Grand Blanc native Ashton Williams initiated into Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets

GRAND BLANC — On Oct. 17, Ashton Williams, son of Velvet Williams of Grand Blanc, was officially inducted into the 132nd Missouri Military Academy (MMA) Corps of Cadets at the MMA Passing Through Ceremony.

The Passing Through Ceremony is an MMA tradition that officially welcomes new cadets into the corps following their successful completion of the Maroon Phase training, the cadet handbook test, and the Crucible. The handbook test consists of questions concerning MMA rules and regulations, the Honor Code, and Academy history and traditions.

The culminating event is the Crucible, a series of mental and physical challenges cadets must negotiate as individuals and as a team, with tasks such as a six-mile hike, a three-mile 16-obstacle trail run, a river crossing exercise and a team paintball challenge.

“The Crucible is about goal setting, teamwork, perseverance and building confidence – and I was extremely proud to watch our new cadets help and encourage each other, and most importantly never give up,” said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret).

“The Crucible is one of many events providing the foundation for building character, overcoming obstacles and for each cadet to really learn about himself. I know many of the boys have never been challenged to the degree we challenged them, and they and their families should be very proud of what they accomplished.”

To signify his official entry into the corps, Cadet Williams was awarded and authorized to wear the coveted MMA hat brass that bears the MMA crest.

Providing private, college preparatory education for boys and young men in grades 7 through postgraduate, the Missouri Military Academy is one of few such select academies in the United States. MMA’s 360° Education(r) program is designed around the needs of boys during their formative years, tapping into what motivates them- positive reinforcement, structure, consistent physical and mental challenge, loyalty and a team mentality.

MMA inspires boys from around the world to reach their potential by fostering academic excellence, character development and leadership training in a safe, structured environment. For more information, visit L.R.