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A look at the happenings at Randolph-Macon Academy from the start of the 2012-13 school year. Includes highlight articles on the flight program, the new middle school 5-day boarding school program, the drama department's production of Mulan, the announcement of the new R-MA president, Maj Gen Maury Forsyth, the dorm renovations, the first Falcon Foundation Scholars, and an overview of the 2012 Homecoming events, as well as many other stories!

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  • The Sabre

    Mr. Joseph F. Silek, Jr. 77 Chairman

    Mr. Henry D. Light 58Vice Chairman & Secretary

    Mr. Rodney Deane, Jr.Treasurer

    Mr. Eric Anderson 88 Mr. Harry G. Austin III 75

    Ms. Donna J. Bogart P03, 07Ms. Suzanne M. Broyhill

    Ms. Naomi Earp P10Mr. Conrad E. Koneczny 51Mr. George D. Mathias 54Mr. David W. Moore, 53Mr. A.A. Neese, Jr., P01

    RAdm. John D. Stufflebeem 70Mr. William G. Thomas 57

    The Magazine of Randolph-Macon Academy

    The Sabre is published twice a year for alumni/ae, parents, students, and friends of

    Randolph-Macon Academy200 Academy Dr.

    Front Royal, VA 22630 (540) 636-5200

    Fax (540) 636-5419www.rma.edu sabre@rma.edu

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    Published by the Office of Public Relations

    Winter/Spring 2013Volume 92 Number 1

    Randolph-Macon Academy

    EditorCeleste M. Brooks

    Copy Editors Amy M. Harriman

    Kittie Callaghan AbellClare M. Dame

    President Major General Henry M. Hobgood, USAF, ret.

    Randolph-Macon Academy admits persons of any race, gender, color, religion, nationality and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. R-MA does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

    Board of Trustees

    Affiliated with the United Methodist Church

    Ex-Officio MembersBishop Charlene P. Kammerer

    Rev. Larry ThompsonMs. Angie Williams P11, 13, 16

    H. Scarlett Kibler 89

    PhotographyCindy Rodney

    Staff Maureen SadlerRebekah Secrist

    a message from the president

    Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, USAF retired and president of Randolph-Macon Academy, is

    retiring from R-MA on June 30, 2013. Here he is pictured with his

    wife, Carolyn.

    Dear Friends and Alumni/ae,

    As this is my last article for the Sabre, please allow me to briefly reflect on our time at R-MA. My wife Carolyn and I came to Randolph-Macon Academy because we felt like we could make a difference at a school that needed energy, direction and nurturing. We believed in the goodness of the institution and its mission. On a personal level, we wanted a second career doing things together, rather than the family separations of the active military service.

    Randolph-Macon Academy has been a joy and a delight for us. We will retire this summer feeling we have accomplished our mission and fulfilled our calling. Indeed, this has been the best time of our lives. We will respect and cherish our R-MA friends and our colleagues forever.

    I have one simple request that will honor us more than anything. Please continue to support Randolph-Macon Academy, its students, faculty and staff. Remember that R-MA is not about its president, it is about our students. We have come a long way over the past 16 years. Our school is now rightfully considered one of the top military prep-schools in the nation. We are solid in every category that counts Board of Trustees, teachers, students, staff, leadership, facilities and curriculum. However, to be the best in the nation, there is work to be accomplished. Keep in mind that the competition is tough, and progress waits for no one. So standing still is not an option in my view. Pushing for excellence in everything we do should be the goal.

    Maj Gen Maury Forsyth and his wife, Tamara, are the right leaders for R-MA at this particular time. They are very fine people and Gen Forsyth is an exceptional leader. To succeed, they need your encouragement and your prayers. Please do all you can to help them and help this truly exceptional institution. I am confident that the Forsyths will love and care for Randolph-Macon Academy and the people who provide our unique values-based education for students.

    With humility and love, Carolyn and I thank you for your loyalty and your support over these years. You may count on us to continue to assist R-MA in any way. We wish you and your families Gods richest blessings of happiness and good health.

    Most Sincerely,

    Major General Henry M. Hobgood, USAF, retPresident

    Carolyn R. Hobgood

  • inside this issue

    about the front coverAt the Homecoming Parade, the officers march to the center of the field. Upper right photo is the 2012-13 Corps Commander, Killian Hopcroft 13, and at bottom left is the Command Chief, Grace Alexan-der 14.

    campus news

    Forsyth Tapped as 10th President of R-MA .............................2Garden Club Places Blue Star Memorial Marker at R-MA ....2R-MA Introduces Middle School 5-Day Boarding Option .....3Fresh Look: Refurbishing the Boys Dorm Rooms ....................3R-MA Welcomes Falcon Foundation Scholars .......................4Afghanistan Veteran Speaks to R-MA Students .....................4R-MA Helps Local Salvation Army Do the Most Good .......5Middle School Interact Club: Living Service Above Self ...5Thrilling Win Over Massanutten Highlights Homecoming......6As the Guard Changes at R-MA ..............................................8Fall Family Events Begin Thanksgiving Break .........................9R-MA Chorus: Singing Their Way to Success ........................10Marchingand FloatingAlong ...........................................10Mulan Muse: Musicals Return to R-MA ..................................11Parents Association News .....................................................12Fall 2012 Honor Society Inductions .......................................12Impressions of Mr. Lathams Germany Trip ...........................13Robotics: Precision Counts .....................................................13Fallen Hero Honored at Patriot Day Ceremony ...................14Upper School Holiday Traditions: New and Old ...................14R-MA Student Wins VFWs Patriot Pen Essay Contest ...........15

    student features

    Yangboya Liu and R-MA: Checkmate .................................16Rabia Otry: Visionary ..............................................................16R-MAs First 5-Day Boarder .....................................................17David Pawlak: Riding High .....................................................17The Ideal Match ......................................................................17Cadet Sets Himself up to Fly ...................................................18

    faculty & staff

    Mentor of the Year: Clay Clinedinst ......................................19Employee of the Year: Amy Harriman ..................................19Team of the Year: Dining Hall ................................................19Faculty of the Year: Mariola Doran .......................................20Coach of the Year: Steve Latham .........................................20Faculty & Staff Quarterly Awards ...........................................21Faculty & Staff Notes ...............................................................21Michael Williams Named Rotary Club of Lindens Rotarian of the Year ...............................................................................22

    alumni

    R-MA Alumni in the Skies ........................................................23Who Joined in the Fun? 2012 Alumni Homecoming Attendees ................................................................................24A Yank at Oxford .................................................................27Class Notes ..............................................................................27Final Farewell ...........................................................................27R-MA Legacies: Cole Johnston 15 ........................................28Annual Fund Executive Council Volunteers Needed ..........2887 Graduates Heart Still in the Skies ....................................29Kibler 89 Named First Female President of the Alumni Association ..............................................................................36

    development

    Society of 1892 ........................................................................30A Good Neighbor: Mrs. Elsie Upchurch ................................31Tributes .....................................................................................31Simple Giving, Major Impact .................................................322012-13 Named Scholarship Recipients ...............................33Judge Crigler 66 Retires .........................................................34

    athletics

    Tennis Team Achieves State Ranking ...................................35Top in Tennis: R-MAs Voellm Ranks 10th in State ................36All-DAC Honors .......................................................................36Boys Cross-Country Team Crowned Champions; Girls Claim Fourth in DAC ...............................................................37Full of Run: Lake Earns All-State Honors ................................37Fall Sports Awards ...................................................................46

    Fresh LookThe Upper School boys dorm rooms are being refurbished! Find out whats being done and how you can help on page 3.

    Middle School 5-day Boarding OptionMiddle School families slow down their lives with a new boarding option. See page 3.

    HomecomingCatch the Homecoming highlights, beginning on page 6.

    Little TheatreThe R-MA Little Theatre put on its first full musical since 2005. With gifts and support from parents, staff, students, faculty, and family members, the show was a resounding succes