Summer camps: Gaither High School will host summer basketball camps for boys and girls in grades 2-8 on June 10-13, June 18-21 and June 25-28. For more information, contact coach Dwayne Olinger at [email protected] or (813) 975-7340, ext. 563.
The Carrollwood Cultural Center will offer several summer camps this year. The Enchanted Kingdom of the Arts program will run June 10 to Aug. 16. The program includes art projects, music and other art-based activities. The center will also offer specialty camps including castle building, LEGOS engineering, video game animation, musical theater and working on a public art project. The summer camp programs are open to children ages 4-16. Early morning and extended care are also available. To get more information or to register, visit carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 269-1310.
Sports awards: The Hillsborough County Public Schools Athletics Department will hold awards events during April and May. Events include:
Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree Tampa Airport-Westshore. Scholar-Athlete Awards: $500 scholarships will be presented to two students from each high school.
May 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Strawberry Crest High School auditorium. Special Olympics Celebration: Participants from throughout the district will be recognized.
May 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson High School cafeteria. Middle School Scholar-Athlete awards: Athletes from each middle school will be recognized.
May 23, 10 a.m. at the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center auditorium. Spring Sports Awards: There will be individual awards and team GPAs.
May 23, 6:30 p.m. at Armwood, Freedom, Lennard, Middleton, Newsome, Plant and Steinbrenner high schools. Spring Football Jamborees: Teams play two quarters each; matchups determined by host site.
Individual winter sports awards and team GPAs were recognized last month. For more information, call Lanness Robinson, director of athletics, at (813) 273-7536.
Fundraiser: The Tampa Catholic High School cheerleaders will host their annual Casino Night fundraiser on April 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the school's Crusader Gymnasium, 4630 N Rome Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $20 per person, and includes admission, $10,000 in "play" casino chips, Hors d'oeuvres, three drink coupons, and one ticket for a chance to win a door prize. You must be 21 or older to attend. Table sponsorships are also available for $100. Other sponsorship levels are available at $500 and $1,000. Proceeds benefit the cheerleaders and other school needs. Tickets may be purchased from any Tampa Catholic cheerleader or online at tampacatholic.org/casino-night.
Student newspaper award: The Academy of the Holy Names student-run digital newspaper Achona received the Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The online newspaper was recognized as one of the top 10 scholastic digital publications in the country. Students from the Achona staff accepted the award at the 89th annual Scholastic Convention at Columbia University in March. They also presented at two sessions during the convention, on topics including adapting to online newspaper journalism and using social media to engage audiences. Achona co-editor Caroline de Quesada also met with editors from Washington Square News, New York University's student paper, and was offered a position at the paper for the upcoming school year.
Top Chef benefit: Chef Garret Jagdmann, head of catering at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS and director at Camp IDS, participated in the fourth annual Top Chef of the Year competition. Ben Clark, an IDS alumnus, served as sous chef. Chefs from restaurants in the Tampa Bay area participated in the contest to benefit Champions for Children, which focuses on child abuse prevention and family education programs. The chefs prepared and served five-course gourmet meals.
Guest speaker: Upper division students at Berkeley Preparatory School met Ambassador Vicki Huddleston during a luncheon at the school earlier this month. Huddleston is a retired career Senior Foreign Service officer and served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from June 2009 to December 2011. The students participated in a question and answer session with Huddleston, who told them about her experience with foreign affairs, including time spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru.