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“Cincinnatus: An American Hero”
ny doubts about financial gain, he “resigned after holding the office for fifteen
the influence of days, having originally accepted it for a period of six months.”
classical learning on This man was the best kind of dictator. Having served only as
the Founding generation are long as was needed, he returned to his farm.
easily dispelled by a quick Clearly the most crucial lesson taught by livy is that a truly
study of their heroes. George great man serves his country without seeking to satisfy personal
Washington had little formal ambitions. He does not use the state’s power of coercion for
Headmaster Dr. Kenneth Calvert education but was, through personal gain or vengeance upon his enemies. The great citizen
private studies, knowledgeable of does not view himself as indispensable to his country. Rather,
both biblical and classical history. Washington was well aware his first duties are to his family and property. all of these ideals
of the virtues found in the lives of Greek and Roman heroes; are rooted in the life of a hard-working agrarian and the essential
in particular, the lives of those heroes who had established and virtues of a republic. That livy wrote of Cincinnatus during the
defended the Roman Republic. While understanding well its reign of augustus, the first emperor of Rome, gives the story an
weaknesses, Washington and his peers often viewed that republic even greater impact. These were lessons not lost on Washington
as a model of their own ideals. our Founding Fathers included in and his generation.
the new federal government the tribunician power of the veto for
as a Virginian, Washington honored his colony as well as his King
the presidency as well as a senate as the leading legislative body
through both military service during the French and Indian Wars
in the federal government. More important, however, were the
and political service in the Virginia House of Burgesses. But it
virtues of the Roman Republic, such as courage, discipline and
was his beloved Mount Vernon that consistently held his greatest
loyalty, to which Washington consistently aspired.
interest. like Cincinnatus – and other great Romans – he set
Cincinnatus, a farmer and senator (c. 5th century B.C.), held a his mind to the working of his land and to the improvement of
prominent place among these heroes. likely a legendary figure, agrarian knowledge. When he left the agrarian life to serve the
the historian livy (59 B.C. – a.D. 17) tells us that Cincinnatus colonies as Commander
was elected by the Senate of Rome to serve as dictator (an office of the Revolutionary
filled in times of great danger) so that Rome’s armies as well as forces, his leadership
the city might be saved from destruction. Cincinnatus was elected was clearly rooted in
because he was known to be a man of great virtue. livy writes, the ideals set forth by Faculty Highlights
“Now I would solicit the particular attention of those numerous livy in his description
Morehead Scholarship News
people who imagine that money is everything in the world, and of Cincinnatus.
that rank and ability are inseparable from wealth: let them Washington’s refusal Student’s Winning Artwork
observe that Cincinnatus . . . was at that moment working a of dictatorial powers to Military Historian Visits
little three-acre farm.” demand more troops
and greater resources Success Spurs Enrollment
This farmer-senator then marched before the citizens of Rome
who “were by no means so pleased to see the new Dictator, as from the colonies was Published Poets
they thought his power excessive and dreaded the way in which he sometimes seen as Coach Spotlight
was likely to use it.” Yet their fear was unfounded as Cincinnatus weak and ineffectual.
honored the trust that Rome had placed in him. Rather than at the end of the war, Winning Tradition Continues
using the office of dictator to settle personal feuds or for greater however, Washington Fall Field Trips and Events
continued on next page
Headmaster’s Corner continued
was honored by the vast majority of colonials for his patient
leadership, his lack of self-interest and his limited use of power.
Dr. Helen Lasseter, Upper
By imitating his Roman hero, Washington had gained the respect
School English teacher
of the new nation and much of the world. King George III is said
and latin I instructor,
to have responded to Washington’s disinterest in power by saying
was raised in Indiana and
that, “If this is true then he is the greatest man in the world.”
comes to the academy
having completed her In 1789, Washington again left his plantation to serve two terms
doctoral degree at Baylor as President of the american republic. In that office, he was faced
University in Texas. with the difficulties of an acidic press, critics and opponents both
within and outside of his administration, foreign troubles in
France and England as well as the gargantuan task of shaping a
new government. as president, Washington refused to be made a
monarch or to assert authority beyond that which was allowed by
Mr. Christopher Heckel, the Constitution. In the execution of this office, he was successful
Up p e r S c h o o l b i o l o g y, in setting the course of the Presidency by maintaining a stoic
chemistry and math teacher, patience and by limiting his hold on the office to two terms.
is a native of Hillsdale County In 1792, he returned again to his plantation to spend his final
and returns to Michigan from years as a citizen farmer.
his studies at the University of Many other instances of Roman heroes informing the life of
Pittsburgh. Washington or the actions of his peers might be cited. That these
ancients were of great importance is clear. Because of their great
sacrifice, Patrick Henry later made a plea on behalf of the men
who had fought for america as,
“sons of Cincinnatus, (who) without splendid magnificence
Awards & Recognitions or parade, going, with the genius of their just progenitor,
Cincinnatus, to the plough; men who served their country
without ruining it, men who had served it to the destruction
Miss Gail Nelson, music teacher, of their private patrimony, their country owing them amazing
was awarded the Sigma alpha Iota amounts, for the payment of which no adequate provision
scholarship in music education in was then made.”
July. This is a national award that has
after the war a number of Colonial officers, led by Henry Knox,
only one recipient each year.
formed the Society of the Cincinnati. They were a society of
men who modeled self-sacrifice. The american Founders did
not admire Julius Caesar, Pompey or augustus. Their heroes
were not those ancient Romans who had produced tyranny and
a monarchy out of the collapse of the Roman Republic. The
D r. D a n H a w l e y , american Revolution was not meant to overthrow the rule of law.
science/math/physics It was not meant to introduce a new tyranny. Washington and
teacher and avid bicyclist, his peers sought to instill in the minds and hearts of the nation
participated in an early those virtues that would produce the best sort of citizenship; the
September bike ride with kind of citizenship for which the Constitution was created. The
Greg leMond, three- concern of men like Washington was to seek out the best ways to
time Tour de France encourage the private, honest pursuit of piety, virtue, and wealth
champion, Hillsdale and to discourage the human tendency toward arrogance, power
College President Dr. and tyranny. These virtues are too often ignored in the education
larry arnn and others. of our youth. Such heroes as Cincinnatus and Washington are
Mr. leMond was visiting Hillsdale College to present the first too often ignored in the training of our citizens.
annual leMond–Wright award for athletic and academic
Student’s Winning Artwork
A Morehead Foundation
Nominating School ighth grader Katelyn
Wollet won second place
in a national contest
to design a cover for the 2006
illsdale academy is now a nominating school for
the John Morehead Foundation, which each year lands’ End Kids holiday catalog.
awards University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Katelyn’s cover design was one of
scholarships to a select group of high school seniors for the 4,900 entries that lands’ End, an
Honors program. Secondary schools outside North Carolina online/mail order clothing and
are eligible to nominate high school students for the scholarship home products retailer, received
only by invitation from the Morehead Foundation. Eligible for this year’s contest.
schools each nominate one student per year. Katelyn won $500 for her design (featured below). In addition,
“The Morehead Scholar program reflects some of the same lands’ End will donate $500 to a local Big Brothers/Big
qualities for which the academy strives: moral character, Sisters program on her behalf.
academic excellence and leadership. Hillsdale academy
is now one of only three schools in the state of Michigan “I used the medium of painted tissue paper because it looks
awarded this status,” said Dr. Ken Calvert, Hillsdale academy three-dimensional when it is copied and printed,” Kate
headmaster. explained. “Because there are several holidays celebrated
in our country, I did not want to go with a traditional
“Some of the best independent schools in the country are
Morehead-nominating schools,” Dr. Calvert continued. “our Christmas theme, but I knew that lands’ End would want
curriculum, staff and the accomplishments of our students their customers to think about shopping! I love bright green
all play a role in this honor. I am particularly pleased that a VW Bugs so I decided to stack all the gifts on the car.
conservative school such as ours has been chosen.” “I was at a basketball game when lands’ End called
Students selected to be Morehead scholars receive a four-year and left me a message,” she continued. “I was shocked
undergraduate scholarship to the University of North Carolina and very excited to learn that I had won second place.”
at Chapel Hill, including tuition, books, room and board, The contest finalists were selected by lands’ End staff, and
a laptop computer, and a stipend for spending money each
the president of lands’ End chose the winning entries. a
company spokesperson, Michelle Casper, said the holiday
The Morehead Scholarship program was established in 1951. kids catalog will be distributed
according to the Morehead Foundation’s Web site, a candidate nationwide starting october
must show evidence of outstanding achievement in the
28. Katelyn’s design and the
following four criteria to be eligible for the program:
third-place winner’s design
-leadership will be featured inside the
-Scholarship catalog. an online art gallery
-Moral Force of Character showing all of the entries also
-Physical Vigor will be launched october 28 in
connection with the company’s
The Web site states that other qualities sought by Morehead
selection committees include initiative, creativity, perseverance landsend.com Web site.
and empathy for others. Financial need is not considered in “The students and staff of
making nominations or selections; the scholarship is conferred Hillsdale academy have always known about Katelyn’s
solely on merit. artistic abilities,” said Mr. Matthew “Woody” Woudenberg,
The scholarship application rules state that only students academy art teacher. “Now families around the country will
attending school in North Carolina, Great Britain or Canada see her talents as well. We’re extremely proud of Katelyn’s
may apply directly if not nominated by their secondary schools. achievement.”
all others must be nominated by a participating eligible school,
the office of Undergraduate admissions, or a nominating
Noted Military not, competing economies will pull ahead of the U.S.
Hanson’s visit came during the same week that Professor Michael
Historian Visits Hurst of St. John’s College, oxford University, spoke on current
events as well as historical and literary topics to various Upper
Victor Davis Hanson, advisor to President School classes. Hurst, a visiting professor at Hillsdale College,
George Bush and Vice President Dick has frequently appeared at the academy and enjoys speaking
Cheney, a nationally syndicated columnist, with students in the lower and Upper Schools.
senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Hanson and Hurst both stressed the importance of understanding
Stanford University, and professor emeritus the current struggle against Islamic fascism as a fight to preserve
at California State University, Fresno, our liberties under the rule of constitutional law. Hanson stated
addressed academy Upper School students that, “I’d rather have to deal with the moral issues that are a
on September 21 during his month-long stay as a visiting fellow result of a free society than live under the restrictions of Sharia
at Hillsdale College. law.” Similarly, Hurst spoke of the need to defend Western
Hanson addressed the students on a wide range of current events ideals against tyranny. Both men encouraged the academy
at an assembly in the library. Using anecdotes and examples Upper School to prepare well for the future through hard work
to illustrate his points, he was relaxed and informative in a and diligent study.
Hanson offered his expertise on topics as varied as the United
Nations, Iran and the Middle East, the U.S. image abroad, and
his views of President Bush and the current administration in
a forthright and thoughtful manner.
In answer to a student’s question on what america faces in the
future, Hanson noted that globalization is resulting in greater
competition between the U.S. and countries like India and
China. Hanson told the students, “You need to create capital
and expertise . . . improve and pass on better than what you’ve
received.” Young americans who have an attitude of entitlement
will be unable to meet that goal, he warned.
“Your generation is going to have to know math, science,
literature, history” and other subjects, Hanson said, because if
Academy’s Success Spurs Enrollment Growth
s Hillsdale academy’s reputation for excellence in education Enrollment facts and figures
has spread throughout Michigan and the U.S., the school Total Enrollment for 2002-2003 school year:
has experienced enrollment growth, particularly in the 99 lower School
Upper School. This year, the academy welcomed new families from 30 Upper School
Hillsdale, Jackson, Branch and lenawee Counties in Michigan, as
Total Enrollment for 2006-2007 school year:
well as from California, Illinois and Washington State. overall,
113 lower School
nine new families have moved to the area over the past three years
62 Upper School
from out of state.
Total School Capacity:
one “waiting list” family has moved from arizona in anticipation
110 lower School
of an opening next year in the seventh grade. Yet another family
80 Upper School
commutes daily from Indiana.
2006-2007 Enrollment by area:
“We have been pleased with the growth in our enrollment. We are
75% (131) Hillsdale County
nearly at capacity and have a large waiting list,” said Dr. Kenneth
5% (8) Branch County
Calvert, academy headmaster. “as always, one of the school’s
5% (9) lenawee County
biggest assets is the involvement of the parents, both those from
15% (26) Jackson County
our Hillsdale base and the families who commute or who have
7% (14) Have moved from other states
moved here from out of state for the academy’s proven classical
and live in Hillsdale County
Students Become Published Poets Coach Spotlight
everal fourth and fifth graders who submitted poems last
year for a poetry contest run by the Anthology of Poetry by
Young Americans saw their work accepted and published in Mr. Max Miller
the book this year. Charyl Sanford encouraged her then third- and Boys Basketball
fourth-grade students to write poems for the contest, and five of
the poems submitted were chosen for publication.
The young poets are fourth-grade students Soraya Colyer- a x Mi l l e r i s
Mohamadi, Jacob Vaillancourt, and Kristin Vann, and fifth starting his
graders allexys oakley and laura Steckbeck. The five families fourth year
purchased a copy of the publication and presented the book to as coach of the Hillsdale
the academy for its library collection. academy boys’ junior
a sample of the poems are below. varsity and varsity basketball
teams. Before coming to the
by Jacob Vaillancourt
academy, he had retired
from a 30-year career teaching math at the high school
Freedom in the morning, freedom in the night level and coaching basketball teams at a number of schools
Freedom in the air oh, what a delight in Michigan (with a three-year stint in South Dakota).
Do you like freedom, I sure do
Coach Miller says his priorities for the teams are “Winning
I like freedom and so do you!
– and having fun. I tell my teams to play hard and play
together,” he says.
a Michigan native and Hillsdale College graduate, Miller
The Beach in the Sky comes from an education family – his father was a teacher
by Laura Steckbeck and a basketball coach, and his wife and daughter are
teachers, too. a seasoned pro, Coach Miller has coached
The clouds are the sand and the blue is the water. more than 700 varsity basketball games and hundreds of
It is a beach in the sky. junior varsity games. He and his wife live in Concord,
Where the angels go to vacation Michigan.
and God, with a watchful eye,
watches over the angels to make sure they’re not doing He decided to apply for the academy basketball coaching
wrong, but right, position because he realized how much he missed
yes, that is the beach in the sky. coaching.
Miller said Hillsdale academy is different from the public
schools where he has worked. “I love it here,” he stated.
“The neat part is the parents’ support, which is great. I also
The Funny Flower like coaching at a smaller school like Hillsdale academy.
by Kristin Elizabeth Vann Here we don’t have to cut kids from the team – everyone
The flower in my yard has a lot of power, is needed.”
and I feed it with flour. Coach Miller is looking forward to upcoming area
My flower is behind some trees, where tournaments, including the Colt Classic, which the
my dog chases bumblebees. academy hosts in early December.
My flower talks to me, “Bringing Max on board as our boys’ basketball coach has
about him talking to he. been a perfect fit for both of us,” said academy assistant
My flower is weird Headmaster and athletic Director Mike Roberts.
because he says funny words like “heird.” “Max is so well-liked by the athletes, and he’s really
one day my flower said, “Is it almost May?” become part of the academy family,” he said.
but I did not answer.
He said, “I see Prancer.”
That day I said, “You’re my Mayflower.”
Winning Tradition Continues
he 2005-06 school year was historic for the academy’s athletic program, as the school’s teams
won conference, district, regional and state titles. The tradition of success is continuing
during this year’s fall sports season.
The academy girls’ basketball team won
the Mid-South Conference for the third
time in four years, finishing with a perfect
conference record of 10-0. The girls’ team
finished their regular season with a 19-3
record, winning their second straight
district championship by defeating rival
Camden-Frontier 56-40, and went on to
defeat Detroit Charlotte Forten academy
54-43 in the regional tournament to
advance to the regional final.
The boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams also had competitive
seasons. The girls’ team has been ranked as high as third
in the state for Division 4 and the boys have achieved
honorable mention status, a first for any boys’ sport at
Ethan Smith competed in the Division 4 cross-country state
championship races in early November, finishing 115th
with a time of 18:06. The lady Colts placed 18th as a team
in their Division 4 race. Patsy Craig, Natalie Ewers, Mary
Somerville, Tera Woods, and Elizabeth Brady placed in the
championship race. Gwen Buchhop and anna Woods also
ran for the Colts. Earlier in the season, the girls finished 2nd
in their MESa Regional to qualify for the state meet for the
second year in row.
The cross-country teams scored big in mid-october at the
2006 Southern Central athletic association league meet,
held at owen Park in Hillsdale. Hillsdale academy won Cross-Country SCAA Champs
both the boys’ and girls’ races, earning them the overall
season championships for the SCaa. This was the second
championship in a row for the girls’ program and the first
title for the boys.
The Hillsdale academy soccer team (with
players from both Hillsdale academy and Will Carleton
academy, an academy model charter school also located
in Hillsdale) made great strides this season. led
by senior co-captains Thomas Harner and
lucas Westblade, the Colts fought their way
to a hard-earned 6-8 won-lost record, playing
competitively in every game. This year’s
highlight was a 3-1 victory over Hillsdale
High School, when the Colts defeated their
cross-town rival for the first time.
Individually, each player made outstanding
contributions. Patrick Sullivan led the team
with 13 goals, while Harner provided a team-
leading 12 assists. Ethan Smith, Brock Burger,
Elliott Braman Kevin Potts, Natalie Ewers, Josh Snell and
upstart goalie Zach leFere all provided great
performances, while Elliott Braman excelled
in his role as “super sub.”
The rapid development of our freshmen
players bodes well for the future. The Colts
are already looking forward to next season.
The academy golf team’s fall season included a couple of wins and several
losses in six matches, according to Coach Charles Blood, and culminated in a
trip to a Class D district match in Marshall, Michigan. The team, consisting
of eighth graders Eric lisznyai and Peter Sullivan, freshmen anthony alvarez
and Matt Waller and junior Brian Thomas, “shows promise for next season,”
according to Blood. “They are a young team, but they’re eager to compete Brian Thomas
and improve,” he stated.
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Fall Field Trips and Events 2006-07 School Year
Wednesday, January 3 Classes Resume
cademy students enjoyed a number of extracurricular
activities during the fall, including: Thursday, January 25 Noon Dismissal/Mid-Term/
• Mrs. Sanford’s third- and fourth-grade class went to see Friday, January 26 No School—Mid-Term Break
the play, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, at Jackson’s
Potter Center. Monday, February 19 No School—Winter Break
• The third and fourth grades also visited the Dasch family Tuesday, March 13 Spring Trimester Begins
farm and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
Friday, March 16 Noon Dismissal—
• Darrin Rockcole, lansing’s Channel 10 weatherman, Spring Break
brought his mobile weather lab and made a presentation
to Mrs. Sanford’s class and Mrs. Somerville’s fifth and sixth Monday, March 26 Classes Resume
graders, who were completing a science unit on weather.
Friday, april 6 Good Friday—No School
• Mrs. Harner’s first- and second-grade classes also visited the
Dasch farm to observe the workings of a beehive, as part of Friday, april 27 Noon Dismissal/Mid-Term/
their science unit on honeybees. limited Parent-Teacher
• The fifth and sixth grades visited a pond at the Vann family’s Conferences
Jackson home to explore pond life with area naturalist Paul Thursday, May 24 Senior Class Night
• a fire safety assembly featuring local safety expert “Fireman Monday, May 28 No School—Memorial Day
Phil” was held for lower School classes. Wednesday, May 30 Moving-Up Ceremony
• Mrs. Steiner’s kindergarten class, which has been studying
Michigan history, will attend a play at the Tibbets Theater in Friday, June 1 Noon Dismissal—last Day
Coldwater in December. The play, called Legends, is in three
Sunday, June 3 Graduation
parts, including the legend of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.