Last Sunday (Sept. 7), three of Rappahannock’s own took the Virginia Military Institute oath on the Field of Lost Shoes in New Market, Va.: Evan Hitt, Ben Estes and Bill Hogan, all Rats (as freshmen are called at VMI), who have survived the nine-day period of immersion into the VMI way of life known as Hell Week. Broken down to be built back up again, the Rapp boys have made it through the week (some don’t) and are moving forward to the goal of Break Out and becoming a full-fledged Cadet and Class.
While more than 45 students from Rappahannock County High School’s Class of 2014 have gone off to regular college or trade school, these three young men have chosen the road less traveled. We also have three upperclassmen from Rapp at VMI — Matt Lombardi, Sean Michael Knick and Matthew Nicholson, who have been through the rigors, have survived and are thriving. Carly Day is a recent graduate of VMI and is currently in Florida training for the Navy.
VMI is no ordinary college and the men and women who are passing through there from Rapp County are very special indeed. Congratulations to all Rapp’s young men and women on their new journeys in life.