A small, diverse and leadership-focused class of 18 will be graduating Saturday from the Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock.
Hannah Conway, a science teacher and National Honor Society adviser, said in a prepared statement that the 2019 graduating class stood out because of its diversity.
“There are cadets from several different countries and many states. It has been amazing to see them come together and understand each other’s lives and getting to know one another on a deeper level,” Conway stated.
She noted that while the class is small compared to other schools, they have made a great impact as leaders for their fellow cadets.
Conway stated her favorite memory of the class was watching its members join in singing “ABC” by the Jackson 5 before the entire school and many parents.
“We don’t often get to see an entire grade come together for an activity so it definitely stands out as one of the best moments of the year and one we will never forget,” Conway stated.
Scheduled graduation speakers include Lt. Col. Amy Gray and Rob Campbell.
Gray was commissioned in the Army as a second lieutenant in 1997. She served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She resigned her commission in 2002. In 2005, she was recalled to active service deploying to Afghanistan and worked in various military medical centers throughout the United States and Hawaii as an Army reservist. Gray has received numerous military and civilian awards, including the Bronze Star and an Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, according to the school.
Gray is the mother of two boys, one being Trevor Gray, an MMA cadet who plans to follow in her footsteps with military service.
Campbell is an admissions recruiter and incoming head football coach at Massanutten Military Academy. Campbell joined the academy staff in October 2018. He is a Marine Corps veteran and has coached youth sports in the area, according to the school.
The Massanutten Military Academy graduation ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the school’s memorial gym.