Massanutten Military Academy welcomed back alumni, parents, family, and friends to campus for the first time in 2 years! Campus was filled with the largest turnout for Homecoming weekend in many years to celebrate. The festivities began on Friday with registration, parent-teacher conferences, a talent show and PG Basketball showcase. There were also two screening of the award-winning documentary, The Girl Who Wore Freedom, with special guest, Director Christian Taylor in Caskey. Alumni visited the Woodstock Brewery for a social while the cadets and parents attended the Homecoming Dinner and Dance.
Saturday’s events were just as action-packed with 19 cadets being inducted into the National Honor Society, and Parent Teacher Organization meeting starting the day at Caskey Auditorium. Immediately after the PTO meeting, the cadets formed for parade on Company Street that led into Bowman Stadium. Board of Trustee member Oak McCullough (Class of 2007) had the honor of reading the Last Roll Call, which recognized the passing of 14 MMA alumni. Chairman of the Board of Trustees William Magruder (Class of 1967) announced the Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Mr. Ron Muller for his unwavering dedication to the Academy.
Cadets and parents attended a sold-out brunch, while alumni enjoyed a cookout on Company Street. Director, Christian Taylor and Ceil Kastrava were presented with recognition awards and the Chairman’s Benefactor pin for their time and support of the Academy.
There were two ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Kent Kretzler ’69 Fire Pit and Patio. The weather forced one ceremony at the cookout and the second one at the cadet brunch. The fire pit is located in the open space outside of Warehime Hall. Thank you to Mr. Kretzler for his dedication and generosity.
The football stands at Bowman Stadium were filled with fans for the Colonels kick-off. The Colonels fought hard and fell by 1 point to a solid NHVAA team. The halftime presentation by the Norwich University’s drill team was an impressive show enjoyed by all.
After an Alumni Outreach Forum in the late afternoon, the day was capped with the 2021 Alumni Banquet honoring the reunion class year of 1970, 1971, 1995, 1996, 2010, and 2011. The weekend came to a close on Sunday after a morning service in the chapel followed by a breakfast bar in the Hayes Activity Center and brunch in Cook & Kitchin.
Save the date for Founders Day 2022: April 22-24.