Several Okaloosa Aerospace Academy Seniors were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievement while participating in the Embry-Riddle Dual Enrollment program.

Students Gabriel Mercado, Aaron Edelen, and Cassidy Wiest (pictured above) were recognized at Choctawhatchee High School’s Senior Honors Night for earning a 4.0 GPA in all ERAU Dual Enrollment courses taken.

Choctawhatchee AFJROTC students who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in all ERAU Dual Enrollment Courses taken were also recognized for academic excellence.

Okaloosa Aerospace Academy Instructors were also recognized for their Outstanding Teaching Performance in 2018-19.

Led by Mr. Blake Donald (Aeronautics, Aviation & UAS), Ms. Tasha Bates (Cybersecurity), Mr. Paul Spillane (Aviation Maintenance) and Major Scott Bates (Management & Logistics) were all presented with Certificates recognizing their commitment to academic excellence.

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Blake Donald, Domonique Shelton, Janisia Butler, Michael Brown, Julia Pizzo, Cristian Ramos Padilla, Thomas Rice, and Major Scott Bates.
Pictured are Ms. Tasha Bates (front), Mr. Blake Donald (right) and Students from Ms. Bates CYBR 235 Class.

“The continued success of the Okaloosa Aerospace Academy and Embry-Riddle Dual Enrollment Program would not be possible without all of the hard work from our instructors. Their┬ácommitment to excellence is second to none, and we are proud to have them on our team”

Joseph Hoffman, Embry-Riddle Director of Dual Enrollment

Ms. Tasha Bates has also been nominated for the 2019 Air Force Association – Eglin Chapter Teacher of the Year Award. The winner will be announced during the 2019 AFA Education┬áRecognition Night ceremony held at the Armament Museum in Shalimar, FL on Tuesday, May 14.