|Name||Sonya L. March|
|Address||P.O. Box 20667 |
St. Petersburg, Florida 33742, United States
|| May 17, 1963
|Last Modified||Wishful Thinking|
May 24, 2004 05:38pm
|Info||Sonya March was born on May 17, 1963 and attended school in her formative years in St. Petersburg. She attended Rio Vista Elementary, Riviera Middle School and Northeast High School. Upon graduation from high school in 1981, Sonya decided that she wanted to do something different. She wanted to serve her country like her father in the military. She graduated at the top of her class from high school and decided to attend a service academy. She was nominated by Congressman Bill Young to attend West Point and received a Vice Presidential nomination by George Bush to attend the Air Force Academy in 1981. Sonya selected the Air Force Academy because she wanted to fly jets like her father. |
Sonya graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy in 1985. In 1993, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters in Public Administration/Public Finance from the University of Southern California. In 1997, Sonya graduated from Stetson University College of Law and received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.
A decorated Gulf War Veteran, Sonya served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1985-1991. She flew the T-37 and T-38 jet aircraft and was an air weapons director. Her military awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal for Operation Desert Storm and an Air Force Training Ribbon.
The legal organizations Sonya is a member of include The Florida Bar and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Sonya is a patent attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Sonya is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and a member of the American Legion and the Military Officers Association of America. Sonya has been very active in the Miss America/Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant as a judge encouraging young women to set goals and earn a college education. She was raised in and attends Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Cross Prayer Group, Bible Study Fellowship, Feather Sound Community Church and New Beginnings Fellowship. Miss March enjoys preparing food baskets for the migrant farm workers at the Good Samaritan Mission in Balm, Florida.
Sonya’s parents are Catherine Spirk and Stanley March. Catherine is retired from teaching 27 years in the Pinellas County Schools. Stanley is a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War where he flew in the F-4 aircraft. Sonya has 3 sisters and 1 brother. Their names are Stasia, Stella and Suzan. Her brother’s name is Stanley