Rowing: The Plant High School second varsity women's 8+ team finished sixth at the 2012 Scholastic Rowing Athletic Association National Championship Regatta in Cherry Hill, N.J. The Plant High freshmen women's 8+ placed fourth in the freshman crew division.
The girls freshmen 8 won gold medals and two trophies as the fastest freshman girls team and fastest scholastic team in Florida at the Florida State Championships for Rowing in Sarasota in April. The girls junior 8 placed second in its final race and the girls second varsity placed third.
School rankings: Each traditional high school in Hillsborough County, as well as Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate Charter High School, is included on the list of America's most challenging high schools published by the Washington Post. In the top 100, Plant High was ranked 57th, Hillsborough High ranked 62nd, Robinson High ranked 67th and Steinbrenner High ranked 100th.
Rankings are based on the number of graduating seniors, and the number of advanced placement, International Baccalaureate and college-level tests administered.
Student awards: Three students were awarded National Junior ROTC medals by the Col. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Sun City Center.
Krista Pontious, East Bay High School; Crystal Books, Riverview High; and Julia Flowers, Spoto High, were each awarded medals, certificates and $50. ROTC medals are awarded to student cadets for outstanding ability and achievement.
Employee awards: Two at Spoto High School received the Patriot Award, given to employers for promoting a work environment that supports employees' military service. Spoto principal Phillip Carr and English department head Medarda Bauer were nominated by Army Reserve Capt. Christine Andreu-Wilson, a Spoto English teacher currently deployed in Afghanistan.
Circuit Judge Gregory P. Holder presented Carr and Bauer with Department of Defense certificates of appreciation and Patriot Award lapel pins.
School physicals: Back to school physicals and immunizations will be available in Hillsborough County beginning July 28. School physicals are free for K-12 students entering Florida schools for the first time. Immunization records are required for free immunizations for school-aged children.
Physicals will be available on July 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at Florida Hospital Carrollwood, 7171 N Dale Mabry Highway.
On Aug. 4, physicals will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ed and Myrtle Lou Swindle Medical Arts Center, 1601 W Timberlane Drive, Plant City. The Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, 3402 N 22nd St., will also offer physicals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Aug. 11, physicals will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. at Tampa General Hospital at Healthpark, 5802 N 30th St. They will also be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Howard W. Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SouthShore Community Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin.
On Aug. 18, physicals will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Area Community Health Center, 13601 N 22nd St., and 9 a.m. to noon at Webb Middle School, 6035 Hanley Road.
Sports, Head Start or child care physicals will not be available on these days.
For Aug. 11 physicals at Tampa General Hospital, call (813) 844-3247. For all other locations, call (813) 443-3048.