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Virtual school information session: Hillsborough Virtual School will hold an information session on Tuesday for families with students in grades K-12 who are interested in full-time, part-time and the high school graduation requirements. The information session is at 6:30 p.m. in the Gaither High School media center, 16200 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. For information, visit or call the Hillsborough Virtual School at (813) 983-7278.

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Planters Reunite high school reunion: Plant City High School will hold a reunion "Planters Reunite" for attendees and graduates who attended the school when it was at what is now Tomlin Middle School from 1956 to 1972. The reunion will be at the Strawberry Expo Hall on July 27 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner, dancing and memorabilia displays. The cost is $40 per person. The deadline to register is July 6. Registration forms have been mailed or emailed to everyone the planning committee has contact information for. Classmates who have not received information should contact the group and provide their email or mailing address. The group does not have representatives from the classes of 1964, 1966 or 1970, and does not have a contact list for the class of 1966. For information, visit or Contact Lynda Fuller Rogers at or (813) 716-0558, LaVerne Burkett Cribbs at or (813) 763-1530, or Patsy Ballard at or (813) 659-1240.

Latin Club: The Plant High School Latin Club placed first for the second year in a row in the Catapult Competition at the 64th annual State Latin Forum in April in Orlando. Team captain Harrison Potter built the catapult. Plant High competed against teams from schools across the state.

Math competition: The Corbett Preparatory School of IDS math team won the first Independent Division Math Competition at Berkeley Preparatory School. The students on the team were fifth-graders Riju Datta and Jack Griffin, and seventh-graders Emily Quin and Bailey Phillips. Datta also took second place in the individual competition.

Science fair: Three Tampa Bay area students will compete today through Friday in the 2013 Intell International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. Alejandro Robles, 18, of Middleton High School, created a project called Home Brewed Physics Super Computing. Brittany Wenger, 18, of the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, created a project called Cloud4Cancer Tackles Genetic Expression Profiles to Diagnose Leukemia. Evie Sobczak, 16, of Shorecrest Prepatory School in St. Petersburg, created a project called Algae to Oil Via Photoautotrophic Cultivation and Osmotic Sonification. They will compete with approximately 1,600 finalists from around the world.

Robotics competition: The Middleton High School FTC Robotics Team Maelstrom won the Edison Division at the FTC World Championship in St. Louis in April and placed second overall. For two days, the team played 10 matches in the division that included 64 teams from all over the world.

Scholarship luncheon: The Academy of the Holy Names held a celebratory lunch with students from the school's Link Scholarship Program and trustees, area executives and special donors. The luncheon honored seniors Brianna Wharton and Emani Curry-Jester. Both had received full scholarships for four years at Holy Names as freshmen. This fall Wharton will attend the University of Central Florida and Curry-Jester will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. The Link Scholarship Program awards school scholarships to qualifying rising freshman minority girls with financial needs. Next year, the school will provide five full scholarships.

School gardens: Eighth-grade students at Benito Middle School have been researching soils, plants and fertilizers in the school garden as part of the Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Gardening for Grades curriculum. The garden was built with a Mosaic School Garden Mini Grant from the Mosaic Company Foundation. The students are growing Florida-friendly herbs and vegetables such as basil, tomatoes and corn.

Students, faculty and volunteers from Gorrie Elementary School participated in a gardening day at the school last month. Students planted and cleaned up the landscaping areas around the school. Hardeman-Kempton & Associates, a landscape architecture and civil engineering company in Tampa, contributed more than $2,500 in landscape design services.

Arts celebration: Jesuit High School celebrated the arts last month with a concert, A Taste of Jesuit and a juried art show. The concert in St. Anthony's Chapel was led by Jesuit music director Nina Wegmann. A Taste of Jesuit featured food from the Mothers' Club and Dads' Club, and Beef O'Brady's, Café Byblos, CDB's Southside, Gino's Restaurant & Bar, Little Greek Restaurant, Pizza Fusion, Red Elephant Pizza & Grill and Tastes of Tampa Bay. The Jesuit Masque performed a dramatic reading. At the art show, senior Emiliano Settecasi won Best in Show and AP Portfolio, and junior Danny Wilson won in four of the six junior class categories.

Tampa school news 05/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 1:53pm]
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