After working for months to learn the ins and outs of SCUBA diving in the classroom and in our pool, Cadets completed four dives in a nearby quarry and are now PADI certified. They went down as far as 60 feet into the cold water.
SCUBA instruction was provided by Black Pearl SCUBA of Lynchburg.
"It is very intense! Being underwater really takes you out of your element. It is a different world and so perfect and relaxing", says Major Scott Roach, the faculty advisor.
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.
Spring Break is always a welcome time for students, staff and faculty. It is an opportunity to take a step back from the Hargrave grind and to get energized for the final 7 weeks of school. My wife, Sabina, surprised me with a trip to Nashville, TN, where we met 3 couples from our military family,... more
Ms. McLaughlin is a veteran teacher and a U.S. Army Veteran. She joined our CIS (middle school) Department this year as an English Instructor.
She holds a BS in Psychology and Special Education from Lynchburg College, a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of... more
During the rifle team visit to VMI, we ran into several Hargrave Alumni. The first was Luis Vale '18 who saw our bus and came running up to say hello and wish us luck.
After our rifle match, the Cadets explored the VMI campus and watched the VMI Retreat Ceremony. Just like at Hargrave, Retreat... more
Major Scott Roach is the Chair of our Social Studies Department and in his eighteen years at Hargrave has taught classes ranging from 7th Grade Math to AP Government.
He started at Hargrave as an assistant baseball coach while teaching in the public school system. Soon he was on the Hargrave... more
Ms. Debra Pugh is in her thirteenth year teaching English and Creative Writing at Hargrave. She is also the sponsor for the Live Action Role Playing (LARP) Club, where Cadets dress in costumes and physically portray their game characters. They also get to fight each other with foam swords!
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