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Providing meaningful opportunities for professionals to interact with and mentor students while making a difference in their lives. Over 100 Cleveland-area businesses, firms, and non-profits have partnered with Saint Martin.
Saint Martin invites students into our school community who are committed to academic, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical growth. During the admissions process, Saint Martin reviews academic, disciplinary, and attendance records, as well as teacher recommendations.
While we are serious about preparing students for college and career success, we also believe that school should be fun! Caring for the whole student, we believe that involvement in extracurriculars is essential to continuing to form talented, well-rounded, and interesting individuals.
Jovante Johnson graduated from Saint Martin in 2011 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 2016. Somewhere around his sophomore year, Jovante had a yearning to join the military. “I have always been thinking about it. My family has a long line of people in the Air Force. So I decided to do it but knew I had to graduate from Kent first.”
College graduation is a goal all Saint Martin students are strongly encouraged to achieve and Jovante knew it. “Saint Martin prepared me for Kent. It definitely gave me an advantage and provided me with top tier writing skills. I was given an A1 education from Saint Martin and it gave me a lot of opportunities at Kent State.”
After graduation from Kent, Jovante joined the U.S. Air Force. He went on to graduate from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. He completed an intensive, eight-and-a-half-week program that included basic war skills, military discipline, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, and Air Force core values. Jovante is now an Airman First Class and will be taking his officer exam next year.
Currently, Jovante is stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland and studying to be a photojournalist at Technical Training School. Jovante is enjoying his studies and looks forward to graduating in December of 2017. His daily classes address everything from how to focus a camera to studying Alert Photography, a technique where you learn how to react and respond to an emergency situation. In addition to his photography skills, Jovante is brushing up on his writing aptitude. Writing for the military is very specific and requires a very specific style. But he’s not worried. His Saint Martin teachers provided him with a stellar English background and always pushed him to his limits to keep him on the right track. “I simply wouldn’t be in the position I am if I didn’t go to Saint Martin.”
Jovante will be heading to his first duty station in Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany after graduation in December. He will be tasked with working with his commander detailing stories around and off base. He will be responsible for writing about various topics such as visits from distinguished guests from other bases and change of command ceremonies. If all goes as planned, Jovante and his new wife could be in Germany for 3-4 years. They will be lucky to have him. Thank you for your service, Jovante!
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