Commander Frederick (Rick) Schock is the Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) at Admiral Farragut Academy. Before this appointment he served in the same assignment for nearly 6 years at Dunedin High School.
LTJG Kathryn Thomas ‘08 is on the fast track to a high ranking position in the United States Navy. Kathryn, who attended Farragut for eight years, recently finished a tour on the USS Wasp as the Assistant Training Officer and Electronic Warfare Officer, earning a Navy Achievement Medal for her efforts during two years aboard the Wasp. Kathryn, who received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech, is scheduled to perform the duties of Training Officer on board the USS Antietam, based out of Yokosuka, Japan from 2015-16.
“Farragut prepared me for life. The people there – students, faculty, coaches, staff – emphasize excellence and you can strive for excellence in a culture that demands it. The positive peer pressure to succeed pushes you to new heights. It’s a standard. You wake up and talk to your classmates and you hear all the great things they’re doing. Self-realization you can accomplish anything becomes a part of who you are.”
Brittany McGee ’15 finished third in the heptathlon of the Championship Division at the New Balance National Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which was held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina from June 19-22. The event is considered the most prestigious post-season track and field championships for high school athletes, showcasing more than 2,900 of the country’s best talent since 1991. Read more
Michael Dunleavy ’16 of Boy Scout Troop 340 turned over his completed Eagle Scout project to Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford June 6 at Madeira Beach Causeway Park. The project is a Spartina nursery. Spartina is a cord grass that is indigenous to Florida and is used to assist with land reclamation along the beaches and in marshes. Read more
Congratulations goes out to Chris Northup ‘18 for becoming an Eagle Scout. Chris had a particularly unique path in attaining the rank due to his troop being in Saudi Arabia. Chris, who started attending Farragut in August 2014, had a keen interest in sustainable farming and homesteading for many years. Read more
Upper School English instructor, Heather Ewing, and Aviation instructor, Rob Ewing, represented Admiral Farragut Academy when they visited the dual partnership schools in China during the month of June. They first went to Limai school in Beijing where they observed classes and held teacher training sessions. Limai has two primary schools and one high school, offering boarding and non-boarding options, similar to Farragut. The second school the Ewings toured was Yaohua school in Tianjin where they attended graduation and Mr. Ewing was a guest speaker as part of the ceremonies.
“The trip was an incredible experience and we are looking forward to greeting some visiting students, at Farragut, later in July,” Mrs. Ewing said. “We found the students to be insightful, polite and creative. The staff at both schools went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing visit. Also, the people of China everywhere we went were gracious, friendly and informative.”
Some notable places the Ewings visited were the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Temple of Confucius, and Tiananmen Square.
Spring is definitely in the air for the Farragut softball team. The Lady BlueJackets continued to etch their name in the history books as they advanced to the Class 3A Regional Finals after a 5-2 victory over Northside Christian. Read more
The day started off with a flag ceremony overlooking the waterfront and a march of flags representing many countries of the world and our diverse student body.
Following the flag raising ceremony was a breakfast social hosted by Captain Fine and Mrs. Fine at Farragut Hall’s West Lounge. Parents mingled and enjoyed hot coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit. Then, Upper School Parents were invited to visit their child(ren)’s classrooms.
Congratulations goes out to Mark Panuthos, who was selected by the Madeira Beach VFW Post 4256 as its Teacher of the Year. Mr. Panuthos, who teaches AP U.S. History, AP Microeconomics, Intro to Economics, and American Government, was also selected as the District Winner. The Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively.
Head of Upper School, CDR Shannon Graves nominated Mr. Panuthos back in November and this Thursday Panuthos was informed by Graves and CDR Ronald Mills of VFW Post 4256 about his selection.
“I am honored to have been nominated by CDR Graves,” said Mr. Panuthos, who has taught at Farragut since 1996. “We have the best teachers here at Farragut and my nomination means a great deal to me. I am further honored to have had my nomination validated by an organization as prestigious as the VFW. I am looking forward to the awards ceremony and I’m looking forward to building a relationship with the VFW.”
Mr. Panuthos will be presented his award and recognized on April 16th at the annual awards ceremony at the VFW Post 4256.