16 Pages Vol.15, No. 8 June 2002


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LtGeneral Hollingsworth, addresses the Senior Class of 2002 during Graduation Ceremonies

The Marine Military Academy held it’s 37th commencement exercises on May 25, 2002 , in the Phil Yeckel Memorial Auditorium.

LtGen James F. Hollingsworth , USA (Ret), a trustee and supporter of the Academy since 1996, was selected this year to give the commencement speech to over 60 proud cadets, their families and friends.

"General Hollingsworth is the most decorated military general officer alive in the United States, in all branches of the service," stated MajGen Wayne E. Rollings, USMC (Ret), President of the Marine Military Academy, during his introduction of Gen Hollingsworth.

Born in Sanger, Texas, Hollingsworth attended Texas A&M University and then joined the United States Army. He is a combat veteran of World War II and Vietnam. During the second world war, he rose from platoon leader to commander of a regimental-size armored task force in General George Patton's Third Army. He commanded the Army's XXIV Corps in Vietnam.

General Hollingsworth's military decorations include three Distinguished Service Crosses, four Distinguished Service medals, four Silver Stars, three Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Soldier’s Medal, four Bronze Stars for valor, 38 Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal and six Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat.

Among his 20 foreign military decorations are the Belgian Croix De Guerre, Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit, three National Orders of Vietnam and five Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry.

Hollingsworth retired from active duty in 1976 and formed Hollingsworth Consultants Inc., an aerospace consulting firm. He lives in San Antonio.

"General Hollingsworth has been a truly loyal trustee to the Marine Military Academy; a true supporter of this Academy and a loyal friend," said General Rollings. He added that "General Hollingsworth is a true American hero...there is no doubt about that."

To the cadets, Hollingsworth said "you have just completed probably the finest training you could receive at any school in the United States or any part of the world."

He reminded them that they have an awesome responsibility ahead of them, because they will be the men leading the country in 20, 30 or 50 years.

After Hollingsworth closed, certificates of completion were handed out to the cadets. The first cadet to cross the stage was Valedictorian, Christopher Scott Oakman, followed by the Salutatorian, Vincent Fowler Simmon, Jr.

Oakman, a three-year cadet from Spring, Texas, will be attending the University of Missouri at Rolla, studying Computer Science and Engineering Management. "MMA has provided an inspirational and motivating environment for me to succeed and find myself. I credit the Academy for teaching me strong morals and self-discipline," stated Oakman. He is the son of Dr. Jerry Oakman and Mrs. JoAnn Oakman.

The Salutatorian, Vince Simmon, Jr., is a two-year cadet from Newport Coast, California. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Simmon. Simmon will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on an NROTC Scholarship. He would like to major in Computer Science. "MMA gives you the opportunity to get into a better college and the opportunity to have a better future," stated Simmon during his speech to the Corps of Cadets.

The Academy extends its sincerest congratulations to the graduating class of 2002 and their families. Good Luck in the future.

San Francisco Fundraiser Held for Marine Military Academy

On April 30, 2002, Mr. Jay Mancini and Mr. Mike Bradley hosted the first annual fundraising dinner at the Marines Memorial Hotel in San Francisco, California.

Mr. Bradley, father of former cadet John Bradley, class of 2001, and Mr. Mancini and members of the Board of Advisors at the Marine Military Academy, planned and executed the event.

The guest speaker, General Joseph Hoar, USMC (Ret) spoke on “Terrorism and the Campaign in Afghanistan.” He then answered questions from the audience following his remarks. His speech proved to be enlightening, as well as addressing current issues facing the United States.

Representing the Corps of Cadets, and providing color detail for the event, with great distinction, were cadets Nicolas Lang, Andre Testman, Vincent Simmons and Forrest Macomber.

Both the cadets and Board members did a fabulous job representing MMA.

In addition to raising awareness of the Marine Military Academy, this event enabled Major General Wayne E. Rollings, USMC (Ret), President of the Academy, to reunite with five former members of 1st Force Recon Company. General Rollings, Dr. Bill Peters, Mr. Jay Mancini, Mr. Lynn Lowder and Dr. Jim Ritchie served together in 1969-70. They had not all been together since Vietnam.

A number of parents of cadets from the California area attended the fundraiser and helped to spread the word about the Academy.

“This was a very successful first-time fundraiser for the San Francisco area, which will prove to grow each year and will help the Marine Military Academy continue to grow in national stature,” observed LtCol Grider.

Butler Takes Over As Academic Dean

" I am really excited about the opportunity ahead and I am confident that we have a premier faculty which will ensure the success of MMA academics." Those are the words of the Marine Military Academy's newest Dean of Academics, Dr. John Butler.

Butler takes over from Neil Meiers, who recently took a new position in Vermont.

Butler is not a new face to MMA, as he most recently served as the Assistant Dean.

Originally from Houston, Dr. Butler spent four years in the Army, is a Gulf War veteran and was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

He graduated from Texas A&M in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree, received his Masters of Education Administration from UT Brownsville and recently completed his Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.

"I have enjoyed working my way up from being a science teacher six years ago to now serving the Academy as it's Dean. A few of the changes I see ahead for Academics are the adding of more Fine Arts, increasing the number of Advanced Placement courses and the adding of standardized end-of-year course exams for core subjects," stated Dr. Butler.

Prestigous Eagle Scout Badge Awarded to Ten Cadets

Ten members of the Marine Military Academy’s Boy Scout Troop 22 stood proudly with their parents as they received their Eagle Scout badges during a ceremony held in Philip Yeckel Memorial Auditorium on May 24, 2002.

Cadets Warren Davis, Michael Harnden, Alan Holt, Richard Martinez, Chris Oakman, Benjamin Pepich, Creighton Rea, Aubrey Snider, Andre Testman and Andrew Winney all completed rigorous and demanding requirements, as well as a community service project, in order to receive this most honored badge.

Mr. Steve Gerber, the troop’s scoutmaster, praised these ten scouts on their dedication and commitment to scouting, and noted that they were among the elite few who ever complete their Eagle Scout badge. He noted that only three percent of scouts ever reach this level.

Ben Pepich, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Pepich of Big Rock, Illinois and Andre Testman, II, son of Mr. Andre Testman of San Diego, California each built split rail fences for the City of Harlingen’s Municipal Golf Course. Between them, over 2,000 linear feet of fencing was done.

Alan Holt, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Holt of McKinney, Texas and Creighton Rea, son of Dr. and Mrs. R. Lynn Rea of Dallas, Texas each built split rail fencing around three parking lots at the City of Harlingen’s Dixieland Park. Again, over 2,000 total feet of fencing was completed.

Installing custom brick borders around over 20 trees at MMA’s Memorial Gardens behind the Iwo Jima Monument were Andrew Winney and Warren Davis. In addition, they placed and buried special monument markers at each of the trees. While their projects were separate, combined they used nearly 1,000 bricks. Winney is the son of Capt. and Mrs. Bill Winney of Waipahu, Hawaii and Davis is the son of Mr.and Mrs. David R. Davis of Sugar Land, Texas.

Senior Richard Martinez renovated two City Park Pavilion Shelters at Harlingen’s Victor Park while sophomore Michael Harnden removed over 100 2 X 10 X 16 rotted and splintered bleachers seats and placed new ones at that same park. Martinez, from Kingwood, Texas is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Martinez. Harnden is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Harnden, also from Kingwood.

Chris Oakman, a senior from Spring, Texas and son of Dr. Jerry Oakman and Mrs. JoAnn Oakman, sanded, wire-brushed and fully prepared and painted a 75' newly installed metal bridge over a 30' deep ravine at Harlingen’s Municipal Golf Course. He will be attending the University of Missouri - Rolla this fall.

Aubrey Snider entrenched and placed over 100 railroad ties at Harlingen’s Municipal Golf Course to create attractive terracing and prevent erosion in a ravine between the 13th and 14th holes.

"Over 3,000 man hours, over 14 weekends, were expended in these Eagle Scout Leadership Service projects this school year. Not only did they give of their time and energy, these ten outstanding young men gave leadership to other MMA Scout/Cadets in carrying out each one's plan to accomplish his project," stated Mr. Gerber.

Building Fences

Building fences was just one way Boy Scouts worked toward their Eagle Scout badges. Not only did they plan their project, but also enlisted help from and guided other Boy Scouts.

Fifth-Year Cadets Awarded Planks During Senior Banquet

Alfonso J. Barandiaran Corpus Christi, Texas

Sean M. Du Bose Corpus Christi, Texas

Travis E. Green San Antonio, Texas

Charles J. Vige Sugar Land, Texas

MMA Alumni Outstanding Cadet Selected

Andre Testman, II received the MMA Alumni Outstanding Cadet Award for 2002 from Craig Matteson, Class of '79 and MMA Board Trustee.

Jada Thacker, class of ’71, Wendell Johnson, class of ‘72 and Joe Muniz of the class of ’80 served as the selection board for the 2001-02 MMA Alumni Association “Outstanding Senior” Award.

"All cadets nominated for this award were outstanding, but the committee was allowed only one selection," GySgt Larry Wisnoski stated. "They had a lot of outstanding applicants to choose from, and I know they had a tough time selecting just one."

Roman Catholic Church Holds Confirmation

On Tuesday evening, 7 May 2002, St Anthony's Church of Harlingen celebrated the Confirmation Mass. Cadets David Mackie, John McNabb, Hector Benavides and Emmanuel Gonzalez were confirmed. In addition, Cadet Carlos Rojas completed the core materials and will be confirmed at his home church.

Confirmation came at the conclusion of a two-year graded program, which includes about 80 hours of class work and participation in several service projects and retreats.

Forty-eight Cadets were registered and received religious education at St Anthony's this academic year.

Those confirmed say thank you (as does Chaplain Clark) to 1st SGT THOMAS, MGYSGT KRAUSS, and MGYSGT HAGER (former DI of Alpha Company) for providing transportation each Wednesday evening over the past two years.

These five Cadets have worked hard over an extended period of time and deserve our congratulations.

HOSTS Volunteers Honored at End-of-the-Year Breakfast

MMA held its annual HOSTS Appreciation Breakfast on May 3rd.

Over 70 cadet mentors and volunteer drivers were honored for their year-long commitment to the Harlingen I.S.D. HOSTS program.

MMA’s HOSTS coordinator Diolanda Dye, Major General Rollings and Superintendent Dr. Linda Wade each addressed the volunteers and thanked them for their many hours of hard work.

The HOSTS teachers from Treasure Hills, Dishman, Austin, Bonham and Travis Elementary were also present, and they brought some of their students to make a special presentation to the volunteers and cadets. For all of their special effort and work, Board Trustee Mrs. Earline Folsom presented to the HOSTS coordinators and the children they brought to perform, a special gift. She gave them each a stuffed bulldog, sporting a red and gold Marine Military Academy collar and MMA commemorative pin.

She told the audience that she was "looking forward to seeing everyone again next fall."

Mahoney Selected By Cadets For Teacher of the Year Award

Each May, the Academy selects a Teacher of the Year, who is presented with a $1,000 check and has his or her photo placed and name engraved on a plaque in Coleman Hall.

For the second year in a row, the Corps of Cadets selected, by way of secret ballot, mathematics and physics teacher Michael Mahoney.

Mahoney, originally from Missouri, joined the Navy in 1975, and spent four years working on aircraft electronics. He also spent six years in the reserve.

Upon his discharge from active duty, Mahoney joined Ball Aerospace Systems Division in Colorado as an engineering technician. He later received a degree in mathematics education from Adams State College and has taught math and physics at both the secondary and college level.

Congratulations, Mr. Mahoney.

Leatherneck Cheerleaders Soar At Cheerfest 2002

The Marine Military Academy Co-ed Cheerleading squad recently attended Cheerfest 2002, held at Astroworld in Houston, Texas.

The team performed wonderfully at their first competition, hitting every element in their 2-1/2 minute routine and winning the crowd over. They represented the Academy well and brought home a 1st place trophy.

A BIG thank you to all our sponsors who supported the squad throughout the year. It would not have been possible without you! Thank you also to Adam Broadner, SgtMaj and Debra Poe for accompanying the squad and chaperoning on the trip.

To our Houston parents who graciously hosted the squad to a wonderful weekend, Victor, Norma and Marible Alvarez, Mr. and Mrs. Julio Gonzalez, Lela Rowe, Dorothy Hale, Kathy Hudson, the Shields family, Evelyn Shearer-Poor, Warren Vige, Karen and Victor Linck... Thank you , thank you, Thank you!

Cadets Make Sizable Donation to Ronald McDonald House

Presenting a check to the Ronald McDonald House in the amount of $2,030.00, which were proceeds from the annual fundraiser "Taste of MMA" are cadets (l-r) Stefan Kelly, Xavier Anderson and Hudson Fremont. General Wayne E. Rollings, USMC (Ret) also attended the presentation.

Adopt-A-Highway Program

About a dozen MMA Cadets volunteered recently on a Saturday morning, under hot and windy conditions, to accomplish the Third Annual "Don't Mess With Texas " Trash Bash.

MMA is doing its part to keep Texas clean by participating in the "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign by accepting responsibility for a two-mile span of highway just north of the campus.

Thanks to the following cadets for their hard work during this event. Participating from Alpha Company was James Decker and from Fox Company were Keith Allen, Patrick Allen, Robert Allen, Michael Bajsel, Alfonso Barandiaran, Aadal Benchaita, Brett Crivier, Michael Dennis, Patrick Fitzgerald, Kevin Gillespie, and Hang Li.

2001-2002 Eight Grade Graduation

Roman Avila
Zapopan, JAL, MEX

Jorge Eduardo Cortina
Perote, VER, MEX

Armando De La Garza
Monterey, NL , MEX

Matthew Vincent De Rosa
Friendswood, Texas

Michael Talbot Dennis
Tomball, Texas

Clayton Allen Duncan
San Ramon, California

Patrick Clay Fitzgerald
Ventura, California

Naveed David Ghaffarian
Los Gatos, California

Rafael Isaac Gonzalez
Mission, Texas

Chase Alexander Gray
The Woodlands, Texas

William Curt Heyne, III
Nashville, Tennessee

Justin Hamilton Hodges
Magnolia, Texas

Sergio Jimenez
Tepatitlan, JAL MEX

Kostas Tom Lazanas
Garland, Texas

Gustavo Lomeli
Mission, Texas

Forrest Glenn Macomber
Kelseyville, California

Kellen Anthony Mahone
Corpus Christi, Texas

Jules Tyler Markley
Superior, Colorado

James Wyatt Mead
Beaufort, North Carolina

David Allen Miller
Harlingen, Texas

Adam Edward Nguyen
Houston, Texas

Joshua Eric Paulson
San Antonio, Texas

David Ray Pax
McAllen, Texas

Justin Thomas Joseph Roach
Bailey, Colorado

Joshua Steven Ross
Pearland, Texas

Douglas Raymond Stephens
Laredo, Texas

Thomas Alden Swan, II
Helotes, Texas

Justin Kevin Swiggard
Humble, Texas

Andre Francis Toce, Jr.
Broussard, Louisiana

Juventino Villanueva
Boerne, Texas

NHS Inducts New Members During Academic Awards Ceremony

Seventeen cadets were inducted into the National Honor Society during the Academic Awards Ceremony held May 24, 2002.

National Honor Society is comprised of young men who were selected on the basis of: their cumulative GPA of 3.33 or better their sophomore year, leadership, character and service to their community and school.

Austen Creech, Benjamin Pepich, David Sanchez, Jr. and Nick Santillo, all graduating seniors, were inducted during the awards ceremony.

Other inductees left to carry the torch in NHS are juniors Miguel Ancira, Andy Arisitzabal, Michael Bajsel, Cesar Barba, Sean Burke, Michael Correa, Louis Harrington, Jason Merriam and Aaron Rodriguez and sophomores Branden Hanak, Nicholas Lugo, Brandon Pina, Thomas Smay and Jorge Zamora-Legoff.

Once inducted, these young men will participate in service projects on and off campus such as the American Red Cross Blood Drive, the Feast of Sharing and the Relay for Life.

Snider Receives Rotary Interact Scholarship

Aubrey Snider, a sophomore cadet from Spring, Texas, received the Rotary Interact Club Scholarship from Mr. Tim Gilles, club president, during the Academic Awards Ceremony held 24 May 2002.

The $2,000 scholarship is presented to an outstanding member of the Corps of Cadets participating in the Rotary Interact Club.

Aubrey, an honor student and member of the Marine Military Band, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Snider.

Poems by Christopher Oakman

Independence Day

My eyes are fixed on the bright night sky
On this special date in the month of July.

Neighbors and friends, they all came out.
Together we stand up to cheer and shout

At the colorful fireworks and music played
and the contributions that others made.

For our country so grand and nice
We had to pay a hefty price.

We thank those patriots of long ago
Who bravely gave their lives to show

The world that this land is forever free,
And that is how it shall always be.

So gather up your flags and signs
And proudly display them next to mine.

The United States is here to stay
As we celebrate our Independence Day.

Veterans Remember

Veterans of the country we know,
Who gave us our peace and comfort so,
Show us your scars, your wounds, your tears,
And tell us the stories about your fears.
For we must not forget the sacrifices you made
That keep us here under a peaceful shade.

Life without freedom is not truly life.
Life without justice can cause great strife.
Liberty must ring, ring free and true,
And the flag must wave-red, white and blue.
We the people, United We Stand,
America is beautiful; God blessed this land.

So to the Veterans that we love to know,
Hark these words and remember them so;
Show us your scars, your wounds, your tears,
And tell us stories about your fears.
For we must not forget the sacrifices you made
That keep us here under a peaceful shade.

Military Awards

The following selections were made by the President of the Academy, based on recommendations by the Military Department Awards Board.

Marine Military Academy President's Award
Awarded to the senior cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, excellence in scholastic achievement, has actively participated in extra-curricular activities, and who in all respects best personifies the most outstanding cadet . Cadet Col Andre O. Testman, II

Marine Military Academy Commandant of Cadet's Award
Awarded to the junior cadet who has demonstrated the most outstanding leadership ability; excellence in scholastic achievement, active participation in extra-curricular activities and who best personifies the underclass cadet with the most potential for a leadership role in the next academic year. Cadet SgtMaj Louis B. Harrington

American Legion Bronze Medal for Scholastic Excellence
Awarded to the senior cadet who has achieved scholastic excellence in all academic courses, to include JROTC subjects. The cadet must have demonstrated qualities of leadership and actively participated in student activities such as student organizations, constructive activities or sports. Cadet 1stLt Christopher S. Oakman

American Legion Bronze Medal for Military Excellence
Awarded to a member of the senior class who has maintained an excellent academic standing, including all JROTC subjects, and who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship. Cadet Capt Lucius C. Spencer, IV

Daughters of American Revolution Award
Awarded to a cadet with an excellent academic record, who has demonstrated dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of JROTC training. Cadet 1stSgt Jared B. Spencer

Veterans of Foreign Wars Award
Awarded to the cadet who has shown the most overall improvement in academic and military standing during the current school year. Cadet Sgt Nicholas D. Lugo

Senior Marine Instructors Award
Awarded to a cadet who distinguishes himself through superior performance and outstanding proficiency and achievement in all facets of the MCJROTC program. Cadet Capt Thomas M. Nance

National Sojourners Americanism - Junior Award
Awarded to a member of the junior class, who has demonstrated by his actions and attitude, outstanding patriotism and Americanism, as well as noteworthy leadership within the Corps of Cadets. Cadet SSgt Michael C. Correa

National Sojourners Americanism - Sophomore Award
Awarded to a member of the sophomore class who has demonstrated by his actions and attitude, outstanding patriotism and Americanism, as well as noteworthy leadership within the Corps of Cadets. Cadet Sgt Thomas V. Smay

Semper Fidelis Award
Awarded to a first-year cadet who has been faithful to his school; displayed selfless and steadfast spirit and devotion to the MCJROTC program, as well as the school and its activities; maintained excellent academic achievements; and demonstrated outstanding citizenship habits. Cadet LCpl David A. Miller

Reserve Officers Association Award
Awarded to a first-year cadet who has demonstrated an outstanding combination of military, academic and athletic achievements during the academic year. Cadet SSgt Austen W. Creech

Association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States Award
Awarded to a cadet who has demonstrated to a high degree, the combination of academic and military excellence and leadership potential. Cadet Capt David J. Sanchez, Jr.

American Defense Preparedness Association Award
Awarded to a member of the senior class who distinguished himself through superior performance in the "Leadership Education" phase of the MCJROTC curriculum, and through outstanding proficiency and achievement in all other facets of the MCJROTC program. Cadet Capt Richard Q. Martinez

The Retired Officers Association Award
Awarded to a member of the junior class who is in the top ten percent of his class, has an "A" in military science, holds a staff noncommissioned officer billet with the capability and expectation of being promoted to a cadet officer rank in his senior year. Cadet SSgt Miguel M. Ancira

National Rifle Association Club Championship Award
Awarded to a cadet for excellence in marksmanship as a member of the General Vernon E. Megee Rifle Club. This award can only be received once. Cadet PFC Robert L. Tippen

The Weisenberger Distinguished Marksmanship Trophy
Awarded to the outstanding overall shooter on the MMA Varsity Rifle Team. Cadet Sgt Justin C. Meaders

John Philip Sousa Music Award
Awarded in to a cadet who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and interest in instrumental music, singular merit in loyalty and cooperation, and who has displayed those high qualities of conduct that school instrumental music requires. Cadet SSgt Alan R.Holt

Colonel H.Wm. Card Jr., USMC (Retired) Inspirational Leadership Award
Awarded to the graduating cadet officer who best personifies the qualities of honor, integrity, responsibility and loyalty to subordinates so essential to effective leadership. Cadet 1stLt Kurt J. Masepohl

Society of Colonial Wars Award
Awarded to a member of the senior class who has the intent, desire and best chance of becoming a career commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. This is a cadet who we believe will actively endeavor to perpetuate those sound principles and patriotism so evident in our early patriots. Cadet 1stLt Benjamin J. Pepich

The Military Order of the World Wars Medal
Awarded to the most improved cadet in the unit, who has advanced both his military and scholastic grades, and who has shown, by his achievements, a desire to serve the United States of America. Cadet Capt Stanley P. Ferguson

The Women Marines Association MCJROTC Award
Awarded to the most outstanding second-year MCJROTC cadet with excellent academic accomplishment and citizenship, with the highest leadership education grades for his group. Cadet 1stLt Nicholas L. Santillo

The Third Marine Division Award
Awarded to a member of the senior class who has demonstrated an outstanding combination of military and academic achievement, given in the name of those who have served under the banner of the Third Marine Division. Cadet 1stLt Michael R. Barth

The Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution Award
Awarded to a cadet, 18 years of age or younger, who has participated in school and community activities, fulfills the qualities of honor, service and courage, exhibits leadership ability, is patriotic, understands and appreciates his American heritage and the sacrifices necessary to gain and keep his American freedom; is in good standing militarily and academically at the time of presentation of the award. Cadet SSgt Aaron Rodriguez

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Award
Presented to a cadet who has demonstrated an outstanding degree of leadership potential and ability. Cadet LtCol Sean M. Du Bose

1903 Springfield Rifle Award - Mon Valley Leatherneck Association
Awarded to the high shooter representing MMA & MCJROTC Varsity Rifle Team. Cadet Sgt Justin Meaders

The Noncommissioned Officers Association JROTC Award
Awarded cadet noncommissioned officer who has consistently exhibited the best military bearing, personal appearance, deportment and leadership ability for the current academic year. Cadet Sgt Bryan A. Zurlo

The Paul Kelly Jordache Thomas Memorial Award
Awarded to a cadet who best exemplifies military discipline and leadership abilities as cherished by Paul's father, First Sergeant Alvin K. Thomas, USMC, (Ret). Cadet 1stSgt Brandon G. Schultz

Drill Instructor's Award
Awarded to a cadet, selected by his Drill Instructor, who is worthy of special recognition.

Company A Cadet SSgt James H. Culver
Company B Cadet PFC Andrew J. Winney
Company D Cadet LCpl Steven V. Vromant
Company E Cadet GySgt Michael L. Altiere
Company F Cadet 1stLt John M. Swearengen
Company G Cadet 1stSgt Diego S. Medina

TAWANI Charitable Foundation, Incorporated
Awarded to cadets in grades 9 through 12 who best exemplify the concept of the "Citizen Soldier" through academic achievement, physical fitness, community service and military knowledge.

9th Grade Cadet LCpl Joshua A. Gasaway
10th Grade Cadet Sgt Michael A. Harnden
11th Grade Cadet SgtMaj Louis B. Harrington
12th Grade Cadet 1stLt Benjamin J. Pepich
Best Overall Cadet 1stLt Benjamin J. Pepich

Academic Awards

Valedictorian Plaque
Given to the graduating senior cadet who has attended MMA the last three or more years, with the highest grade point average. Christopher Scott Oakman

Salutatorian Plaque
Given to the graduating senior cadet who has attended MMA the last three or more years, with the second highest grade point average. Vincent Fowler Simmon, Jr.

Colonel Phil Yeckel, USMCR, Award for Athlete of the Year
Presented to the graduating senior who has contributed the most to the athletic program of MMA and who has been enrolled at the academy for at least two years. The name of this year's recipient will be added to the plaque on a trophy permanently displayed at the Academy. Sean Du Bose

President's Athletic Award
Presented to the cadet who is an unselfish team player, a tireless worker, and an individual who has parlayed sheer hustle, sacrifice and intestinal fortitude into recognition and respect as a two-sport varsity athlete. Nicholas Santillo

USMC Distinguished Athlete Award
Presented to the junior athlete who is the best role model for younger cadets, and who best exhibits the personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence and leadership. Adam Perry

USMC Scholastic Excellence Award
Presented to a cadet who has consistently distinguished himself in the arena of academics, and whose personal traits of courage, poise, self-confidence and leadership serve as an example for younger cadets. Brandon Pina

Dean's Award
Presented to the senior who, in the opinion of the Dean, has demonstrated the most improvement scholastically over the three or more years he has attended MMA. His name will be added to a plaque permanently displayed in Coleman Hall. Emmanuel Gonzalez

Mariner of the Year Award
Presented to an MMA mariner who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, seamanship and personal courage during marine science boating activities. Colt Leonard

Rolls-Royce Trophy for Excellence in Aerospace
Presented to the cadet who exhibits an outstanding devotion to his aerospace studies. Stefan Kelly

Daughters of the American Revolution Thomas Barlow Chapter American History Award
Presented to the cadet who exhibits maximum effort in his class in American History. Brandon Pina

Rensselear Mathematics and Science Award
Given by the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute to the junior class cadet who is the most outstanding student in mathematics and science, and who demonstrates the potential for success in science or a technologically-oriented profession. Andy Aristizabal

Top Students in Subject

English Christopher Oakman
Mathematics Jared Spencer
Science Sean Ryan
Social Studies Eugene Hwang
Foreign Lang. Louis Harrington
Aerospace Jason Merriam
Computer Sci. Austen Creech
Band Travis Green

Top Students in Class

Eighth Trae Miller
Freshman David Warshauer
Sophomore Hang Li
Junior Jason Merriam

U.S. Naval Academy Prep School Appointment
Andre Testman

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Prep School Appointment
Vincent Simmon, Jr.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Prep School Appointment
Nicholas Santillo

NROTC Scholarship, Marine Option
Andre Testman

NROTC Scholarship, Navy Option
Vincent Simmon, Jr.
Charlie Vige

Outstanding Boy Scout Awards

8th Grade: Kostas Lazanas
9th Grade: Andrew Winney
10th Grade: Brandon Pina
11th Grade: Jared Spencer
12th Grade: Andre Testman

Golden Gloves Award
Presented to a member of the boxing team who made Golden Gloves four consecutive years and to a cadet who has always shown championship qualities. Mitch Hanf

MajGen Robert E. Friedrich Award
Awarded to a senior who has the most outstanding record in both academics and military science. Benjamin Pepich

Christopher Heard Scholarship Award
Presented to a junior or senior cadet who maintains at least a 3.0 GPA for one year and demonstrates character, leadership and esprit de corps. Brian Brickles

Mrs. Ovenden's Outstanding Planning Award
Presented to the cadet for his outstanding performance above and beyond the call of duty in assisting in the planning of Teachers Appreciation Week details. Sean Ryan

Rotary Interact Club Scholarship Award
Presented to the cadet who has participated in Rotary's Interact Club and who demonstrates exemplary performance as a member of the Corps of Cadets. Aubrey Snider

Senior Class of 2002

Roger Wyatt Adams
Shanti Rownak Ahmed
Robert Randall Allen
Alfonso Javier Barandiaran
Michael Robert Barth
Hector Benavides
Christopher Benjamin Bergau
Joseph David Brecht
Clinton Wayne Bruney
Dustin Paul Bryan
Sean Daniel Cary
Evan Francisco Cesar
Rex Jerome Covens
Austen Wesley Creech II
Nicholas Barry Creel
Brian Christopher Cripps
James Henry Culver
John Dodd DeBlieux IV
Sean Michael DuBose
Ryan Patrick Duggan
Stephen Joseph Ehrler
Stanley Paul Ferguson
John Christopher Frangullie
Everett Chance Gabehart
Emmanuel Gonzalez
Travis Edward Green
Mitch Alan Hanf
Donald J. Hudson
Luke Aaron Jaeger
Stefan Phillip Kelly
Patrick Thomas Kenny
David Scott Krauss
Kerman Josu Larrea Inurrategui
Colt Vincent Leonard
Matthew David Marcus
Richard Quinn Martinez
Kurt James Masepohl
Edward Thomas McDevitt
John Anthony McNabb
Guillermo Montemayor Gonzalez
Thomas Matthew Nance
Alexander Joel Noriega
Christopher Scott Oakman*#
Antonio Marcelo Orellana
Benjamin James Pepich
Andrew Russell Shearer-Poor*
Carlos Rojas
Dylan James Rollins
Russell Scott Royce
Sean Thomas Ryan
David Jose Sanchez, Jr.
Nicholas Louie Santillo*
Travis McCampbell Schendel
Brandon Gabriel Schultz
Robert Terry Shields, Jr.
Vincent Fowler Simmon, Jr.
Justin Patrick Smith
Jose Antonio Sotomayor
Lucius Clay Spencer IV
John Miles Swearengen
Andre Orville Testman II*#
Joseph Armand Tomasello
Juan Luis Valdes
Brian Christopher Vernon
Charles James Vige*
Raul Luis Villarreal III
Miguel Cooper White
Kevin Jacob Zaiontz

Where are they now?

Patrick Waugh ’80 ptwaugh@earthlink.com
Enlisted in Army after about a year at UC Irvine. Special Forces infantry/weapons specialist then on to intelligence serving in G2 Operations for XVIII Airborne Corps during early eighties. After service, returned to school pursuing doctorate as a clinical psychologist. Taught in a middle school for about two years, finished up Master’s and a year of PhD. Now working for Riverside County as a clinical psychotherapist. Enjoys serving others and making as much of a difference in other’s lives as some have been in his own. Expects to finish doctorate and go on to post-doctorate. A passion for helping others. Can be reached at 909-359-5750 (Home) or 909-213-7220 (Cell).

Paul “Dutch” Bertholf ‘84 BertholfPF@2DMAWBFT
While participating in MAGTF demo ran into Major “Pepe” Jarlowe, Delta Company ’84. Dutch was leading the ground force in a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel (TRAP) and Jarlowe was driving a CH-46. (Gives new meaning to the Air/Ground Team concept)

Lee “Stikman” Constantino’81 stikman334@hotmail.com
Was to deploy on 10May “if the Air Force gets the planes here”. Take care Stikman.

John Neunhoffer ’72 jneunhofer@email.msn.com
Out of the security business and working at Militaryloans.com as a soon to be trained credit officer. Myrna is expecting in December. Hopefully will get to retire again in 7-10 years. (Yeah, right. Not as long as there are kids and grandkids).

Col J. K. Miller, COC/SMI ’88-‘92 JKarlUSMC@aol.com
Making plans to attend 2003 reunion on 4, 5 & 6 April 2003. (Plan ahead)

Carl H. Sharperson, Jr. ’72 PG carlsharperson@hotmail.com
President and CEO of Sharperson’s Executive Leadership in Clemson, SC. USNA grad & Captain, USMC Naval Aviator. After traveling throughout the world, decided to pursue a career in corporate America. He and wife, Jacqueline, have two children, Carl, III, 13 years and daughter, Casey, 11 years. (To say he has pursued a career in corporate America gives new meaning to the word “understatement)

James Boyle ’86 jamesboyle@yahoo.com
In Pontiac, MI with wife Jan and daughter Diana. Diana undergoing month-long EuroPeds therapy and surpassing all expectations. EuroPeds Clinic uses an elastic resistance suit to help people with neuromuscular disorders. The suit was developed by the Russian space program to aid cosmonauts maintain muscle mass in zero gravity environments. Its use for therapy purposes was pioneered by a clinic in Poland. Jim, Jan and Diana, our prayers are with you.

Elijah A. Turner ’72 PORSCHEDVR@aol.com
Doing OK, has 21 month old boy (finally), Elijah Jr. who has the making of a great athlete. New address: 2676 Golf Island Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042. 410-465-4887 (Home).

LtCol John Rood, USMCR, '76
Recently upgraded to Captain at United Airlines on the Airbus A320. Lives in Northern Virginia with wife, Lori, and daughters, Lexie and Rachel. 34665 Weatherly Place, Round Hill, Va 20141.540-554-2347. jrood7@aol.com

Jim Clements ’80
Stopped by Friday, 17May. Just hitting forty years young. Brought his girlfriend (Zeina) whom WES describes as beautiful (another masterpiece of understatement). Jim’s still in the jewelry business down in Florida and has brother Gordon ’82 out of Connecticut assisting him from April through November.

James Sinclair ’85 j.Sinclair@pentasafe.com
Also stopped by Friday, 17May along with lovely wife and gorgeous daughter (McKenzie). Was going to spend week-end with Mark McCaleb ’84 (the blind leading the blind) and hit the island. Jim can be reached at 2702 Royal Colony Ln., Missouri City, TX 77459. 281-261-7741 (Home); 713-860-9492 (Work).

James Paine ’00 West Point ’04.
Has decided to go Infantry (you mean, there’s something else?). Maintaining at 3.0 GPA and taking 21 hours this semester. Tested for the German Proficiency (not language) Badge consisting of swim, two mile run, sprint, shot-put, long jump topped off with a 30km ruck run. Maxed the whole thing with 35 minutes to spare. Would like to address MMA Cadet Corps sometime this fall with a view towards generating more interest in West Point.

Rick Anderson ’78-81 rick49635@yahoo.com
Still up in Bismarck, ND currently working Law Enforcement for the State. Has girlfriend who works with wild animals in the zoo (Rick poses no challenge for her).

Rick Rodriguez ’85
Let us know his new E-Mail address: Thanks, Rick. majorrickrodriguez@msn.com.

James Burton ’88 jburton@pcisys.net
Doing fine in Colorado. Beautiful wife (Melissa), two step-children Joshua (13) and Samantha (11) and a son from previous marriage, Austin (8). Went in USMC at age 24, finished bachelors in information systems. Been consulting and focusing on Information Security and at 31, almost finished with Masters in Computer Science (concentration in Information Security). Interested in teaching at MMA.

Vince Morris ’82 vincem@rileyindustrial.com
Spending a lot of time going back and forth to numerous industrial sites such as power plants, paper mills, gas plants, compressor stations, refineries, mines, etc. (Vince, slow down a tad). Can be reached at Riley Industrial Services, Inc., PO Box 37, Taylor, AZ 85939. 928-536-9562 (Office) 928-536-9563 (FAX). Official Title: Arizona Region Manager.

Mike Montesanti ’81 mwm@qad.com
Made difficult decision to leave USMC in 1996, as Deputy Director of the Communications Electronics Division, MCB, Quantico, in order to provide family a more stable home life (a matter of priorities, Mike). Selected for Major on his last day of active duty and carried that on into the USMCR for two years. Married to Nancy (result of a blind date while he was at MCAS Cherry Point). Daughter, Maggie (8) born in Okinawa while they were with III MEF and son, Nicholas (3), New Jersey native.. Started with QAD in New Jersey after being introduced to the company by Doug Suriano ’80.

Chris Scherer ’83 Chris Scherer@haynesboone.com
Still receives the MMA Leader and is vaguely aware of what’s happening. He and Michelle have two children, Virginia “Ginny” 6 and Austin, 17 months. Had a nice visit with Mr. Charles Christiansen and his wife Susan earlier this year. Keeps in touch with Mike Holmes ’83 down in Florida.

Dean Cooley ’81 dcooley@chubb.com
Global/Home Office Premium Acounting Manager, 1-800-224-8225, ext 6505 or 908-575-6505. Let us know he’s Assistant Vice President in charge of international premium collections with Chubb Insurance. Living in Pennsylvania and working in New Jersey. Married going on 13 years with three wonderful boys, Todd (10) the “brain boy”; Kevin is the Pat Redmon ‘81 clone and Mark (3) is a nice combo of the two. Stays in contact with Tim Schoenborne ’81; Tim Kane ’81 and Mike Mudd ’81.

Ricardo Calderoni rcalder@dal.dol
Would have graduated in ’76 but financial problems arose. Youngest cadet (11) at birthday ball in 1970. Currently living and working in Houston with US Dept of Labor OFCCP as Senior Compliance Officer enforcing EEO and AA regulations. 5019 Northrup Dr., Houston, TX 77092 713-683-9252 (home); 713-718-3800, ext 230 (work). Had recurring dreams of life at the Academy with platoons of folks marching over him. Visited MMA in 83, spent the night in barracks and dreams stopped.

Lewis Burley ’78
1565 Ellis Ave., Laurel Springs, NJ 08021 856-374-0135 (Home); 215-587-8526 or 1-800-842-2010 (Work). Loving life and staying busy with wife Lidia, children Erin (18); Joe (15) and Nick (15). Sends regards to Major Harold Compton who made being on active duty a distinct pleasure (obviously a case of mistaken identity here).

Joe Bellomo ’95 jbellomo@dhs.co.la.us
As of 24May, 29 days of bachelorhood left. Studying Civil Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. Honor list and honor societies in engineering program. Cherishes learning experience and education received at MMA (thanks to a certain English Teacher, who will remain anonymous, but whose initials are PICKENS). Says MMA gave him a noticeable edge over his fellow students.

Matt Brigance ’96 lonestars15@hotmail.com
2dLt USMC at TBS Quantico, after that to Arty School, then to Hawaii. Recently married to Jessica. Talk about a small world, he ran into Sgt Tim Meredith ’96 (Rifle Range, Quantico) and Sgt Dave Smith ’95 (AAV’s TBS)

Brad Knieriem '01
Attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Has made the Dean's List for both semesters and pledged Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (Figi's).

Jada Thacker ’71 thacker@mmas-tx.org

Wendell Johnson ‘72 -

Joe Muniz ’80 - jmuniz@harlingen.lib.tx.us
Thanks to the three above for volunteering to serve as selection board for the 2001-02 MMA Alumni Association “Outstanding Senior” Award.

Craig Matteson ’79 cematteson@juno.com
Thanks for presenting the “Outstanding Senior” Award to Cadet Colonel Andre Testman at the Senior banquet.

From “Da Gunny”: By my count, sixty-five former Senior Cadets at the Academy are now Alumni. Senior banquet went well; graduation parade went well (although, towards the end, several Cadets, obviously with locked knees, gave new meaning to “terrain appreciation”) with HJZ ’69 pinning a medal on his son; graduation ceremony went well, LtGen Hollingsworth, USA (Ret), guest speaker, would have made one helluva Marine.


MajGen George S. Bowman, Jr., USMC (Ret) - Former Superintendent and Trustee of MMA
Marvin L. Childers
Maurine H. Crockett
PFC Roger Gonzalez, F/2/7 Chosin Reservoir - KIA Nov. 29, 1950
BrigGen & Mrs. George W. McHenry, USMC (Ret)
Mr. Jack Pollard
Col William “Bill” Ricketts, USMCR (Ret)
Allen F. White, Jr.
Col Hensley Williams, USMC (Ret)

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