Scholarships awarded: Twenty graduating high school seniors were awarded the Hillsborough County 2012 Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Each student received $500 for use toward college.
The recipients were Omonniyi Alimi, Emily Almand, Elizabeth Bohannon, Ashley Davis, James Eliassaint, Marielle Fernandez, Natalia Ferrer, Ranita Findlay, Lauren Glover, Stephen Harris, Graciamaria Irish, Alec Layman, Gage Munoz, Ashley Nelson, Nakisha Nicaisse, Juan Ramirez, Zachary Rocca, Tariq Sharrieff, Katherine Tison and Saida Viard.
The scholarship is funded by donations from the county and city of Tampa employees.
PTA awards: The Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA gave out its yearly awards last month. Joseph Wolf, Wharton High PTSA, and Megan Birnholz, Randall Middle PTSA, won Student of the Year.
Outstanding High School Senior awards were given to Magalia Vance-Peterson, Middleton High; Antonio Gutierrez III, Sickles High; Joseph Wolf, Wharton High; Cary Anne Bame, Steinbrenner High; and Kurt Schaller, Freedom High.
Person of the Year was awarded to Lillie Nichols, Middleton High; Brandie Villano, Benito Middle; and Gary Randolph, FishHawk Creek Elementary.
Bradley Woods, Wharton High; John Sanders, Benito Middle; and Pamela Bush, FishHawk Creek Elementary, were awarded Principal of the Year.
President of the Year was given to Gina Wood, Sickles High PTSA; Kristan Birnholz, Randall Middle PTSA; and Lorrie Hamlin, Dale Mabry Elementary PTA.
Tillman scholars: Two USF students have been selected as Tillman Military Scholars. Stephen Naylor, an undergraduate student majoring in history, and Edward Woodward, studying for his master's degree in medical science, will both receive scholarships through the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides educational support to veterans, active service members and their spouses.
Naylor is a veteran of the British Army and husband of an Air Force officer. He served in Afghanistan, and wants to become a teacher. He will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
Woodward is a medically retired Air Force captain. He is enrolled in the master's program in medical science and is preparing to enter USF's Morsani College of Medicine's M.D. program. He plans to become a neurologist specializing in brain health. He will receive $50,000 to complete the master's program and continue to the College of Medicine M.D. program.
USF is one of 14 Tillman Military Scholar University Partner campuses, based on service member-specific services and support for military families.
Academic awards: The Jesuit High School athletic department and spring sports were honored for academic success by the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Jesuit finished third out of all 5A schools in the FHSAA. The tennis team placed first in 2A for the team academic award with a combined 3.645 GPA. The lacrosse team placed second, with a 3.560 GPA.
The baseball team placed fourth in 5A with a 3.312 GPA, and track and field placed sixth in 2A with a 3.357 GPA.
Reading competition: Burnett Middle School won the district-wide Battle of the Books competition at the Tampa Convention Center in May. Teams from each of the district's middle schools competed.
Students read books from the Sunshine State reading list from the beginning of the school year until March. The students were tested on their knowledge of the books, and the top six scorers from each school made up the teams.