East Lake grad named to C-USA all-academic team
Former East Lake High football standout Dillon DeBoer was named this month as one of 12 members of the Conference USA All-Academic Football Team. The junior center for Florida Atlantic University is the first FAU football player to garner the honor since the Owls became a member of C-USA in 2013. He has been a starter for three years and is a consistent member of the athletic department's honor roll. He also has worked alongside fellow FAU student athletes to reach the department's goal of 3,000 community service hours this year. A finance major, DeBoer holds a 3.395 GPA and will return next fall for his final college season. "Dillon was critical for us on the field by playing every position on the offensive line," said Charlie Partridge, FAU's head football coach. "His versatility and intelligence is proven on the field and by his performance in the classroom."
Big returns for Dunedin student in stock market contest
Dunedin High senior Peter Rosche won second place in the Florida Stock Market Challenge, competing against more than 2,000 teams across the state. The contest, sponsored by the Florida Council on Education, gives students control of a virtual portfolio containing $100,000, and they decide how and when to invest. All assets are liquidated at the end of the contest and those with the highest returns win cash and prizes. Rosche's portfolio netted a return of nearly 30 percent, compared to the average market return of 1 percent for the contest's duration.
Student success rates go up over last fall at SPC
The success rate for all students at St. Petersburg College increased 2.2 percent this fall, and certain groups of students exceeded the overall number, the school reports this month. The rate was up 2.8 percent over last fall for "first-time-in-college," or FTIC, students and 6.6 percent among FTIC African American male students — with success defined as earning an A, B or C in a course. The latter group improved 13.6 in developmental classes. The school has been focusing on success rates since 2012 when it launched a program called The College Experience to better support students as they make their way toward a degree. The program offers free individual tutoring, improved academic advising, an online tool that helps students find and take courses in the proper sequence, a system of early alerts to identify struggling students and academic coaches to help them. This fall, more than 16,000 students visited campus learning centers for out-of-class support by faculty and staff at SPC. Faculty members provided more than 5,000 hours of tutoring and academic support outside the classroom.
Look for Times' special section, 'School Search 2016,' next week
Next week in this section, the Tampa Bay Times will publish School Search 2016, our annual guide aimed at helping families find the right school for their children. The section will offer a comprehensive description of the programs available in the Pinellas County public school system for the 2016-17 school year, as well as detailed advice and information on how to navigate the application system. Information on private and charter schools will be included as well.