Golf fundraiser: The Golf Academy at the Boys and Girls Preparatory Academies will hold its 5th Annual Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. today at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa. Participants will receive a box lunch. There will be door prizes and an auction. Proceeds benefit the Golf Academy at the Boys and Girls Preparatory Academies. Participants may register the day of the tournament. To register before the tournament, call Sam Brown at (813) 744-8108, ext. 403.
Retirement concert: Former Chamberlain High School choral students of Jim Copeland are invited to attend a retirement and recognition concert at 7 p.m. today at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 709 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Copeland was the vocal music director at Chamberlain from 1958-1982, when he was appointed Hillsborough County supervisor of secondary music. He retired from the district in 1993. He has been the director of music at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church since 1983. This concert will be Copeland's final show before retiring from the church in August. There will be a reception after the concert in the church fellowship hall. For information, contact Kathi Bateham at (813) 598-0445.
Math competition: The Liberty Middle School Math League teams competed this month at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The Algebra 1 Honors Team won first place against 47 other middle schools. The team includes Catherine Weng, Kevin Ren, Brad Ye and Megan Zheng. All four students on the algebra team earned trophies for their scores on the individual test. Weng placed sixth overall in the individual award out of more than 180 students in the algebra division.
Scholarly award: Ashley L. Roldan, a student at Webb Middle School, has been named an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy. She will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.
Scholarships awarded: Students from the Tampa Bay area were among the winners of the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. They are Ian G. Ludden, Bloomingdale High School; Jade D. Philipoom, Strawberry Crest High School; Risa M. Brudney, Wharton High School; George C. Carnes and Noreen Latif, Tampa Preparatory School; Max F. Kramer and Christina L. Tamargo, Plant High School; Brooke H. Wade, homeschool; and Hengyi Wu, King High School. Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Two Tampa Bay area high school seniors have each been awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes. Madison Keller, Steinbrenner High School, and Amy Price, Durant High School, were presented 2013 Florida President's Education Project scholarships at a recent GFWC convention in Orlando. Scholarships were awarded to 10 students throughout the state.
The gifts go each year to female high school graduates attending an accredited Florida college, or women returning to college to pursue a career. To donate to the scholarship fund, visit gfwclutzlandolakeswomensclub.org or contact Annette Bellingar at (813) 949-3140.
Academy of the Holy Names student Alexandra Diaz was one of 500 recipients of a $5,000 2013 Bailey Family Foundation scholarship. The foundation also presented her with a new laptop at a banquet this month. She will attend the University of Central Florida, where she has been accepted into the Leads Scholars Program.
The Apollo Beach Woman's Club awarded three eight-week scholarships to Hillsborough County Parks summer camps. Davarius and Aaliyah Young will attend Gardenville Park, and Kyle Blake will attend Ruskin Park. The ABWC Community Service Committee, Beverly Fletchall and Marcia Ward presented the awards.
School rankings: Newsweek and the Daily Beast released the 2013 ranking of America's Best High Schools this month. Several schools from Hillsborough County made the list. Out of 2,000 public schools nationwide on the list, Newsome ranked 273, Plant High ranked 371, Steinbrenner ranked 958, Bloomingdale ranked 1,172, Strawberry Crest ranked 1,622, Robinson ranked 1,635, Gaither ranked 1,644, Sickles ranked 1,784, Alonso ranked 1,836, East Bay ranked 1,872, King ranked 1,902, Chamberlain ranked 1,987, and Freedom ranked 2,000.
The ranking takes into account factors like on-time graduation rates, the percent of 2011 graduates who were accepted to college, the number of students taking AP, IB and AICE tests, average SAT and ACT scores, and the number of students taking at least one AP, IB or AICE course. The list aims to determine which schools best prepare students for college.