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Hillsborough Hometown News for July 3

Tampa student gets environmental scholarship from SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando recently awarded four students who have passion for protecting the environment with $5,000 scholarships toward any college or university they plan to attend as part of the company's 2016 Environmental Scholarship Program. The scholarships were made available to Florida high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The winning students demonstrated their passion for animals and the environment through an essay and a video application highlighting their achievements and goals. Applications were evaluated by representatives of SeaWorld's Education & Conservation Department. While at SeaWorld for their awards and a trip to the park, students and families were treated to lunch, a behind-the-scenes tour with the education and zoological team, a meet-and-greet with a sea lion after Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High show, and a front-row ride on the Mako roller coaster. The scholarship recipients also received four SeaWorld annual passes and a tablet to bring with them to college this fall.

The 2016 Environmental Scholarship Award winner from Tampa was Margaret K. Parrish from Chamberlain High School. She designed and constructed a low-cost, portable water test kit that looks for bacteria in potential drinking water.

USF researchers win international technology award

My Reviewers, created by USF professor Joe Moxley, is receiving international attention for the online tools that may change the way English courses are taught. The e-learning tool recently received a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant and an NSF PRIME grant. It was also awarded the 2016 Campus Technology Innovators award from Campus Technology magazine. The award recognizes colleges and universities that develop innovative technology solutions to campus challenges. USF's team that created the app — which includes an English professor, a business researcher and a student — is one of four groups recognized with the Teaching and Learning award. The winners will be recognized in Boston in August at the 2016 Campus Technology Conference. My Reviewers is an online suite of teaching, reviewing and writing tools. Users can review student works and provide feedback using cloud-based storage. Moxley, a professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, came up with the idea after being inspired to better understand what causes students to struggle in writing composition courses. Nearly 15,000 USF students use My Reviewers each year.

Nitro Solutions in Tampa names new chief operating officer

Tampa's Nitro Solutions, a provider of technology solutions for business optimization, announced that George Hall joined the team as chief operating officer. Hall has more than 30 years of experience in business process improvement across a range of industries. He most recently was the owner of Hall Executive Services, a holistic business consulting firm, and provided executive coaching to CEOs and business owners. He advised organizations on business optimization and developed strategies to improve processes and efficiencies. Hall is involved with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of directors of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. He is a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and is an honorary commander of the USAF 927 ARW at MacDill Air Force Base.

   
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Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

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Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 13

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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

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Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

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Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

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