Giving NYMA Cadets the tools to “Run!”

One day this week I spent with a cadet unexpectedly waiting for someone.  We got to know each other and ended up watching a movie together on my phone when we learned the person was delayed.   He wanted to watch “Forrest Gump.” Watching the movie, I appreciated the life lessons

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Homecoming — NYMA made “all the difference”

In one of my favorite films of all time, Dead Poets Society, the late Robin Williams plays the teacher John Keating.  Keating in his introduction to his students he pulls them aside in the halls outside of his classroom to reflect on those students who came before them.  Later in class he recites the

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Edgar Allan Poe and David McCullough

Great authors inspire our children by their storytelling and creativity.  This week two NYMA classes explored the enduring literary legacies of two remarkable writers –Edgar Allan Poe and historian David McCullough.  Poe, a romantic is the author of the celebrated poems “The Raven,” and “Annabel Lee” which, he wrote in a small

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Mr. Vincent Mo Visits with NYMA Cadets

On Monday, October 7, the Corps of Cadets of the New York Military Academy was honored with a visit by Mr. Vincent Mo.  Mr. Mo is a member of the NYMA Board of Trustees and Chairman and CEO of SouFun Holdings Ltd.   Mr. Mo shared that he is “an entrepreneur and a

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Duties of Citizenship

As an educator, historian of education, and life long learner, I am a curious person so imagine my delight in joining the NYMA community, an academy that has been educating generations of young people for 130 years.  Naturally, I wanted to learn more as John F. Kennedy said,  “We celebrate the past

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“Just Do It”

While observing a class this week I was inspired by a cadet that was encouraging a classmate.  The classmate was hesitant to participate in a group activity and presentation, when his teammate said, “try, try, try, like Nike, just do it!”   My dad, a U.S. Marine, used to say to

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New York Military Academy’s 130th Birthday

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade.”  I must agree with that as I was in the marching band in both high school and college. 

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9-11 Remembrance at New York Military Academy

Wednesday, September 11thmarked the 17thanniversary of the devastating events our nation endured on 9-11.  The incidents of the day are as vivid to me today, as they were that September day in 2001. Looking at our cadets in their uniforms they appear so mature and at times older than their age, thus

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Cadet Creativity (1/18)

1. Cadet Edison Zhang is working on origami from YouTube tutorials. 2. Cadet Mike Zhang sketches ideas for his paper-cut relief sculpture. 3. Cadets Kratman and Vinerte tackle a packing tape sculpture of a person using Kratman as a live model. 4a/b. Cadet Danilov created an embossed metal sculpture as a

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