Virginia Military Institute has become very familiar to one Christiansburg family as the fall session gets underway. Molly Straub, 18, has become the latest to join the VMI ranks.


The Straub’s knows Virginia Military Institute very well as three members of the immediate family have graduated from there and another enrolled this fall. Pictured are: (from left) Joe (’65), Maggie (’16), Mollie (incoming freshman) and Charles (’63).

Her sister, Maggie, graduated in 2016 after being the first woman from Montgomery County and the second from the New River Valley to be accepted to the school.

Their father, Charlie, is a member of the class of 1963, and their uncle, Joe, was a member of the class of 1965. But the family connection doesn’t stop there. Molly’s grandfather, Charles, attended the school and is a member of the football hall of fame.

The school dates to the mid-1800’s and boasts 1,713 students as of this year with 195 being female, which were officially brought into the school in 1997, being one of the last all-male schools to do so.

VMI, which has been labelled “West Point of the South,” offers 14 majors and 23 minor areas of study with students taking to or not to military service following graduation.

An estimated 11 Rhode Scholars have graduated from the school since 1921, and in 2015, VMI ranked fourth nationally in the “Top Schools U.S. News and World Report” amongst military academies.

Following in her family’s…



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