Golf fundraiser: The Golf Academy at the Boys and Girls Preparatory Academies will hold its fifth annual golf tournament today at 1 p.m. at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa. Participants will receive a box lunch. There will be door prizes and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Golf Academy at the Boys and Girls Preparatory Academies. Participants may register the day of the tournament. To register before the tournament, call Sam Brown at (813) 744-8108, ext. 403.
Retirement concert: Former Chamberlain High School choral students of Jim Copeland are invited to attend a retirement and recognition concert today at 7 p.m. at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 709 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Copeland was the vocal music director at Chamberlain from 1958 to 1982, when he was appointed Hillsborough County supervisor of secondary music. He retired from the district in 1993. He has been the director of music at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church since 1983. Today's concert will be Copeland's final show before retiring from the church in August. There will be a reception following the concert in the church fellowship hall. For information, contact Kathi Bateham at (813) 598-0445.
Plant sale: Armwood High School will hold an FFA plant sale on Thursday and Friday from 7:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Agriculture Shop near the Driver Education Driving Range at the school, 12000 U.S. 92, Seffner. Plants for sale will include hanging baskets, indoor plants and outdoor landscape plants. Proceeds will benefit students attending the FFA State Convention. Parking during the sale will be available in the lot at the Pine Street entrance. For information, call agriculture teacher Eddy Watkins at (813) 842-2744.
Scholarships awarded: Students from the Tampa Bay area were among the students named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. Area recipients are: Ian G. Ludden, Bloomingdale High School; Jade D. Philipoom, Strawberry Crest High School; Risa M. Brudney, Wharton High School; George C. Carnes and Noreen Latif, Tampa Preparatory School; Max F. Kramer and Christina L. Tamargo, Plant High School; Brooke H. Wade, homeschool; and Hengyi Wu, King High School. Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Two Tampa Bay area high school seniors have each been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes. Madison Keller, Steinbrenner High School, and Amy Price, Durant High School, were presented 2013 Florida President's Education Project scholarships at a recent GFWC convention in Orlando. Scholarships were awarded to 10 students throughout the state.
The scholarships are awarded each year to high school female graduates attending an accredited Florida college, or women returning to college to pursue a career. To donate to the scholarship fund visit gfwclutzlandolakes womensclub.org or contact Annette Bellingar at (813) 949-3140.
Academy of the Holy Names student Alexandra Diaz was one of 500 recipients of a $5,000 2013 Bailey Family Foundation scholarship. The foundation also presented her with a new laptop at a banquet earlier this month. She will attend the University of Central Florida, where she has been accepted into the Leads Scholars Program.
The Apollo Beach Woman's Club awarded three 8-week scholarships to Hillsborough County Parks summer camps. Davarius and Aaliyah Young will attend Gardenville Park, and Kyle Blake will attend Ruskin Park. The ABWC Community Service Committee, Beverly Fletchall and Marcia Ward presented the awards.
Student awards: Two Tomlin Middle School students placed at the state FBLA competition. Jourdain Cole took first place in Principles and Procedures. Ashlyn Yarbrough earned second place in Prepared Speaking.
Barrington Middle School students Marshall Gonsalves and Sebastian Wade have been awarded certifications in Access 2010 as part of the school's Computing for College and Careers class. Several other students have earned certifications in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and Excel 2010.
School ranking: Earlier this month, Newsweek and The Daily Beast released the 2013 ranking of America's Best High Schools. Several schools from Hillsborough County made the list. Out of 2,000 public schools nationwide on the list, Newsome High School was at 273, Plant High school 371, Steinbrenner 958, Bloomingdale 1,172, Strawberry Crest 1,622, Robinson 1,635, Gaither 1,644, Sickles 1,784, Alonso 1,836, East Bay 1,872, King 1,902, Chamberlain 1,987 and Freedom 2,000.
The ranking takes into account factors like on-time graduation rates, the percent of 2011 graduates who were accepted to college, the number of students taking AP, IB, and AICE tests, average SAT and ACT scores, and the number of students taking at least one AP, IB or AICE course. The list aims to determine which schools best prepare students for college.