Over 100 local children will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to Santa’s helpers at UVA and FMS. The University of Virginia’s CKI, a part of the Kiwanis family, and Fishburne Military School’s Key Club joined forces over the weekend to host a “Breakfast with Santa” in Charlottesville.
Playing out like a Christmastime movie, the effort to bring holiday joy to underpriviledged children throughout the Charlottesville area was in trouble. The demand for help was outweighing the supply of toys and the day of Santa’s big visit was drawing ever nearer. It was beginning to look as though Christmas just wasn’t going to arrive for some little boys and girls.
That’s when the University of Virginia’s CKI (a member of the Kiwanis family) remembered this year’s Governor’s Project (Super “K”) to bring all levels of Kiwanians together for the good of the community. CKI Lieutenant Governor Tameka Glover got on the phone to Fishburne’s Key Club Advisor Debbie Todd and plans went into motion.
Fishburne Cadets quickly took up the challenge and began gathering toys and coordinating donations for the cause. Cadets came back to campus from Thanksgiving break with armloads of gifts and kept up their efforts right up until the time they loaded up two giant sacks of treasures and headed to Charlottesville on Sunday.
Seven FMS Key Clubbers met up with their UVA counterparts at 8am and set to work on sorting toys, decking the halls and organizing games. By the time that the area children began flowing through the doors everything was in place. The Cadets took charge of playing games with the children and keeping them entertained until the big moment.
And then came Santa…and the “Christmas miracle” ending to the story. The children jumped for joy and beamed as each anxiously waited for their chance to climb atop Santa’s knee and find out just what the jolly old elf had brought for them in his bag. Well over 100 little boys and girls took their turn and shuffled off thrilled with their new gift…and the gifts kept flowing, and kids kept coming.
When the event came to a close and Santa took his leave, the Cadets and Wahoos stood amazed…the toys they had worked so hard to bring together amounted to just enough for each needy child to share in the wonder of Christmas.
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
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Cadets at Fishburne Military School are sending off some gifts that others will truly be thankful to receive.
Fishburne’s M. Frank Wooten chapter of the National Honor Society hosted a fall blood drive today, Wednesday 14 November, from 9am until 2pm. The blood drive, which took place in Fishburne’s Hobby-Hudgins Hall, was in support of Virginia Blood Services.
Twice a year, Cadets transform areas of the school’s library into a collection center for the VBS effort. Read more
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
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