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Student award: King High School senior Ben Carpenter is one of 10 finalists for the U.S. Army/Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence, which recognizes the achievements of student athletes.

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Carpenter has been on the Tampa Thunder power wheelchair soccer team for eight years, serving as captain for the last five. He has volunteered as a Shriner's Hospital for Children patient ambassador and for Junior Achievement. He founded the nonprofit Ben's Mends Club, which repairs books and donates them to charities. He is a student in the King High International Baccalaureate program.

Teacher award: Scott Rudes, principal at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts, was given the Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award by the Arts School Network, a nonprofit that promotes the development of arts programs.

Science Olympics: Elementary school students will compete in the finals of the Hillsborough County Elementary Science Olympics on Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave.

More than 140 elementary schools participated in semifinal rounds this month. Kindergarten students built towers with paper cups, first-graders built boats with aluminum foil, second-graders made paper airplanes, third-graders made balloon racers, fourth-graders made marshmallow flyers and fifth-graders made marble coasters.

Fundraiser run: The Take Stock in Children Strides for Education 5K Walk will take place Dec. 8 in Hillsborough County at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

The walk will raise money for the Hillsborough Education Foundation, which provides mentors and scholarships for at-risk middle school students and graduating high school students. For more information on joining or starting a team, volunteering or donating, visit takestockinchildren.org.

Whale lesson: Stella the Whale visited Graham Elementary School this month as part of a 30-day migration project across the state. The Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit focused on preserving oceans, waterways and marine life, created the life-size illustration of the baby right whale to teach students about migration, whales, health and wellness. Graham Elementary was Stella's only stop in Hillsborough County, with a final stop at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville on Nov. 17.

Tampa school news 11/17/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 3:30am]

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