College nights: Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services will hold 12 Pasos al Futuro college information nights. Meetings will be conducted in Spanish only, and will offer information on the benefits of a college education, preparing and applying for college, and financial aid and scholarship processes.
Meetings at 6:30 p.m. in schools' auditoriums unless noted.
• Tuesday: Leto High School, 4409 W Sligh Ave., Tampa
• Thursday: Lennard High School, 2342 E Shell Point Road, Ruskin
• Oct. 16: Gaither High School, 16200 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
• Oct. 23: Tampa Bay Technical High, 6410 Orient Road, Tampa
• Oct. 25: Jefferson High School, 4401 W Cypress St., Tampa
• Oct. 30: Plant City High School, One Raider Place, Plant City
• Nov. 1: Chamberlain High School, 9401 N Boulevard, Tampa
• Nov. 8: East Bay High School, 7710 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton
• Nov. 13: Alonso High School, 8302 Montague St., Tampa
• Feb. 16: 9:30 a.m. at Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa
• Feb. 21: Lennard High School, 2342 E Shell Point Road, Ruskin
• Feb. 28: Strawberry Crest High, 4691 Gallagher Road, Dover
Scholarship semifinalists: Nineteen Hillsborough County high school seniors have been named National Achievement Scholar semifinalists by the National Achievement Scholarship Program: Christian Allen and Ashley Montgomery, Bloomingdale High; U'Kera Gadsden, Jefferson; Tatiana Henry, Amber Johnson and Desirae Vaughn, King; Kirby Brennan, Newsome; Clarque Brown, Plant; Evyn Brown, Shaneece Lane and Justin Williams, Robinson; Mazeed Aro-Lambo, Savannah Bradley, Jordan Brown and Ayomikun Loye, Strawberry Crest; Jah'Nell Sampson, Tampa Bay Tech; and Christina Malcolm, Jafari Roberts and Alexandra Sullivan, Wharton.
The program awards scholarships nationally to African-American high school seniors based on academics. Semifinalists will find out in January whether they will be finalists for the scholarships.
Student recognition: Academy of the Holy Names senior Meghan Wallace was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Seniors Meagan Gonzalez and Alexandra Viso were named National Hispanic Scholars in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, which sends a list of all recognized students to colleges and universities interested in high achieving students of Hispanic/Latino heritage.
Career Fest: The Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough County Public Schools will hold the Career & College Fest Oct. 24 at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall. The event will be open during the day for students from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will be transported to the event from their schools during the day, and are encouraged to return after school with their families that night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Magnet program: Middleton High School has completed 10 years of active participation in the Cisco Networking Academy program. Students in the program learn how to design, build and troubleshoot computers and computer networks, and take a national certification exam. Middleton will receive a wall plaque recognizing its participation.