Caissons Wrestlers Win In Style at Tiger Classic

22 Caissons wrestlers took to the mat on the opening weekend of the season at the Hargrave Military Academy Tiger Classic Wrestling Tournament and they returned to FMS as champions.

The Caissons won the Team Championship at the Tiger Classic in Chatham, VA. They stepped on the mat unproven and stepped off well with a lot to be proud of. “We knew we could be tough,” said wrestling coach, SFC/E7 Richard Chiarolanzio, “we knew we would compete, and we set goals for this tournament and we met every one of them. It was just a great day and a great way to start of a long season.”

A number wrestlers who are new to the team this season found out just what it’s like to wrestle in a match not held on the stage in the FMS Gym, and it was a lesson they will not soon forget. According to Coach C, “every one of the new wrestlers really stepped up and gave a great showing. No one gave less than 100%, no one quit on a match even when losing…that was the difference in the end, giving an effort of a champion even in a loss.” And those pulling off wins did not just win on points, they worked hard for the pin as that’s where all the bonus points come from in a tournament.

“Winning by over 25 points over the second place team is a HUGE win in a tournament. I am extremely proud of each and every one that stepped on the mat today. They will celebrate this win and glow in it for the next day or so,” the coach noted.

Monday it’s back to work for the team in order to get ready to open the Dual Match portion of the season with a home quad. A quad is held with 4 teams so that each team will wrestle 3 matches in one night. The Caissons will Wrestle Randolph Macon Academy, Grace Christian School and then close the night with Massanutten Military Academy. A win over MMA would give Fishburne an early season sweep over all the Military Schools in VA. Read more

Fishburne XC Has Huge Weekend

The Caissons traveled to Woodberry Forest on Friday, November 9th, for the Virginia Independent Schools State Cross Country Championships. With Colin Turnnidge, a three-time all-state runner, leading the pack, FMS finished 9th out of 32 teams. This marks the best finish the Caissons have ever recorded at the State Championships.

Following their stellar performance at Woodberry, the FMS runners moved on to finish their season with an overall team victory at the 116th Infantry 5K race on Saturday in Staunton, VA. Upon hearing the news of the FMS Cross Country performances, Fishburne Superintendent and FMS Alumnus, Col. Gary Morrison (VA), couldn’t contain his enthusiasm, “I have never seen a Cross Country team make noise like this one has! This really is awesome stuff!”

“We’ve really been blessed with some very talented runners this season,” noted Msgt Mike Anson, FMS Athletics Director and Cross Country Coach. “This was probably the strongest team we’ve ever fielded.” Read more

FMS Fields First Ever CyberPatriots Team

 By Cadet Zachary D. Waser, Batallion S-5

Saturday afternoon, November 3rd, a group of four tech savvy cadets at Fishburne Military School gathered to become the school’s first participants in a CyberPatriot competition. The CyberPatriot program is organized by the Air Force Association, and aims to educate students on the security protocols and operating systems for modern computers.

Each CyberPatriot team is given a portable version of an operating system to work with during competition.  The operating system has on it a file containing the backstory of the operating system, such as being a workstation for a company or a webserver, and instructions on what needs to be done to fit the company’s needs.  The participants then have six hours to comb through the computer, finding every security flaw, error or oversight, as well as configure every setting that a theoretical company may need.

The Fishburne team was tasked with setting up a general workstation for a company named XYZ.  The workstation was not to have any hacking tools, or any network scanning or control tools on it.  Every user account needed to be password protected, and some of the accounts needed to be removed, as they were not on the list of current employees supplied in the backstory. Read more

FMS Color Guard Performs at Invitation of Former Army Chief of Staff

The Fishburne Military School Color Guard, following on the heels of a 1st Place finish at the “Blue Streak” Invitational JROTC Drill Meet, traveled to Washington, DC at the invitation of former Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret. in order to perform the opening ceremony for the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition.

General Sullivan, who is currently President of the AUSA, personally welcomed the FMS Cadets to the meeting’s headquarters hotel, The Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, where they posted the colors to open the Chapter Presidents Dinner on Sunday. Sullivan presented each Cadet with a specially minted “challenge coin” commemorating the event and spent time chatting with each young man and posing for photos with the Guard. Read more

Fishburne Celebrates Parents’ Military Weekend

Families came from as far away as California and Puerto Rico to converge on the FMS campus and celebrate their sons’ accomplishments during the school’s annual Parents’ Military Weekend. From academic success and community service to athletic prowess and military precision, every facet of Cadet life at Fishburne was highlighted throughout the weekend-long festivities as individual Cadets as well as teams, clubs and groups were feted and praised for their growth and progress through the first quarter of the academic year.

After an early morning of Parent/Teacher conferences, the Fishburne family gathered at Waynesboro’s First Presbyterian Church to honor those young scholars who would soon be inducted into the National Honor Society. Eight Cadets were named to the M. Frank Wooten Chapter of the NHS while two became members of the Edward B. Young, Jr. Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Students are selected for induction based upon strict criteria which include overall scholarship, service to community, leadership skills and personal character. Read more