Major George Stelljes reflects on over 20 years at SJMS

Maj. George Stelljes has dedicated 21 years to the mission of St. John’s Military School and its cadets. For the past nine and a half years, he has served as commandant of cadets. As Stelljes approaches retirement from the institution at the end of the academic year, he reflects on over two decades of service and friendships that will never … Read More

Coming a Long Way from Where He Started: Cadet ChenHao Li

ChenHao Li has come a long way. Born in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, a city South of Beijing, Li first came to the United States in August 2016. On his first day, Li knew no other cadets and spoke almost no English. Now, just over 18 months later, in his senior year, Li is thriving. He has mastered conversational and … Read More

Learning without Limits

For Edna Arias Velasco and her husband, the most important thing they wanted for their son, Erik, was an education without limits. They wanted Erik to learn English so he could obtain a quality college education in the United States. They never realized that sending Erik to St. John’s Military School would transform the lives of their entire family. Today, … Read More

St. John’s Military School Enables Cadets to Pursue individualized, Concurrent College Coursework Opportunities

St. John’s Military School believes that every one of its cadets deserves personal attention, the refinement and support of individual education pathways, and the level of support that only a brotherhood can provide. The military school’s commitment to such individualized attention has enabled its cadets to overcome previous academic challenges and pursue personal, educational, and career goals many never previously … Read More

Lessons of Leadership: Old Boy Finds Career as Life-Saving Flight Paramedic

Justin Holton did not set out to live a life of selfless heroism, but as with so many true leaders, a commitment to serving others just came naturally. Today Holton works as a critical care flight paramedic and for Vanderbilt LifeFlight, a critical care air medical transport service in Nashville, Tennessee. It is a position that requires confidence under pressure, … Read More

Ian Sitarik Recalls Life at St. John’s and Lessons of Fortitude and Friendship

As he prepares to begin working toward a doctorate degree at Pennsylvania State University, former St. John’s Military School cadet Ian Sitarik reflects on the long and winding road that led him to his current academic achievements. It was not long ago that Sitarik found himself facing a crossroad in his life and had to make a difficult choice for … Read More

St. John’s Teaches Cadets to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

The values, behaviors, and practices that children learn in their youth are those that often form the foundation of their beliefs as they move into adulthood. For this reason, one of the most vital lessons needed to shape successful futures is the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, and regular physical activity. Unfortunately, despite all the … Read More

Battalion Commander Reilly-Reed Leads the 130th Corps of Cadets with integrity

This definition of leadership, spoken by cadet Lt. Col. Chris Reilly-Reed, proves why he was chosen by the school’s leaders to serve in the important role of battalion commander of the 130th Corps of Cadets at St. John’s Military School. The senior cadet who fulfills the duties of the battalion commander is expected to be a mentor for the Corps, … Read More

Military school signs agreement with KWU to benefit cadets

For more than 100 years, two academic institutions — Kansas Wesleyan University and St. John’s Military School — have anchored the south and north ends of Santa Fe Avenue. Now the liberal arts college at the south end of Santa Fe and the military school at the north end are signing an agreement to allow St. John’s cadets to pursue … Read More