Friday, July 25, 2014

Howe Military Academy to compete in National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

Howe Military Academy announced today its participation in the seventh season of CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.  Beginning in October 2014, high school students from Howe Military Academy out of Howe, IN will compete in the All-Service Division against similar teams across the country.  This is the fourth straight year Howe Military Academy will be competing.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school and middle school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.  The program features an annual online and in-person competition, in which teams across the United States and Canada, as well as from Department of Defense Dependent Schools abroad compete in a series of online rounds for a chance to earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition in Washington, DC in the spring. There students have the opportunity to win scholarships and network with industry leaders.

“We are extremely excited to participate in the program for a fourth straight year.  The students have really shown great interest in the program and they are learning some very important cyber safety skills along the way.”, said Howe Military Academy CyberPatriot coach, Michael Reed.

CyberPatriot greatly benefits from the support and technical expertise of its presenting sponsor, the
Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other sponsors include Cyber Diamond sponsors AT&T Federal and the AT&T Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, USA Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Cyber Gold sponsors URS, Splunk, Symantec, and Riverside Research; and Cyber Silver sponsors Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Leidos, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and University of Maryland University College.

More information is available at or from the CyberPatriot staff at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Howe Military Alumnus, Thomas Parker '39, Passes Away

On Monday, July 7, 2014 Mr. Thomas L Parker, 92, Howe Military Academy Class of 1939 passed away in his home in Columbus, OH.

Parker was an active member of the Howe Military Academy Alumni population. Howe was always an important part of his life. Assisting students in gain a Howe education was a significant way Parker contributed to HMA. He felt so strongly about scholarships that he established the Purple Robe Society. Anyone can be a member of the Purple Robe Society by donating $1,000 to Howe’s scholarship fund within one year. Parker was a member each year since its conception in 2012. He was also a member of Howe’s Herrick Fellow Society, Society of 1884, and the John B. Howe Society. Parker was also an active Class Agent for the Class of 1939 Howe graduates.

Because of his devoted support of Howe Military Academy, the Board of Trustees, in 2011, felt it most fitting that the gymnasium be named in his honor. It was Mr. Parker’s long sought wish to provide Howe students with better athletic facilities. Mr. Parker’s name will live on forever at Howe Military Academy and we thank him for the generosity he displayed throughout his lifetime. We hope his example will lead others to consider a naming opportunity at Howe by making a designated donation to the school.

Mr. Parker was also honored by being named Alumnus of the Year in 1980.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family. And, our most sincere gratitude is shouted to the heavens; rest in peace Mr. Parker.

Fun Fact…

The Parker brothers, Bruce Parker and twin brothers, I. C. and J. T. "Stubby" Parker (Tom Parker’s father) purchased sugar cones from the Cream Cone Company and filled them with ice cream for sale. One day, in 1928, Mr. Parker’s uncle, I. C. Parker, set an ice cream cone next to a bowl of nuts to answer the telephone. When he returned, he found the ice cream cone had fallen into the nuts. He thought “What a great idea”, I. C. Parker and his brothers, took this a step further by dipping the ice cream cone in chocolate, then adding nuts. I. C. Parker's wife, Jewel, said it resembled a fried chicken leg, so they named it the "Drumstick" ice cream cone and founded the Drumstick Company ( So, the next time you reach for a cold and refreshing Drumstick treat, you can think of our dear friend Mr. Thomas L. Parker.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Howe "Hits the Streets" Thanks to Parents

Howe Military Academy is "hitting the streets" in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Oakland county in Michigan thanks to the generosity of a group of current Howe parents.  We appreciate their continued support of Howe Military Academy and our mission.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 Commencement Weekend Schedule

The 2014 Commencement Weekend schedule of events is now available.  Click the link below to access the schedule.

2014 Commencement Weekend Schedule

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Howe Hosts Second Annual Diocese of North Indiana Acolyte Festival

Two years ago, Cadet Zachary Yanekeff and Cadet Brandon Leisure accompanied Chaplain Fleming to the National Acolyte Festival held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Our group was so impressed with the event that we wanted to share it with the Diocese. We continued the tradition as Howe Military Academy played host to the 2nd Annual Diocese of North Indiana Acolyte Festival on March 8th, 2014.

Our guests began arriving at 10:30 a.m. and the day began with a healthy competition of “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grade Acolyte?” as the adults challenged the youth in their skill and knowledge of acolyting. The youth won! The Howe Acolyte team, made up of Head Sacristan Ryan Schubert, Cadets Brandon Leisure, Zachary Yanakeff, and Colin Majoras participated in the event.

We all enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Mess Hall, thanks to direction of Carol Whitsel and her staff.

In the afternoon we gathered at All Saints Chapel for our celebration, the dedication and blessing of the Acolytes, with The Rt. Rev. Ed Little, Bishop of Diocese of Northern Indiana presiding. Cadets Evan Schubert, Mitchel Hickling, and Colin Majoras performed a great readers play called “It Depends on who’s hands its in", and Chaplain Fleming closed with a homily.

We had 40 guests representing five parishes from around the diocese in attendance. The procession of banners, streamers, and crosses was spectacular. Our guests were thrilled with the drum corp and we had a guest organist, Steve Weitstock from St James Cathedral, South Bend.

Thank you everyone for your assistance in making this a great day!

Chaplain Fleming

Friday, March 14, 2014

Howe CyberPatriot Team Earns 1st Place in Midwest Regional

The Howe Military Academy CyberPatriot team, consisting of Ben Roberts, Nick Piane, Paul Sienkiewicz, and Jered Slabaugh, competed in the CyberPatriot VI Regional Recognition Round on Saturday, March 8th after receiving 1st place in the State Recognition Round back in February. The team is coached by Michael Reed, Howe's Chief Technology Officer.  CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.  The Midwest regional consisted of 1st place teams in the all-service division from 7 different states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin).

Team members were given the task of securing 3 different virtual images (Microsoft Server 2003, Microsoft Server 2008, and Ubuntu 12.04) in a 6-hour time period during the regional round.  Howe Military scored 80 out of 100 on Windows Server 2008, 77 out of 100 on Windows Server 2003, and 57 out of 100 on Ubuntu 12.04 to finish with a scored of 214 out of 300 in the round.  Their score was good enough to earn Howe a 1st place finish in the all-service division of the regional round and a great end to a terrific season.  The team will lose two seniors next year in Piane and Roberts, but coach Reed has high hopes for next season with Sienkiewicz and Slabaugh returning as team captains.  The team fell just a few points short back in January's semifinal round from qualifying for Nationals in Washington, D.C.; a goal the team looks to achieve in the upcoming CyberPatriot VII season.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Howe CyberPatriot Team Advances to Regional Recognition Round

From Left to Right:  Coach Reed, Sienkiewicz, Slabaugh, Roberts, and Piane.

On Saturday, February 22nd, the Howe Military Academy CyberPatriot Team competed in the State Recognition Round of CyberPatriot VI. CyberPatriot is the premier national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. Approximately 1,500 teams competed in the round from all over the United States competing for the top spot in each respective state that they represented. I am pleased to announce that the Howe Military Academy CyberPatriot Team placed 1st in the State of Indiana in the All-Service Division of the State Recognition Round and will be moving on to compete in the Regional Recognition Round this weekend for a chance to take top honors in the Midwest Region. We will be competing against six other teams from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. This year’s team consists of Cadets Piane, Roberts, Sienkiewicz, and Slabaugh. Please congratulate them on a job well done in the State Round and wish them luck this weekend in the Regional Round.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor for CyberPatriot VI. CyberPatriot’s founding partners are SAIC and CIAS at the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Coach Reed

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