Randolph-Macon Academy's third year as a Falcon Foundation School began with five new Falcon Scholars: Jeffrey Wilson, Anthony Vaccaro, Vito Antonio Valenzuela, David Warfel and Michael Grieg (pictured l-r above, with R-MA President Maj Gen Maury Forsyth at left and Falcon Foundation President, Lt Gen Jay. W. Kelley at right). The Scholars were recognized at a formal ceremony on August 27, 2014, after they spent over a week training with the cadet leaders of the Air Force JROTC at Randolph-Macon Academy. Lt Gen Kelley presented each Falcon Scholar with a certificate representing the Falcon Foundation Scholarships they had earned through their selection to the program.
Lt Gen Kelley also provided some guidance to the Falcon Scholars during the ceremony. “Your challenges during your service will be more complex than mine,” he told them. “Your lead time will be longer; engagement will be critically short… ‘Stand-off’ will be the prevalent way of fighting.”
He also spoke on the importance of the Falcons building their own character. “The stories of history are littered with the results of man’s attempt to build things,” he said. “We don’t see though, the far more important task of building character.” He pointed out that when faced with challenges everyone looks to the officers to learn what to do. “They’re going to hear what you say, they’re going to watch what you do, and they’re going to know what you mean. So it boils down to high standards or no standards, all as a result of your character.”
Randolph-Macon Academy is one of seven Falcon Foundation Schools in the United States. Seven Falcon Scholars have completed a post-graduate year at R-MA over the last two years, and all seven have received appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy.