Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Tampa school news

National Merit semifinalists: Hillsborough County high school students have been named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

• Academy of the Holy Names: Karen Cornett and Meagan Gonzalez

• Berkeley Preparatory: Alexandra Farthing, Carly Schippits, Ariana Tyler and Yunhan Xu

• Bloomingdale High: Travis Bird, Ian Ludden and James Rentz

• Hillsborough High: Donald Chappell, Alec Clark, Vincent Griffith, Yuliya Kozina, Katherine Metzer, Bo Moon, Suvetha Ravichandran, Sireesha Reddy, Jasmine Rogasner, Christopher Sato, Taylor Sisson, Jennifer Hobbs, Corey Stein, Brooke Wade, Jake Parente, Gary Rabenold and Brian Smith

• Durant High: Natalie Raschke

• King High: Benjamin Carpenter, Eric Chao, Rachita Das, Jacob Ford, Neil Kamath, Alejandro Navas, Marigny Nevitt, Xiaoyi Ren, Adil Riazudeen, Andres Saez, Visruti Sankar, Kishan Shingala, Hengyi Wu, Anthony Yao, Clara Yip and Ryan Zimmerman

• Newsome High: Katherine James

• Plant High: Abigail Jetmundsen, Max Kramer, Samuel Le Moyne, Walter Ley, Julia Mattox, Gregory Smith and Christina Tamargo

• Plant City High: Ellen Adams and William Lamoreaux

• Robinson High: Mario Giovannetti, Daniel Tamayo, Dylan Wang, Melissa Weathers and Anna Yannakopoulos

• Sickles High: David Russ

• Strawberry Crest High: Dana Beriswill, Evan Bishop, Kathleen Callahan, Darius D'Souza, Rebecca Fate, Jade Philipoom and Allison Stahr

• Steinbrenner High: Jake Bittle, Ana Cheng and Nathaniel Lee

• Tampa Preparatory: George Carnes, Noreen Latif and Kirby Wilson

• Wharton High: Risa Brudney, Bryan Harvey, Matthew Kroeze, Jordan Moser and Benjamin Wheeler

Semifinalists may compete to become finalists through an application process showing academic success, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities and honors and awards received. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April.

Photo competition: The Tampa Museum of Art is holding a photography competition for students in grades 9-12. The theme of the competition is "Journeys." Winning photographs will be displayed on the first floor of the museum. The first-place winner will receive $2,500, second place will receive $1,000 and third place will receive $500. The first-place winner will also have the opportunity to curate an exhibition of works from the museum's photography collection.

The competition coincides with an upcoming exhibition: "The Man, The Image & The World — Henri Cartier-Bresson, A Retrospective," running Oct. 6 to Jan. 6. The competition theme "Journeys" is in honor of Cartier-Bresson's photographs of people from around the world.

The deadline to enter the competition is 5 p.m. Friday. Students should work directly with their art teachers to submit entries. Entry applications are available online at press-room. Completed applications and photographs should be sent to [email protected] Winners will be announced on Oct. 15.

School benefit: Tickets are available for Casino Night, benefiting the Friends of St. Peter Claver School and the Italian Club, from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Italian Club of Tampa, 1731 E Seventh Ave. The event will include cocktail, wine and beer tastings, a buffet, casino games, raffle prizes and entertainment.

Tickets are $50 in advance,and include one raffle ticket and a 5,000-point casino voucher. Tickets may be purchased online at

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