Cadet Spotlight

Cadet Spotlight on SFC Aristotle Avaras

When did you come to NYMA?

I came to NYMA on August 21, 2017.

What was your expectation before arriving? Was it different than what you expected?

My expectation was that it would be exactly like the military. Instead, we had a balance of academics and a military-based lifestyle. I thought everyone would be very strict but instead, I found that order and structure was attained if you did what was expected of you to the best of your ability.

How has NYMA helped shape who you’ve become today? Are there any mentors that have impacted you during your time here?

NYMA provided me with structure and taught me time management skills. I learned what it truly means to be a leader and to be responsible – for myself and others. I learned how to represent myself well, how to act professionally, and how to communicate effectively. My biggest mentors in life are my family. They are my role models and a lot of what I have learned in life has come from them. I wouldn’t be where I am without them. At NYMA, my biggest role model was First Captain Nigel Petti-Fernandez ‘18. He was a Lieutenant Colonel the first year I attended NYMA. I’ve never seen better leadership among the corps.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on going to college, enlisting in the Navy, and becoming a SEAL.

New Cadet Parade

Congratulations to all of the cadets who were officially recognized into the Corpse of Cadets during the New Cadet Parade that was held this past Saturday. Welcome to the Corps!

For more pictures from the event, please visit: Facebook Album: 2018 New Cadet Parade

130th Convocation

Last evening cadets joined with their families and staff in the Cadet Chapel for the 130th Convocation.  It was a great start to what will be another great year at the New York Military Academy!

To see more pictures from the ceremony, please visit Facebook Album: Convocation.


L.D.S. 2018

Cadet leaders arrived a week before everyone else for Leadership Development School. They honed their leadership skills and began preparations for the arrival of our new cadets.

Sgt. Major Mike Lavigne, a NYMA alum, returned to lead Officer Leadership Training. The result was 13 well-trained young leaders ready to kick off the new school year.

To see more photos of LDS please visit Facebook Album: Leadership Development School  and Facebook Album: Leadership Development School – Awards.

Cadets at SCIP Banquet

Several members of our Color Guard posted the Colors at the SCIP Annual Awards Banquet in Manhattan on Monday, May 14th. SCIP is a non-profit founded by an alumnus and for many years the NYMA Color Guard has opened their banquet. Click here to see the video of Cadet Veronica Walker’s beautiful singing of God Bless America on our Facebook Page.









Cadets Visit St. Luke’s

This past Wednesday NYMA Cadets received a warm welcome from the staff at the St. Luke’s Hospital Birthing Center and Pediatric Unit. With the help of Ms. Hill, several students handmade beautiful fleece blankets to donate to the hospital. Students also baked and sold Valentine’s Day cookiegrams to raise the money for the fabric. The cadets were then given a tour of the various departments that would benefit from the students’ work.