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Tampa school news, Sept. 16

Homework help: Homework help is available for middle school students through the Math Homework Hotline. The hotline is open 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call (813) 840-7260.

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Instructional videos from the district covering different types of math problems are also available at

Debate awards: Paul Sempe, a senior at Jesuit High School, won three first-place awards in a congressional debate at King High School on Sept. 8. Sempe was awarded best speaker overall, best presiding officer in session one, and best presiding officer overall in his chamber of the debate.

Jesuit sophomore Christian Pena and freshman Jackson Moffett scored a team-high 24 points each at the debate. Freshmen Tyler Ballehr and Michael Lee, sophomore Dean Lontoc, and juniors T.J. Wilson and Rusty Cain also scored points in the debate.

School fundraiser: Tampa Catholic High School will hold its sixth annual Cross and Shield fundraising event from 6 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3 at Higgins Hall at St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa.

The event will include a reception, a silent auction, dinner provided by the Columbia Restaurant, a live auction and music. The fundraiser is also part of Tampa Catholic's 50th anniversary celebration.

Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorship opportunities begin at $350. To donate an auction item, volunteer at the event or purchase tickets, call (813) 870-0860, ext. 229 or email

Anniversary celebration: St. John's Parish will celebrate its centennial anniversary with a concert and dinner Sept. 29.

The St. John's Choir will perform a free concert at 5 p.m. in the church, 906 S Orleans Ave.

A reception followed by a seated dinner and cash bar will begin at 6:15 p.m. at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, 1601 S MacDill Ave. Guests include the Bishop of Southwest Florida, the Right Rev. Dabney Smith, and several of St. John's former parish clergy.

Tickets for the dinner are $37.50 per person. To purchase tickets, call parish offices at (813) 259-1570 or visit

Tampa school news, Sept. 16 09/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 15, 2012 4:31am]
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