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 The Summerlin Academy Distinctive Unit Insignia consists of many elements.  The first being the full insignia associated with the school.  The second being the Bartow High School JROTC distinctive unit insignia (shoulder loop) approved by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry on 23 September 1996.  The third being a shoulder loop insignia attributed to the academy.  The fourth being the shoulder insignia and it’s subdued counterpart as approved for the Bartow High School JROTC department by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry on 23 September 1996.  The fifth being a shoulder tab insignia attributed to Summerlin Academy.  The description and heraldic terminology and symbolism for the full achievement follows:

  1. Summerlin Academy Full Achievement

 The Summerlin Academy distinctive insignia termed full achievement in heraldic terms is as follows:  (the terminology is in the form of heraldic blazon)

Shield of Arms:  Tenne, a chevron embattled azure fimbriated argent between three Yellow Jackets (Vespid Wasp) of the last.

Motto:  Attached below the shield a silver scroll inscribed “POSSIM SI VELIM” in blue letters

Supporter:  The shield of arms rests on a Cadet Sword of the United States Army Military Academy in pale, hilt and pommel in base proper.  The grip and point of the sword extend beyond the extremity of the achievement.  Encircling the shield and extending from the shoulder of the Cadet Sword two olive branches fructed proper.  Surmounting both the dexter and sinister olive branches a book locks open and clasps extended.  The dexter book inscribed with “DUCTUS” and “HONOR” the sinister book with “LITERA” and “CIVITAS” all proper.

Crest:  Resting upon the shield three mullets in fesse or.  The center mullet oversized.

Banner Scroll:  The banner scroll, in base and lying upon the grip of the Cadet Sword, inscribed “SUMMERLIN ACADEMY”

Symbolism:  The symbolism of the insignia ties directly to the history and heritage of Bartow High School and was designed with that end in mind.

The Yellow Jacket has been the only mascot associated with the school and is expressive of the Cadet Corps for being swift, aggressive in team offense and vigilant in defense.

The chevron is indicative of the roof of a building and is suggestive of the school.  The embattled or castle design on the top of the chevron alludes to the Reserve Officer Training Corps military and educational disciplines.  In addition the castellated chevron memorializes the South Florida Military Institute  (A military college 1895-1905 combined with other colleges to form the University of Florida in Gainesville) of which Bartow High School in part occupies the former grounds.

The colors orange (tenne) and white (argent) recall Bartow High Schools origin as Summerlin Institute in 1887.  The colors Orange and White were first used in 1907 and continue to present.  The color Blue (azure) echoes the heritage of Union Academy whose school colors were blue and white.  Union Academy was Bartow’s African-American high school founded in 1897 and amalgamated with Summerlin Institute in 1969.

The three yellow jackets are symbolic of each school and the combined heritage of Summerlin Institute joining with Union Academy to create Bartow High School.  Summerlin Academy at Bartow High School is named for the two former secondary schools.

Heralds dating to the time of the 15th century often attributed moral attributes and character to colors and emblems employed on shields.  Orange (tenne) then is indicative of “worthwhile or worthy ambition, strength, and endurance”.  White (argent) is indicative of “faith, purity, and sincerity”.  Blue (azure) is indicative of “piety, loyalty, and truth”.

The motto of the school is in Latin “POSSIM SI VELIM” which translates to “I CAN IF I TRY “or “I MAY IF I WILL”.

The supporter of the shield is an upright United States Military Academy Sword and is indicative of the Corps of Cadets.  The sword is the true emblem of military honor and alludes to preparation for service to ones country.  The point is upright with the hilt in base denoting active service that which would incite the bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honor and virtue in deeds.

The two olive branches are indicative of a witness to peace and being in their natural color and fructed (bearing fruit) is further symbolic of continual pursuit of those virtues that result in peace, harmony, and concord.  The olive is symbolic of liberality, felicity, and peace.

The ancient books are symbolic of knowledge and wisdom.  The books illustrated in an unlocked and open attitude further signifies learning. Another attribute of an open book is Manifestation. The inscription “DUCTUS” is translated “Leadership” and “HONOR” is a derivative of the Latin word for distinction and integrity.  The inscription   “LITERA” is translated “Scholarship”,   “CIVITAS” is translated “Citizenship”.  Leadership, Honor, Scholarship, and Citizenship are the core values that each Summerlin Academy Cadet strives to personify.

The crest is placed directly atop the shield.  This was deliberate and precludes the standard use of a torse or wreath (the twisted silk normally employed in Coat of Arms upon a helmet) for overall artistic value.  The crest consists of three gold stars.  In heraldry a five-pointed star is termed a mullet and signifies the roundel of a Knight’s spur, which was the emblem of knighthood.   The two diminutive stars represent parents, and teachers.  The central oversized star represents the individual cadets.

Sergeant First Class Wm. Lloyd Harris designed the several school emblems.  W. Alex Harris, Cadet Battalion Commander for class year 2003-04, accomplished the graphic depiction and illustration.


NOTE:  Summerlin Institute was organized in 1867 and established as a public high school in 1887.  The school was named for Jacob Summerlin 1821-1894, Florida Pioneer, Cattleman, Philanthropist and founder of Summerlin Institute in Bartow, Florida.  Union Academy also in Bartow was founded in 1897.  It was named for the Freedmans Bureau School of the same name organized in Gainesville, Florida immediately following the close of the Civil War.  It was one of the first schools in Florida established for the education of African Americans.  Summerlin Academy’s name embodies the heritage of both schools.