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2020 Commencement

Commencement

Friday, May 15, 2020 • 9:30 a.m.

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Missouri Military Academy Cadets

Commencement Program

“Sure on this Shining Light” (Morten Lauridsen)
Mr. Stephen Maziarz, Piano
Mr. Freddie Lomas, Violin

Faculty Award
President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, U.S. Army (Ret)

Presentation of Senior Class Gift
Cadet Devonte Knight, Senior Class President

Academic Distinctions
Dean Harding

Army JROTC Awards
Captain Joseph Balvanz, USA (Ret)

President’s Awards
President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, U.S. Army (Ret)

Valedictorian’s Remarks
Cadet Michael Naughton

Brahms Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2
Mr. Stephen Maziarz

Awarding of Diplomas
President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, U.S. Army (Ret)

“Old MMA” 
Cadet John Murphy

Benediction
Dean Harding

Extinguishing of the Memorial Flame
Cadet Michael Naughton

Recessional, Marche Militaire (Franz Schubert)
Mr. Stephen Maziarz, Piano
Mr. Freddie Lomas, Violin

Missouri Military Academy Cadets
Missouri Military Academy Cadets

The Class of 2020

Valedictorian: Michael Patrick Naughton    

Salutatorian: John David Murphy

Class President: DeVonte Knight

In the list below, italics denote National Honor Society members. An asterisk (*) denotes Delta Phi Honor Society members.

Robert Downing Abbott
Austin, Texas
University of Missouri-Columbia

William Harris Baker
Flower Mound, Texas
United States Marine Corps

William Rolland Barber
Tyler, Minnesota
Minnesota West Community Technical College

Ethan Taiki Blitz*
Los Angeles, California
University of Denver

Sergio Castelo
Nogales, Arizona
Cochise College

Dongyang Chen*
Beijing, China
Southern Methodist University

Prince Benjamin Chukwuebuka Oghenetega Chukwumah
Lagos, Nigeria
Arizona State University

Maxwell Rubin Dawson*
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hendrix College

Kevin Richard Dowling
Omaha, Nebraska
Norwich University

Collin Joseph Eastman
Kewanee, Illinois
Siena Heights University

Prince Oghenetega Emmanuel Francis Edeimu*
Lagos, Nigeria
Louisiana State University

William Cadesman English
Saint Louis, Missouri
University of Missouri-Columbia

Samuel Mark Feldmann
Denver, Colorado
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Joshua Eduardo Figueroa Flores
Ramos Arispe, Coahuila, Mexico
Escuela Libre de Derecho

Lucas Vincent Fix*
Saint Peters, Missouri
Westminster College

Ayden Anthony Garcia 
Hazelwood, Missouri
Seattle Pacific University

Luis Emilio García Chavez
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Universidad Anahuac, Queretaro

Kenny Gisa 
Sandvika, Akershus, Norway
BI Norwegian Business School

WrayVauze Le’Vango Givens
Mexico, Missouri
Lincoln University

Joshua John Goss
San Diego, California
Norwich University

Patricio Grünberger Castillejos
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Harper College

Charles William Gustafson
Saint Charles, Missouri
Saint Louis University

Chia-Wei Hsu*
Taipei, Taiwan
Purdue University

Thomas Charles Huckins
Elko, Nevada
University of Nevada-Reno

Zane Allen Thomas Jewell*
Bloomington, Illinois
University of Tampa

Calvin Keith Kabalisa
Kigali, Rwanda
Hesston College

Erickson Nziza Kagame 
Kigali, Rwanda
University of Central Missouri

Ruby Kagaragwa*
Kampala, Uganda
Drury University

DeVonte Jamal Knight*
Chicago, Illinois
University of Missouri-Columbia

Daniel Kostenko
Wheeling, Illinois
Norwich University

William David Lockwood
Chesterfield, Missouri
Norwich University

John David Murphy*
Kansas City, Missouri
Clemson University

Michael Patrick Naughton*
Saint Louis, Missouri
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Derek Nguyen*
Saint Louis, Missouri
Norwich University

Unubold Otgonsukh
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
University of Tampa

Diego Pérez Solbes
Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara

Grant Samuel Perris
Chachersk, Belarus
University of Missouri-Columbia

Bruno Andreazzi Pozzani*
São Paulo, Brazil
Concordia University-New York

Ayush Raheja*
Plymouth, Minnesota
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Roberto Jaime Rodriguez 
Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Universidad de Monterrey

Jaden Michael Rogge
Saint Peters, Missouri
Kentucky Christian University

Noah Evans Royse
Dallas, Texas
Saint Louis University

Ziad Hossam Sabry, Jr.
Giza, Egypt
University of Central Missouri

Garry Zachary Siccardi
Fort Smith, Arkansas
United States Army

Gunner Lance Stugart
Cottleville, Missouri
Southern Nazarene University

Mauricio Treviño Sandoval
Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey

Marco Antonio Vega Piñero
León, Guanajuato, Mexico
Tecnologico De Monterrey

Landen Jerach Whitehead
Marion, Illinois
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Michal Marian Wilk
Sarasota, Florida
Culinary Institute of America

Missouri Military Academy Cadets

Academic Distinctions

Earned by achieving 90% or above in every marking period and an A or A- on each final semester grade. 
*Denotes dual-credit courses.

Robert Downing Abbott
Intro to Speech Communication*

William Rolland Barber
Intro to Philosophy
World Religion

Ethan Taiki Blitz
Economics
English Comp I* 
English IV: Speech & Debate
Personal Finance
Spanish II
U.S. Gov’t.

Dongyang Chen
Computer Science Discoveries
Differential Equations* 
Economics
Intro to Speech Communication*

Prince Benjamin Chukwuebuka Oghenetega Chukwumah
Accounting I
Business Law
Global Business Studies
International Business I

Maxwell Rubin Dawson
Business Law
Economics
English Comp I*
English Comp II* 
Global Business Studies
Personal Finance
U.S. Gov’t.

Collin Joseph Eastman
Personal Finance

Prince Oghenetega Emmanuel Francis Edeimu
Business Law
Global Business Studies
Physics I
Physics II

William Cadesman English
Concepts in Leadership* 
Economics
U.S. Gov’t.

Samuel Mark Feldmann
Personal Finance
 English IV: Publications

Lucas Vincent Fix
Algebra II
Chemistry II
Economics
English III
English IV: Speech & Debate
Intro to Business
Personal Finance
U.S. Gov’t.

Luis Emilio Garcia Chavez
Chemistry II

Kenny Gisa
Personal Finance

WrayVauze Le’Vango Givens
Chemistry II
Personal Finance
Statistics

Joshua John Goss
World Religion

Charles William Gustafson
Intro to Speech Communication* 
Office Suites
World Religion

Chia-Wei Hsu
Economics
Global Business Studies
Intro to Speech Communication* 
Intro to Business
Personal Finance
Russian I
U.S. Gov’t.
 

Thomas Charles Huckins
English IV: Speech & Debate
Personal Finance

Zane Allen Thomas Jewell
English Comp I*
 Personal Finance

Ruby Kagaragwa
Accounting I
Chemistry II
English IV: Speech & Debate
English IV: Publications
Personal Finance
U.S. Gov’t.
World History

Devonte Jamal Knight
Concepts in Leadership* 
English Comp I*
Intro to Speech Communication*
U.S. Gov’t.

William David Lockwood
Intro to Philosophy
Personal Finance

John David Murphy
Business Law
College Algebra* 
Concepts in Leadership*
Economics
English Comp I* 
Global Business Studies
Personal Finance
Spanish I
Spanish II
U.S. Gov’t.

Michael Patrick Naughton
Calculus I*
Differential Equations* 
Economics
English IV: Speech & Debate
Intro to Biological Principles* 
U.S. Gov’t.

Derek Nguyen
Concepts in Leadership* 
English Comp I* 
Spanish II

Diego Pérez Solbes
Personal Finance

Grant Samuel Perris
Chinese II

Bruno Andreazzi Pozzani
Accounting I
Business Law
Concepts in Leadership* 
Economics, English III
Global Business Studies
Intro to Business
Personal Finance

Ayush Raheja
Calculus I*
Computer Science Principles
Economics
Intro to Speech Communication* 
Intro to Biological Principles* 
U.S. Gov’t.

Noah Evans Royse
Personal Finance

Garry Zachary Siccardi
English IV: Speech & Debate
Personal Finance

Gunner Lance Stugart
English IV: Speech & Debate
Environmental Science
Spanish III

Marco Antonio Vega Piñero
Personal Finance

Michal Marian Wilk
Personal Finance
 


Missouri Military Academy empowers young men to unlock their potential through a program of academic excellence, character, social development and leadership training within a structured environment.

Motto: Love, Honor, Truth

Academy Leadership

President: Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret)
Commandant: COL R.L. Grabowski, USMC (Ret)
Academic Dean: Mr. Mike Harding, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE
Athletic Director: Dr. Ryan Nowlin
Director of Enrollment Management: LTC Greg Seibert (MMA)

Board of Trustees

R. Stribling Koster, chair
Ann Koster Antoniou
Dean Davison ’78
Dan Erdel
BG Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret) 
David Luckes
Jeff MacLellan ’66
Mary Seigfreid
BG Carl Tegtmeier ’62, USA (Ret) 
Dr. Victoria Snider Thompson 
Thomas Troll ’68