College nights: Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services will hold 12 Pasos al Futuro college information nights. Meetings will be conducted in Spanish only, and will offer information on the benefits of a college education, preparing and applying for college, and financial aid and scholarship processes.
Meetings at 6:30 p.m. in schools' auditoriums unless noted.
• Tuesday: Leto High School, 4409 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
• Thursday: Lennard High School, 2342 E Shell Point Road, Ruskin
• Oct. 16: Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
• Oct. 23: Tampa Bay Technical High School, 6410 Orient Road, Tampa
• Oct. 25: Jefferson High School, 4401 W Cypress St., Tampa
• Oct. 30: Plant City High School, One Raider Place, Plant City
• Nov. 1: Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Boulevard, Tampa
• Nov. 8: East Bay High School, 7710 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton
• Nov. 13: Alonso High School, 8302 Montague St., Tampa
• Feb. 16: 9:30 a.m. at Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa
• Feb. 21: Lennard High School, 2342 E Shell Point Road, Ruskin
• Feb. 28: Strawberry Crest High, 4691 Gallagher Road, Dover
Scholarship semifinalists: Nineteen Hillsborough County high school seniors have been named National Achievement Scholar semifinalists by the National Achievement Scholarship Program: Christian Allen and Ashley Montgomery, Bloomingdale High; U'Kera Gadsden, Jefferson; Tatiana Henry, Amber Johnson and Desirae Vaughn, King; Kirby Brennan, Newsome; Clarque Brown, Plant; Evyn Brown, Shaneece Lane and Justin Williams, Robinson; Mazeed Aro-Lambo, Savannah Bradley, Jordan Brown and Ayomikun Loye, Strawberry Crest; Jah'Nell Sampson, Tampa Bay Tech; and Christina Malcolm, Jafari Roberts and Alexandra Sullivan, Wharton.
The program awards scholarships nationally to African-American high school seniors based on academics. Semifinalists will find out in January whether they will be finalists for the scholarships.
Career fest: The Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough County Public Schools will hold the Career & College Fest Oct. 24 in the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall. The fair will be open to students from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will be transported to the fair from their schools during the day, and are encouraged to return after school with their families that night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Swimming: The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center Blue Wave swim team placed first at the Short Course Season Opener at the Rowdy Gaines Pool in Winter Haven Sept. 21-23. Morgan Shinault won first place and Michaela Redus won third place in the 10-and-under girls high point; Jon Sawyer tied for third place in the 13-14 boys high point; Katie Vasiloff placed first and Isabelle Bularca placed second in the 11-12 girls high point, and Isabelle Bularca, Raquel Janes and Erin Schulte broke the 1-minute mark in the 11-12 girls 100 free.