The Scuba Dive Club took a day trip to Manatee Springs State Park located in Chiefland, Florida. Manatee Springs is a first magnitude spring dumping 150 million gallons of aquifer water per day into the Suwannee River. Scuba Club is offered for those who are certified but are not enrolled in the curriculum. Read more
“The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.”
— Vince Lombardi, the legendary Green Bay Packers coach who led the Packers to two Super Bowl trophies and is widely recognized as one of the greatest coaches – and teachers – of all time.
When reading a quote about leadership from Vince Lombardi, it is easy to understand why Admiral Farragut Academy’s Commandant, Todd Wallingford, lists the Packers as one of his favorite sports teams.
Max Kostyashkin ’17, a 5-day boarder from Miami Beach, and Josh Biggins ’17, a 7-day boarder from Palm Beach Gardens, completed their sidemount certifications at Blue Grotto this past weekend. Scuba student Patrick Hales ’17, a 7-day boarder from the United Kingdom who is currently working on his Intro to Cave certification, also joined them on the dive for fun.
For Jack, a 19-year-old boarding student from Houston, his journey into the miraculousness has included a two-year stint as a student in the Scuba program at Farragut, expertly taught and run by Mr. Scott Davenport. Having completed the introductory courses throughout his first year at Farragut, Jack used the beginning of this academic calendar to obtain the necessary certifications to move into the high-risk, high-reward world of cavern and cave diving — which occurred over the winter break in Ginnie Springs and Peacock Springs, just north of Gainesville, Florida.
Basic Scuba class dives at Troy Springs, Royal Springs, and Devil’s Den for their certification dives. During the couple day trip, students also enjoy the opportunity to hike and camp. Read more
Admiral Farragut Academy’s Dive Club traveled to the beautiful waters in the Florida Keys to enjoy two days of reef and wreck diving.
As part of a unit on “Flying Machines,” the 8th grade Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Flight and Space Class recently studied, built, and flew the Tetrahedral Kite, invented by Alexander Graham Bell. Read more
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
Effective immediately and retroactive to the beginning of the school year, Admiral Farragut Academy is a certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) school.
The PLTW staff including Mr. Lanny Woods, PLTW Director of Florida School Engagement and Dr. Liz Zidek, Dean – Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University, spent all day with us on Tuesday, May 12th, to review our program. They took a detailed look at our students work, facilities and interviewed teachers, staff and students. The end result was a glowing report of our accomplishments here at AFA in a very short time period. It usually takes schools much longer to achieve certification and we did it in four years! This did include our first year which were Saturday classes. Before the review team left campus, they awarded us our certification.
The designation of a Certified PLTW School means a great deal to our program. It means that we are one of the top programs in the USA and adds a great deal of credibility to our efforts. I have always maintained a philosophy that we need to strive to be the best at the PLTW program and navigate through the sometimes choppy waters to achieve that result. Because of the exemplary work of our teaching staff, support from our administration and hard work from our cadets, we have accomplished our goal. My sincerest congratulations go out to our entire team for accomplishing this goal. It was a hard job very well done!
Since we now have certification, our Seniors, who have taken PLTW courses this year, can now utilize PLTW dual enrollment, admission preferences and scholarships. The following links to the PLTW site explain in detail how to apply for those benefits.
The Aviation department is pleased to announce the arrival of our first donated aircraft since receiving one in the 1940s. The Cirrus SR22 G2 Turbo was donated to our school by Mr. Don Elliot, who is a close family friend of a sophomore boarding cadet. Read more