er Military School and College Alumni

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December 31, 2021

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2022

Dear Alumni & Friends, 

On behalf of your Kemper Military School and College Alumni Association, we wish you and your family a very warm and Happy New Year. After much reflection about the past year, it’s time to focus on new goals and priorities to achieve this year. To this end, the association has identified three key areas as priorities, the Kemper Museum, Alumni Chapters, and our Digital Presence.

As we head into 2022, these priorities are as follows:

·      Kemper Museum: There are many opportunities to further build out the Kemper Museum and bring the remaining archives to life and feature them across the many spaces in the museum.

·      Alumni Chapters: Per our bylaws, to assist in organizing state and local alumni chapters, it is time to start meeting locally and banding together in our hometowns. 

·      Digital Presence: The Kemper Museum website will be built out further as we head deeper into our strategy for this investment. The Association will leverage this asset to build alumni and community relations to support the core mission of the museum and the Alumni Association. 

Your board of directors believes there has never been a better time to get involved in the association than there is today. We so deeply appreciate each one of you and the support you provide to make all of this happen. In summary, let’s make this year a very memorable one by spending time with each other and sharing our common memories and ideas on how Kemper Military School and College made each of us who we are today.

Your Friend,

James Hallam

December 22, 2021

Merry Christmas!

Dear Alumni,

On behalf of the KMS Alumni Association, we would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. There is so much to be grateful for as we celebrate this wonderful time of year with our loved ones and friends. Your association is truly blessed to have all the support from each of you this past year and our future has never been brighter. As each of you reflect over this last year, let us take the time to recognize the true meaning of Christmas. We are so grateful for all our blessings and the purpose of life. It is also important to recognize all the mothers and fathers who fight the good fight every day to provide for their families, especially in a year where this pandemic has turned into an epidemic and inflation is at an all time high.

As I was selecting the images for this year’s Christmas post, I was drawn to imagery from years past when life seemed simpler. Seeing these Cadets huddled around the piano enjoying a song and spending valuable time at Kemper Military School soaking up all the rich traditions that shaped each one of us, made me smile. Maybe there is something to this thought of going back to the basics of life, before all the technology and immediacy. Personally speaking, a few days of quiet time away from computers and more time with family and friends seems wonderful. Like you, my relationships are my most important asset and what a wonderful time to foster them. There really is something to addressing life with meaning and purpose and as I look at each of the cadets in the picture, they seem full of both and truly happy. Harkening back to campus life, it makes you think that waking up at 0600, with a full day of studies, athletics, teamwork, and fellowship has had a positive effect on each of us.

Enough of the nostalgia. This is a great time of year to begin the evaluation of our individual and family growth. Your association is sending each of you positive vibes on your journey for purpose and meaning.

In closing, we celebrate YOU and all the hard work and dedication it takes to make life happen. We look forward to spending time with each of you in the Kemper Museum and wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Your Friend,


November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2021

Dear Alumni,

On behalf of the Kemper Military School & College Alumni Association Board of Directors, we want to wish you and your families the happiest of Thanksgivings. It has been a tough year, to say the least, with all that has transpired. Everyone is feeling the effects of supply chain issues, COVID-19 breakthrough cases, lack of employees in the workforce, political unrest, and the undercurrent of anxiety and stress out in the communities. As a result, it can be hard to find gratitude and kindness for our fellow brothers and sisters.

The association’s hope is that each of you will give yourself and others a little extra time while traveling, shopping, and getting those last-minute items, in preparation to sit down and enjoy what matters most in the world, family. Everyone is experiencing similar levels of stress due to this new landscape we find ourselves in, which makes it more important than ever to practice kindness and love.

It goes without saying that each of us are blessed beyond measure, but let’s take a moment and recognize the brave men and women of the armed services, law enforcement, healthcare, fire and rescue and any other service-related industry that helps maintain the communities that we call home. Without all of your tireless efforts, these precious holidays with our loved ones would not be possible, and for this we are forever grateful.

In closing, your Kemper Military School & College Alumni Association has never been prouder than it is today of all the hard work each one of you put in to support its efforts. THANK YOU!

Please enjoy your time with family and friends and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Your Friend,


October 14, 2021

KMS Reunion Success!

October 14, 2021

Dear Alumni,

As we just wrapped up our “Old Boy” reunion in Boonville, I am happy to report that the weekends festivities were a resounding success. The festivities began on campus with our flag and wreath ceremonies, followed by the grand opening of the Kemper Military School and College Alumni Association Museum, the Tri-Military Trap Shoot with Missouri Military Academy and Wentworth, graveside ceremonies with F.T. Kemper and T.A. Johnson, Saturday night gala, and Sunday morning farewell breakfast.

The Museum grand opening will be remembered as one of the most pivotal and special moments in Kemper Military School history since the schools closing.

It has been along time coming for such a celebration as the last time the city closed MainStreet for a special event that involved Cadets marching was in 2002. As we watched the Missouri Military Academy’s band, Fusileers and Color Guard perform, I felt transported back to my days as a Kemper Cadet. It was a privilege to announce and host the weekends activities and I have the upmost gratitude to our Association, Alumni, and our legacy for performing those duties. While ringing the school bell, it harkened back to 1844 school year where it was rung for the first time and every subsequent year until the school closed. Additionally, it was a privilege to see all the MMA Cadets and KMS Alumni inspecting each uniform, article, and document in our Kemper archives.

It is important to give special thanks to General Rick Geraci, President of Missouri Military Academy, Richard Dehlinger, Deputy Commandant of Activities and Support, Robert Silbaugh, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Gary Stewart, Associate Director of Enrollment Management. Further, I would like to recognize all the members of these fine attachments!

MMA cadets participating in the Kemper Museum dedication ceremony included the following:

Fusileers Drill Team 

  • Patricio Regis
  • Parker Woodruff
  • Yu-Jen Tong
  • Rene Garcia
  • Jingxuan Yan
  • Gabriel Iglesias
  • Domingo Holguin
  • Angelo Urdaneta
  • Gage Blanton


  • Clayton Nelson
  • Nathaniel Espinoza
  • Robert Peck

Academy Band

  • Matthew Hamilton
  • Benjamin Huyne
  • Kevin Sangster
  • Miles Matthews
  • Kruze Hagan
  • Aaron Huynh
  • Ian Robison
  • John Carlos Ahuja
  • Sage Fuller
  • Angelo Urdaneta
  • Peter Didicher
  • Anthony Melick
  • David Lee
  • Gavin Roberts

Color Guard

  • Gerardo Quiroga
  • Ryan Miles
  • Lucas Sydlewski
  • William Terrell
  • Kevin Wang
  • Samuel Way

Additionally, I would like to personally say thank you to the following KMS board of directors as well as alumni, family and friends who worked tirelessly to bring the museum to life.

  • Mr. Jody Gramlich
  • Mrs. Laura Gramlich
  • Ms. Ellise Gramlich
  • Mr. Mike Stepto
  • Mr. Michael Cookson
  • Mr. Bhisham Perti
  • Mr. Dash Perti
  • Mr. Johnny Kartsonis
  • Mr. Tim Casey
  • Mr. Jack Ryan
  • Mr. Brandy Waller
  • Mr. Joey Rhoer

A very special thank you to George Hittner, President of Wentworth Academy Museum, and his staff for all their support and guidance on helping our museum get off the ground.

Going back to our Tri-Military Shoot, your “Yellow Jacket” team produced a fine group of shooters. We were 4 clays from winning, but close will not cut the cake. We’re practicing and will be trained up and ready for next year.

Thank you to all the Old Boys who participated and let’s recognize our “Yellow Jacket” team:

  • Mrs. Laura Gramlich
  • Ms. Ellise Gramlich
  • Mrs. Cristie Rhoer Coles
  • Mr. Darrin Coles
  • Mr. Mike Melhalf
  • Mr. James Hallam
  • Mr. Mike Stepto
  • Mr. Thom “Thatch” Johnson
  • Mr. Chris Harmon
  • Mr. Tim Casey
  • Mr. Johnny Kartsonis

Additionally, I would like to recognize Missouri House of Representatives, Tim Dawn Taylor for the resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives, 101st General Assembly, First Regular Session recognizing Ellise and Jody Gramlich for their valuable assistance to save historical documents and memorabilia during the March 2021 downtown fire for the Kemper Alumni Association. Without their quick response, heroism and putting the needs of others before their own safety we thank you and owe you a debt of gratitude!

It is also important to recognize our Kemper Alumni and new elected board member Mr. Mike Stepto who cooked Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Museum. His grilling skills are world class, and we are so appreciative.

Further, many thanks to Shannon Twenter who catered our Sunday morning farewell breakfast at the museum. Those eggs and honey buns were insane!

Also, thank you very much to the city of Boonville, city council, and police department for coming together and allowing our special event to happen. A personal special thanks to Lieutenant James Deckard for his leadership on closing main street as well as Morgan St. to allow the MMA Band, Color Guard and Fusileers to perform.

Thank you to our Kemper alumni for believing in the KMS Board of Directors and supporting the dream and bringing item 2 of our bylaws to life, “To assure the legacy of Kemper lives on by building a museum”. Without your support of the association and the 1844 Society none of this is possible!

Also, many thanks to Ms. Alex Weaver, Director of Government Affairs, Ben E. Keith Beverages, and my left and right arms. Her tireless efforts behind the scenes on the website, social media, asset creation and marketing strategy do not go unnoticed.

In closing, it is important for all Kemper Alumni to understand that this Museum is the result of nineteen years of loss and the feeling of having our school ripped away from each of us. Like I said at the Saturday night gala and meeting, “We lost it once and got it back, let’s not lose it again”! Thank you for your support and God Bless America!