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Science competition: The Tampa Preparatory School Science Olympiad team placed second in the state championship in Orlando last month and earned a spot at the national competition in Ohio in May. Tampa Prep competed against 42 teams in the state competition. Members of the Tampa Prep team include captain Kevin Wu, Gregory Campo, Hannah Campo, Chris Carnes, Catie Chapman, John Holmes, Pedro Lima, Josh Robinson, Noah Robinson, Matt Steinborn, Alp Sunol, Visakan Vairavamoorthy, Daniel Weiss and Alan Williams. Tampa Prep also won the Outstanding Coaches Award. Team coaches are Ginger Chapman, Brian Williams and Shaun Hurley.

New music program: High school and college students interested in the music industry can attend an informational session about The Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project on April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The program gives students the opportunity to participate in musical workshops, songwriting courses and mentoring sessions, and to have the work they create in the classes critiqued by people in the music industry. The program started last year in Kansas City, Mo., and is expanding to Tampa. It will begin July 22 and end with a formal concert on Aug. 16. The program will be free for students chosen to participate. To make a reservation for the informational session, email education@

St. Patrick's Party: Students from the Tampa Catholic High School Campus Ministry Team visited the senior citizens at John Knox Village last month for a St. Patrick's Night party for the residents. Former faculty member Jack Carney was the DJ and played traditional Irish ballads while the students listened to stories and danced with the residents. Tampa Catholic students have hosted a St. Patrick's party with John Knox Village residents for the past 18 years, and plan to also host a Christmas party.

Robotics competition: The Jesuit High School Tiger Robotics team competed in the Bayou Regionals in New Orleans last month. It competed against 55 other teams, and received the Creative Engineering Award for its robot design. Students who participated in the competition included sophomores Alex Collazo, Nick Dill, Jonathon Gleason and Brendan Gregos; juniors Andres Figueroa, Ryan Lowman and Damon Piacitelli; seniors Thomas Dil, Alex Gleason, Joshua Shapiro, Blake Stone and Jeffrey Wingfield, and Academy of the Holy Names juniors Gabrielle Madden and Carmen Mendez.

Charity fundraiser: The Jesuit High School Key Club with the Kiwanis Club of Tampa donated more than $15,000 to New Life Village, an organization in Tampa that benefits foster children and families. The Key Club held a Putt Putt Fundraiser in December to raise the money. Key Club president Cameron Hooper, senior; vice president Nick LaVoy, junior; secretary Carlos Michael Rodriguez, sophomore; and treasurer Robert Mounsour, sophomore, presented the donation to New Life Village last month.

Golf tournament: The Bryant Elementary School PTA will hold its annual Bryant Golf Classic on April 21 at the Westchase Golf Club, 11602 Westchase Golf Drive, Tampa. Check-in begins at noon, and golfing begins at 1:30. The event will include a sack lunch, dinner, games and prizes. The cost is $95 for an individual golfer, or $340 for a foursome. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with costs from $75 to $2,500 depending on the sponsorship level. Register by April 16 by visiting For more information, call Mindee Besnard at (813) 760-1100.

Fundraiser: The St. Peter Claver Catholic School held a Friendraiser Luncheon at the Columbia Restaurant last month. More than 200 people attended. The luncheon raised more than $15,000 for the school, and the Triad Foundation also awarded the school a $10,000 grant.

Art exhibit: Today is the last day to see artwork by four Steinbrenner High School art students who were selected to show their work at the Salvador Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. Art work by Devon Torres, Phillip Campisi, Josseline Medgar and Rebecca Pizano is part of the Student Surrealist Art Exhibition "Strangely Familiar." The four students are in the advanced placement studio art class at Steinbrenner, and are completing their portfolios for the College Board Advanced Placement Program. For more information, call the museum at (727) 823-3767.

Tampa school news 04/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:23pm]
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