New York Military Academy - Review #1
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||Butler University|
|Home Town, State||Palm City, FL|
|Years Attended Boarding School||5|
|Activities During Boarding School||I was involved athletically on the Swimming, Track, and Cross-Country teams representing the school, as well as intramural sports included Soccer and Football. Other activities included, Honor Guard, Color Guard, Military Police detachment, Firing Squad, Newman Club, Catholic Choir, Letterman's Club, Social Studies Club, Mess Hall Staff, and the Ski Club. I also represented the school with participation in the Columbus Day Parade. During my senior year, I also managed and organized other cadets at the school infirmary as Senior officer at that facility.|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The setting for learning in a military environment, prepared me for a wide range of challenges that other students not in such an environment would be exposed to. Learning military protocols, rules, regulations, rules of discipline, all within a competitive setting, prepared me for the future. We competed on all levels, academically, athletically, militarily, on a personal, company, and school level.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
While I was in attendance as a freshman, plebe/newguy, I became friends with a cadet who was in his junior year, the following year he was a senior officer and responsible for the Honor Guard. The years passed and it turned out that this cadet became President of the United States. During his time at the academy, we were mentored by a senior tactical officer (Major Dobias). I became very close to this officer and others,(Col. Castellano) as well as their families, who administered the cadets and the school, and those bonds remain till this day. The Castellano family bestowed to me the Colonels class ring, from the NYMA Class of 1943, which he wore daily and it had seen the beaches in Normandy during WW2. Every day when I put this ring on, I realize my responsibilities to my school, my family, and especially other cadets to strive to do my best in my accomplishments, and that is what I learned at NYMA.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
If you want to go to a boarding school, god speed. If you want to attend a school which will make you a responsible person, attend NYMA.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Preparation for life and the strong friendships I value today.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Our Athletic Director was Clair Bee, (Clair Francis Bee was an American basketball coach, who led the team at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York to undefeated seasons in 1936 and 1939, as well as two National Invitation Tournament titles in 1939 and 1941) need I say more...... He and his coaching staff were exemplar in carrying out their responsibilities in providing guidance and instruction in their individual sports.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school offered a diversity of both academic and intramural programs addressing the arts. Yearly, there were school productions, mentored by the teaching staff, that were executed by the cadets.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Honor Guard, Color Guard, Military Police detachment, Firing Squad, Newman Club, Catholic Choir, Letterman's Club, Social Studies Club, Mess Hall Staff, and the Ski Club. I also represented the school with participation in the Columbus Day Parade.There was a wide range of activities available.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms were set up with the assignment of two cadets to a room. Basic inspections were held daily. Neatness and order were expected to be executed to military protocol. There was a yearly government inspection by the Army to assure standards were carried out to maintain the schools classification as an Honor School (whereby you could gain admission through NYMA to one of the service academies such as West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The Academy was located in Cornwall on the Hudson, New York, a slice of quietness about fifty miles up the Hudson from New York City. Between West Point and Newburgh, it started educating cadets in a military fashion late in the 1800's. It was close to home and NYC.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
When I attended, the school was not coed, but dances with surrounding schools were arranged and held on a frequent basis. The school had two formal dances a year. It was not exactly "south beach" as you might imagine.
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