Fishburne Military School Rolls Out Red Carpet for Parents
Fishburne Military School Welcomes Parents for Annual Winter Weekend Review
Waynesboro, VA — The Fishburne Military School campus was packed this weekend with family and friends who were in Waynesboro to celebrate the school’s annual Parents Winter Weekend. On hand were family members from as far away as Hawaii, New Orleans, Florida and California.
The relatively new tradition of Parents Winter Weekend began at Fishburne Military School about 10 years ago as a way to have a mid-year celebration of students’ first semester accomplishments.
“Traditionally,” notes FMS Communication Director, Chris Richmond, “February is a dark, cold month referred to as The Dark Ages because it’s dark when you leave your room in the morning, and dark when you get done for the day; so, this Winter Parents Weekend was devised as a kind of “pick me up” for the Corps while providing an opportunity for Parents to meet with their sons’ teachers and administrators.”
Members from approximately 85 families made the trip to FMS in order to attend the festivities which included Classroom Technology Demonstrations, Senior Recognitions, Athletic Events, a Luncheon and an Awards and Review Parade conducted by the Corps of Cadets.
During the Awards and Review Parade, Cadet Major and FMS Battalion Commander Luciano Dolfi (Stuarts Draft, VA) was presented with the 2017 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award by Senior Army Instructor LTC Robert A. Hunt, USA(Ret), in front of the assembled Corps of Cadets, their families, faculty and staff.
CAPT Erin Stone, Staff Judge Advocate at the United States Naval Academy and mother of FMS Senior Braydon Stone, provided a comforting, entertaining and motivating address about being a Fishburne Parent and the impact of Fishburne Military School upon her family’s life.
Fishburne Military School is the oldest and smallest of all military schools for boys in Virginia. Its college-prep curriculum is built upon the structure of an Army JROTC program. FMS is designated as a JROTC Honor Unit with Distinction and may nominate qualified candidates to the United States Service Academies. Fishburne hosts one of only four Summer JROTC programs in the nation, accredited by US Army Cadet Command. For more information visit www.fishburne.org.