Local Rodeo Camp Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, Sandy Johnson, owner of Johnson & Johnson Show Horses, located in Sarasota, Florida, started the J&J Summer Youth Rodeo Camp to accomplish her dream of helping local young equestrians hone their horsemanship skills. The week-long camp, which runs from Monday, June 29, 2020 to Friday, July 4, 2020, features events including barrelContinue reading “Local Rodeo Camp Celebrates 10th Anniversary”

Sarasota Academy Students Win Sarasota Film Festival Comedy Category

Students from Sarasota Military Academy, a local, public charter school, recently learned they have received an inaugural award from the 2020 Sarasota Film Festival. The cadets submitted a film titled, “The Fate of the Oklahoma Riders,” and won the newly-established “Comedy Appreciation” category during the festival’s virtual competition. Traditionally, categories include “All Ages” and theContinue reading “Sarasota Academy Students Win Sarasota Film Festival Comedy Category”

Sarasota Military Academy Teacher Wins Army Instructor of the Year Award

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Morris “Ben” Weiss, Sarasota Military Academy Senior JROTC Instructor and Commandant of Cadets, was recently named the 2020 USACC JROTC Senior Army Instructor (SAI) of the Year by the United States Army Cadet Command (USACC).  Every year, the USACC receives submissions from ROTC Brigades nominating one Senior Army Instructor for the considerationContinue reading “Sarasota Military Academy Teacher Wins Army Instructor of the Year Award”

Sarasota Academy Director Recognized with Rotary Vocational Service Award

The Sarasota Southside Rotary Club recently awarded Sarasota Military Academy Executive Director Christina Bowman with the Rotary Club Vocational Service Award. SMA-COL Bowman was recognized with the award as a special surprise during the Rotary Club’s monthly meeting held via a virtual video chat. “Year after year our Rotary Club is amazed and inspired afterContinue reading “Sarasota Academy Director Recognized with Rotary Vocational Service Award”

Sarasota Academy Seniors Receive Scholarships, Inaugural Award from Military Foundation

Three seniors at Sarasota Military Academy, cadets Juliana Rendle, Noah Fischer and Aeryn Sachs, were recently selected to receive scholarships from the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation (SMOF). Fischer will receive the $2,000 JROTC Scholarship; Rendle will receive the $2,000 Merit Scholarship and Sachs will receive the prestigious Kay Blythe Tracy Award in the amount ofContinue reading “Sarasota Academy Seniors Receive Scholarships, Inaugural Award from Military Foundation”

Sarasota Students Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with Virtual Environmental Partnership

Cadets and staff at Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) planned to celebrate Earth Day with an in-person event, following the Academy’s annual “Project Earth Celebration” program featuring guest speakers and international environmental representatives. For the 2020 Project Earth Celebration, the Academy has received a unique opportunity to participate in a virtual “Earth Day” celebration through aContinue reading “Sarasota Students Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with Virtual Environmental Partnership”

Sarasota Student Filmmakers Make Educational Video, Win State-of-the-Art Aquarium

Cadets at Sarasota Military Academy, a local, public charter school, recently won the “National Coral to Action Challenge’, hosted by the Coral Restoration Foundation. Students across the nation submitted short, educational videos; the top finalists were chosen by a panel of expert judges, and the winning team was selected by votes submitted on social media.Continue reading “Sarasota Student Filmmakers Make Educational Video, Win State-of-the-Art Aquarium”

Sarasota Military Academy Cadets Receive Scholarships for Conservation Efforts

Two seniors at Sarasota Military Academy, cadets Juliana Rendle and Noah Fischer, were awarded scholarships during the recent Sarasota Sportsmen’s Association annual spring cookout on March 5, 2020. Rendle and Fischer are the first cadets from Sarasota Military Academy to apply for and receive the SSA scholarships.  The cadets are members of the Academy’s DucksContinue reading “Sarasota Military Academy Cadets Receive Scholarships for Conservation Efforts”

Manatee Cattlemen Plan Military Appreciation Rodeo Event, Announce Winner of Inaugural ‘Patriot Award’

The Manatee County Cattlemen’s Association (MCCA) invites the public to attend the 12th Annual MCCA Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5pm. The annual event will celebrate armed forces this year with a “Military Appreciation” theme with free entry for veterans and active-duty servicemen and women. Local cattleman and veteran Arlin Taylor willContinue reading “Manatee Cattlemen Plan Military Appreciation Rodeo Event, Announce Winner of Inaugural ‘Patriot Award’”

Sarasota Students Sworn in During Nationwide Enlistment Ceremony; Oath Administered by NASA Astronaut and U.S. Army Colonel

On February 26, 2020, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA), a local, public charter school, was one of 130 locations throughout the country selected as a host location for the first nationwide oath of enlistment ceremony. The oath, administered by U.S. Army Colonel and NASA Astronaut, Andrew Morgan, was streamed live across the nation to students enlistingContinue reading “Sarasota Students Sworn in During Nationwide Enlistment Ceremony; Oath Administered by NASA Astronaut and U.S. Army Colonel”