Saturday, December 16, 2017
Education

Graduation 2014: Admiral Farragut Academy

Graduation 2014

Brought to you by tb-two* — the Times' weekly newspaper and website produced by high school students during the school year. Check out our graduation stories and photos at tb-two.com and tampabay.com/education. Send us your graduation photos from Instagram and Twitter tagged #tbgrads2014.

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY

NUMBER OF GRADUATES: 63

VALEDICTORIANS: Nima Beheshti and Matias Sejersen

SALUTATORIAN: Ekaterina Goncharova

SPEAKERS: Sejersen, Beheshti, Goncharova and Christian M. Wagner, class of '82 and chief executive and chief investment officer of Longview Capital Management, LLC

LONGEST ATTENDANCE TO THE ACADEMY: Three students, Beheshti, Adam Alexander Burrell and Sara Marie Casagrande have attended Admiral Farragut Academy for 13 years.

CLASS ACCOMPLISHMENT: The class received $5.1 million in scholarships.

SPECIAL MOMENT: Hail to the Class of 2014 presented by the Class of 2015.

LAUGHABLE MOMENTS: Teachers showed videos of themselves performing Gangnam Style and What Does the Fox Say at the senior dinner, and several references were made to the videos during the commencement. Beheshti concluded his co-valedictorian address with "Class of 2014, do you feel me?"

QUOTES: "LOL AND LMAO are simple gibberish in the business world," said Wagner. "You must learn to write well and embrace public speaking. Some of you may already be good writers and public speakers. Get better. Your ability to communicate will be a great advantage. Smart is the new rich."

Salutatorian Goncharova added: "Our school managed to nurture individuality in each of us and get us to where we are today … a place where students can fly before they can drive to school. A place where teachers know more about prom after parties than the students. A place where we all grew up."

Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate High / SPC, tb-two* staff

Comments
Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

Top USF Health official leaves amid questions of assistant’s special treatment

TAMPA — A high-ranking University of South Florida Health official has resigned amid internal concerns that he was giving special treatment to his assistant.After an internal investigation, USF System President Judy Genshaft was poised last month to ...
Published: 12/15/17
Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

TAMPA — A months-long conflict over planned pay raises has moved to a new phase with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association declaring a bargaining impasse with the public school district.The two sides, which began negotiations in late spring...
Published: 12/15/17
Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Pinellas schools sheltered thousands during Irma. Here’s what it cost

Three months later, the Pinellas County school district has totaled up the costs of operating 16 schools as shelters for 25,000 evacuees during Hurricane Irma.The district is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, for a reimbursemen...
Published: 12/15/17
Love of science is the goal, now that every Pinellas elementary school has a lab

Love of science is the goal, now that every Pinellas elementary school has a lab

SEMINOLE — It was hard for the second-graders at Orange Grove Elementary to resist the urge to rush into the school’s science lab and tinker with the colorful objects neatly arranged on each table.Thursday was just their second time in the lab this y...
Published: 12/15/17
Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

Florida lawmakers want stronger college free speech rules amid First Amendment flareups

Rising up in defiance to Richard Spencer, hundreds of University of Florida students sounded off in a deafening chant."Go home, Spencer!" they shouted, as the exasperated white nationalist paced the stage, pleading to be heard.Were the students exerc...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17
Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

Hernando could be next stop for PACE Center for Girls

BROOKSVILLE — The new year could bring about new beginnings for at-risk girls in Hernando County.Pending a vote by the School Board next month, PACE Center for Girls, an alternative education program for middle- and high-school students, could open a...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17

Pasco school district, employees reach contract agreement

The raises for Pasco County school district employees aren’t as high as anyone would like, but they’re now part of a signed tentative contract deal reached just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.If ratified by the staff and the School Board, the agreements ...
Published: 12/13/17
For Bexley students in Land O’Lakes, math skills go airborne

For Bexley students in Land O’Lakes, math skills go airborne

LAND O’LAKES — At Bexley Elementary School in Land O’Lakes, students are throwing paper airplanes — with the help of a high tech computerized launcher. They’re also bowling — with a little aid from computerized drones. And when they get around to it,...
Published: 12/13/17

Proposal to rollback early learning programs could bring Citrus into Pasco-Hernando coalition

Some Florida lawmakers have not hidden their desire to scale back the statewide number of early learning coalitions that oversee child care and preschool programs, including Voluntary Prekindergarten.The state Office of Early Learning has now issued ...
Published: 12/13/17
Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

Brink Foundation, school district create Town ’N Country STEM hub

TAMPA — Elementary school students programmed an electronic mouse to make its way through a maze.Middle school students directed an electronic vehicle to stop on a dime, then use its arms to locate and lift a tiny cube.When the demonstration was done...
Published: 12/12/17
Updated: 12/14/17