Two hundred seventy-one new students were officially welcomed to Culver Academies during the annual Opening Convocation and Matriculation Ceremony on Monday evening. Classes started Tuesday with a total of 828 students enrolled.
There are 478 boys enrolled in Culver Military Academy and 350 girls enrolled in Culver Girls Academy. The new students include 154 boys and 117 girls.
Head of Schools Dr. Jim Power told students that he hopes they will soon feel “deep in your bones” that they belong at Culver. He added Culver’s character development, leadership training, and the many people on campus will help each student to become his or her best possible self.
At the Matriculation Ceremony, each new student walked through the Logansport Gate and was welcomed by Power, his wife Mary, CGA Dean Lynn Rasch, CMA Commandant of Cadets Capt. Mike Neller, CGA Senior Prefect Elyse Schutjer (Mansfield, Ohio), and CMA Regimental Commander John Houston (Naples, Florida).
A campus landmark, the Logansport Gate was a gift in 1914 from the city of Logansport in gratitude for the rescue efforts provided by the Culver cadets. The gate was refurbished as a gift from the Class of 2001. The gate opens to the Leadership Plaza, which was a gift from the Class of 1952.
Passing through the gate represents the beginning of each boy and girl’s Culver experience. They will end their Culver experience by walking through The Iron Gate (CMA) or Graduation Arch (CGA) during commencement.
Monday morning new cadets got a real-life taste of how difficult the 25-feet long, one-ton cutters were to maneuver when they rowed the Culver Summer School & Camps crew boats to “rescue” people off different piers on campus. The cadets and the CGA new girls also listened to the story behind the Logansport Gate.
In March 1913, Logansport city officials called upon Culver Military Academy to help rescue residents trapped by the flooded Eel and Wabash rivers. Culver sent a total of 60 cadets, 40 who were experienced in handling the summer Naval School’s four cutters, to take approximately 1,500 people to safety over a non-stop, 36-hour period.