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A Great Boarding School Teacher Nears Retirement: FUMA’s Fletcher Arritt

As a young teacher watching him coach, I knew Fork Union Military Academy’s Fletcher Arritt was good. I didn’t know how good. Twenty+ years later and thanks to Erik Brady’s USA Today article, “Outgoing Coach Molded Men for Four Decades,” and Phil Wall’s documentary work I’m in awe.

Boarding School Alumni in the 2012 Super Bowl

Always looking for boarding school alumni in big stages, I’ve found three players in Sunday’s Super Bowl. This list isn’t exhaustive. If I didn’t find someone, please add them to the comments.

New Military School Set To Open In August 2012

Forest Hill Military Academy (Millersburg, KY) leaders are busy preparing to welcome the new boarding school’s first class of cadets this coming fall.

Two Boarding School Alumni in Tonight’s BCS National Championship Game

LSU’s roster includes two players with boarding school backgrounds, Ego Ferguson (Hargrave Military Academy) and Tabari Williams (Culver Academies). Ferguson, a defensive tackle, is playing in his redshirt freshman season; he’s seen time in 12 games. Williams is a sophomore running back majoring in computer science. I didn’t find any boarding school alumni on the […]

The Broad Range of Southeastern Boarding Schools

Atlanta Journal Constitution published a piece covering why metro Atlanta families are choosing boarding schools as an educational option. Dodd is good. She covers all the benefits of boarding school, but I’ll lend some perspective and encourage families to perhaps cast a wider net.

Riverside Military Academy Wins President’s Trophy

Riverside Military Academy‘s Corps of Cadets captured the 2011 President’s Trophy for best marching during this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade in Atlanta- the third consecutive year the RMA Corps has won the honor. Grand Marshalls Ross McCall James Madio- of the HBO series Band of Brothers- presented the award. “This victory is the culmination of […]

Becoming a Student Leader: A Q&A with a Military School’s Battalion Commander

Edgar T. Dowling III (Tuner) was recently appointed Riverside Military Academy‘s Battalion Commander for the 2011-12 academic year. As the highest ranking cadet/student leader, Dowling’s responsibilities include, “training of the battalion on drill days, commanding the battalion at all formations, and working with his staff and school administrators in coordinating activities of the battalion to […]

Starting the Year Off Right: Communicating with Your Roommate

Celeste Brooks at Randolph-Macon Academy has posted, “Boarding School: 12 Ways to Ease into Living with a Roommate, Part 2,” the second half of her school arrival piece. Again, she’s hit some topics that we haven’t paid quite so much attention to in our writings. This second installment looks directly at strategies, and ways, to […]

A Successful Year Begins with Successful Communication: Tips from Randolph Macon-Academy

Thanks to Cleseste Brooks of Randolph-Macon Academy for making us think on this front. She penned her first installment of “Boarding School: 12 Ways to Ease Into Living With a Roommate, Part 1,” where she puts more emphasis on the personal, and interpersonal, parts of arriving to school in the fall. We’ve written extensively over […]

Culver Alumnus Gary Suter Member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame 2011 Class

Gary Suter graduated from Culver Academies in 1982 and was member of three Indiana state championship teams. Suter played 17 years in NHL after being drafted by the Calgary Flames in the ninth round (180th overall) of the 1984 NHL draft. He played on both Olympic medal, World Cup of Hockey, and Stanley Cup winning […]

A Military School Primer for Parents

Editor’s Note: This post was recently published by Kristin Dooley of Estrella Consulting, an educational consulting firm that works with students & parents to find the best educational fit. She writes regularly on boarding school & college admission on her blog, Dooley Noted. This post ran on 2/21/11. We appreciate that she shared her piece with […]

She’s a Leader: Randolph-Macon Academy names first first female Corps Commander

On August 24, 2010, Allyson Doran became the first female opening day Corps Commander at Randolph-Macon Academy. She was kind enough to share her story about how she came to the position and the qualities she brings to the rank. Brian Fisher (BF): How did you come to RMA?  Were you interested in military school/living […]

Fork Union’s NFL Alumni: A Long and Deep Roster

Many college athletics fans know some of the military boading schools for their prowess in preparing athletes for collegiate athletics and academics. Radio and television announcers enjoy tossing in a player’s background after the play. I know from my own boarding school experience that strong athletes have been a part of the boarding school equation […]

Fork Union Alum Anthony Castonzo Distinguishes Himself On and Off the Field

Anthony Costonzo gave up one sack last year- a play during the Boston College Eagles 31-13 loss to North Carolina. A consumate left tackle, Castonzo can beak down his technique and tell you exactly what he did wrong on the play: “I can run it over and over…I know exactly what I did. I stopped […]

New York Military Academy Adopts A Plan to Stay Alive

Since we covered New York Military Academy‘s closing announcement this past April, alumni, parents and administrators have been working feverishly to keep the school alive. They’ve found a way. The plan looks eerily similar to bankruptcy reorganization plan. It sounds like it could work. Parents auxiliary president Michael Regan told the Times-Herald Record ($5.85M Private […]

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