chair. Center row: Sheila Meny, reading specialist; Aaron Robertson, music instructor; and Chris Schafer '89, business instructor. Second row from bottom: Michelle Camargo, spanish instructor; and Morgan Cornett, Presser Arts Center instructor. Bottom row: Abby Arnette, assistant dean for instruction and learning; and President Geraci.

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