Three win at competition
Three Hillsborough County public school students were national winners at the recent 2008 NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics competition in Orlando. Alfred Sheppard, a 12th-grader at Blake High School, won a gold medal in music composition, a computer, $2,000 and a $20,000 scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Jasmine Roberts, a 10th-grader at Wharton High School, won a silver medal in microbiology, a computer, and $1,500; while Jasmine Myers, a sixth-grader at Stewart Middle Magnet School, was one of four in the nation selected to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art next summer.
Ball benefits scholarships
St. Peter Claver Catholic School will host the Higgins Ball at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Higgins Hall, 5225 Himes Ave. The fundraiser aims to provide scholarships and tuition assistance to students. The event will feature a silent auction, dinner and live entertainment with the Bob Jackson Memorial Jazz Band. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, to buy individual tickets or to reserve a table, call 961-4515.
School plans playing fields
Cambridge Christian School, an independent Christian college preparatory school at 6101 N Habana Ave., is planning the construction of a new soccer and softball field. The school recently received a $100,000 challenge gift, which will have to be matched by additional donors. The anonymous donor also gave a separate gift toward the renovation of the second floor of the school's gym to allow for new office space and a conference room.
Fall Dance Happening at UT
The Fall Dance Happening begins at 8 p.m. at the University of Tampa Edison Building, 214 N Boulevard, and runs Wednesday through Saturday. Students will start their performances in the building and dance their way out to the east veranda of Plant Hall in a traveling choreography that includes jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, modern and hip hop. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 257-3745.