Student Leadership Academy Aerospace Education Program receives Award
Friday, May 12, 2017

By 2nd Lt Andre Bouchane, Student Leadership Academy Cadet Squadron

Venice, Fla. -

The Student Leadership Academy charter middle school received Civil Air Patrol’s 2016 Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace (Category III-Organization) Award. The award was presented in April at the annual Civil Air Patrol Florida Wing Conference held in Orlando, Fl.

“The Student Leadership Academy school was nominated for the Frank G Brewer Award for the unwavering, long-time support of their students’ interest in Aerospace Education,” said Capt. Madeline Kirsten-Bouchane, commander of the Academy’s school squadron.

Capt. Bouchane explain that the Civil Air Patrol school squadron at Student Leadership Academy is one of only two school squadrons in Southwest Florida. The benefit of being part of a school squadron is that “it allows the cadets to meet every day”. During Civil Air Patrol class, cadets study the science of flight, military history, leadership and participate in several community events. She explained the cadet’s aerospace education includes orientation flights that allow cadets the opportunity to gain first-hand experience about being a pilot with “cadets as young as 11-years-old, learning to fly!”

“Civil Air Patrol has found a lasting relationship with The Student Leadership Academy,” said Bouchane.

According to the website,the Brewer award was established in 1959 to serve as a memorial to Mr. Frank G. Brewer, Sr. and his lifelong interest in aviation, youth, and education. Recognition is given to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions, out of selfless devotion, to the advancement of youth in aerospace activities. Nominees are evaluated on Civil Air Patrol program support, significance of accomplishment, community involvement, and support of all facets of the aerospace education mission.

The Student Leadership Academy in Venice is an A-rated, (free-public) charter middle school, serving Venice, North Port, Englewood and South Sarasota communities for over 10 years.

2nd Lt. Andre Bouchane presents The Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award to Principal, Vickie Marble and Vice Principal, Jonathan Cooley.
Photo Caption:  2nd Lt. Andre Bouchane presents The Frank G. Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award to Principal, Vickie Marble and Vice Principal, Jonathan Cooley.
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Reviewed by: Lt. Col. Jeff P. Carlson
Syndicated to: Florida Wing, Cadet Programs, Group 5
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