Sunday, April 22, 2018
News Roundup

School notes: Progress Village; recipe challenge; sports awards; road pledge

School calendar: Students return to public school Aug. 21, according to a 2012-13 calendar that was approved recently by the Hillsborough School Board.

The exception is the Rampello K-8 Downtown Partnership School. Anticipating traffic disruptions during the Republican National Convention, Rampello will start school Aug. 14 and close for the convention week, Aug. 27-31.

The calendar includes a student day off on Oct. 19 and a full week off for Thanksgiving. West Hillsborough students will be off on Feb. 8 for the Florida State fair; in east Hillsborough, there is a day off on March 4 for the Strawberry Festival.

March 29, is a day off. That's when Good Friday is celebrated. The last day of school is June 7.

National Merit Scholars: Seven students from Hillsborough County were named National Merit Scholars this month, each receiving a $2,500 scholarship. They were among 1,000 nationwide who were selected from more than 15,000 entrants.

Awards went to:

Emily J. Price, Newsome High School, probable career in biology.

Rebekka Depew, Berkeley Preparatory School, probable career in biochemistry research.

Austin James Foster, Hillsborough High School, probable career, mathematics.

Tianxing Ma, King High School, probable career, economics.

Zachary M. Ayers, Berkeley Preparatory School, probable career, mechanical engineering.

* Mary E. Green, Academy of the Holy Names, probable career, sports journalism.

Robert Bo Peng, King High School, probable career, diplomatic service.

Student winners: Students from Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts won the district and state level Odyssey of the Mind competitions, and now will compete in the World Finals 2012 in Iowa on May 23-26.

The Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will determine the world champions. To receive an invitation, a team must have placed first or second at their state competition.

All participants created a community and solved a community problem. Since PV is a school for the arts, students created an 8-minute performance to present their solution to the problem. Students created their own skits, props, costumes and set for the performance. In doing so, they learned about recycling and reinventing uses for items to stay within their small budget.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. They then bring their solutions to competitions. Thousands of teams from throughout the United States and from 25 other countries participate in the program.

The team needs to raise $10,000 to cover the costs of their travel and lodging. If you would like to donate, call Johannah Gebur at (813) 671-5110.

Recipe contest: All Hillsborough public school students are invited to take part in the Cook It Up! Student Recipe Challenge. It's a chance to show off their cooking skills and submit a dessert recipe they don't feel guilty for eating. Participants must submit a healthy and creative dessert recipe, along with a short essay explaining what makes their recipe nutritious and why it's important to establish healthful eating habits. A panel of judges will review the submissions and choose one winner in the categories of elementary, middle and high school. Winners will receive annual Florida residents' passes to Disney's Blizzard Beach water park (for a family of four). Their recipes will be featured on school menus; winners' names will be aired on Radio Disney; and they'll be invited to appear on Radio Disney's Kids' Concern Show to discuss their recipe and the importance of developing healthy eating habits.

Entries can be submitted on the Student Nutrition Services website at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/sns. All entries are due by Friday. Winners will be notified by May 31.

Sports awards: The Hillsborough public schools spring sports awards event has been rescheduled from May 24 to May 23, at 10 a.m., in the school board auditorium at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd.

Team GPA and individual sport awards will be presented for baseball (GPA only), softball, track and field, tennis and flag football. The Vernon Kohrn Award for a total athletic program's overall performance also will be presented.

Safe driving: Durant High School took second place in the Heads Up! Focus on the Road Pledge contest, which encouraged students to take a pledge not to text and drive. Durant had 80 percent of students pledge participation and won $1,000. Pinellas Park High School took first place and $1,500, with nearly 90 percent taking the pledge.

Brandon Newell of Robinson High School took third place in the Heads Up! Focus on the Road Video contest, which asked students to create a 30- to 60-second video on the dangers of distracted driving. He won $100. First place and $500 went to Allie Chandler of Clearwater High School.

Students from five counties competed in the contests sponsored by More Health Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides health and safety education to children, teens and adults.

Comments
Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

Baseball: Bulls edge Knights to even series

After a two-hour weather delay Saturday evening at USF, the remote local threat of lightning finally dissipated.The postseason intensity never did.For the second consecutive night, the UCF-USF baseball series delivered, this time with the Bulls (25-1...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

Perspective: The Heartland to Headwaters Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition finds frustration and fear seeking a safe a path for wildlife across Interstate 4

The original Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition in 2012 was inspired by the how the Florida black bear roamed — and the space it needed to do so successfully. In 2010, expedition team member Joe Guthrie conducted research through the University of ...
Published: 04/22/18
Athletics’ Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

Athletics’ Sean Manaea no-hits Red Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. – Sean Manaea watched as Marcus Semien fired a ball from short to second baseman Jed Lowrie, turned around, and jumped into the arms of catcher Jonathan Lucroy. History was made at the Coliseum.Manaea no-hit the Red Sox on ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

Maple Leafs force Game 6 with Bruins

BOSTON — Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored 1:19 apart in the second period, and then the Maple Leafs killed off a 5-on-3 and three more power plays in a row to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 on Saturday night and avoid playoff eliminatio...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays’ 10-1 Saturday win over Twins

* Is it time to take the leap and believe this is the real Blake Snell? He talked a good game this spring and pitched well in his debut, but that rough second outing raised old doubts. But a good outing in Chicago and two dominant ones on the homesta...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

When the Rays, in the opening weekend of their 20th anniversary celebration season, brought back and honored the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays squad, it got us thinking unexpected thoughts, such as which was a better team:The first one, or the current on...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

Rays Journal: Team effort pays off in 10-1 win over Twins

ST. PETERSBURG – Let's be clear here, the Rays still have a long way to go, and a lot of ground to make up.But seeing them play like they did Saturday in beating the Twins 10-1, putting on a solid all-around show in cobbling their first three-g...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Lightning-Devils: How the NHL’s top offense went on the defensive

Lightning-Devils: How the NHL’s top offense went on the defensive

TAMPA — It was a couple of days after the Lightning beat the Bruins at home late in the regular season when associate coach Rick Bowness talked about how the defensive effort used in that shutout victory was the one the Lightning would need in ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays will go forth with four starters

Rays will go forth with four starters

ST. PETERSBURG — Three weeks was enough for the Rays to officially ditch their three-man rotation plan.Starting Sunday, they will go forth with Yonny Chirinos as their fourth starter.Which is a five-star idea.The flaws in the three-man plan ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev’s playing like a seasoned pro

Rookie? Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev’s playing like a seasoned pro

TAMPA — Pardon Mikhail Sergachev if he isn't so good at one of hockey's greatest traditions. After all, growing a Stanley Cup playoff beard isn't easy when you're still just a teenager.As he stood in the Lightning locker room Saturday evening w...
Updated: 6 hours ago