A Salute to Our Veterans


Devereux Georgia
Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band
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Middle and high school students of the Ackerman Academy School at Devereux honored our veterans and active military with an assembly that highlighted patriotism. The assembly included the presentation of colors by our honor guard followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and musical selections by students.

The event recognized these heroes, some of whom are also Devereux employees, who have retired from service or are currently serving in the reserves. Ms. Tasha Cisse, assistant to the executive director, was one of the honorees. She shared what it was like to serve in the U.S. Navy. Ms. Cisse retired after 20 years of service as Yeoman First Class, on September 30, 2008. Others honored included Mr. John Zdencanovic, (assistant executive director) active drilling reservist in the US Navy; Mr. Gary Smith (risk manager) and Ms. Shirley Chugani (registered nurse).

The assembly was spearheaded by the social studies department. In the weeks leading up to Veteran’s Day on November 11th, students completed activities that taught them about the history and structure of the U.S. Armed Forces. Guest speakers, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp and the Coast Guard, visited their classrooms and answered their questions. “Most students only think of the Army when they think about the military,” said Ms. Sherry McKenize, social studies department chair. “Our teachers and education professionals took this opportunity to expose them the extensive career opportunities available through active service."

Ackerman Academy is a non-public school and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (SACS). It provides a standards-based curriculum approved by the Georgia Department of Education and operates in collaboration with the Cobb County School District. Ms. Christiana Christiansen serves as school principal and education director.


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