Captain Luis Zerpa teaches Spanish, coaches weightlifting and sponsors our Spanish and Chess clubs. A native of Venezuela, he enjoys sharing both his culture and his Christian faith with the Cadets. "I enjoy impacting the life of my students by integrating into the curriculum current events and showing them that through hard work and effort, they too can make a difference in their communities."
Cap. Zerpa grew up in New England boarding schools as did his children. "I loved growing up in a prep school environment and wanted a similar experience for my kids. That's why we moved back to the US in 2000. It's a safe and enriching way of life with people who care about your future." Hargrave is a special place because we focus on more than just academics: "it is the total human development which also includes: faith, athletics and character education."
One thing he did not like about his New England boarding school upbringing was that faith was not allowed in the classroom. Schools are very secular in New England and this lead to an emptiness in his life. He considers this aspect to be one of Hargrave's most important competitive advantages. "Faith is the foundation of who a person should be. We all fall short, but with the right foundation of faith, we can all grow with the right purpose. The most rewarding aspect of being at Hargrave is that I get to share not just my culture but also the Christian faith with my students."
Learning a new language is a good challenge to have. When his students have difficulty, he lets them know that he cares about them and that it is ok to struggle. "Challenges are good because when you overcome them, you become a better person in the process." He explains concepts by targeting different learning styles and giving students time to master the material.
One thing he wishes everyone knew about Hargrave is how much everyone cares about each other's well-being.
Andrew is excited to be a part of such a great school and is ready for the tasks ahead.
He is no stranger to military boarding schools. Andrew is a 1998 graduate of Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington Missouri, where he attended for high school and junior college. "My brother had a friend in college who recommended Wentworth to my parents, apparently little Andrew reminded him of himself as a future cadet."
Andrew never expected to return to boarding schools but after he and his wife had begun their family, Andrew rediscovered the magic of what a school like Hargrave can do for a young man.
In his journey to Chatham, Andrew has been a teacher, coach, TAC, marketing director and admissions director at five other military boarding schools. As a coach, his military drill team was nationally ranked and four of his cadets went on to be members of the West Point Drill Team.
Andrew and Jennifer are enjoying living in bucolic Chatham with their two children and are very proud to be members of the Hargrave family.
Recently, the students of the Foundations of Leadership Course completed a small class project in the Hargrave Museum in preparation for Alumni Weekend. While working in the museum, they were captivated by the stories of the Hargrave Cadets that came before them and how Hargrave has grown as an... more
Alex Judd is an energetic youth minister who has a passion for communicating practical truth in a powerful way. He is an 18x Marathon finisher, a 2x Ironman triathlete, and currently works as a Leadership Coach for business leaders around the country. Alex also works for Dave Ramsey who is a highly... more
After suffering a beating in our last tournament our Tigers decided to regroup and show other teams what we're made of. So, on Wednesday evening, against VES and Roanoke Catholic, both in our Conference, we showed some true Tiger spirit by dominating both teams.
Against Roanoke Catholic, Gabe... more
On Saturday the families of Captain Lynn, Mr. Eberly and Mr. Erickson took a group of Cadets to the Triangle Rock Club Indoor Rock Climbing Gym in Morrisville, NC. The gym is one of 5 rock climbing gyms owned and operated by Hargrave Alumni Andrew Kratz. It was a fantastic day for the Cadets who... more
The highlight of the night, as always, was the Promenade and the announcing of the King and Queen of the Ball.
The 2nd Runner Up: Cadet Hosny Makhlouf and his date Molly Beasly
The 1st Runner Up: Cadet Alex Velazquez and his date Raquel Capote
The King and Queen of the Ball: Cadet Chad... more
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