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SAA Graduation: ‘We Are So Proud of Each of You’

At a ceremony filled with pomp, circumstance and an extra serving of joy, Sarasota Acceleration Academies (SAA) celebrated its latest class of graduates. The auditorium at Suncoast Technical College c...

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Sarasota TV Station Spotlights New Class of Grads

When family, friends and educators gathered to celebrate the latest class of graduates from Sarasota Acceleration Academies, which has campuses in Sarasota and North Port, Florida, the Suncoast News N...

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Sarasota Grad Nathan Ricca: ‘It Was Way Different’

For Nathan Ricca, the road to finding the right high school was long and winding. He began in a traditional high school but felt overwhelmed by the crowded hallways and packed classrooms. He tried mil...


SAA Grad Bryce Johnson: Getting Back on Track Post-Pandemic

When the Covid pandemic shut his public high school in 2020, Bryce Johnson didn’t spend the long months toiling away at home via a remote learning program. He got a full-time job as a construction wor...

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Mya Kirce: ‘They Put Me Back Together’

It wasn’t so long ago that Mya Kirce didn’t think she’d ever graduate. In the final stretch of her senior year at her old high school, family turmoil left her homeless and she lost hope. “I didn’t hav...

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‘It’s a Real Positive Energy Here that Helped Me Up’

When Markel Jackson first enrolled at Sarasota Acceleration Academies, he didn’t have much faith in his ability to do well in school — until the SAA staff began cheering him on. With that encouragemen...


Sarasota Grads Celebrate Their Grit and Hopes

Victoria Santiago gazed out at her fellow graduates in the Sarasota Acceleration Academies Class of 2021 and reminded them of the quality that had brought each one of them to Commencement Day. “Do you...

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