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Hillsborough County school briefs

Liberty school: The Tampa Liberty School will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday this week at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. The classes, held in conjunction with spring break, offer children ages 8-12 the opportunity to learn about the founding principles of the United States. These messages will be conveyed in a fun way. Go to Have questions? Call Jeff Lukens at (813) 786-0835.

Summer on Bayshore: Registration is open for the Academy of the Holy Names Summer on Bayshore program. Several morning, afternoon and all-day sessions are available. The program begins June 9. There are programs for different grade levels in arts, athletics, enrichment and review, and technology. Camp Jaguar for students in Pre-K3 to Grade 4 includes arts and crafts, field trips, outdoor games and other activities. Cost varies by session. For a session schedule, visit the Summer on Bayshore page under the Student Life section at For information, contact Patti Stringham at or (813) 839-5371, ext. 340.

Poetry winner: Academy of the Holy Names senior Emily Rodriguez won the state-level Poetry Out Loud recitation competition held over the weekend in Tallahassee. Rodriguez will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the national competition and a chance to win $20,000.

Pasos al Futuro: Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services continues its college information sessions for Hispanic students March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Strawberry Crest High, 4691 Gallagher Road, and March 22 at 9:30 a.m. at Wharton High, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. The Pasos al Futuro college information gatherings focus on promoting the benefits of a college education and informing Hispanic students and their parents about preparing for college, applying to college, and the financial aid and scholarship processes. All meetings will be conducted in Spanish only in the school's auditorium.

VPK at BSAC: The Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center will host a VPK/Early Childhood Program Open House from 9 a.m. to noon March 22. If your child turns 4 by Sept. 1, they are eligible for VPK for the 2014/2015 school year. The center also offers early dropoff, Lunch & Longer and full day options for children ages 3-5. For information, contact Early Childhood director Kim Dearth at (813) 689-0908.

Jesuit scholarship finalists: Five seniors at Jesuit High School have been named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship. Michael Henry, Peter Johnson, Rhett Shimberg, Jacob Vila and Danny Wilson earned test scores in the top 1 percent nationally on the PSAT/NMSQT, which was administered last fall, to initially earn semifinalist status, and each recently was named a finalist. About half of the finalists are expected to win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title. The roughly 8,000 Merit Scholars nationwide will be awarded a total of about $35 million in scholarships.

Photos courtesy of Eisenhower Middle School

Two Eisenhower Middle School teachers and their students shared top honors for a recent Black History Month door decorating contest. Mary Lichtenberger's door, top, featured a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while Leah McRae's door depicted separate entrances for blacks and whites. Both teachers and their students enjoyed pizza, cake and prizes as co-winners. The contest was sponsored by Angela Marie Skelton of AAA.

Hillsborough County school briefs 03/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:33pm]
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