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Science competition: The Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus hosted the 2013 Regional Science Olympiad for middle and high school students last month. Thirty-five teams competed in more than 40 events that tested scientific skills and knowledge. The top three placing high school teams were Tampa Preparatory School, Wharton High School and Palm Harbor University High School. The top three placing middle school teams were two teams from Morgan Fitzgerald and New Springs School.

Science competition: The Hillsborough Community College Brandon Campus hosted the 2013 Regional Science Olympiad for middle and high school students last month. Thirty-five teams competed in more than 40 events that tested scientific skills and knowledge. The top three placing high school teams were Tampa Preparatory School, Wharton High School and Palm Harbor University High School. The top three placing middle school teams were two teams from Morgan Fitzgerald and New Springs School.

Scholarship opportunity: The Bailey Family Foundation will award two renewable scholarships to one AVID senior and one non-AVID senior in Hillsborough County high schools. The award amount is $5,000 per year, renewable for four years. The deadline to apply is Friday. For more information or to apply, visit bailey-family.org.

Open house: St. Lawrence Catholic School, 5223 N Himes Ave., Tampa, will host a tour of its early childhood and kindergarten programs at 10 a.m. March 19. To register, call Lilianne Rodriguez at (813) 879-5090, ext. 230.

Children's nutrition: The Children's Board Family Resource Centers will hold events for children and adults during March to celebrate National Nutrition Month. All the events are free.

On Saturday in North Tampa, a nutrition class for children will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and Mission Nutrition will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 1401-A E Fowler Ave., Tampa. To register, call (813) 558-1877.

On March 23 in Brandon, a nutrition class for children will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., and Mission Nutrition will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at 1271 Kingsway Road, Brandon. To register, call (813) 740-4634.

On March 26 in Central Tampa, a nutrition class for adults will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and a nutrition class for children will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at 1002 E Palm Ave., Tampa. To register, call (813) 204-1741

On March 26 in south county, a nutrition class for children will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at 3030 E College Ave., Ruskin. To register, call (813) 641-5600.

Theater and music classes: The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts and Music Showcase will offer two new programs for children interested in music and theater. Two sessions of the Tot-Time Theatre Class for children ages 3 and 4 will run on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for five weeks from March 20 to April 17, and May 1 to May 29. Children will make puppets and crafts, participate in story-time, and create their own theatrical scenes and plays. The cost of the program is $125.

The Encore Showcase show choir for children ages 7-12 and the Signature Showcase show choir for ages 13 and up will run from March 20 to May 1. The Encore Showcase will practice Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., and the Signature Showcase will practice Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students will learn music, choreography, ear training and stage presence. The cost for each choir is $175.

All classes are held at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive, Brandon. To register, visit faopa.org or call (813) 493-2787.

Classroom gardening: A workshop for teachers, Gardening for Grades, will be held March 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner. The workshop will cover how to start a school garden, what to plant and when, lessons aligned with Next Generation Sunshine Standards, and resources for grant money. The event will include a tour of the garden and a hands-on gardening activity. The cost is $10. To register, visit hillsborough.ifas.ufl.edu. For more information, call (813) 744-5519.

SAT/ACT scores: Four Hillsborough County public school students scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT: Ana Cheng, senior, Steinbrenner High; Nathaniel Lee, senior, Steinbrenner High; Ian Ludden, senior, Bloomingdale High; and Haoqing Wang, junior, King High.

Suvetha Ravichandran, senior, Hillsborough High, received the highest possible composite score of 36 on the ACT.

Middleton robotics: The Middleton High School Maelstrom robotics team won the FTC state championship at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach this month. Team members included Brian Neuman, Cory Kinney, Christian Webster, Mark Judy, Jeanelle Baldwin, Hana Schoener, Levi Hoyos, Victor Abrego and D'Angelo Jeanmarie. The team will compete in the world championship in St. Louis in April.

Three Middleton High School FIRST Tech Challenge robotics students were also chosen to receive four-year scholarships to Embry-Riddle: Riley MacDonald, senior; Jason Howard, junior; and Cory Kinney, sophomore.

National Honor Society: Sixty-eight juniors from Jesuit High School were inducted into the National Honor Society last month. NHS recognizes students who have at least a 3.7 GPA, a minimum of 50 service hours, and who demonstrate strong character and leadership skills. The inductees were Daniel Alvarez, Gino Gustavo-D' Jesus Aquino, Jeremiah Benjamin, Christian Benson, Nicholas Bodner, George Boghdadi, Austin Booth, Sebastian Botero, Russell Cain, Kevin Carvalho, Tonnar Castellano, Stefan Cevallos. Sean Chowdhari, Adam Corson, Austin Curtis, Minh Cao Dang, Markus Dangl, Travis Dinan, Marc Dumois, Derek Frantz, Michael Gargula, Anthony Guagliardo, Ian Gutierrez, Christian Haitz, Thomas Hamilton, Douglas Henry, Tyler Hernandez, Zachary Harding Hooper, Matthew Jackson, Peter Johnson, John Kelly, Nicholas LaVoy, Ryan Lerch, Maxwell Linares, Zachary Long, Peter Lopez III, Ryan Lowman, Brandon Luckwaldt, Timothy Madigan, Philip McElroy, Noah Menendez, John Mooney, Eric Mubang, Chase Niswonger, Timothy O'Loughlin, Donovan Pedrero, Anthony Pellingra, Elliot Polur, Patrick Powers, Kyle Sahlsten, Trevor Sayers, Daniel Scarpinato, Trevor Schaettle, Donald Schmeling, Francis Scimeca, James Serrano Jr., Rhett Shimberg, Michael Suarez, Joonsung Suh, Joseph Trim, Julian Velez, Jacob Vila, Cody Warren, Andrew Werner, Ethan White, Daniel Wilson, Todd Wilson Jr. and Nicholas Zahrobsky.

School donations: The Armed Forces Families Foundation donated $22,400 to the MacDill Air Force Base Monroe Middle School, which serves military families. Donations were raised in local Taco Bell restaurants. The donations were used to purchase six Smart Board Suites for the school.

Volunteer program: Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph visited Just Elementary School last month to kick off the 2013 Team Davin United Way campaign, promoting the importance of reading and education for underprivileged students. He hosted a reading rally for second- and fourth-grade students, and announced a school essay contest for second- and fourth-graders. Students also each received a new book. Joseph and the Buccaneers, with United Way Suncoast, launched Team Davin last year to promote volunteering in the community.

Tampa school news 03/09/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 6:07pm]

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