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Over 200 Attend Homecoming 2014

Click "Playlist" to see the various videos from Homecoming 2014. 

Over 200 people returned “to the Hill” for a fun-filled, beautiful fall weekend at Homecoming on October 17 and 18, 2014. 

Friday, October 17th included the Alumni Association’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, a presentation by Acting President Jonathan Ezell, and the annual Donor’s Reception for those members of the R-MA community who made leadership gifts to the Annual Fund or are members of the Society of 1892. The day ended with the traditional Welcome Back Dinner held at Bowling Green Country Club. 

Saturday, October 18th started out with a 5k fun run.  The Class of 1964, which was the 50th Reunion Class, gathered for their special breakfast at the Holiday Inn on Saturday morning. Last year, the Memorial Service was held in Melton Memorial Gymnasium due to rain. The feedback on the change in venue was positive, as alumni and guests were able to sit in the bleachers and the names of those who died and the cadets’ responses to those names (“Died on the field of honor sir!”) were more audible than they had been outside. Therefore the ceremony was held inside the gym again this year. The video can be viewed on YouTube.

At the Alumni Association luncheon and meeting, attendees were treated to performances of “In the Middle of the Night” and “You Raise Me Up” by the R-MA Chorus, and heard about what life at R-MA is like for today’s students with speeches by Jacob Dodson ’15 and Amy Gray ’15. The Class of 1973 had a strong turnout for Homecoming.

The Alumni Association voted to keep the current board in place, consisting of Scarlet H. (Praml) Kibler '89 as president, Kyle McDaniel '07 as vice president, and Robert "Bo" Snitchler '06 as secretary/treasurer. The second vice president slot was made optional through an amendment to the by-laws. Charlie Whitmore ’50 was made a Board Member Emeritus in recognition of his years of service to the Alumni Association.

After the luncheon, the R-MA community was invited to attend the Boggs Chapel Rededication Ceremony in honor of the Chapel’s 50th anniversary. The ceremony was ordered in the same way, with some of the same language, as the original dedication that took place on June 6, 1964.

The highlight of the weekend was, of course, the football game, in which R-MA easily defeated rival Massanutten Military Academy by a score of 33-6 for the Yellow Jackets’ third consecutive win. The Homecoming court consisted of Justin Cheng '18, Kim Pitts '18, David Imansuangbon '17, Julia Norton '17, Ethiene Mbakassy '16, Victoria Quigley '17, Doug Brennand '15, Alfred Sit '15, Bette Kebede '15, and Natalie Pendie '15. Pendie was named Homecoming Queen, and Sit was announced as Homecoming King. 

The Homecoming Court of 2014.

After the game, many of the alumni gathered at the Blue Ridge Shadows Resort for the "Alumni Celebration" while the students enjoyed a Hollywood-themed Homecoming dance on campus.