Senior Ring Ceremony, Fall Family Weekend 2021: Symbol of Strength, Brotherhood & MMA Legacy

On Saturday, October 16, Missouri Military Academy (MMA) seniors were presented their senior rings during Fall Family Weekend 2021 (see photos on Flickr). A great source of pride for MMA cadets and alumni, senior rings are a symbol of cadet camaraderie, representing the culmination of their MMA experiences and their lifelong link to the MMA brotherhood. Scroll down to read Special Order #10 and the list of senior cadets authorized to wear the ring. 

Missouri Military Academy Senior Ring Ceremony

Symbolism & History

An engraving of oak leaves appears near the bottom of the ring, symbolizing strength, wisdom and endurance. On the side of the ring are crossed sabers, a rifle and crossed cannons. The saber, a close-combat weapon, can symbolize cadets’ immediate or close-range goals, such as goals of the day or week, and the rifle, a short-range weapon, can symbolize short-term goals of the week, month or quarter. The cannon, on the other hand, is a long-range weapon, meant to symbolize cadets’ long-term goals. 

Above the year are two eagles, which can symbolize many things: loyalty, devotion, freedom, truth, honor and hope. Looking down on the ring from the top, two eagles appear, both facing forward and backward no matter how the ring is turned. One represents where the cadet came from, the other where he is going. Leaning on their time at MMA, cadets will take what they learned as they move into the future. The wings of the two eagles encircle the words Missouri Military Academy, a symbol of protection.  

At the interior of the words Missouri Military Academy, seeds encircle the initials MMA. Those seeds will fade over time as the ring is worn, but they symbolize the seeds that are being planted at the Academy — seeds of truth, love, hope, strength, leadership, honor, devotion, freedom and service to others. 

Cadets wear the ring with MMA facing them so they can read it, representing their focus on the Academy. After graduation, the ring is turned so MMA faces out, representing where the cadets are heading — out into the world as proud graduates of Missouri Military Academy. 

The senior ring has been the same for generations. Col. Stribling III – MMA’s beloved fourth president – received his ring in 1944 and wore it often. The only difference between Stribling’s ring and those that cadets receive now is the class year that appears on the side.  

Special Order #10

By order of the commandant, the following cadets are authorized the privilege and distinction of wearing the Senior Ring of 2022 as a symbol of leadership and achievement.  

Band Company 

  • Michael Henderson 
  • Lance Newland 
  • Gavin Roberts 
  • Kevith Sangster 
  • Jingxuan Yan 
  • Ethan Zinser 

Bravo Company 

  • Batkhul Baterdene 
  • Nathaniel Bowman 
  • William Cash 
  • Derek Drenberg 
  • Tadeo Garza 
  • Zachary Leatz 
  • Alejandro Mercado 
  • Evan Schreyer 
  • Dillon Schuh 
  • William Terrell 
  • Yu-Jen Tong 
  • Kevin Wang 
  • Brennan Williams 
  • Parker Woodruff 

Charlie Company 

  • Colin Beck 
  • Ariunsanaa Dugersuren 
  • Joseph Jackson 
  • Jose Lopez Rodriguez 
  • Michael Machary-Pagan 
  • Patricio Regis 
  • Ezekiel Richardson 
  • Guanhong Song 
  • Nathaniel Tarver-Lockett 
  • Allan Wilson 

Delta Company 

  • Elijah Asberry 
  • Battuguldur Battur 
  • Nyeal Biedenstein 
  • Noah Cecil 
  • Ruhan Chowrira 
  • Rene Garcia Garza 
  • Skylar Hineman 
  • Noah Johnson 
  • Dylan Jones 
  • John Latenser 
  • Clayton Nelson 
  • Jonathan Rukangira 
  • Jack Stalnaker 
  • Seth Straka 

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