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Happy 60th, CMA!
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Congratulations to Camden Military Academy (CMA) on its 60th birthday. As a front page story submitted by the academy relates today, CMA’s 60th year will wrap up with senior cadets crossing the graduation stage in May.

“While CMA’s roots extend back to 1892,” the article points out, today’s academy is a combination of Carlisle Military School (CMS) of Bamberg and CMA, which opened in 1958. Col. James Risher started CMS. According to CMA’s website, the school actually began operating in 1950 as the Camden Academy. Rishing’s son purchased the facility and his son, Col. Lanning Risher, opened CMA in 1958. Carlisle closed in 1977, sending over its records, flags and traditions to CMA -- traditions it has maintained for 42 years.

During its six decades in Kershaw County, CMA has contributed mightily to the community it calls home. Of special note is today’s hosting of Kershaw County Special Olympics. Although many of its students come from outside the area, the academy participates in local ceremonies, especially with its color guard and JROTC cadets.

There is so much more we could say, but suffice it to say, CMA has been a good neighbor.

While graduation isn’t until May, CMA is celebrating tomorrow with campus tours starting 1 p.m., and a parade at 2:30 p.m. There will also be special meal and program at American Legion Post 17. The public is invited; there is a $25 charge for adults and $10 for ages 12-16; younger children can attend for free.

We hope everyone will join us in saluting Camden Military Academy for 60 years of service to the education of its cadets and to Kershaw County.