Nicole Stott, Astronaut and AFA Parent, speaks of her experience in space and how we must respect our planet and each other

The Admiral Farragut Academy International Dual Diploma program gives students in other countries the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion from Admiral Farragut Academy although they are unable to attend classes in Florida. Having launched the program in 2014, June 2018 was their largest graduating class with a total of 47 students; most of whom will be matriculating this fall to New York University, Virginia Tech, and Rutgers to name a few. This year, we were very fortunate to have Farragut parent and NASA astronaut, Nicole Stott prepare a speech for the graduates in China. Her speech was recorded on video and played at the graduation ceremony which was attended by over 100 guests, including Board Chair, Christian Wagner ‘82N; Vice President, Brian Chatterley; and China Director, Justin Poupart. Nicole will be the guest speaker for the Alumni Homecoming dinner on October 27th.

Watch Stott’s speech:

Excerpt of speech:

Looking out on our Earth from The International Space Station, I was in awe, I was humbled – it was a life changing, spiritual, and overwhelming impressive experience.

It’s very surreal to be in space, floating in front of the window of your spaceship, and looking down on our planet.  

Orbiting the Earth at 5 miles a second, it’s wonderful to see the sun rising and setting 16 times a day, to see the Earth spinning below me; to witness the reality of our home as a planet, and to recognize the undeniable interconnectivity of everyone and everything that inhabits our Spaceship Earth.

At the same time, I was humbled by experiencing the view of our small, beautifully colorful and glowing planet in the endless blackness of space that surrounds us.  Our Earth might feel big when you stand here on it, but from the vantage point of space it can seem so tiny amongst the grander scheme of the universe. The reality though is that tiny does not mean insignificant.

This feeling of humility and awe, inspires wonder and total respect, and it led to the most important lesson I learned from looking down on our little blue planet.  From up in space, you are witness to our undeniable reality.

That reality can be summed up by 3 simple, yet profound things — we live on a planet, we are all Earthlings, and the only border that matters is the thin blue line of our atmosphere that blankets us all.  We all need to acknowledge and accept responsibility for this reality that we all share in common.

This is the message I wish to bring to all of the students of Admiral Farragut Academy –.  We must respect each other, our planet, and all of the plants and animals we share it with.

This year, 2018, marks 18 years of continuous human presence in space — for as long as you all have been alive; crews, composed of astronauts from 16 partner countries have been cooperating, living, and working peacefully and successfully together in space.  And not just in space . . . but thousands of people from the different space programs around the world have labored purposefully together right here on Earth in support of the common space station mission and the crews orbiting above.  The space station is by far the most complex international partnership that has ever been undertaken by humans in pursuit of a common goal of greater good. And all of that work together in space has been for the benefit of all of us here on Earth.  

In space we have managed to build a mechanical environment that mimics what our own “Spaceship Earth” does for us naturally.  More importantly, we have demonstrated how planetary partnerships and long-term thinking can result in mutually beneficial success for all involved.

We know that we have challenges ahead of us that will determine the future of humanity.  Examples like the successful and beautiful planetary partnership we have with the International Space Station, and the acceptance that we’re all in this together – show us that if we all work together, we can overcome any challenge.

Humanity needs leaders.  

We look to you, Farragut students and graduates, to be those LEADERS!   We want to see Farragut graduates as government leaders, industry leaders, commercial leaders, society’s leaders – as the leaders of humanity in every area of our world.

Farragut graduates should be aiming to not just succeed, but they should be aiming to succeed and lead others to success.

The world needs leaders, not just to lead us into Space, the Moon and maybe even Mars, but to lead us here on Earth to a better tomorrow for all.

Your next steps are planned.  You have university to attend, degrees to earn, and more homework to do and life lessons to learn for the next 4,6 or even 10 years… but after that?   What’s your goal? What’s your plan? What problems are you looking to solve?

Just think.. If every graduate set out to solve just ONE problem…  Imagine the future that would put in place for us all — the problems of today would be replaced by ones that are not focused on just our survival, but on how we all thrive together both on and off our planet.

I ask you to leave here today as Earthlings – as a member of the crew of Spaceship Earth.

“What Kind of World do YOU Want?”  History starts now with You — Class of 2018.  Congratulations!

Junior State of America (JSA) Club hosts first debate: “Is a hot dog a sandwich?”

Upper School members of the Junior State of America (JSA) Club had their first debate last Wednesday, September 19. The JSA was created by and for young people interested in what happens around them – from politics, to how government works, and contributing to their community. Since its founding in 1934, JSA has served as a place where students build leadership skills, learn civil debate, and strengthen their engagement through volunteering and activism. More than 500,000 students have graduated high school as more active, informed members of their community as a result of their participation in JSA. Read more

Parents’ Group Golf Tournament on Friday, November 16th


Parents’ Group Golf Tournament

Friday, November 16, 2018
7:30 a.m. Check-in | 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

Open to the Public

Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club
8001 Cumberland Rd, Seminole, FL 33777

Sponsor and Golf Packages

  • Gold Sponsor – $3,500
  • Silver Sponsor – $2,000
  • Bronze Sponsor – $750
  • Individual Golfer – $125
  • Hole Sponsor – $150

View the registration page for what is included in each sponsorship package. To receive all printed sponsorship benefits, please register and submit logos by Friday, November 2nd.

Schedule of Activities

7:30 AM – Registration (Mc Donald’s breakfast will be provided by the Salebra Family)
8:00 AM – Shotgun Start
12:30 PM – Lunch will be served
RAFFLES – We have some great prizes such as hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, booze, massages, and more!
1:30 pm – Awards Presentation and Recognition of Sponsors


Hole in One Contest – $10,000 Cash Prize!
Longest Drive
Closest to the Pin
50/50 Raffle
Putting Green Contest – Putt for booze!

Dress Code

Appropriate golf attire is required. No jeans allowed.

Raffle Items

We would love your help collecting raffle items! Would you reach out to your contacts or other businesses you frequent for donations? Items may include gift cards to chain or local restaurants, salons, breweries, gyms, and family fun activities or events, as well as wine and top-shelf liquor.

Admiral’s Athletics Club Season Ticket Holder Packages

Do you have children playing multiple sports? Do you want to support sports at Farragut? Here’s a great way to save money on game entry and also support the Admiral’s Athletics Club (AAC)!

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Lower School holds annual “Muffins with Moms” event

Lower School had an amazing turnout for their Muffins With Moms event on Friday, September 14th. More than 100 moms, grandmas, aunts, and friends turned up for the event and were treated to a breakfast spread of fruit, coffee, and, of course, muffins, provided by SAGE Dining.

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2018-19 Lower School Student Council representatives announced

Student Council Committee Advisors Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Rowe are happy to announce the Lower School Student Council representatives for the 2018-19 school year.

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Three Farragut cadets have memorable summer experience at Boys State

Evan at the Florida Senate

During summer 2018, three Farragut cadets Steven Smiley, Gianni Defelice, and Evan Schlifstein, all members of the Class of 2019, were selected to attend the American Legion Boys State program, a premier leadership camp held at Florida State University in Tallahassee, based on their leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in Farragut’s community.  Read more

Eleven 7th grade students qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program

The following 7th grade students qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program.  These students scored at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted national standardized achievement or abilities test.

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How to navigate the SAGE Dining menu and phone app

SAGE Dining, which provides the dining program for Admiral Farragut Academy, put out this blog about how to navigate their menu through either web browser or their new Touch of Sage mobile app.

We’re so happy you’re part of the SAGE community! As you look forward to the school year ahead, we encourage you to look over our menus in advance to plan what to eat, especially if you follow a specific eating pattern or have food allergies. This guide will remind you of key features of our menu, and might even introduce you to something new!

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Poker Run 2018 on Sept. 29th by the Admiral’s Athletics Club

Poker Run by the Admiral’s Athletics Club

Saturday, September 29, 2018, starting at 4:00 PM

Downtown St. Petersburg

  • Open to the public (21+). Invite your friends and family to this fun event!
  • Cost: $100 and includes a t-shirt and a chance to win $500 if you end with the best hand! Double your odds and fun by purchasing 2 hands of poker for $175.
  • How to Play: We will visit five downtown bars to ultimately collect your 5 card poker hand. Prizes awarded at the last stop for best hand, second to best hand, and worst hand. Note: There is one rule, you cannot open the envelopes or you will be disqualified!
  • Drink specials will be offered at each location.
  • Locations and Stops:
  • 50/50 cash raffle with the winner announced at the last stop.
  • Proceeds benefit the Admiral’s Athletics Club.
  • The event will end at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Register Now!

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