Reveille Winter 2014 - Admiral Farragut Academy
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Write to Us Admiral Farragut Academy Reveille Winter 2014 501 Park St N St. Petersburg, FL 33710 “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” -- Leonardo Da Vinci When Da Vinci uttered this remarkable saying, it would be close to 400 years before the Wright Brothers would take man’s first sustained journey into the air. While the Italian genius never experienced the taste of flight as we know it today, he surely understood the true nature of its gift. My journey into the air began with a dream, much like da Vinci.
But once I took off for the first time in a Navy T-34 trainer at NAS Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida in 1966, my heart was in the air until my last flight in a Marine AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter flying over Kenya in a surreal trip chasing elephants, giraffes, gazelles, and alongside birds of all kinds. During my 32 years of military service, I was fortunate enough to be in the cockpit of nearly every type of Navy and Marine aircraft, make over 1,200 carrier arrested landings and command several different ships. Throughout my 4,700 flight hours, I have travelled to hundreds of countries and have set foot on every continent except for Antarctica.
During this journey, I have met some amazing people who have shaped my character and given me perspective on life. Flight has been a wonderful experience and I am humbled by its gift and thankful for its presence in my life.
In 1998, I began my second journey in life as the Director of Naval Science at Farragut. I am proud to have worked alongside dedicated instructors while interacting with incredible students who have gone on to do some amazing feats. I have realized why students, faculty and staff refer to Farragut as 5360彩票官网 and family. The theme of this Reveille issue is Flight, both in a literal and figurative way. In it, you will learn about how Rob Ewing and Jose Hercher are training young men and women to become pilots through a more advanced Aviation Academy that now includes a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
You will celebrate in the brilliance of Farragut and the people it produces while reading the Student Highlights section and the STEM Teacher’s Professional Development page. You will discover the continued growth of Farragut in the story about Kat and Kat in the House. And in our feature piece, you will rejoice in the meaning of “flight” and how alumni have taken a journey into life from the catapult launch and returned to the flight deck of Farragut -- a place they call 5360彩票官网. So fasten your seat belts, sit back, and enjoy the flight!
CAPT Tom McClelland U.S. Navy (Ret.) Director of Naval Science 1 Winter 2014 Printed on 10% recycled paper. REVEILLE
Reveille printed by George Emmanuel ‘88S FEATURED STORIES FARRAGUT TODAY STEM: AN EVER ADVANCING FIELD STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS LOWER SCHOOL: WHERE GREATNESS BEGINS A BLUEJACKET FOR LIFE COMING 5360彩票官网: THE 2014 VERSION table of contents Progress Around Campus Fiscal Outcomes Summer Camps Athletics The Arts Foldable Airplane Go Social 3 6 8 20 23 25 26 28 ALUMNI Giving Back Happenings Class Notes Taps Farragut Anchor Throwback 29 36 37 42 48 50 9 15 21 30 33
3 Quote here ne of the many selling points we offer to prospective families are the wide range of academic offerings, including many AP, Honors, and Dual Enrollment courses available in grades 8-12. “It is Farragut’s specialty programs like Aviation that allows our graduates to turn a traditional high school transcript into something that sets them apart from the millions of other college applicants,” explains Headmaster CAPT Robert J. Fine, Jr. Since 1933, Admiral Farragut Academy has prepared cadets for college and beyond, including a vast array of occupations and opportunities. We currently graduate an average of 65 confident and ambitious students each year, empowering them to travel their own road to success.
Along the way, it is the core values of our school that guide these young alumni to achieve their dreams. Our Aviation Program in particular, empowers students with the tools and knowledge necessary to really “shoot for the stars.” In fact, six Aviation Program Partners with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University farragut today It is Farragut’s specialty programs like Aviation that allows our graduates to turn a traditional high school transcript into something that sets them apart from the millions of other college applicants. - Headmaster CAPT Robert J. Fine, Jr.
Aviation student, Sam Wang ‘17, about to take flight at the Albert Whitted Airport in Downtown St. Petersburg. O
4 Photo caption Every year during our school’s auction fundraiser, families have the opportunity to bid and and win a flight experience with Mr. Ewing. Pictured are students Dylan Rice ‘22 and Hugh Seeley ‘22 about to enjoy their flight. members of the Class of 2014 plan to earn a type of degree in aviation -- five at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the #1 rated aviation college in the country5360彩票官网, and one at Auburn University. The experience for these students as they take flight is truly life changing.
In the words of our alumnus, Apollo 16 lunar pilot BGEN Charlie Duke, Jr. ‘53S, USAF (Ret.), “The word astronaut did not exist while I was at Admiral Farragut Academy. It was the tools that Farragut gave me that allowed me to accomplish goals that had never before been achieved.” Farragut has continued to take the Aviation Program to new heights. Starting in the 8th grade, students may take courses in Aerospace Engineering and in 9th grade continue their studies with Aeronautical Science I and II. Here’s where it gets good, this year the course offerings mirror the courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Farragut’s Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) since 1998, Rob Ewing, an Embry-Riddle graduate, recently formalized an agreement with EmbryRiddle to offer exclusive dual enrollment classes to our students making us a feeder program to the famed aeronautical school and giving our graduates college credit for these courses.
Embry-Riddle is very selective on chosing their partners in education” Ewing said. “It doesn’t change what we do in terms of training future pilots, but it gives Farragut’s Aviation Program that added prestige. It also gives our students a clearer direction in terms of choosing what aviation program they’d like to undertake once graduating from here.” Examples of the degree programs at EmbryRiddle include Aeronautical Science, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Air Traffic Management, Aviation Maintenance Science, and Mechanical Engineering. “In order to be accepted into this program, instructors have to be credentialed and go through a process,” Ewing said.
Because of Mr. Jose Hercher, an aviation instructor for 25 years at Farragut, and his experience with Eastern Airlines as an air transport pilot, the process went smooth and we were accepted and credentialed.” To complete the process, Ewing and Hercher spent three days at the Daytona Beach campus in training to teach EmbryRiddle’s course called AS 121: Private Pilot Operations. “This course develops the aeronautical knowledge required progress
7 5 Students who take Embry-Riddle’s course called AS 121: Private Pilot Operations at Farragut will earn five college credits. farragut today for certification as a Private Pilot with an Airplane Single Engine Land rating,” said Ewing. Students who take the course at Farragut will earn five college credits. However it is Farragut’s specialty programs like Aviation that allows our graduates to turn a traditional high school transcript into something that sets them apart from the millions of other college applicants.
The FAA written examination is one of the steps a student has to complete in order to obtain their pilot license and the course helps them pass this exam,” Ewing said.
It also gives our students a chance to experience a college course with college requirements and college expectations.” Course topics include regulations, safety, pre-solo operations, cross-country5360彩票官网 planning, airspace, chart use, communications, weather, performance, weight and balance, aerodynamics, and decision-making. Currently, there are nine students in the dual enrollment program and, depending on which university they choose to attend, it will help to save them money in the future. For example, each credit hour at Embry-Riddle has a rate of $1,280. “In years past, the dual program would have cost a high school $30,000 to participate and now, it’s $1,800 so it’s a much better deal for students and sets us up as a more respectable program,” Ewing said.
Aerial view of Boca Ciega Bay during a student’s flight training. School Campus!
around campus 6 Moon Rock Display Modernized The alcove that contains a safeguarded piece of the moon was modernized this fall to a museum quality display. The moon rock, donated to the school by Charlie Duke ‘53S, is proudly displayed along with an enlarged replica of a commemorative coin that honors our two moon-walking alumni: Alan Shepard ‘41N and Charlie Duke ‘53S. The display also has a historical timeline of their accomplishments as astronauts. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re on campus! Located in Farragut Hall Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) Due to achieving a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on the California Achievement Test or another accepted Standardized Achievement and Abilities Test, the following 4th-7th grade students have qualified for Duke University TIP.
Participation in this program offers students opportunities such as online curriculum, optional abovelevel testing, educational programming, and independent learning materials. 4th Grade: Jillian A., Calli M., Raven M., Jack S. 5th Grade: Helena P., Dylan R., Hugh S., Tobia S., Jada T., Isabella W.
6th Grade: Ben B., Ansley F., Maurice L., Mitchell L., Casey M., Ella S., Ryan W. 7th Grade: Bianca D., Andre L., Zachary P., Alyssa R., Fernando R., Erik S.
7 farragut today A Shooter with the Drive to Excel wo years ago, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy made a commitment to build an elite collegiate rifle team when it hired Richard Hawkins, a coach with a long list of credentials and accomplishments including a three-time U.S. National Shooting Team Championship and a 12- year tenure at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. Hawkins quickly validated his hiring by leading the U.S.
Coast Guard Varsity Rifle Team to the Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) Air Rifle team title. So, when Farragut senior Melissa Brizzi ‘15 received a letter emailed directly to her from Hawkins stating she would receive a Letter of Assurance from the Coast Guard admissions department, as well as a scholarship offer to compete on the team, Melissa was understandably beside herself.
I was extremely honored and excited,” said Melissa, who has been competing on the Farragut Rifle Team since the 7th grade. “It’s such an arduous process so to receive a Letter of Assurance is incredible. I am so appreciative of what Farragut has done for me and the training I have received during my time here.” Hawkins had high praise for Melissa, stating in his letter to her about the Letter of Assurance, “What we need is a shooter with the drive to excel.” She will join a team on an upward climb to excellence. After dominating the competition in the MAC over the 2013-14 season, the Bears added traditional military rivals – Hawkins’ alma mater, West Point Academy, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy – to this year’s campaign and beyond.
When Melissa competes next year, she will also have to contend with three other nonconference NCAA shooting powerhouses – Texas Christian University, the University of Kentucky, and the Ohio State University.
Melissa seemingly was born for such an adventurous opportunity, though, having been raised by parents – Mike and Brenda – who both served in the Air Force during Desert Storm and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Her father, Mike Brizzi ‘85S, coaches the BlueJackets Rifle Team and is the range safety officer. Mike, who now co-owns Pasadena Plumbing, is the one who taught Melissa how to shoot. Brenda, who makes fishing lures for MirrOLure Lures, is the one who taught her how to fish. She learned how to shoot a gun right around the time she caught her first fish – at age six! (The gun was a .59 caliber hunting rifle.
The fish – a sea trout.) Now, she spends most weekends either hunting or fishing. If that wasn’t enough, Melissa, has also participated on the Farragut swim team since the 6th grade and on the sailing team since the 9th grade. Melissa, who considered the Naval Academy and Jacksonville University before choosing the Coast Guard Academy, plans on seeking a degree in marine science. Melissa Brizzi ‘15 T
around campus Fiscal Outcome 2013-2014 BLUE Ocean 2014 Students in 7th-12th grade at Farragut played a large role in the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit 2014 that was held in St. Petersburg from Nov. 3-9. Founded in 2006, BLUE has become internationally renowned for its unique ability to spark important discussions in areas of ocean science, conservation and exploration, and as a platform for professional development among industry leaders, students, and marine enthusiasts all over the world. BLUE 2014 drew an “ecosystem of ocean all-stars” to the event including Jeremy Irons, Sir Richard Branson, Sylvia Earle, David Doubilet, Kathy Castor, Don Walsh, and several Cousteau family members.
Science Department Chair and Marine Science teacher, Sari Deitche, was instrumental in getting our students involved in specific events like a coastal cleanup, special screenings of several films including James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, question-and-answer sessions with several keynote speakers, career insight discussions, a tour of the exploration vessel called Nautilus, and the opportunity for our drill team to perform at their family festival.
Operating Expenses Sources of Revenue $11,050,000 As part of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit, students, led by science teacher Sari Deitche, participated in the Grand Coastal Cleanup on November 2nd. Students cleaned the shoreline at the Clam Bayou Marine Science Center, picking up close to 20 to 30 pounds of trash in less than 2 hours. 8 58% $10,950,000 Net Tuition Donations and Other Fundraising Student Activities/5360彩票官网 Other Compensation and Benefits Instructional Fundraising Building and Grounds Other Auxiliary Other Administrative 82% %
11 9 STEM: AN EVER ADVANCING FIELD >>> Thomas Ma, Upper School Calculus teacher Stephen Guarcello, Director of STEM a, who is in his 4th year at Farragut and his 22nd year of teaching, was the one of three recipients to receive the Barrett Family Foundation’s Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award.
The $10,000 award was created in 2013 to honor teachers who share a passion for teaching science and mathematics with creative and innovative methods and who cultivate student interest in these two fields. The award is focused on selecting teachers from full-time independent schools in Pinellas or Hillsborough counties with at least two years classroom experience. Ma, who teaches Advanced Placement (AP) classes in Calculus AB and BC, Pre-Calculus Honors, and Pre-Calculus Regular, is originally from China5360彩票官网, where he taught for 10 years before attaining his Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and his Masters of Business Administration from Salisbury State.
The Barrett Foundation selected Ma primarily because of the marked improvement in AP testing in Calculus of students at Farragut during his four-year tenure. “It is an honor to be recognized in such a way. It is a joy to do what I do. I am only able to succeed in the way I have because of Farragut’s commitment to giving teachers the freedom to design classes from their own perspective.” uarcello attended the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana. PLTW is a U.S. non-profit organization that develops hands-on, project-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools.
The 2014 PLTW Summit was attended by nearly 1,500 educators and leaders in corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.
10 caption Robert Milliner, Upper School STEM Engineering Teacher Rob Ewing, Director of Aviation Academy Shannon LoRusso, Lower School Stem Teacher illiner attended multiple trainings this past summer including a 3-day training at the University of Missouri to earn his PLTW Flight & Space certification and two 2-week trainings at Eastern Michigan University to earn his PLTW Introduction to Engineering and Principles of Engineering certifications. During the summer of 2013 he had also earned PLTW certifications in Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics.
He has been teaching at Farragut for 5 years and is also a Residential Life staff member.
oRusso attended a two week training in Colorado this past summer to become certified to teach 6th grade Design & Modeling and 7th grade Automation and Robotics. Each of these courses is taught twice a week during the school year. In her instruction, LoRusso has implemented the use of Alice, a teaching tool designed by the Carnegie Mellon University engineering program. Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video. LoRusso, who has been an instructor at Farragut for eight years, is in her fourth year teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the Lower School.
She focuses on teaching Engineering and Technology to students from 2nd grade to 7th grade -- using an elementary school program designed by the Museum of Science in Boston, MA. In March 2015, Mrs. LoRusso will expand the computer programming curriculum to include students in 3rd-5th grade -- a program she has been using to instruct 6th and 7th graders during her time here at Farragut as a part of Project Lead the Way. wing, after being certified as a PLTW Aerospace Engineering instructor in 2013, has recently completed his first course to earn his Master’s in Aerodynamics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Because of Farragut’s new Dual Enrollment program with Embry-Riddle, Ewing and Jose Hercher, longtime aviation instructor at Farragut, attended the university’s faculty preparation course this past summer to prepare them to teach AS121: Private Pilot Operations, the class associated with the partnership. Once Ewing attains his Master’s, he will be able to select a group of 30 aeronautical classes to teach. E M L
11 In years past, the kitchen served as a place of togetherness. A place where families connected during the process of cooking. Stories were told as ingredients were mixed and matched. Cooking was just as much about caring for one another as it was for creating a delicious meal. All in all, it was a place where people cared – about each other, about food, about family, about life. When I arrived at Farragut two months ago, the first thing I noticed was how people cared. The dining hall – among other places – is a prime example of “life” happening, where a connection is made, how a family comes together.
When I enter the dining hall during the lower school’s lunch hour, I hear excitement, laughter, togetherness, and happiness. It doesn’t have a dull effect like a public school cafeteria. The experience of eating isn’t just an act of necessity. When I enter the dining hall during the upper school’s time for lunch, I see repeated walks to the buffet line to partake in a second or third helping of food, a clear sign something’s being done right in the kitchen.
SAGE Dining 5360彩票官网 has been the heart and soul of our school’s dining experience since 1999. Katarzyna Garmilla, SAGE food service director, and Kat Farber, SAGE assistant food service director, are Farragut’s master chefs, the “moms” away from 5360彩票官网 for the student body, faculty and staff. With both having life’s experiences in the kitchen and a culinary education, they pride themselves on making quality meals because they inherently care. “It’s about a connection,” said Garmilla, who emigrated from Poland to Atlanta, Ga. when she was 19-years-old. “I’ve cooked for as long as I can remember.
I was always in the kitchen helping or in the garden with my grandmother. Cooking is what we did and who we were. Kat and I are passionate about what we do because we care. We love what we do because we know people here care.” Garmilla trained at La Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, but she admittedly gained the most experience early on in her 5360彩票官网land.
We had such an appreciation for cooking because of the hard times we experienced during the Communist period,” Garmilla said. “I was young, a child, but I remember how my mother would come 5360彩票官网 with a pound of sausage or a pound of cheese. We had to be creative with how we prepared meals to make them enjoyable. I gained a true appreciation for the kitchen and the Kat and Kat are in the House farragut today Kat Farber (left) and Kat Garmilla (right) plan fun, cultural food bars throughout the year.
Photo caption I just visited Stanford University and the food here is better than most of the college food I’ve had.
There’s always something different to try and you have a wide array of choices. It makes mealtime a lot more enjoyable. ” -Michael Baillie ‘15, 5-day boarding student around campus preparation of meals that I carry over to my work today. I love doing what I do and I care about the people I am cooking for.” Farber, who grew up in Tampa, has a similar cooking foundation as Garmilla, learning to cook “since I was old enough to reach the counter.” She gained most of her early experience either helping her grandmother bake cookies or tagging along to help her dad cater a variety of events. Thus, Kat and Kat have become an indelible factor in making the ever important meal times at Farragut what it is today.
We try to do special things because so many kids live here,” Farber said. “This is their breakfast, lunch, dinner. Their 5360彩票官网, their living room, their dining room. We want to make it like their family is making their meals for them and it isn’t just cafeteria food.” And students recognize and appreciate this. ” Thanks to the Roy M. Speer Foundation, the dream of a 21st century Student Center came to life to be enjoyed by all. Because of the impact that Farragut had on their son/grandson, the family wanted to do something that would make a difference for the entire student body. We extend sincere and heartfelt thanks to the donors, the Roy M.
Speer Family Foundation, the family foundation of cadet J.C. Scherer ‘17, who made the dream come to reality. We are grateful for their generosity and trust in our mission. Pictured left to right: Headmaster Robert J. Fine, Jr., cadet J.C. Scherer ‘17, J.C.’s grandmother, Mrs. Speer, and J.C.’s mother, Lisa Vickers.
With the new improvements in spaces and layout, students will have more space to study, research and get ready for tests and projects,” said Angie Koebel, Director of the Center for Academic Success located in the Student Center. Koebel has had the vision to build a facility like this for years and when the opportunity arose to re-purpose the school’s library facility, she took total ownership of the project and saw it to completion. Student Center Remodeled 12
13 farragut today Muffins with Mom Military Appreciation Day More pictures at www.farragut.smugmug.com Donuts with Dad Carnival games During the last 5360彩票官网 football game, Farragut paid tribute to our veterans and military on active duty.
around campus Mother-Son Pirate Adventure Boys bonded with their mothers during a pirate ship ride at John’s Pass. Roy M. Speer Student Center 14
- Integrity to be of strong moral character
- Self-Discipline to make good choices
- Perseverance to accomplish their goals
- Wellness and Fitness to achieve their full potential HIGHLIGHTS Patrick was named the Tampa Bay Times Athlete of the Week after he created history on Oct. 24, 2014 by setting a new school record in the 5K. Patrick’s time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds helped him win the Celtic Invitational in Naples. His time was 19 seconds faster than John Biffar ‘03, who held the record since setting it on Oct. 31, 2002 at the old Avon Park Invitational. Since 2008, when Patrick first joined the cross country5360彩票官网 team, he has made remarkable improvements as a runner, going from running a 25 min 5K in 6th grade to his record-setting pace this year. “Patrick is a very hard worker and dedicated to improving both on the track and in the classroom. He has the similar type of commitment and dedication seen in all great athletes,” Farragut cross country5360彩票官网 coach Phil Barnhill said.
Not only has Patrick broken a school record, but he did so after he overcame a serious setback. After starting out the 2013 school year with a speedy time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds in the 5K, Patrick’s enthusiasm came crashing to a halt with the news he had suffered a stress fracture in his right leg. “I was initially devastated,” Patrick said. “But I’m not one to have a personal pity party so I quickly got back in it mentally.” He dealt with the injury by joining the swimming team and competed in the 50, 100, 200, and 500 meter divisions. “It was better than just going through the typical (rehabilitation),” said Patrick, who returned to running after seven weeks.
For Patrick, who began attending Farragut as a day student in the 3rd grade, and then became a boarder in the 8th grade when his parents took jobs in Michigan. Perseverance is much more than just accomplishing a goal. In fact, PATRICK MCNAMARA ‘15 Student since 3rd grade STUDENT
16 Patrick’s fondness for excellence stems somewhat from a saying inscribed on the wall in Farragut’s mess hall: “Success is never accidental.” The quote has been used in a variety of forms by countless owners of extreme success, from Aristotle, to best-selling author Tommy Newberry, to professional basketball player Stephen Curry, but Patrick connects the saying with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. “He’s an amazing person to go from being a college dropout to a business phenomenon,” said McNamara, who has a 4.12 overall grade point average in advanced placement classes of Environmental Science, Statistics, Chemistry, honor classes of English and Calculus, and Spanish 5.
It’s no coincidence Patrick relates to an entrepreneur like Dorsey considering the Farragut boarder has maintained a thriving landscaping business he started six years ago. “People needed to have their garden entrances maintained and beautified and I had some experience so it started and grew from there,” said Patrick, who gained knowledge from working for his uncle’s landscaping business. After creating the start-up here in Florida, Patrick now maintains the venture during the summer in Niles, Mich., a suburban town 10 miles from South Bend, Ind. While Patrick is unsure whether he wants to create and run a larger business than his budding landscaping venture or work his way to the top as a CEO of a company, he does know he’d like to earn a scholarship as a runner in college.
We look forward to seeing more from him.
XINYUAN “LISA” CHEN ‘15 Lisa has embraced her experience at Farragut and the American way of life since joining the school her freshman year. She visits her native Beijing, China5360彩票官网 twice a year, but considers Farragut 5360彩票官网. A black belt in taekwondo, Lisa has placed first and third in recent competitions. She has been on the drill team since her freshman year and has maintained a grade point average of at least 4.0 since she began her academic studies here. During the fall semester she took AP English, Government Honors, Oceanography Honors and courses in Aviation Academy. She anticipates getting her Private Pilot license within the next few months.
Lisa would like to stay in the United States to attend college. Her top choices include New York University and Liberty University, although she is still awaiting word on acceptance. Lisa is a devout Christian and would like to become a minister, either here or back in China5360彩票官网.
Student since 9th grade
17 MICHEL TAUBER ‘15 Student since Kindergarten Mike, the Delta Battalion Commander, will finish his Farragut journey in 2015 well-accomplished and well-prepared for the world. A student here since Kindergarten, Mike is widely viewed around campus as an effective leader. He has represented Farragut in many positive ways, most notably having already completed close to 450 community service hours. His participation in varsity soccer and tennis, as well as an instructor over the summer for the Jr. ROTC Leadership program, further highlights his foundation as a leader.
Mike’s well-rounded character has been demonstrated in other ways as well, including as a volunteer for six years at his synagogue, Temple Beth’el, where he is now the president of the youth group. His most important work at the synagogue includes “The Remember Us Project,” a national mission that focuses on producing a Tallit (prayer shawl) in memory of a child lost to the Holocaust. In addition, Mike is a recognized filmmaker listed on the International Movie Database (IMDb) having produced and directed independent films that have been selected for the Sunscreen Film Festival, a nationally recognized event with an annual attendance of more than 11,000.
Mike has had three films selected for the Sunscreen Film Festival including “The Struggle”. He aspires to attend a university with a film program and is looking at colleges like New York Univ. and Columbia Univ.
Jhonnelle’s love for animals began during her childhood in Kingston, Jamaica, where her grandmother had a chicken farm and an occasional goat. Once her family moved to St. Petersburg, it developed even more in the 7th grader when she got her first two dogs, mixed breeds, from the kennel. Then, her passion to take care of animals was emboldened this past summer when she volunteered at Gulfport Veterinarian Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg five days a week, eight to nine hours a day. “I loved it. I know being a vet will be a lot of work and a lot of hours, but it will be well worth it.” Jhonnelle, who started attending Farragut in the 9th grade, has her sights on attending one of the top veterinary schools in the nation.
She has already looked into Auburn University, University of Florida, Cornell University, and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. In preparation for the rigorous scientific requirements, Jhonnelle has focused on taking classes at Farragut geared towards the subject, including Marine Biology and AP Chemistry. In addition to maintaining a 3.9 grade point average, Jhonnelle plays cross country5360彩票官网, softball, and the cymbals in the school band and at her local church while also mentoring as a coach for the Little BlueJackets Sports Program and volunteering at Wildwood Recreation Center. When she “finds the time,” Jhonnelle attends conferences for the National Society of High School Scholars.
JHONNELLE YOUNG ‘16 Student since 9th grade
Antoni Ptak ‘15 Student since 9th grade Antoni began the sport of go-kart racing four years ago when he went with his father to Andersen Race Park in Palmetto, Fla. What started as a weekend fun activity has turned into a legitimate professional career with Antoni on the verge of winning the global championship. Antoni automatically qualified for the world event in Valencia, Spain by capturing the Polish Championship over the summer. An excellent student with a high grade point average throughout his tenure at Farragut, Antoni prides himself on being able to take the knowledge gained in the Aviation Academy and transferring it over to the track.
Aviation has the same principles. How the engine works, the temperature, the pressure of the air. The humidity. You adjust the engine to it. When there’s more pressure, it’s colder and that means there’s more oxygen so we need to give more fuel to the engine so it has the same balance.
The same thing with the planes. A lot has to do with the wind. A lot of people in racing don’t think about the wind and in aviation we learn a lot about the wind and how it affects everything. On the straightaway, there’s wind from the back, so there’s more speed. When wind from the front, we will go slower but we can take advantage of it because with wind from the front, we know we have more air in the engine. If there’s more headwind, then we need more fuel.” So, not only does the Farragut Aviation Academy help create future pilots, it has helped push a race car driver to a championship level.
Antoni will race in the 15th Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2014 on Nov. 29 in Spain and hopes a top-5 finish will garner sponsorship money so he can move on to compete on a higher level. Eventually, if all goes according to plan, Antoni hopes to race alongside the likes of Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya on the Indy Car circuit. In the meantime, Antoni is in the process of applying to several top notch colleges.
7 19 farragut today around campus LOWER SCHOOL SPIRIT SQUAD FARRAGUT students and ALUMNI are nJROTC INSTRUCTORS ROBOTICS TEAM hosts competition and WINS GRANT Boarding Life Admiral Farragut Academy played host to the scrimmage for the FIRST Tech Challenge in an all-day event in which 25 schools attended, the most for the scrimmage in its three-year existence. Over 200 people attended the competition with several teams from the south Florida region making the trip. The Admiral Farragut Academy Robotics Team has also won a grant from Rockwell Collins in the sum of $500. Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for our customers in aerospace and defense.
Students in Kindergarten through 7th grade participate in a Spirit Squad, under the coaching staff of Kindergarten parent Cathy Larrinaga, Advancement Director, Alison Lescarbeau, and cadets Kollyne Thomas ‘16 and Hope Bledsoe ’16. They cheered at our 5360彩票官网 football and volleyball games. Go BlueJackets! Each and every summer, Leadership Academy is hosted on Farragut’s campus in early June. This year, we hosted 120 young men and women from all over the state of Florida, known in the NJROTC world as Area 7. With the help of several Area 7 NJROTC instructors from public high schools, retired Navy and Marine Corps members, and even young members of our alumni community and current regiment, our Naval Science Department goes through the steps of “turning boys into men and girls into ladies.” Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida is a theme park with roller coasters, rides, attractions, shows, animal encounters and dining! A group of 22 boarding students enjoyed a full day exploring Busch Gardens with Mr.
20 farragut today summer camps Summer@Farragut was a unique 4-week boarding experience for students entering grades 9-12. Students came from all of the world and represented the following countries: China5360彩票官网, Russia, Colombia, Spain, and Vietnam and U.S. states: Florida, Ohio, Texas, and California. Summer@Farragut gave students the opportunity to advance, at an accelerated pace, through specialized credit courses, or alternatively, to make up credits required for graduation. Courses included Math, Writing, Sailing, Scuba, Marine Science, ESL, and SAT/TOEFL Prep. The camp was attended by 60 students.
This upcoming 2015 summer, Summer@Farragut will be a 6-week program for students entering grades 8-12. Summer@Farragut Little Captains Engineering/STEM Early Elementary Enrichment Little Captains consisted of four week-long sessions for students entering grades PreK-5. The fun and educational session themes were “Reader’s Theater”, “Marine Art & Science”, “Summer Olympics”, and “Top Secret”. The camp was led by 1st grade teacher Mrs. Marilyn Reynolds, who is now the PreK teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. The camp was attended by 109 students.
The Engineering/STEM Summer Camp consisted of two week-long sessions built around educational activities to engage students entering grades 6-8.
During each session students enjoyed hands-on projects such as robotics building, rocket launching, and Autodesk 3D design. The camp was taught by Farragut’s Lower School STEM Instructor, Mrs. Shannon LoRusso. The camp was attended by 26 students. The Early Elementary Enrichment summer camp consisted of three week-long sessions for students in K-2. The camp was a preview of what life is like as a student at Farragut. It included science experiments, art projects, reading, handwriting, research and writing skills, math, music, yoga, and more. The camp was taught by Farragut’s 1st grade teacher, Mrs.
Shauna McKee. The camp was attended by 15 students. Visit www.farragut.org/summer to learn more about Farragut’s Summer Camps and Programs!
Your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” – Gandhi Destiny has a funny way of working itself out. Michael Jordan perhaps was destined to be a mediocre baseball player, but instead became the greatest basketball player ever to play the game all while becoming an iconic figure in sports and business. Elvis Presley surely could have gone nameless as a rough-and-tumble mechanic in Memphis, but the gift of a guitar instead of a bicycle on his 10th birthday paved the way for the eventual “King of Rock and Roll.” No one knows for sure where and what the children of Admiral Farragut Academy will be five, 10, 20 years from now, but it is certain the foundation being set by Farragut is helping them discover their destiny.
For Josh Graves ‘20, who started in PreK, his destiny could possibly be as a sports star in either baseball, basketball, cross country5360彩票官网, soccer, or track and field. Not only does the 7th grader play all of them at Farragut, according to the coaches for each respective sport, he “is a natural athlete and could probably do well at any sport he picked up.” Or his destiny could be in marine science, a subject he has developed a liking to over the past couple of years in classes taught by Michael Nicholson, aptly known as Coach Nick. “He’s taught us a lot about marine science and animals and their habitat and how they live,” Josh said.
One of the many highlights of the marine science program is its collaboration with Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the ecological balance that exists in Tampa Bay. “It was cool because our class and a couple other classes got to plant salt marshes and put them in the garden (behind Coach Nick’s classroom) and we could watch them grow from then on. A year later, Tampa Bay Watch returns and picks them up to plant throughout the area and we start over again,” Josh said. Then, Josh summarizes his “findings” like an expert in the field. “Many of the bay grasses are failing to survive in the wild and it’s just a way to boost up the population of them.
I’ve learned that the salt marsh connects many ecosystems and habitats together. People can either pollute the environment-- or pollute the ecosystem or they can recycle or reuse to help the ecosystems.” For Lower School STEM teacher Shannon LoRusso, who is in her eighth year at Farragut, her destiny is now -- teaching, inspiring, and helping kids in the lower school discover their minds through an advanced STEM Program that now extends 21 Farragut’s Lower School -- WhereGreatness Begins Josh Graves ‘20
22 from 2nd grade through 12th grade. On any given day, step into LoRusso’s classroom and you will see synapses at work. It might be 2nd graders formulating a plan to create structures out of the materials handed to them. As LoRusso describes, “They have soil. They have cloth, brick, and they’re testing all the different properties and seeing how they work together. For example, how to build a wall that’s sturdy using those different materials. I don’t tell them what to do. They work in a group. Test it. If it doesn’t work, improve it.” Or it could be 7th graders developing state-ofthe-art slideshow digital presentations using web applications like Prezi, Animoto, and ThingLink.
LoRusso taps into the adage held by and professed by Lower School Principal, Anita Fine, that states: “We aren’t afraid of change. We’re constantly adapting to the world around us. We’re not scared of it. If we are, then our kids won’t have the capacity to grow and ultimately compete in the world when they leave us.” Thus, teaching for growth and development as opposed to teaching for testing purposes becomes the norm. “Before, all I was worried about was preparing the kids to succeed at the FCAT (Florida’s Comprehensive Assessment Test),” said LoRusso, who taught for seven years at a public elementary school before coming to Farragut.
Now, I enjoy what I do because I can be free to help the kids discover themselves in innovative ways.” As Emily Dickinson once said, “The brain is wider than the sky.” At Farragut, which opens the mind, heart, and soul to a plethora of opportunities, the sky is limitless, beginning in lower school with a curriculum steeped in marine science, science, technology, engineering, computer programming, art, music, Chinese, Spanish, and athletics, along with the traditional math, language arts, and social studies. As Fine, an educator who is in her 13th year at Farragut, says, “We want children to come with a smile and leave with a smile.
If a child’s not happy, we’re doing something wrong.” 5th grade students engineered maglev transportation systems, which use magnetic levitation instead of wheels to move. PreK and 3rd graders are reading buddies. Salt marsh planting in the school’s garden.
7 5 farragut today 23 CROSS COUNTRY Fall Season Review VOLLEYBALL After having a senior-laden team in 2013, the cross country5360彩票官网 team this year had a majority of underclassmen competing. Coach Phil Barnhill expects to have many of these runners excel over the years. They will definitely have a good model to follow after Patrick McNamara ‘15 culminated his six-year career at Farragut with a record-breaking 2014 campaign that included a title in the City Championships and an entry into the Class 1A state finals with a 4th place finish at the regionals as well as an invitation to the high school national championships.
Patrick finished 7th at the state championships held in Tallahassee. (See Student Highlights) Hunter McCann ‘16, a transfer from Osceola High, who also qualified for states with a top 15 regional finish, placed 27th at the state finals. Sara Graves ‘16 and Cami Croasdale ‘15 were female runners who posted personal records this season with Croasdale qualifying for the region finals.
The 2014 Volleyball Program had its greatest year for participation in Farragut history with 108 girls playing either on Varsity, Junior Varsity, or one of two (yes TWO!) Middle School teams. The number of participants equates to approximately 40 percent of the female population at Farragut. This is the only female program in Farragut history to be playing on all three levels of competition. Anastasha Worlds ‘16 led the Varsity with 114 kills followed by Carrie Burman ‘15 with 79 kills. Carrie -- the only four-year varsity starter -- also led the team in serve consistency with an 86.3 serve percentage, including 62 aces.
Bayli Roeder ‘15 had a teamhigh 135 assists and Asaunti Brown ‘16 had a team-high 53 blocks, which was second in the Class 3A-9 District. With just three players graduating (Carrie, Bayli, and Charlisa Jenkins), Coach Shelby Thompson is excited about the possibilities next season with so much youth returning and involved. “We took some huge steps this year and I’m looking forward to next year,” Coach Thompson said.
Hailey Dalton ‘15 Bayli Roeder ‘15
8 6 athletics 20 The BlueJackets Varsity football team opened up the 2014 campaign with a convincing 35-7 victory over Moore Haven in the Preseason Classic, but the regular season would be defined by several key injuries. In addition, three of the five losses were to teams ranked first in their respective classes. After beginning the season with three consecutive losses that included season-ending knee injuries to key players, Anthony Evans ‘15 and Armando Diaz, the BlueJackets finished the year with four wins in their last six contests, including a 40-0 win over neighborhood rival St.
Petersburg Catholic and a 49-7 rout over crosstown foe Shorecrest Prep in the 5360彩票官网coming game. Farragut closed the year with an impressive 28-7 win over playoffbound Warner Christian. While the BlueJackets failed to make the playoffs, the foundation is set for a bright future under second-year coach Ryan Hearn and his staff. In addition, several seniors will be looking forward to National Signing Day in February. Jestin Green ‘15, who was selected to play in the Pinellas County All-Star Game in December, has committed to play for Florida International University next fall. Other seniors who expect to secure an offer and play at the next level include Dalton Collins, Cole Fagan, Dontae McGee, Aaron Rodriguez, Anthony Navarro, and Thomas Silver.
2014 Results Overall Record: 5-5 Regular Season Record: 4-5 District 3A-5 Record: 1-2 FOOTBALL SWIMMING The Farragut swimming team had 14 swimmers each improve their times from the beginning of the season to the end with two student-athletes qualifying for individual events in the regional finals and a group of four qualify for the relays. At the Class 1A region finals, Jack Seabrook ‘16 -- in his first year here at Farragut -- swam 23.04 in the 50 free and 52.34 in the 100 free, which were his fastest times of the year. Kimberly Brown ‘15 swam a 1:11.95 in her 100 backstroke, which was her fastest time this year.
The boys 200 free relay swam a 1:42.45 besting their previous time of 1:43.43. Members of the 200 free relay were Myles Beach ‘16, Saran Polchan ‘16, Max Jessen ‘15, and Jack Seabrook.
Myles Beach ‘16 Dontae McGee ‘15
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