MEXICO, MO -On Saturday, April 15, 2023, Duane Thompson, of Troy, MO competed in the Rocky Mountain Drill Classic National Championship as a member of the Missouri Military Academy (MMA) Armed Fusileer Drill Team which went on to win the national championship. One of the largest drill competitions in the West, this year’s Rocky Mountain Drill Classic attracted over 500 cadets. The MMA Fusileers competed against 28 other teams to earn the national title.
The MMA Fusileers were also honored with the following awards at the competition: Armed Exhibition, first place; Armed Color Guard, first place; Armed Regulation, second place; Commander’s Cup, second place; and Unit Inspection, third place.
The 2023 Fusileer drill team members who competed were Cadets Gage Blanton from Newburg, Missouri; Gorka-Aitor Yarte-Zertuche from Lisbon, Portugal, Gabriel Iglesias Osorio from Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador; Bradley Thumbi from Overland Park, Kansas; Zijie Zhou from Shenzhen, China; Angelo Urdaneta from Boca Raton, Florida ; Duane Thompson from Troy, Missouri; Agustin Anaya Cisneros from Monterrey, N.L., Mexico; Lucas Sydlewski from Houlton, Wisconsin; Gerardo Quiroga from Mexico City, Mexico; Malachi Imrie from Wildwood, Missouri and River Punab-Mitchell from Hollister, Missouri.
Missouri Military Academy is an all-male, college preparatory military boarding school (middle school and high school) with a diverse domestic and international student population. The Academy’s rigorous program empowers young men to reach their potential as future college graduates, citizens of character, and leaders in their communities. MMA’s 360˚ Education(r) fosters academic excellence, a healthy lifestyle and physical development, leadership and life skills, positive character development, and personal motivation. For more information, visit MissouriMilitaryAcademy.org.
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