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

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

Cadet Daniels ’13 Goes to Korea

It’s not every day that one of our cadets heads to the other side of the world for a month. Well… unless he’s an international student and his family lives abroad. In this case, Cadet Tyler-Christian Daniels ’13, of Fishersville, VA, got the opportunity to visit South Korea due to a year-long business assignment his dad was given to reshape a popular American clothing brand. Read more

FMS Cadets Attend Community Awareness Event

Article Published by the News Virginian
Bob Stuart

By late afternoon Friday, the blustery winds at Waynesboro’s Constitution Park were softened by the presence of a pinwheel garden.

Dozens of children converged on the park to plant a garden of pinwheels and promote awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read more