GED testing: For the first time, the GED test can now be taken in a computer version. In Hillsborough County, the computer version can be taken at the Adult and Career Service Center (ACSC), 5410 N 20th St., Tampa.
The GED test still will be offered in the traditional paper and pencil version until the end of 2013. Those who have not passed any of the five sections can retest on the computer even if they tested on the paper/pencil version previously.
Registration is available online at PearsonVUE.com. Assistance with online registration is available through the GED Testing Office. The cost of the test is $26 for each of the five subtests: mathematics, science, social studies, reading and writing. Unofficial results will be available upon completion of the test, except for writing.
The paper/pencil GED test will still be available at ACSC, Aparicio-Levy Technical Center, Gaither Adult High School, Lennard Adult High School and Plant City Adult High School. Contact the GED Testing Office at (813) 231-1650 with any additional questions.
The current version of the test will expire at the end of 2013, when it will be replaced with the new, more expensive 2014 GED test on Jan. 2.
Art awards: East Bay High School senior Scarlett O'Neal won Best of Show and a $10,000 scholarship for her entry into the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at the University of Tampa. Academy of the Holy Names junior Shae Timmons was named Best of Show for her grade level and was awarded a $20,000 scholarship.
Essay contest winner: Middleton High School Engineering Magnet junior Alicia Bishop won an iPad for her entry in the "I Care About Me" essay contest. The theme was "Small Steps, Big Dreams, Achieving Greatness." Students wrote about their goals after high school and the steps they will take to achieve them. "I Care About Me" is an organization that aims to encourage students' self-esteem and self-worth, and promote positive morals and values.
Musical performance: The Community School of the Arts at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS will present Les Misérables School Edition at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa, at 7 p.m. Thursday-June 9, with additional performances at 2 p.m. Saturday-June 9.
The show will feature a 24-piece orchestra and a cast of more than 70 high school, middle school and elementary school students from the Tampa Bay area.
Tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Blake High School for the Performing Arts box office the day of the event, or at Corbett Preparatory School by calling (813) 961-3087. For information, call the Community School of the Arts at (813) 961-3087, ext. 335.
Solar Activity Day: Sixth-grade students from the Liberty Middle School National Junior Honor Society helped put on a Solar Activity Day for K-5 students at Lawton Chiles Elementary to celebrate the completion of the school's TECO solar array. Students in grades 4 and 5 designed and engineered solar ovens and cooked food like bacon and pancakes during the event. Students also participated in activities with solar balloons, heat-sensitive Frisbees, Lego solar satellite building, solar panel engineering to operate fans, and solar spectrum glasses. They also used hand-cranked flashlights, raced solar cars and learned about sunscreen and UV protection.