CULVER, Ind. – Seven area students from Culver Academies will be participating in the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Friday, Jan. 20. Going to Washington, D.C., are:

cma_elanna-reavill-otoole-2Equestriennes: Jordan Blackburne (Plymouth), Morgan McBride (Granger),

cma_elanna-reavill-otoole-2Elanna Reavill-O’Toole (Culver), and Shannon Klaus (St. Joseph, Mich.) are riding.

cma_rachael-dodsonRachael Dodson (Argos) is an alternate.

Black Horse Troop: Brian Krupp (Mishawaka) and

cma_max-baldwinMax Baldwin (Culver).
The Equestriennes are the 24-member girls mounted unit. They will be riding with the 56 members of the Culver Military Academy Black Horse Troop. This will be the 17th inaugural parade for the Black Horse Troop and the eighth for the Equestriennes.

The 2017 Inaugural Parade will mark the 104th anniversary of the Black Horse Troop’s first ride down Pennsylvania Avenue. The mounted unit served as the official escort for Vice President Thomas Marshall during Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural parades in 1913 and 1917. Marshall was the former governor of Indiana.

The parade will be televised live. Uninterrupted coverage will be broadcast on C-SPAN. More details about Culver’s inaugural activities are available at


About Culver Academies

Located on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind., Culver Academies is a boarding school offering a college-preparatory curriculum for boys and girls in grades nine through 12.

Annually, Culver has an enrollment of 814 students representing more than 36 states and 22 countries. Approximately 20 percent of the students are international, coming from such countries as China, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
Culver provides the best whole person education in the country and is the only college preparatory boarding school and summer camp offering an intentional and differentiated leadership program for its young women and young men. In the classroom and on the athletic field, students learn about themselves and their potential in an environment that fosters both individual accomplishment and community contribution. Culver’s tradition of leader development and whole person education inspires responsibility – for themselves and their peers. Culver embodies an exciting combination of inspirational tradition and innovation in its programs and its governing philosophy, with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, wellness and a healthy emphasis on integrity and developing character. Students do not merely attend Culver; rather they create a community through leadership and developing relationships that last a lifetime.


Founded in 1894, the boys’ school, Culver Military Academy, is based upon a military-type system used to teach self-discipline, responsibility, and leadership. Culver Girls Academy, founded in 1971, is based upon the prefect system, with girls practicing democratic, self-rule to achieve similar values.


The Academies and the six-week Culver Summer Schools & Camps, with an enrollment of 1,400 for boys and girls ages 9-17, operate on the same 1,700-acre campus in Marshall County in north-central Indiana.


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