Admiral Farragut Academy


Admiral Farragut Academy

Infobox AFA
name = Admiral Farragut Academy
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motto = Success is Never Accidental
established = 1933
city = St. Petersburg
state = Florida
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country = USA
campus = 35 acres
type = College preparatory school / Military academy
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principal =
headmaster = Robert J. Fine, Jr.
director of naval science = Captain Thomas L. McClelland, USN (Ret.)
upper division head = L. Shannon Graves
middle division head = Jennifer Vernine
lower division head = Anita Hensley
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founder = Admiral Samuel Robison
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chairman of the board of trustees = George J. Michel, Jr. '49S
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faculty = approx. 100
students = approx. 450
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grades = PK - 12
address = 501 Park St. N.
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accreditation = FCIS, SACS
mascot = Bluejacket
colors = Blue and gold
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newspaper = The Cadet Gazette
yearbook = The Buccaneer
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website = [http://www.farragut.org/ Admiral Farragut Academy]
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Admiral Farragut Academy is a college preparatory school with Naval training founded in 1933 in Pine Beach, New Jersey by, among others, Admiral Samuel Robison, one-time President of RCA, and former Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. It is named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the senior officer of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.

In 1945, the current campus opened in St. Petersburg, Florida, occupying the famous Jungle Country Club Hotel, an historic landmark in the Tampa Bay area, constructed in 1925. In 1946, Admiral Farragut Academy was designated a "Naval Honor School" by Act of Congress, making it the first such secondary school in the United States.

As of 2008, only one building stands on the original Pine Beach, New Jersey campus: the infirmary.

Campuses

The original campus in Pine Beach closed in 1994 and most buildings were demolished in 2003. The campus in St. Petersburg, Florida remains open. [ [http://www.farragut.org/ Admiral Farragut Academy website] ] In the early 1990s, the previously all-boys Academy began accepting female students for the first time.

Famous Alumni

The Academy is perhaps most notable for graduating two of the twelve men who walked on the Moon. RADM Alan Shepard USN was the first American in space and in 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission, the fifth man to walk on the Moon; Shepard graduated in 1941 from the New Jersey campus. BGEN Charles Duke, USAF, was a class of 1953 graduate of the St. Petersburg campus, and in 1972 became the 10th man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 16 mission.

The NJROTC Program

An integral part of an education at Admiral Farragut Academy is the required involvement in NJROTC. Every student in the Upper Division takes three years of Naval Science, an in-depth study of the history, operation and core concepts of the United States Navy. The entire Upper Division student body makes up a student-run NJROTC Battalion. The Senior Naval Science Instructor, in charge of overseeing the student-run Battalion, is Captain Thomas McClelland, USN (Ret.)

Battalion Organization

Battalion Staff 2007-2008
*Battalion Commander: Cadet Commander Alexander Banks (NROTC - Marine Corps); Leadership Academy Graduate, USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Commander Blake Lusty (USNA, USMA, USCGA, NROTC); Leadership Academy Graduate, USMA Summer Seminar Graduate, USCGA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Adjutant: Cadet Lieutenant Andrew Fuller (USAFA, NROTC, AFROTC); Leadership Academy Graduate
*Battalion Awards and Academics Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Stephen Moore (NROTC); USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Logistics Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Thomas Ferrante (NROTC); Leadership Academy Graduate, USCGAA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Operations Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Kathryn Thomas (USNA, NROTC); Leadership Academy Graduate
*Battalion Public Affairs Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Erica Bolline

*Drill Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Amanda Andrion
*Drill Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Camilo Bravo
*Band Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Jonathan Seays; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Assistant Band Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Rebecca Harper
*First Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Gregory Cogswell (NROTC - Marine Corps)
*First Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Blake Spero
*Second Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Brittany Cross
*Second Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Natalia Widulinski (NROTC)
*Third Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Jenna James
*Third Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Hayden Buttner
*Fourth Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Scott Jacobus
*Fourth Company Executive Officer: Cadet Ensign Benjamin Landon
*Fifth Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Erik Werlin; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Fifth Company Executive Officer: Cadet Ensign Patricia Vincent
*Middle Division Drill Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Veronica Yambrovich; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Middle Division Drill Company Commander: Cadet Ensign Zachary Northcutt; Leadership Academy Graduate

Battalion Staff 2008-2009
*Battalion Commander: Cadet Commander Spencer Fletcher; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Battalion Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Landon; Leadership Academy Graduate, USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Adjutant: Cadet Lieutenant Commander Justin Lenhart; Leadership Academy Graduate, USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Operations Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Commander Zachary Northcutt; Leadership Academy Graduate, USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Awards, Academics and Logistics Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Christopher MacKoul; Leadership Academy Graduate, USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Battalion Public Affairs Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Veronica Yambrovich; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Battalion Weapons Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Curtis Diaz
*Battalion Commander Master Chief: Cadet Command Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Felton-Ankerberg

*Drill Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Zachary VanAntwerpen; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Drill Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Drew Quinn; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Band Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Maria Meana
*Assistant Band Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Mary Fulton
*First Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Rachel Cone
*First Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Doug Edwards
*Second Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Denzel Park
*Second Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael Remien
*Third Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Taylor Davis
*Third Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Brett Louderback
*Fourth Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Todd Park
*Fourth Company Executive Officer: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Casey Corr; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Fifth Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Annagrace Shelton
*Fifth Company Executive Officer: Cadet Ensign David Valladares; USNA Summer Seminar Graduate
*Middle Division Drill Company Commander: Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Chester Claudon; Leadership Academy Graduate
*Middle Division Drill Company Commander: Cadet Ensign Sebastian Kim

Accreditation and Memberships

Admiral Farragut Academy is accredited by:
* The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and
* The Florida Council of Independent Schools.

It is also a member of:
* The National Association of Independent Schools
* The Small Boarding Schools Association
* Tampa Bay Independent Secondary Schools
* The Association of Military College Schools and Universities in the United States
* The Florida High School Activities Association

tudent Body

As of 2006, there are approximately 200 students in the upper division, with a 5:1 ratio of boys to girls. The Academy offers optional boarding with 5-day and 7-day plans available. Approximately 75% of the students are day students.

Admiral Farragut Academy serves students from all over the world. In 2007, these students represented 14 different countries.

College Acceptance

As a college preparatory school, Admiral Farragut Academy aims to see all students placed into a four-year college or university. A full-time college placement and guidance officer assists cadets with:
* college applications
* college visits
* scholarship applications

Some notable college placements have been:
* Amherst College
* Auburn University
* Boston University
* Cornell University
* Duke University
* St. Petersburg College
* Elon University
* Florida State University
* George Washington University
* Harvard University
* McDaniel College
* Northeastern University
* Rhodes College
* SUNY Maritime College
* The United States Air Force Academy
* The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis
* The United States Merchant Marine Academy
* University of California at Berkeley
* University of Florida
* Washington University in St. Louis
* Wofford College

Current Graduates Attending Service Academies and Other Military Colleges

* The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis:
** Matthew Galamison, AFA Class of 2004, USNA Class of 2008
** Clark Ross, AFA Class of 2005, USNA Class of 2009
** David Schultz, AFA Class of 2005, USNA Class of 2009
** Michelle Gisoni, AFA Class of 2006, USNA Class of 2010
** Thomas Deeter, AFA Class of 2007, USNA Class of 2011
** Margaret Gates-George, AFA Class of 2007, USNA Class of 2011
** Blake Lusty, AFA Class of 2008, USNA Class of 2012
** Eric Palmer, AFA Class of 2008, USNA Class of 2012
* The United States Air Force Academy
** Andrew Fuller, AFA Class of 2008, USAFA Class of 2012
* The United States Merchant Marine Academy
** Jennifer Wells, AFA Class of 2004, USMMA Class of 2008
** Laura Ladd, AFA Class of 2005, USMMA Class of 2009
** Jonathan Gardner, AFA Class of 2007, USMMA Class of 2011
* The Citadel
** Alex Deseta, AFA Class of 2004, Citadel Class of 2008
** Grant Ellerbe, AFA Class of 2004, Citadel Class of 2008
* Massachusetts Maritime Academy
** Gary Sands, AFA Class of 2008, MMA Class of 2012
* Norwich University
** Brendan Schuckert, AFA Class of 2006, Norwich Class of 2010
* SUNY Maritime College
** Zachary Scoggins, AFA Class of 2007, SUNY Maritime Class of 2011
** Matthew Sieradzki, AFA Class of 2007, SUNY Maritime Class of 2011

Misconceptions

Due to its military aspect, some people believe that the Academy is a boot camp. Contrary to this, Admiral Farragut Academy is not a correctional institution, but a college preparatory institution and will only consider students who wish to attend.

Athletics

Cadets at Admiral Farragut Academy are encouraged to participate in one or more sports during each semester. Options include:

* varsity and junior varsity football
* varsity and junior varsity basketball
* baseball
* softball
* volleyball
* wrestling
* track and field
* cross-country
* golf
* tennis
* swimming
* diving
* sailing
* riflery
* cheerleading
* soccer

Notable Recent Events

*In the spring of 2006, NASA presented a moon rock to astronaut and alumni of Admiral Farragut Academy Charles "Charlie" Duke, who then donated it to the school. It is displayed in a showcase in front of the Quarter-Deck at the entrance to the main building, Farragut Hall.
*The 62 graduating seniors in the class of 2008 acquired an estimated $6.69 million in scholarships and financial aid.
*In the last two years, more than 7 cadets have received service academy appointments.
*The Class of 2008 has just attained the record for ROTC scholarships and Academy appointments out of any graduating class with the following: two Army ROTC scholarships, two Air Force ROTC scholarships, ten Navy ROTC scholarships, two United States Coast Guard Academy appointments, one United States Military Academy appointment, three United States Naval Academy appointments, and one United States Air Force Academy appointment.

Calendar

AFA operates on a semester system, each consisting of two 9-week marking periods. The school year begins mid-August and ends in mid-May. The Academy observes three major breaks, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break, among many smaller holidays.

Related Pages

*Admiral David G. Farragut, USN (Ret.)
*Admiral Samuel S. Robison, USN (Ret.)
*Captain Thomas L. McClelland, USN (Ret.)
*Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard, USN (Ret.)
*Brigadier General Charles M. Duke, USAF (Ret.)
*United States Navy
*United States Naval Academy
*Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps
*Naval Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps
*United States Air Force Academy
*Air Force Reserve Officer's Training Corps
*United States Military Academy
*Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps
*United States Coast Guard Academy
*United States Merchant Marine Academy

References

External links

* [http://www.farragut.org Admiral Farragut Academy]
* [http://www.farragut.org/admissions/tuition.html Tuition for 2007/2008]
* [http://www.farragut2.org/wordpress/ Now Hear This] , Admiral Farragut Academy News
* [http://largiader.com/farragut/ A Farragut North alumnus' page of photos]
* [http://www.admiralfarragutalumni.com Admiral Farragut North Tribute Website]


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