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Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 14:25

Middle School students entering Mast Hall pass by the bronze dedication plaque each day, perhaps not realizing that they have always had a champion.

Joe Mast ’49, an often-anonymous benefactor to Randolph-Macon Academy who funded the R-MA Middle School, passed away on May 30, 2019 at the age of 87.

Among those honored in 2017 at R-MA’s 125th Anniversary Gala for donations totaling more than $1 million, Mr. Mast did not want to be highlighted during the ceremony.

“Joe was eternally grateful for the foundation the Academy gave him and wanted to...



Monday, June 10, 2019 - 16:37

The Middle School Promotion Ceremony closed out the school year with awards recognitions, musical performances, and the presentations of the promotion certificates to the eighth grade students. Following the tradition started last year, the Middle School academic staff chose one student, Kaitlyn Morgan ‘23, to speak to her classmates about the year that they had shared, and give some advice for the future. 

Kate spoke of how much she initially looked forward to the independence of dorm life, but she quickly realized the discipline and the structure that were in...



Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 22:11

A total of 54 students at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) have earned honors on the National Foreign Language Exams taken earlier this year. 

National French Exam Awards

Sixteen R-MA students scored high enough on the National French Exam to earn an Honorable Mention, Bronze Medal, or Silver Medal. 

Silver Medal (85%-94%):
French 1: Kevin Chienku ‘22, Godfrey Delaney ‘22, and Chichi Ogbuebile ‘23
French 2: Hugo Chambert ‘21
AP French 5: Fatoumata (Rana) Diallo ‘19 and James Ross ‘...



Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:33

Throughout the speeches and ceremonies of the graduation season, Randolph-Macon Academy’s 45 graduating seniors and eight Falcon Scholars were challenged to hold fast to their values. With 191 acceptances to 110 different colleges and universities, the class garnered over $5.1 million in college scholarships. In addition, all eight of the Falcon Scholars earned appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy. 

During the Baccalaureate Service on Thursday, May 16th, Chaplain Josh Orndorff had challenged the class with, “Remember who you are....



Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 22:13

Update as of June 10, 2019: R-MA's team Neptune Aeternum advanced into the final round! The winner will be determined via public voting. To cast your vote, visit the contest webpage (TICodesContest.com) between now and 11:59pm CST on Saturday, June 22. The team with the most votes at the end wins the grand prize package. The teams with the second and third most votes respectively will win runners up prize packages. Individuals may vote once every 24 hours, validated by IP and email address. (If you are using a shared computer and experience any...



Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 12:56

When the R-MA girls’ varsity soccer won against Fredericksburg Academy by a score of 1-0 in their first game of the season, Head Coach Brandy Hudson took it as a good sign. 

“I felt, “There’s definitely opportunity here, because Fredericksburg Academy is in a higher division within the DAC, but I knew it would be a challenge,” she said. 

The team benefited from the core group of long-standing veterans such as Josey Mbakassy ‘19, who has been a part of the team since her eighth grade year. A talented...



Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 15:17

Ethan Mayo, a sophomore at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA, has been selected to receive a 2019-20 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. Ethan will study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, for six weeks over the summer. The program includes approximately 120 hours of intensive language instruction as well as an immersive cultural experience. 

Ethan’s family has lived in Saudi Arabia since he was four years old, when his father took a position with Saudi Aramco. Ethan became fascinated with the culture and started taking Arabic in sixth...



Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 12:02

An experienced returning core gave R-MA Middle School Tennis Coach Howard Walters what he needed to build a strong tennis team this year. Still, he had no reason to expect the team to go undefeated and sweep both the season and tournament championship titles in the Valley Middle School Conference. 

In some ways, this year was no different than others--Coach Walters had to teach the basics to many of the student-athletes, everything from the lines on the court and how to score, to hand-eye coordination and court etiquette and presence. “Once we learned the core basics,...



Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:41

Jonathan Ezell is the Vice President at Randolph-Macon Academy. He previously served as the Upper School Dean, Middle School Principal, and a teacher. 

As adults we can look back and see our own middle school experience when the transition from elementary school naiveté and young adult self-assurance (however misplaced), was the awkward stage in development of being neither fish nor fowl. The middle schooler requires a place of refuge to grow into the future adult.  

All children, but middle school children especially,...



Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:09

The spring semester has brought two new board members to Randolph-Macon Academy’s Board of Trustees: Lawrencia C. Pierce, Esq., who joined the Board in February, and Bill Bersing, DM, PE, CCM, who joined in April. 

Ms. Pierce is a graduate of Southern University and A&M College, as well as Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge, LA. She is an Air Force veteran who is committed to serving our military members, veterans, and their families. She is currently the Assistant Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Insurance Service. Prior to...



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