John Gardella ‘41N, an alumnus, a friendly face, and one of our Academy’s biggest fans leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten. It is with a heavy heart we share with you the passing of a man who literally gave his all to his alma mater.
Help us share your incredible story and you may be featured in the alumni newsletter and/or in Reveille magazine.
Rob Ewing, the Aviation Academy Director at Farragut, received the Alumni Service Award from Embry-Riddle on October 9, 2015, as a part of the Operation Bootstrap 2015 Homecoming event in Daytona Beach. The award is given to an individual who continuously demonstrates an extraordinary level of selfless commitment and endless enthusiasm for the university through, but not limited to, service, support, leadership and recruitment, according to the school’s website. Read more
LT Jennifer Kearns (Wells) USNR graduated AFA in 2004. She then went on to attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. In the summer of 2008, she graduated with a BS Degree in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, a U.S. Coast Guard Deck Officer License (unlimited tonnage), and a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Duke, who graduated from Farragut in 1953 as valedictorian, credits the leadership qualities he gained at Farragut as one of the reasons for eventually being selected by NASA into the astronaut program. Read more
Director of Government Relations & Public Policy for Ameresco, Inc.
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.”
MIDN 1/C Amanda Puckett ‘12, Navy ROTC University of Florida, shares her First Class Summer Cruise. Read more
After an 8.5 deployment, the arrival of the USS Milius (DDG-69) brings two Farragut friends and military faces together again: LTJG Natalia Widulinski ’08, USN, Strike Officer and Ordnance Officer onboard USS Milius (DDG-69) out of San Diego, CA. completed an 8.5 month deployment Read more
Evangelos Spiros Mendelsohn, better known as “Spike Mendelsohn,” was recently featured in Ocean Drive magazine after debuting his first restaurant in Florida with the opening of Sunny’s at the Hall Hotel in Miami. Mendelsohn, who was made famous with his appearance on the fourth season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, is the chef and owner of multiple restaurants in Washington, D.C., which include Good Stuff Eatery, Bearnaise, and We, The Pizza.
Mendelsohn, who was raised in Clearwater Beach and attended Farragut during high school (but did not graduate), has also appeared on Bravo TV’s Life After Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars, as well as Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. He has regularly been featured on CBS’ The Early Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show.
For view the entirety of the Ocean Drive piece on Mendelsohn, click here.
Kim Graham-Lawless has dedicated her career to promoting equity in education, closing the achievement gap and helping all students reach their potential. She is committed to making college access and readiness a reality for every student.