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Friday, November 17, 2017 - 13:40

The celebration of Veterans Day transcended last Saturday into the current week as Dan Fines, R-MA class of 1967, delivered a presentation to R-MA students on November 13th. He discussed the importance of service to one’s country and how to show gratitude to those who have served. 

Fines made the point that service to the country is not just joining the military. It is supporting the nation anyway you can. His key example was World War II (WWII) and the support shown on the home front. Men and women across the United States stepped up to challenge the onslaught of the...



Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 13:43
A year ago, the R-MA Middle School girls’ cross country team didn’t exist. The lone female runner from the previous two years ago had opted to join volleyball instead. No one else stepped forward to try the grueling sport. It seemed its time as an R-MA Middle School sport had ended.    But a new school year brought new faces to R-MA, and six students—Sam Bai ‘23, Lisa Fei ‘22, Katie Reagan ‘24, Ima Enodien ‘23, Amy Lin ‘22, and Yizhen Ella Ye ‘24—came together to form a full middle school girls’ cross country team for...


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 15:58

During the third annual Middle School Rotary Youth Leadership Activity (RYLA) on Saturday, November, 11, 2017, middle school students from Randolph-Macon Academy, Skyline and Warren County Middle School joined together to hear from Front Royal Chief of Police (and Rotary Club of Warren County Member) Kayle Magalis, as he spoke about leadership as a lifelong public servant. In celebration of Veterans Day, the group of students then wrote letters to deployed soldiers.  After enjoying some fun, bowling, and pizza, the students concluded their day. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 15:15

Members from Ratio Christi, Latin for “The Reason of Christ,” came to Boggs Chapel this past Thursday, November 9th, to present a scroll of the Torah from the 16th century. This scroll predates the King James Bible and came to the United States from Yemen. It is a remarkable artifact that has experienced a significant amount of history.

It contains 221 columns, 304,895 letters, and 42 panels of scripture stitched together giving it a length of 79 feet. Making a scroll was no easy task. It was a time consuming, expensive, and meticulous process. They take about one year...



Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:58

A group of R-MA students and faculty members attended the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) 2017 Leadership and Ethics Conference on October 30th and 31st. This year’s topic was Speaking Truth to Power: Candid Courageous Civil Discourse.

R-MA attendees included faculty members Dr. Larry Cousineau, James Taafel ‘05, LtCol Mike Starling ’88, and Mariola Cuffe. The R-MA students who attended were Hamid Elias ‘19, Ian Whalen ‘18, Fatoumata Diallo ‘19, Nathan Stewart ‘19, Brittany Rojas ’19, Grayson Galeone ’18, Yusra Hassen ’19...



Monday, October 30, 2017 - 17:01

Some of us might groan at the suggestion of a 10K (6.2 mile) run, or even a 5K—actually, let’s face it. Quite a few of us whine at the mere thought of running a lap around the track, which is a whole 400 meters (1/4 mile). So the idea that someone might actually voluntarily run 100 miles—consecutively and in a one-day period, mind you, not over the course of a year (or ten)—well, that idea might sound a little crazy. 

But when you add into that the fact that the race was run by a man who three years ago was battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,...



Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:13

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Starling, USMC, Retired, and Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) graduate from 1988 has returned to “The Hill” in Front Royal, Virginia--this time as an employee. His mission: to coordinate talents of faculty and staff towards molding the young minds at R-MA into effective leaders through uniform and focused lessons of character and leadership.

Colonel Starling has been appointed by R-MA President Brigadier General Wesley, USAF, Retired, to the new position of Chair of Leadership and Character. His charge is to ensure the development of...



Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 14:19

The smoke enveloped the corridors making sight impossible and breathing torture. Boys of all ages frantically groped their way down staircases and hallways in a desperate search for escape. Those on the third floor were forced to fashion ropes out of their bed sheets and blankets and grapple down the side of the building. Others were compelled to jump out of windows as their classmates held out bed sheets to provide a safe landing. It was chaos, and had it not been for the timely arrival of the fire department, there may have been a fatality.

By the Lord...



Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 09:18

We always tell parents about the benefits of Junior ROTC on a college application. It reinforces all the attributes a college is looking for in a student. Leadership, dedication, determination, diligence, excellence, etc. We decided to go straight to the experts in order to back our claim.

R-MA hosted a mini college fair on Wednesday, September 27th. College admissions counselors from Lynchburg, Wake Forest, Hampden-Sydney, Old Dominion, Christopher Newport, Stevenson, Towson, and Randolph-Macon were in attendance to answer any questions our students had. I went over there with a...



Monday, October 23, 2017 - 09:34

The Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) has set out to create its own Color Guard to proudly wield the American colors. Luckily for the FRPD, there is an Academy in their town with a color guard that has proudly held the colors of the United States for 100 years. On Thursday, September 21st, several members of the FRPD visited the R-MA Color Guard to learn the basics, regulations, and movements of a color guard.

Cadet Captain Grayson Galeone ‘18, commander of the R-MA color guard, kicked things off with a presentation that covered everything from the...



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