Finalists named for cook-off: Bryant Elementary fifth-grader Kayla Seiper, Mintz Elementary fifth-grader Nalonna Graybeal, Rampello Downtown Partnership seventh-grader Amber Buchanan, Barrington Middle seventh-grader Madison Gentry and Memorial Middle eighth-grader Arianna White have been named finalists in the school district's Cook It Up Cook-Off. All finalists will receive a prize pack.
Participants submitted a healthy and creative dessert recipe, along with a short essay explaining what makes their recipe nutritious and why it's important to establish healthful eating habits. The finalists will prepare and present their recipes to a panel of judges made up of local culinary experts in January. The winner of the cook-Off will be named Cook It Up's "Ultimate School Lunch Chef" and receive tickets to a Justin Bieber concert in Orlando.
Alumni run: Jesuit High School will hold its Alumni Fun Run and Mass with Richard Hermes, president of Jesuit High, at 9 a.m. on Jan. 6. The campuswide race will begin after the Mass at Alumni Track and Field and end at Paul Straub Field. There will be music, prizes and refreshments after the race. The event is free. Jesuit High is at 4701 N Himes Ave., Tampa. For more information, call (813) 877-5344, ext. 709.
Holiday celebration: Students from 13 east Tampa schools participated in the East Tampa Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration this month at the Cyrus Greene Community Center. Students from Carver Exceptional Center; Edison, James, Lockhart, Lomax, Oak Park and Potter elementary schools; Ferrell, Franklin, Orange Grove, Williams and Young middle schools; and Middleton High School put on performances and displays for the event.