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Reflections on a Summer Trip to Germany

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Every other year, Randoph-Macon Academy German teacher Stephen Latham arranges a trip to Germany for a small group of his top students. Grace Alexander '14 was one of the students who was able to enjoy this year's journey. She tells the story of her astonishment over the beauty of Germany, and how the three-week trip improved her fluency in German. 

Impressions of Mr. Latham’s Germany Trip/Summer 2012

By Grace Alexander, ‘14

I travelled to Germany this summer with Mr. Lathum on Randolph-Macon Academy’s German summer immersion program. I went with five other students: Faith Funderberg, Benjamin Gillis, Peter Jin, Cole Mitchell, and Savannah Rhodes. We all had taken at least two years of German and we went on this trip to improve our German language skills and learn about German culture. The program required us to speak German all day every day for three weeks, the duration of the trip, so we became roughly fluent.

R-MA Welcomes Its First Falcon Foundation Scholars

Monday, September 10, 2012

With the start of the 2012-13 school year, Randolph-Macon Academy welcomed its first two Falcon Foundation Scholars.

In the late spring of 2011, Randolph-Macon was notified that it had been selected as one of only eight Falcon Foundation Prep Schools in the United States, and could begin accepting students for the fall of 2012.  Each year, the Falcon Foundation works with approximately 100 postgraduate students who desire to attend the Air Force Academy. These high school graduates have the potential to be successful in an Air Force Academy education and desire an Air Force career, but need an additional year of college-prep academics to successfully compete for an Air Force Academy appointment. The Falcon Foundation provides the students financial assistance to attend one of the designated schools.

Patriot Day Ceremony to Take Place September 10th

Monday, September 3, 2012

Randolph-Macon Academy will hold a Patriot Day Ceremony on September 10, 2012, at 7:50 a.m. In addition honoring all those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Randolph-Macon Academy also recognizes others who have continued to make sacrifices since that fateful day. In 2011, the Academy honored all of the first responders in the local area. This year’s theme is "Honoring Heroes: Their Commitment, Their Service, and Their Selflessness." Three R-MA students will speak on commitment, selflessness, and courage.

Julie Shively to R-MA Cadet Leaders: Persevere

Friday, August 31, 2012


Front Royal, VA--On Monday, August 20, 2012, nationally recognized educator and former Air Force officer Julie Shively spoke to Randolph-Macon Academy cadet leaders as part of their leadership training program.
Shively began by telling the students what she was not, stating that she was not naturally gifted, wealthy, or popular. Yet through hard work and sheer determination, she earned an appointment to the Air Force Academy class of 1986. As part of the seventh class of women at the Academy, she wanted to prove that she belonged there, so she made sure that at minimum she surpassed the female requirements set, and whenever possible she met the male standards. 
Then she almost blew it all.