Friday, June 22, 2018
Education

Hillsborough County school news and notes, week of Feb. 23

New track for Chamberlain

Chamberlain High celebrated the installment of a new track Monday with a ribbon cutting and meet. The original track, built in the 1950s, was last renovated in 1997. Through the support of private donations and matching grants, the Chamberlain Athletic Booster Club raised the funds needed to resurface the track with an updated synthetic material, providing improved training conditions for the athletes. Chamberlain has a rich tradition in track and field with several state champions and nationally recognized alumni, including Andrea Aaron (Florida A&M University), Bob Braman (head coach at Florida State), Dentarius Locke (FSU), Max del Monte (FSU) and Mark Parrish (University of Florida).

National Merit semifinalists: Academy of the Holy Names seniors Gabby Madden, Emily Rodriguez and Carly Stagg were selected as finalists for the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 15,000 semifinalists from a pool of 1.5 million were selected. National Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen from the group in the spring.

Drama awards: Students from Corbett Preparatory School of IDS competed in the Florida Junior Thespians State Festival in Melbourne earlier this month. The 28 Corbett Prep students competed in a one-act event, and in 10 individual and group categories. Every Corbett Prep entry received a superior rating, the highest score possible. Corbett Prep's one-act submission, AP Theatre, was named Best in Show. Sixth-grader Derek Sokol won the All-Star Cast Member award for his performance in the show. Seventh-grader Kenny Beckford won Best in Show for his monologue from Fences. He also earned a chance to perform at the festival's closing ceremonies. Seventh-graders Tyler Hostler-Mathis, Charles Lee-Rossing and Jack Sobel performed an ensemble piece as district representatives at the opening ceremonies. The students were under the direction of teachers Barbara McBride, Jeanne Rivera, Emilia Sargent, Seth Travaglino and Michael Vokoun.

Science awards: Students from Stewart Middle School competed in the Science Olympiad against students from around Central Florida. The Stewart students took first place in Metric Mastery Regional, second in Rocks and Minerals Regional and third in Crime Busters Regional.

Musical production: Reservations are available for the Tampa Preparatory School production of the musical Pippin!, March 6-8 in the Smith Black Box Theater, 727 W Cass St., Tampa. Performances are at 4:30 p.m. March 6, 7 p.m. March 7 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 8. Admission is free, but donations will be collected at the door. To reserve seats, visit www. tampaprep.org/tickets. For information, call (813) 251-8481.

Annual fundraiser: Tickets are available for the Tampa Catholic varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders' 17th annual Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. March 29 in the school gymnasium, 4630 N Rome Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $20 and include play casino chips, hors d'oeuvres, three drink coupons and one ticket toward a door prize giveaway. There will also be live and silent auctions. Several levels of sponsorship opportunities, beginning at $100, are also available. Proceeds go toward the cheerleading squads' annual expenses. To get information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, or to donate to the auctions, call head coach Tami Van-Treese at (813) 417-0910.

Ministry talk: Former Wall Street financier Dale Recinella recently talked with Jesuit High School students about his experiences ministering as a Catholic lay minister to inmates on death row in Florida. He and his wife, Susan Recinella, began their ministry work about 20 years ago. He talked to students about their work and his book: Now I Walk on Death Row: A Wall Street Finance Lawyer Stumbles Into the Arms of a Loving God.

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