Parent seminars: Hillsborough County Public Schools will hold Parent University on March 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Chamberlain High School auditorium, 9401 N Boulevard, Tampa. The program provides information on how parents can help their children succeed in school. Classes include the parent's role in school governance, literacy support at home, what parents need to know about common core, advocating for great public school, a general STEM overview, and how to choose the best school for your child. Free childcare will be provided for students in grades K-5. Free transportation will be available from East Tampa and Sulphur Springs area. Registration is required. To register, visit hillsboroughparentu.org.
FBLA awards: Hillsborough County middle and high school students competed in the Florida Future Business Leaders of America district competition earlier this month. Students who placed in the district competition will go on to the state competition in April for a chance to compete in the national event in California. Winners included:
Tomlin Middle School; Katelyn Yarbrough, Rylee Moorman, Alexa Ruiz, Jourdain Cole, Arie Fry, Ashlyn Yarbrough, Kyle Robinson and Kristen Northcutt.
Middleton High School; Brian Arroyo, Jordan Hart, Amanda Hernandez, Cory Kinney, Gautam Krishna, Elijah Malaby, Brian Manana, Samual Musgrove, Josh Nichols, Shivam Sharma, Ben Simon, Matthew Gaddie, James Garrett, Lee Gibson, Gabriel Grant, Danaysha Green, Jasmine Noble, Ciera Pinder, Evan Jensen, Patrick Mancuso, Kaylop Stewart, Mikhail Thomas, Awni Asab, Javiar Campbell, Aaron Francis, Brandon Jones, Alana Scott, Angela Wells, T.J. Majaura, Jameshia Montgomery, Teia Williams and Christian Yanuzelli.
College meeting: Middleton High School will hold the Class of 2014 Junior Meeting for juniors and their parents from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the College and Career Center. The meeting will give students information on the college application process, scholarships, financial aid, Bright Futures, SAT, ACT and PERT, and the military.
St. Lawrence student honors: The St. Lawrence Catholic School forensics team competed in a tournament earlier this month at Berkeley Preparatory School. Six St. Lawrence students earned awards: Francesca Giorgianni, first place, original oratory; Emily Anzalone, third place, declamation; Audrey Anello, fifth place, declamation; Christina Alarcon, third place, individual drama; Andrew Schweitzer, third place, poetry; and Anne Marie Yatsula, second place, original oratory.
Sixteen students from St. Lawrence were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society: Christina Alarcon, Karina Barcenas, Natalie Belluccia, Grace Bendis, Greg Bolling, Isabella Cartaya, Ian Halme, Haley Hemmings, Amanda Lazzara, Natalie Mauro, Mary Shelton Pappas, Andrew Schweitzer, Gabrielle Shaver, Gretchen Swenson, Matthew Tamashiro, and Elizabeth Traina.
Space lesson: Pre-K and kindergarten students at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS studied space as part of a monthlong unit 3-2-1 Blastoff. Students read books about space exploration, watched footage of the Apollo 11 mission and the Mars rover landing, and used math to compare the sizes of different planets and space shuttles. They participated in a Mission to Space. Students made their own cardboard space helmets and designed and built their own rovers.
Contest winner: Ryan Bianco, a junior at Jesuit High School, placed first at the annual Carrollwood Rotary Club speech contest earlier this month for his speech on the topic "Peace Through Service." Bianco is a member of the Jesuit National Forensic League team. He will compete against five other students in March for a chance to advance to the Rotary Club District Finals in April.
National Merit scholars: Academy of the Holy Names seniors Karen Cornett and Meagan Gonzalez were selected as finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were two of the 15,000 semifinalists selected from 1.5 million students. Winners of the National Merit Scholarship will be chosen in the spring.