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Kalie Plasier ’11 Wins National Award

Senior Kalie Plasier of Randolph-Macon Academy has been named the recipient of the General Willard Scott Award.

As explained in the award criteria, “The General Willard Scott Award was established jointly by the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) and the Scott family to honor the many contributions of General Scott to AMCSUS and the military education of young men and women. General Scott was Executive Director of AMCSUS from 1988-1997.

“The Scott Award will go to a distinguished cadet at one of the AMCSUS schools who personifies the ideals of General Scott: love of God, love of country, and service to others. The recipient should be a well-rounded cadet who has excelled in academics, athletics, leadership, and service.”

Based on these criteria, the personnel at Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), found nominating Plasier to be almost common sense. Major General Henry M. Hobgood, president of R-MA, wrote in her nomination letter, that Plasier “has been an outstanding cadet and student leader since joining us at Randolph-Macon Academy as aKalie Plasier is the 2011 recipient of the General Willard Scott Award. Plasier is a cadet at Randolph-Macon Academy, a military boarding school in Virginia. freshman in 2007. Her entire life is built around the three-fold foundation of love of God, love of country, and service to others.”

“I was really happy to know that the work I’d done here [at R-MA] paid off in some way,” Plasier said of how she reacted to finding out she had won the General Willard Scott Award. “I feel like the terms of the award describe what I try to be like.”

Plasier grew up in a Christian home, and continues to live to honor her faith and God. “My faith guides my morals and values,” she said in explaining how it affected her day-to-day activities.  Michael Williams, who taught Plasier in his Bible class, commented that she was “the most conservative Christian in the class.”

Plasier is known on campus as a sincere, highly motivated young woman who possesses a natural leadership style. As the Corps Vice Commander, she is the second-highest ranking cadet in school; she demonstrates her ability on a daily basis with responsibility for leading and being a role model for 280 fellow students. Plasier demonstrates her superior leadership ability in the classroom as well. She has maintained a 4.2+ GPA since arriving at R-MA, and has won numerous academic awards. She is the parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, the secretary of the National English Honor Society, and is the president of the R-MA Honor Council.

After attending both the U.S. Air Force Summer Seminar at the U. S. Air Force Academy and the Army Summer Leadership Seminar at West Point in 2010, Plasier applied for appointments to West Point and the U. S. Air Force Academy. Her dedication to the Air Force JROTC program and her desire to pursue a military career are but a reflection of the deep love and respect she holds for her country.

Her teachers agree that Plasier is deserving of the award. English Department Chair Robert Davies may have summed it up the best when he unknowingly echoed Hobgood and said, “Kalie Plasier has been an exceptional student, athlete, and leader since her arrival in the ninth grade.”

Plasier was presented the award at the AMCSUS Annual Meeting held at the Winston Hotel in Alexandria, VA, on March 8, 2011.

Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.