February 2010 News & Notes

Appointment to the USMA:  Congratulations to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Robert McKenna.  He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point as a member of the Class of 2014.  Robert was also recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as a Commended Student for his outstanding performance on the PSAT test last year.

Freshman Caleb Blair of the Honor Platoon was selected as January’s Cadet of the Month. 1SG Plumley also recently represented Benedictine at the 4th ROTC Brigade annual meeting from 25-28 January.  

The Corps of Cadets has excelled again! Our triennial Federal Inspection was conducted on February 12th. Out of a possible 600 points, the Corps amassed 585 points or a 97.5% pass rate. Needless to say, the Corps retained its Honor Unit with Distinction handily with an even better performance than the inspection three years ago. Congratulations are in order all around, especially to LTC McKenna for his fine leadership. Our boys have done themselves proud - we should be proud of them too. The next military event is Squad Drill on February 23rd at 2:00 PM. 

The Holy Rollers are working fast and furiously toward completing their robot "Striker" for the FIRST competition at the VCU Siegel Center on March 18 and 20. It is free and open to the public.

Visiting Author:
This year the CELA Society and the Michael and Judith Jarrett Academic Enrichment Program will host our 12th Visiting Author.  The purpose of this program is two-fold. The first is to encourage literacy, which is the foundation of all other learning.  The second purpose is to give our young men examples of virtuous lives upon which they can model the formation of their own character.

To this end, we are proud to announce that our Visiting Author for 2010 will be Alex Kershaw, an international best selling author of The Longest Winter.  This is the story of the 394th Infantry Regiment, the American troops that stood, under the leadership of a 20 year-old lieutenant, against the first assault of the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944.  These young men were captured and held prisoner until the end of the war, but received little recognition for their exploits until the Carter Administration 30 years later.   It is a story of courage, perseverance and grace under fire which we believe the boys will enjoy.  Mr. Kershaw is also the author of The Bedford Boys, One American Town's Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice. This is the story about twenty-two young soldiers of Bedford, Virginia who were killed in the Battle of D-Day and the devastating effects on that town .  

Mr. Kershaw will address the Corps on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 4 PM  in the new auditorium at the Abbey.  Alumni, parents, and friends are invited to come out for this event and enjoy the speaker with us.  Mr. Kershaw will spend the following morning at Benedictine to further dialoge with selected cadets in breakout sessions.      

Again, we are pleased and very proud to have such a distinguished and internationally known and critically acclaimed author as our guest.   We look forward to this truly special learning opportunity for the Cadets.  


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