14 Pages Vol.14, No. 9 May 2001


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Robin Farris
Connie G. Flores

Colt Manufacturing Executive Mr Lynn Lowder Motivates MMA Athletes During Sports Banquet

On Saturday, April 28, the Marine Military Academy held its annual All-Sports Banquet in the Neuhaus Mess Hall.

Faculty, staff, parents and guests, along with coaches and players were treated to a delicious roast beef dinner.

Before team and individual honors were bestowed upon the many deserving athletes, Guest of Honor Mr. Lynn Lowder gave an arousing and heart-warming message. His message centered around personal accounts of his life and his life in sports.

Chaplain Leo McDonald stated that “the cadets of the Marine Military Academy were enthralled by the speech of Mr. Lowder as he spoke of the ideals which he holds; ideals he has learned through athletics, duty in Vietnam with U.S. Marine Corps, his education and his relationship with God.”

Mr. Lowder was in the Marine Corps from 1967 to 1983, during which time he rose from the rank of private to major. In 1976, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, and in 1980, he graduated from the DePaul University College of Law. He presently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Colt Manufacturing.

After Mr. Lowder’s moving and memorable words to the audience, team and individual awards were given out.

The Most Valuable Player award in football was bestowed upon cadet Cal Davis, while the Most Valuable Offensive Player award was given to Cody Victor. Sean Ryan received the Most Valuable Defensive Player trophy.

In basketball, Cal Davis received the Most Valuable Player trophy. Davis, along with Cody Victor, Kalen Mahoney and Aaron Decuir garnered All-State awards for basketball.

Tyler Harrison received his MVP award for his performance on the cross country team, while Most Improved went to Jerrad Smith. In soccer, Antonio Arellano was named MVP. In swimming, the MVP was awarded to Louis Harrington and David Krauss received a Most Improved trophy for his performance in swimming.

The judo MVP recipient was Sean DuBose. Most Improved went to Marcus Nelson, while Bradley Miller was awarded the Sportsmanship trophy.

Remington Post was given the MVP award for golf, while Alfonso Barandiaran received the Most Improved award.

In boxing, the MVP went to Steven Bouchard and Corey Dunn received the Most Improved trophy.

Sean Cary was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy in baseball.

The VISA League, made up of eighth graders, also gave out Most Valuable Player awards .

In volleyball, MVP of the Red Team went to Josh Gasaway, while the Gold Team MVP was Sky Bennett. Basketball MVP of the Red Team was Greg Norris and Winston Elliott received the MVP for the Gold Team. In Softball, the MVP went to Josh Gasaway.

Academy Recruiters on the Road Again

As a fairly small and relatively young institution, MMA is becoming a household word within much of the Lone Star state and it is slowly becoming well known throughout the country, thanks to the development of its informative web site www.marinemilitaryacadmy.com.

Getting the word out is one of the jobs of the MMA Admissions Office.

Last year Academy recruiters went on the road 96 times in 22 cities from the West coast to the East coast. This spring and summer, 49 trips are scheduled from as far away as Santa Clara, California to nearby San Antonio, Texas, as well as international recruiting trips to Mexico and China. Sixteen of those presentations will be made in Dallas and Houston alone, which is understandable since approximately 53% of the cadet corps comes from Texas. There will also be two swings through California, which is another growing market for the school.

Director of Admissions, LtCol Robert Grider, USMC (Ret) represents the Academy at each presentation and is often accompanied by either MSgt Juan Covarrubias, USMC (Ret) or SgtMaj James Poe, USMC (Ret).

After opening remarks by Grider, parents watch an overview video of the Academy, followed by an explanation of a typical day from reveille to taps.

Grider then outlines the academic requirements at MMA and describes what kind of candidate the school is looking for. Alumni and/or current parents are asked to say a few words abut the Academy.

“This can be the most important part of the presentation,” Covarrubias said. “We count on our parents and alumni to spread the word and to testify about their personal successes or the successes of their son.”

Grider noted that when the benefits of the Academy are described by a parent or alumni, credibiltiy is quickly established between the potential MMA family and the Academy.

Parents want to know why they should send their boys to us; what the return of their investment will be. Griders adds “Boys who are accepted to attend MMA are boys with the potential to succeed in its unique educational forum. The Academy’s goal is to provide a safe, structured environment in which a young man can academically excel and physically and mentally grow into a college-bound young student. Wholesome values and self-disicpline are essential elements of future success.”

Any parent or alumni who is interested in attending a presentation, or who knows of a prospective family who is interested in admission, is asked to call the MMA Admissions Office at (956) 423-6006, ext. 252.

JROTC Competition Successful for MMA Cadets

Once again, Marine Military Academy cadets were shining bright in Austin during the annual Texas State JROTC Meet held in April.

With 37 schools participating from throughout the state, the MMA drill team placed first in inspection, with a score of 99.80 out of a possible 100 points and first in regulation drill, with a score of 497 out of 500 points. Cadet 1stSgt Andrew Poor of “B” Co. was the unit commander.

In addition to the drill team’s two first place awards, the cadets in the color guard also placed first in inspection as well as flag folding. They received a perfect score of 45 points in inspection and a perfect score of 45 in flag folding.

“The two perfect scores are a first for MMA in the seven years of State Competition,” stated MGySgt James Hager. He also states that “Cadet 1stSgt Brian Vernon of “G”Co really tore them a new hoo-hoo! I am very proud of these Buck-A-Roo’s.”

In the marksmanship competition, MMA turned in an equally good performance, placing third overall.

Members of the “A” team consisted of cadets Jason Merriam, the team captain, Diego Medina, William C. Witt and Chris Smith.

Capt Andreas K. Wesemann, USAF, Speaks to Cadets on Leadership

Captain Andreas K. Wesemann, USAF, recently made a short visit to the Marine Military Academy to speak to cadets during their history classes.

Wesemann is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in International Relations and has a Masters in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University. He is currently enrolled at The Union Institute where he is a doctoral candidate for the PH degree in Leadership.

Captain Wesemann has served his country in Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Europe, Canada and the United States. His current assignment is as an instructor pilot in the Air Force’s new T-6 trainer at Albany, Georgia.

In addition to his service, he is an award winning Toastmaster and a Boy Scout Leader.

Capt. Wesemann shared his unique perspective on Leadership and International Relations with MMA cadets.

Fourteenth Annual Museum Volunteers Luncheon Held

May 1, 2001 was the date of the Fourteenth Annual Luncheon for the Volunteers of the MMA Visitors Center.

Volunteers and guests gathered in the Neuhaus Mess Hall for a fun celebration featuring the introduction of the new Director of the Visitor’s Center, Sandy Reininger.

This was the first time in 14 years that the Museum founder, Leona Hand, was not in attendance. However, the following original volunteers were present, Corine and Ed Swaney, Rosemary McKenna, Joe Kight, Caroline Macmanus, Catherine Bowie, Dorothy Hansen and Jack Miller.

Monte Catterlin again presided as Master of Ceremonies and had some interesting and hilarious tales about John Sproatt, Betty MacKenzie, Col. and Mrs. Myers and even Major General Rollings.

There were two “Volunteer of the Year” winners. Peggy Myers brought tears to the eyes of all in her response to the honor. The other winner was Betty MacKenzie, who could not be present due to her mother’s illness and hospitalization.

Major General Rollings thrilled the attendees with his ideas and hopes for future physical developments for the MMA campus - including plans for a enlarged Visitor’s Center, Museum and Gift Shop.

In the history of The Visitor’s Center, $350,000 has been generated for the benefit of the Marine Military Academy.

Thanks from the volunteers to each and every one of you.

Marine Military Academy Hosts FCA Sports Night

The Marine Military Academy huddle of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) hosted it’s first FCA SPORTS NIGHT in King Athletic Center.

It was a fun-filled evening for the 97 participants, comprised of cadets and students from the Harlingen community.

Attendees participated in games, singing, and consumed some pizza and coke. Phillip Corzine of Christian Fellowship Church, Harlingen, spoke to the group about “The Effects of Choices” we make today and their impact on our future.

Valley Students attend annual French contest at MMA

The Marine Military Academy recently played host to the 11th Annual Rio Grande Valley French Competition.

Nine schools participated, with help from the Valley chapter of the Alliance Française and the French Club of McAllen, local organizations which provided judges for the various events and paid for the trophies that were awarded.

Events included: Recitation, Skits, a Student Art Contest, a French Cuisine Competition, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Pétanque (lawn bowling with chrome-plated steel balls), and the Concours Culturel, a team quiz on various aspects of French culture.

The Mess Hall staff prepared a delicious French luncheon with quiche, French onion soup, and an elegant chocolate cake for our cadets and visitors.

While MMA was defeated in the Concours Culturel, the cadets did extremely well in three other events.

Alfredo Sedano took first place in the Student Art Contest, Three-Dimensional Art with his sculpture, a bust of Napoleon Bonaparte. Troy Alex Bower won a third-place trophy for his pencil drawing of an 18th century lady of the French court, which he entitled “Dress Up.”

In the Cuisine competition, Walter Roth-Spinolo and Cody Victor received a first-place trophy in the Soup category for their shrimp bisque, while a team consisting of Ignacio López, Carlos Rojas, and Julio Torres-Amaya placed third in Fish and Seafoods with their saumon en gelée. Not only did the food look delicious, it was all eaten as soon as the judges finished evaluating it.

MMA dominated the pétanque event, placing first and third. Playing on the third-place team were cadets David Krauss, Jared Brashier, and Brad Miller, who was replaced by Julio Torres in the final round. On the first place team were Cadets Louis Harrington, Ignacio López, and Walter Roth-Spinolo.

Special thanks go: to Dean Neal Meier, who gave our chefs use of his kitchen the night before the competition; to Mrs. Sherma Raymond, who assisted Dr. Ricciardi in organizing and supervising the competition; to CWO Ed Harris, who served as a judge in the music events; to Ms Betty Becerra, who helped supervise pétanque, and to the staff at Neuhaus Mess Hall who prepared that delicious French luncheon for our guests and competing French students; to Gunny Ski for helping set up the auditorium; and to all the people from Facilities and Maintenance who helped set up contest space in Blaschke Hall.

The teacher-sponsors of the visiting schools all expressed their appreciation for another successful French Competition. C’était magnifique!

Cadet Corner

Recently, in Mrs. Jane Chancellor’s eighth grade English class, students

had the opportunity to study, then write, various styles and types of poetry. The four types of poetry the cadets studied were: Clerihew-a humorous 4 line poem, Haiku-a 17 syllable poem, usually about nature and Diamante, so-called because it is written in the shape of a diamond and utilizes various parts of speech. Examples of some these types were submitted by the cadets, showcasing their creative writing skills.


disasterous cold,
trecherous yet intriguing,
people dieing amongst you,
running from death,
but not...

Ian Carlson
Alpha Co
9th Grade

My Shadow

It is annoying I must say,
That you’re always in my way,
There is something you must see,
As soon as you stop following me.

Winston Elliott, IV
Bravo Co.
8th Grade

As The Days Go By

As the days go by
Without you the day is blue
I really miss you......

Beau Flowers
Golf Co.
8th Grade


As the thunder rolls,
The sky is filled with dark clouds
The ground takes its tolls.

Josh Gasaway
Fox Co.
8th Grade

NHS Members Repair Home for Christmas in April Project

On Saturday, 28 April Mrs. Maria Esmay and Mrs. Diolanda Dye were joined by National Honor Society cadets Pedro Said, Andres Testman, Patrick Moore, Vince Simmon, Chris Oakman, John McNabb and Erik Dofelmier to work on a house in dire need of repair. The house apparently at one time had had extensive fire damage.

This service project, known as Christmas in April, was located just five minutes north of MMA.

All in all, 84 adults and youth were involved with this house. Working side by side with groups from First Methodist Church, Wesley Methodist Church, North Harlingen Rotary and Valley Baptist Medical Center Construction, the MMA cadets and teachers were able to replace the house’s siding, parts of the roof, the ceiling in the kitchen, the walls in the kitchen and the cabinetry in the kitchen. The entire house was also repainted.

The MMA cadets did more than their fair share of work by carrying in truckbeds of plywood, sheetrock, cabinetry and, most of all, hauling away ALL of the debris.

They were commended all day long for their work. The cadets really enjoyed serving the community and look forward to doing a similar project next spring.

Cadet Grisham Places in Rotary Speech Contest

Cadet Jared Grisham, a senior and second-year cadet at MMA, competed recently in two annual Four Way Speech Contests sponsored by the Harlingen Rotary Club and the West Cameron County Rotary Club.

He placed second in both contests and received a certificate and a $25 check for each contest. Cadet Grisham’s speech focused on his involvement in the Interact Club at MMA and how his participation in the club has made a positive impact on his life.

Despite some technical problems beyond his control, he kept his composure and displayed a great deal of poise under pressure.

Congratulations to Cadet Grisham for a job well done!

Sophomore Cadet Chosen for Annual Leadership Forum

Eugene Hwang, a third-year cadet at the Marine Military Academy, has been chosen to learn about America’s incentive system during an all-expense paid trip to the annual West Texas Leadership Seminar this summer.

More than 280 outstanding sophomores from throughout Central and South Texas will attend the seminar, each representing a different school. The program, which is affiliated with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation, is sponsored by Optimist Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs and other business establishments.

Students will hear from today’s distinguished leaders in business, government and education, allowing them to have a better understanding and appreciation of the American economic system and democratic process. In addition, personal improvement skills and motivational techniques will be discussed.

The Foundation was established 43 years ago by movie and stage actor Hugh O’Brian in the belief that America’s greatest resource is its youth. This is the nineteenth West Texas Leadership Seminar, one of five such conferences in Texas. There is at least one held in each other state, in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The purpose is to seek out, recognize and reward leadership potential in high school students.

Hwang, 16, was chosen by a panel of Academy teachers. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hwang of Norwood, New Jersey.

Boy Scouts and Echo Co. Cadets Help Out at RioFest

On Friday, April 20th, MMA Boy Scout Troop 22 and Echo Company cadets participated in Harlingen’s “Island of Paradise” RioFest celebrations. RioFest is an educational Cultural Arts Festival held annually in the spring.

Aloha Island was the name of the Boy Scout’s hamburger booth, which was decorated with plants, birds, palm leaves and flowers. The Aloha burgers were a popular item, as long lines of customers kept the cadets flipping burgers throughout the three-day event.

“This is a good reason to go to college,” joked cadet Ben Pepich, as he concentrated on not burning the patties. Echo Company cadets volunteered their time manning different stations of the event.

Those assisting with backstage security duty were the most popular with the fans during the concerts. A hypnotist recruited some cadets for his show. Cadets Ryan Lindsey and Michael Egy were crowd favorites, as they were easily hypnotized and instructed to dance on stage.

A special thanks to Mrs. McFarland, Dio Dye, Charity Munoz, Mr. Michi, Ester Reyes, Connie Flores, Robin Farris, Stacey Neville, and Patty Cavazos for assisting MSgt McFarland with supervising the booth during the festivities.

Boy Scout Troop 22 Tackles COPE Course at Camp Perry

On Tuesday, 8 May, the cadets of Boy Scout Troop 22 traveled to Camp Perry to run the new COPE (Challenging Opportunities for Personal Experience) Course.

Scoutmaster Steve Gerber took about 30 Scouts to spend the afternoon tackling the course.

The cadets ran all the high events in three groups. The power pole and zip line proved to be the most fun while the commando crawl was without a doubt the most physically challenging.

With sunny weather and support provided by the MMA Climbing Club members, the scouts had a terrific time with many stories to tell of their adventures.

Climbing Wall Expansion Work Now Completed

On Saturday, 5 May 2001, work was completed on an expansion of the Academy climbing wall.

Work included removal of all climbing holds, an addition of approximately 300 square feet of climbing area with overhang, painting of the wall and reattachment of all climbing holds.

In addition, a workout area inside the tower was added, which included an HIT (Hypergravity Isolation Training) System wall, a bouldering wall and hangboard bracket.

Cadets began immediately to use the new facilities, as Maj Harold Compton, GySgt Raul Garcia and GySgt Frank Martinez brought a large group of eighth graders to try out the completed tower.

Cadet Ben Jacobsen stated that “ It made me feel like I was going to fall, but it was a HUGE rush. I was scared, but pretty proud of myself.”

Introduction to climbing will be added to the upcoming summer camp.

Faculty/Staff Field Day Held During Teacher Appreciation Week

(Above) Special Events Coordinator Patty Cavazos, along with (l-r) cadets Aaron Rodriquez, Michael Robichaux and Wolf Honefenger carefully shaves a water-filled balloon during the 1st Annual Faculty/Staff Field Day held at Bowman Stadium on Friday, 4 May, 2001.

MMA Plays Host to VISA League Track Meet

On 4 May 2001, the Marine Military Academy hosted the annual VISA (Valley Independent Sports Association) Track Meet at Bowman Stadium.

Students from eleven local private schools competed in nine track and field events at the 8 and under, 9 - 10, 11 - 12 and 13 - 14 year old levels.

MMA’s eighth grade team placed first overal in the 13 - 14 year old boy’s division. In doing so, cadet Winston Elliott, IV placed first in the running long jump and the 100 meter dash and second in the 400 meter dash. Elliott, along with cadets Douglas Lewis, Matthew Sellke, Ben Ferris and Cordell Dielman placed first in the 400 and 800 meter relays.

The annual VISA Track Meet has become a major event sponsored by MMA, with well over 600 community members attending.

Over 100 cadets, staff and faculty members organized and conducted the meet along with representatives from other VISA schools.

The objectives of VISA are (1) to teach an understanding of the various athletic events, (2) to foster an appreciation for athletic competition, (3) to develop basic and advanced skills in sports, and (4) to practice good sportsmanship.

MMA Golf Team Season Ends at District Tourney

Golf is a game where you take three steps forward, and then two back. Also it is a game that will quickly humble a person. Occasionally it is tougher than that.

Treasure Hills Country Club, the venue for this year’s district tournament, is a tough golf course, and when there are gusts up to 35 miles an hour an argument could be made that it is almost impossible.

Certainly many players said they had never played in conditions like they faced on Monday.

Still the players had to play, and play they did. Sixty players from l0 teams fought the elements and the golf course.

The tournament was won by Holy Cross of San Antonio, with a team score of 330, followed by Central Catholic, also of San Antonio, which shot a 334. Third place went to El Paso Cathedral with a score of 335.

MMA’s first team shot 380, with its second team finishing at 4l9.

The low individual boys’ player was P. J. Crane from San Antonio Antonian who shot a 76, followed by Mark Jauernek from El Paso Cathedral, who shot a 77. The l0th individual spot went to Billy Castro from Holy Cross who shot an 86.

The bright spot of the day from MMA’s stand point was David Square who shot a team low 89, and missed going to state by a mere 3 shots. David’s personal control and those low boring shots that he hit paid off in a big way. Others on the first team and their scores were: Memo Montemayor-106; Remington Post-9l, David Mackie-94, and John Bradley-107. The second team’s scores were Jorge Garcia-102, Jared Enger-102, Jeremy Patterson-l09, Chris Vega-106, and Alfonso Barandiaran-110. Anthony Aguilar competed as an individual, shooting l08.

With this turn of events, the team suddenly and unexpectedly found its season over. (Kind of like losing in the NCAA basketball tournament). The team will work together for a couple of more weeks, on a more informal basis, with the objective being to learn a few more things, and have some fun.

Coach Lee Wiley believes the team as a whole has progessed, and while this last bump in the road has been a hard one, overall he believes the season as a whole has been a success. Coach Wiley states, “I have enjoyed working with these young men, and hope they have enjoyed it as well.”

Cadets Prove Themselves During Boxer Smoker

The weekend of 12-14 April saw heated action around the MMA boxing Gym as cadets from each company squared off to test their courage and skill in the boxing ring.

Cadets were allowed to challenge each other within set weight categories, and matches were held each evening on Thursday and Friday with the finals being held Saturday morning.

Spectators were treated to some extraordinary matches as the participants gave all they had to uphold the honor of their company.


Light Flyweight, to 105 lbs:

Gold medal: John Shelton, B Co., Silver medal: Skyler Forth, G Co.

Flyweight, 105-112 lbs:
Gold medal: Calvert Davis, E Co., Silver medal: David Rabbet, F Co.

Bantamweight, 112-119 lbs:
Gold medal: Jonathan Little, E Co.

Lightweight, 125-132 lbs:
Gold medal: Abe Kamzan, F Co., Silver medal: John McCormick, E Co.

Lt Welterweight, 132-139 lbs:
Gold medal: Mark Kettenhofen, E Co., Silver medal: Michael Correa, G Co.

Welterweights, 139-147 lbs:
Gold medal: Andrea Testman, E Co., Silver medal: Joseph Tomasello, B Co.

Welterweights, 139-147 lbs:
Gold medal: Justin Smith, D Co., Silver medal: Abraham Yuen, E Co.

Welterweights, 139-147 lbs:
Gold medal: Michael Honefenger, A Co.

Light Middleweights, 147-156 lbs:
Gold medal: Jacob Moore, E Co., Silver medal: Bradley Miller, E Co.

Middleweights, 156-165 lbs:
Gold medal: Christopher Butcher, E Co., Silver medal: Eugene Hwang, A Co.

Heavyweights, 178-200 lbs:
Gold medal: Sean Ryan, A Co., Silver medal: Ian Carlson, A Co.

Following the scheduled fights, the spectators also enjoyed a series of exhibition fights between cadets which provided the following results:

Exhibition 1: 1st Place: Nick Santillo, F Co.,
2nd Place: Daniel Baucum, F Co.
Exhibition 2: 1st Place: Adam Romero, A Co.,
2nd Place: James Davis, F Co.
Exhibition 3: 1st Place: Alfredo Sedano, D Co.,
2nd Place: Jason Trevor, B Co. and
Exhibition 4: 1st Place: Adrian Lash, D Co.,
2nd Place: Adam Romero, A Co.

Track and Field

Coach Mike Morton took an 11-man team to compete in their TAPPS District Track and Field meet this past weekend at Antonian High School in San Antonio.

While of few of our athletes were disappointed at not qualifying for the state meet (top 2 finishers, plus 2 best 3rd place across the state),all put forth exceptional efforts in their respective events with five PR’s (personal records) and one state qualification achieved as a team.

Those results were as follows:

Shot Put Adrian Lash - 43' (6th) Tyler Freeze - 39'
Discus Adrian Lash - 131' (5th) Tyler Freeze - 120'
Long Jump Alex Gregoriou - 17’6" (pr) Anthony Aluko - 16-8"
Pole Vault John Bell - 13' (3rd) (pr) STATE QUALIFIER
110 Hurdles Alex Gregoriou - 16.06 (5th)
100-Meter John Bell - 11.45 (8th)
800 Meter Tyler Harrison - 2:08.00 (5th) (pr)
400 Meter Anthony Mendoza - 54.9 (9th) Jason Pitcock - 58.11 Jon-Eric Hathaway - 55.7
300 Hurdles Alex Gregoriou - 45.5 (9th) Anthony Aluko - 46.5 (pr)
200-Meter Rees Williams - 25.17
1600 Meter Tyler Harrison - 4:46.00 (8th)(pr)
4 X 100 Relay John Bell, Rees Williams, Jon-Eric Hathaway, Anthony Mendoza - 45.6 (4th)
4 x 400 Relay Jason Pitcock, Rees Williams, Jon-Eric Hathaway, Anthony Mendoza - 3:46.2 (7th)(pr)

Where are they now?

Jay Meyers -
660 Elmwood, Shreveport, LA 71104 (318) 219-0754. jmeyer@biomed.org. Regrets he was unable to attend Reunion 2001. Still happily married to Barb.

Tom Earwood -
1105 15th Street #1014, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-9437. UncleMu@msn.com. Couldn’t come to Reunion 2001 as is in school to become a doctor.

Tommy Elkins - tommyelkins@yahoo.com. Just wanted to drop a quick note to let everyone know what has been going on since graduating in ‘74. Summer of 74, rough-necked out in the oil fields with a company stepdad worked for called Quintana Petroleum Co. In Oct 1974, enlisted into USMC and stayed in until Jan 1982, obtaining the rank of SSGT in the Military Police, and also worked with the Criminal Investigation Division. Was stationed at MCAS Yuma, AZ, MCAS Cherry Point, NC and MCB Camp Pendleton, Ca. After time in service, went to work back in the oil fields for a while, then finally landed a job working on copiers and faxes. Worked for several mom and pop small companies that went out of business. Opened a business of my own called Brazosport Copier Repair for 8 years and sold it and relocated south of Ft. Worth, Tx. Works for a company called Southwest Office Systems out of Ft. Worth, but actually works at the Commanche Peak Nuclear Plant. Just got a big promotion in managment with the company. Really enjoys the work. He and wife Margaret have been married since May 31, 1975. Has 3 wonderful children and 2 granddaughters.

Mike Hawley -
139 West Winchester, Murray, UT 84107 (801) 685-2246. m_w_hawley@hotmail.com. Has made 6 consecutive reunions and plans to make next year and get on the Alumni Bulletin Board on MMA web site to exchange messages and make recommendations.

Mike Strano -
mhc_co@hotmail.com. Was a PG in 80. Naval Academy graduate. Is doing great in the Navy. Sorry couldn’t make it to Harlingen for the reunion this year. Is enjoying his year at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, but it is almost over. Received orders to command USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) in Mayport, FL. Mayport is a suburb of Jacksonville, FL. When graduates in June, will move to Jacksonville right away for he will fly out around June 30th for the Mediterranean. Will join the Admiral’s staff on the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE for three months of its six month deployment. Then will start the school training pipeline leading to the change of command next year.

Louis Abramson -
LAbramson@SLK.com. Couldn’t make the reunion because of business and trips to Oslo and Stockholm. Hopes to be back next year.

Levi Noguess - 410 Robison Drive, Harker Heights, TX 76548 (254) 698-3878, cell phone (254) 681-4275. lnoguess@vvm.com. Was at reunion with wife for a grand time. Sent GySgt Ski an email on 5 April: “I’m gonna write this slow cuz I know you caint read too fast!” Said he spent half a day in the hospital as a result of the Paint Ball Recon War games he participated in. Ski says “nothing worse than a one eyed pilot.” Was glad he made it back from Korea in time to make the reunion. Is a pilot in the US Army.

John “Lou” Diamond - 100 Village Green, Longview, TX 75606. JWD63@aol. com. Made the first complaint about Reunion 2001. “Just wanted to drop you a quick line to do a little complaining! It’s just real #@*%X that time went by so fast this weekend. Surely you could have managed to slow things down, or at least, pick a weekend where we didn’t lose an hour! Seriously, it was truly wonderful seeing WES, Mac, Ski and everyone else, especially old classmates and the like. I hope to return many times and get involved more before I send my son down there in a few years.”

Willie Watson - 23005 130th Place SE, Kent, WA 98031-3651 (253) 638-8696. Wonka44@aol.com. Was a big help in getting ’81 classmates to attend Reunion 2001. Emailed a lovely letter to Mickie Pickens and fellow classmates. “Mickie, it was people like you that shaped the men that we are. I am so very proud to be a member of this special group. It is a bond that can never be broken and a brotherhood that I will always cherish. I will think of the weekend past for many weekends to come, and I will do so with at warm smile. It was magical and a wonderful weekend. Seeing all the familiar faces and personalities was truly a great experience. Thank you so very much for being my friend, teacher and student.”

Mike Mudd - 4002 Lakeview Turn, Dunkirk, MD 20754 (410) 286-3820. One of at least 3 post graduates to attend Reunion 2001.

Jeff Hynoski - 153 Pheasant Field Lane, Moorestown, NJ 08057 (856) 222-9029. Another ’81 post graduate at the reunion.

John McCoy, III - 6505 Marsol Road, Apt 224, Mayfield, OH 44214 (440) 567-6594. jmccoy@oh.buric.com. ’81 post graduate.

GySgt Jimmy Humason USMC -
GunnyJHumason@computron.net. Writes often. Is involved in lots of Marine Corps Activities.

Stephen Bosken -
1307 Circle Drive, Downingtown, PA 19335 (610) 269-3368. WIZARDOFBOZ1@aol.com.

Jared Proffitt -
5505 Old Grandbury Road, Grandbury, TX 76049 (817) 326-4556. collective@itexas.net. Made a special effort to make Reunion 2001 to see old buddies and celebrate their 15th anniversary.

Alex Hinojosa -
5509 Palm Valley Drive South, Harlingen, TX (956) 440-8271. hinojr@hinoenergy.com. After Reuion 2001, was motivated and volunteered as contact for Class of ’87 and is anxious to bring the all together for Reunion 2002, their 15th anniversary.

Peter Boerner -
P.O. Box 42182, Houston, Tx 77242-2182 (713) 706-3191. PBoerner@SpencerStuart.com. Graduated from UT Austin with BA in Political Science with a minor in German. Returned to Houston to work for money management firm. Entered law school, graduating and became a member of the Bar in ‘98. Working now as an executive recruiter/management consultant for one of the top retainer-based consulting firms, Spencer Stuart. Writes to Ms. Pickens that, “A part of me never left MMA after graduation. Thanks for being there and pushing all of us.”

Celestino Ruiz -
Hidalgo 2402, Col AltaVista, Tampico, TAM 89240, Mexico. (phone) 0-11-52-(1)-213-3427. tinorp@infosel.net.mx.

Sgt Michael J. Price -
Was unable to make the reunion. Has just returned from Kosovo with the 101st Airborne Div. Is an E-5, hopes to attend Warrant Officers Academy. Enjoying time with wife Andrea. Says a visit to MMA is inevitable. “I will more than likely return to my roots at MMA quite soon.”

Patrick Gaido -
19100 Glenwest Dr. #518, Friendswood, TX 77546. ltpg97@yahoo.com. Is currently finishing up school at San Jacinto College getting a Certificate of Technology in Networking. Will then start studying for the Microsoft 2000 test to become Microsoft Certified.

Clint Christie - (760) 213-0843. cchris1170@home.com. Is a Corporal in 1st light Armored Recon Battalion. Has spent the last three and half years with Alpha Company, spending most of the time in the field training and went on a West Pac. Gets out in June and plans on attending Sam Houston State University.

Library Establishes MMA "Alumni Corner"

The library is looking for publications of any kind - books, magazine articles, pamphlets - written by alumni from MMA.

It already has Jada Thacker’s book, and three books published by C.J. Johnson It has on order, from Aaron Marks, the book he’s getting published this summer.

There has to be more published alumni out there and the Library would like to get the word out to them. If anyone is interested, they should mail a copy(ies) of their work to Judy Kutzenberger, Head Librarian MMA, 320 Iwo Jima Blvd. Harlingen, TX 78550.

On the inside front cover(s) they should identify the year they graduated from MMA, or the last year they were here, if they didn’t graduate.


Mr. Laurin Darrell
Capt John K Parker, USMC
LtCol Norman Porter, USMC (Ret)
Capt Robert J. Shirk, USMC
Mrs. Joyce Wilson

MMA Website Provides Easy Avenue for Financial Support

The Marine Military Academy has established an online method for providing financial support which can be found at

http:// www.mma-tx.org/opportunities1.htm.

This method uses a secure online method for credit card donations for a variety of areas such as athletics, brick paver purchase, memorial tree purchase and facilities naming opportunities.

The outstanding educational opportunities of the Marine Military Academy are possible due to the many supporters that freely give each year. It is hoped that this method of financial support will ease the process for all of our supporters.

We wish to thank, in advance, all those that recognize the importance of the Academy and make its continuation possible.

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