Tyler Turner has it set in his mind to continue the prep school legacy of his family, a history that includes a lineage traced back to Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Whereas his grandfather, James, served as a lieutenant colonel in the Army – including two tours in Vietnam – and his father, Jefferson, is beginning his 23rd year as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, Tyler, who is in the sixth grade at Farragut, leans more towards the Navy.
Throughout the last twelve days before the holiday break, the Annual Fund for Student Enrichment campaign celebrated with 12 reasons for giving to Farragut. Names of donors were drawn and announced during the Lower School holiday assembly.
Dr. Steven Hoffman, who graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy’s Pine Beach campus in 1977, recently was rewarded for his achievements at Southeast Missouri State University (Southeast) with the 2015 PRIDE Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher with extraordinary level of scholarship, service and accomplishment.
Rick Clegg, a 1975 Pine Beach, New Jersey campus graduate, was recently featured in the Palm Beach Post for his venture using old shipping containers to create alternative housing. Clegg, an entrepreneur in Jupiter, Fla. who owns Jupiter Outdoor Center, spent $3,000 apiece on three containers to build a house that he markets on Airbnb as a eco vacation retreat. For more on Clegg and his utilitarian house, read the whole story by Jeff Ostrowski, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer.
The National Radon Poster Contest gives students, ages 9–14 years old, the opportunity to educate themselves and others about the dangers of radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. A group of 6th grade students, under the direction of art teacher, Mrs. Mary Shusta participated in this year’s Florida Radon Poster Contest. Read more
Commandant and Mrs. Wallingford (Nurse Kim) graciously hosted our boarders, staff, and faculty in their home on two separate evenings prior to winter break to celebrate the holiday season. Read more
The Army-Navy game is well renowned for its pageantry, as many of Farragut graduates who have attended either academy can attest. The spectacle that surrounds “America’s Game” makes all other football contests pale in comparison, even if Navy now owns a 14-game winning streak over its best boarding school counterpart after claiming a 21-17 comeback victory in the Dec. 12th meeting. For us at Farragut, the Army-Navy game means even more. With so many alumni having served, currently serving, or now attending the academies in Annapolis or West Point, the 116th meeting — this one at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia — is a perfect opportunity for those with ties to both Farragut and the academies to come together in a celebrated way at Army Navy Weekend. Read more
Every year our students participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee to help students improve their spelling, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. First, our school conducts spelling bee contests at the grade level and then the school level. Our grade level winners will be spelling in the school bee on January 13 at 3:30PM in the aviation room. Read more
This past Wednesday, the seventh grade students competed in a robotic vex competition that highlighted their training in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) course. With a bunch of excited and interested kindergarteners and prekinders watching as both keen observers and eventual judges, the contest, organized and run by the Lower School STEM teacher Shannon LoRusso, was won by the group of Krystina Hartley, Casey McKee and Timmy Xiong, whose theme was a galloping horse.
“It was great to see how intrigued they were,” said Casey, who initially came up with the idea. “We thought they would like to see a horse because little kids are really into animals. It was kind of nerve-racking, though, because once the competition was over, you hoped they would come over and vote for your toy. When a lot of them did (10 votes), it felt great to be chosen.”
There were 23 students from the seventh grade class involved in the presentation. The projects, which took a little over three weeks to complete, gave the students a chance to learn how engineering works in the real world.
“I know much more now than I ever did and it’s neat to see how things like a double gear works in everyday life, like how it’s used on a bicycle,” said Casey, who has been attending Farragut since sixth grade. “Doing projects like these helps us understand it even more.”
Mrs. LoRusso took the winners to lunch at Chipotle.
Held outside in the Garden Theater on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm, the Admiral’s Own Band performed a mix of holiday songs and traditional songs. They also did a special performance of the Imperial March from Star Wars in honor of the movie being released over the holidays. SAGE Dining provided cookies and hot chocolate. Read more