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Steven Aubain and Sara Skapyak of Durant High School compete in the 2013 Regional Science Olympiad at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus last month.

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Steven Aubain and Sara Skapyak of Durant High School compete in the 2013 Regional Science Olympiad at the Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus last month.

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The Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus hosted the 2013 Regional Science Olympiad for middle and high school students last month. Thirty-five teams competed in more than 40 events that tested scientific skills and knowledge. The top three placing high school teams were Tampa Preparatory School, Wharton High School and Palm Harbor University High School. The top three placing middle school teams were two teams from Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School and New Springs School.

Scholarship opportunities: The Bailey Family Foundation will award two renewable scholarships to one AVID senior and one non-AVID senior in Hillsborough County high schools. The award amount is $5,000 per year, renewable for four years. The deadline to apply is Friday. To get more information or to apply, visit

Robert D. Gries Jr., founder of Gries Investment Funds, is launching the Heart of a Champion Award, an annual scholarship for high school senior athletes in Hillsborough County. Two students, one male and one female, will be selected each year to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Students will be selected based on their leadership abilities, work ethic and dedication to their sport. For more information on applying for the scholarships, students should contact their school's athletic director.

Musical performance: Middle school students at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, 12015 Orange Grove Drive, Tampa, will present the musical Grease at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. The show is open to the public. The cast also will perform two in-school shows for students and faculty. For more information, call (813) 961-3087.

Open house: St. Lawrence Catholic School, 5223 N Himes Ave., Tampa, will host a tour of its early childhood and kindergarten programs at 10 a.m. March 19. To register, call Lilianne Rodriguez at (813) 879-5090, ext. 230.

Children's nutrition: The Children's Board Family Resource Centers will hold events for children and adults during March to celebrate National Nutrition Month. The events are unique to each center. All the events are free.

On Saturday in North Tampa, a nutrition class for children will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and Mission Nutrition will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 1401-A E Fowler Ave., Tampa. To register, call (813) 558-1877.

On March 23 in Brandon, a nutrition class for children will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and Mission Nutrition will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 1271 Kingsway Road, Brandon. To register, call (813) 740-4634.

On March 26 in central Tampa, a nutrition class for adults will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and a nutrition class for children will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at 1002 E Palm Ave., Tampa. To register, call (813) 204-1741

On March 26 in south county, a nutrition class for children will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at 3030 E College Ave., Ruskin. To register, call (813) 641-5600.

Theater and music classes: The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts and Music Showcase will offer new programs for children interested in music and theater. Two sessions of the Tot-Time Theatre Class for children ages 3 and 4 will run on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for five weeks from March 20 to April 17 and from May 1 to May 29. Children will make puppets and crafts, participate in story time and create their own theatrical scenes and plays. The cost of the program is $125.

The Encore Showcase show choir for children ages 7 to 12 and the Signature Showcase show choir for ages 13 and older will run from March 20 to May 1. The Encore Showcase will practice Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., and the Signature Showcase will practice Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students will learn music, choreography, ear training and stage presence. The cost for each choir is $175.

All classes are held at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. To register, visit or call (813) 493-2787.

Classroom gardening: A workshop for teachers, Gardening for Grades, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. The workshop will cover how to start a school garden, what to plant and when, lessons aligned with Next Generation Sunshine Standards and resources for grant money. The event will include a tour of the garden and a hands-on gardening activity. The cost is $10. To register, visit For more information, call (813) 744-5519.

SAT/ACT scores: Four Hillsborough County public school students scored a perfect 2,400 on the SAT: Ana Cheng, senior, Steinbrenner High; Nathaniel Lee, senior, Steinbrenner High; Ian Ludden, senior, Bloomingdale High; and Haoqing Wang, junior, King High.

Suvetha Ravichandran, senior, Hillsborough High, received the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT.

Volunteer program: Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph visited Just Elementary School last month to kick off the 2013 Team Davin United Way campaign, promoting the importance of reading and education for underprivileged students. Joseph hosted a reading rally for second- and fourth-grade students at the school and announced a school essay contest for second- and fourth-graders. Students at the school also each received a new book. Joseph and the Buccaneers, with United Way Suncoast, launched Team Davin last year to promote volunteering in the community.

Science awards: King High School junior Michelle Skelton won several awards at the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair last month for her research on a possible new treatment for cancer. Skelton was awarded Best of Fair, the U.S. Army Biochemical Award, U.S. Army All Around Best Project and first place from both the Chemical Society and CF Biochemical Industries. Skelton is a student in the King International Baccalaureate program. Her project will also be displayed at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Other students from King High also placed. Josh Glow won second in Senior Environmental Science and a specialty award. Kurt Christensen won first in Senior Engineering and four specialty awards. Skelton, Glow and Christensen will display their projects at the state science fair this month.

Black History Month lessons: Middle school students at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS honored Black History Month by using technology to research and present projects about the lives of important but less well-known African-American historical figures. In their projects, the students talked about how the figures they chose represent some of Corbett's core values, like being open-minded, taking risks or communicating. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 have also been working on creating podcasts about famous African-Americans.

School notes 03/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 3:48pm]
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