Stephanie Socias, Academy of Holy Names Girls Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 4.84/3.99
Standardized test score: 1480 SAT
Sports: Basketball (three years), cross country (two years), track (two years)
Class schedule as senior: AP Spanish, AP English Literature, AP Calculus BC, AP Government, AP Biology, Christian Lifestyles, Social Justice and Peace, Law.
Proudest academic accomplishment: Becoming valedictorian, because "it took four years to get. It wasn't just one test. It was four years of work."
Proudest athletic accomplishment: When the track team won districts her junior year, when she ran on the 3,200 relay and won the 3,200. "It was the first year I ran the 2-mile and I was excited to move on and have the team do so well."
Other feats: Named to FHSAA All-Academic team. ... Times All-County second-teamer in Cross Country as a senior. ... Participated to three state events - cross country, basketball and track -- her junior year. ... State qualifier in 3200m junior year. ... Vice president of National Honor Society. ... School newspaper editor. ... Took mission trips to the Dominican Republic during spring break the past two years.... Eutharistic Minister in 10th, 11th and 12th grade. ... Played basketball in the Youth Friendship Games in Holland after junior year. ... Tampa Sports Club Extra Effort Award.
Last class in which she earned lower than a B: She can't remember. "Maybe in third grade?" she said.
College: She will attend Notre Dame this fall and is undecided about her major. She was invited to walk on to the cross country team.
Did you know? Stephanie was born blind in her right eye and had four surgeries before she was 4 months old. Last summer, she had surgery to insert a prosthetic eye.
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer
Unweighted GPA: 3.95, standardized test: 29 ACT
Sports: Cross country, track
Notable: Placed third at Class 2A state meet in 800 and 1,600, eighth in 3,200 relay ... as a junior, finished seventh in Class 2A state meet in 800 and 1,600 ... owns four track school records (400, 800, 1,600, 3,200 relay). ... Two-time cross country team MVP, three-time track MVP. ... National Honors Society. ... Headmaster's List. ... Latin club. ... Writing center tutor.
College: Accepted into pre-dental program track at University of Miami, where she will run track and cross country
Weighed/unweighted GPA: 5.63/3.95, standardized test: 1260 SAT
Sports: Volleyball, basketball, softball
Notable: Times All-Suncoast softball pitcher of the year as a senior ... third-team all-state, first-team All-Suncoast in softball as a junior ... four-time district champions
College: Athletic scholarship to Augusta State
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.08/3.97, standardized test: 25 ACT
Sports: Volleyball, flag football
Notable: Ranked fourth in senior class. ... two-time volleyball team MVP. ... All-Western Conference as a junior. ...Times All-County honorable mention as a junior. ... All-Western Conference flag football. ... Sunshine state scholar for math and science. ... Presidential award. ... Bright Futures scholar. ... Tampa Bay Buccaneers student advisory board. ... Volunteer at Tampa General Hospital.
College: University of Florida, where she plans to play volleyball.
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.26/3.99, standardized test: 1290 SAT
Notable: Class salutatorian, ranked second in class of 460 ... eight-time medalist (seven silvers, one gold) in Class 3A state tennis finals ... state doubles champion as a senior. ... Four-time Western Conference first teamer. ... Chamberlain principal's award. ... National Honors Society. ... Dartmouth University book award for leadership and academic achievement. ... National Beta Club. ... President of Spanish National Honor Society.
College: Full scholarship (athletic and academic) to University of Missouri, where she will study broadcast journalism.
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.54/3.98, standardized tests: 1300 SAT, ACT 30
Sports: Basketball, cross country, track
Notable: Class valedictorian ... two-time Class 3A state top-eight in the 3,200 relay. ... Two-time second-team All-Conference selection for cross country. ... holds three school track records. ... Two-time basketball coach's award winner. ... National Honor Society president. ... Vice president of the Interact Club. ...secretary of Spanish Honor Society. ... DECA. ... Brain Bowl. ... Key scholar. ... National English Merit Award. ... Presidential Award. ... Athena Society Young Woman of Promise award.
College: Accepted into the USF honor college. Plans to study pre-med.
Tampa Bay Tech
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.3/3.7
Standardized test: ACT 27
Sports: Soccer, cross country
Notable: Soccer team captain ... cross-country team captain. ... Moved from Colombia at age of 6 not knowing English and was part of ESOL program for non-native speakers and ended taking the maximum number of AP classes possible (10). ... Camp counselor for children whose parents are in jail. ... Rebuilt houses in Key West destroyed by Hurricanes. ... First place in the Florida State Spanish Conference. ... School blood drive organizer.
College: USF to major in chemical engineering.
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.57/3.89, standardized tests: 1080 SAT, 26 ACT
Notable: Two-year team captain ... Times All-Hillsborough Honorable Mention. ... All-Western Conference first-team as a junior. ... Three-time coach's award winner. ... National Honor Society. ... Principal's honor roll. ...Won second place in the 2008 9th Congressional District Art Exhibit at the Leepa Ratner Museum. ... Her artwork was accepted two consecutive years into the Next Generation/11th Congressional District Art Exhibit, as well as the UT High School Art Show twice, HCC Art Show twice. ... Collected 500 Beanie Babies to make gift bags for children of migrant workers at Redlands Christian Migrant Association.
College: Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design
Mary Kate Smith
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.84/4.00, Standardized test: 1230 SAT
Sports: Softball, volleyball
Notable: Top 2 percent of senior class ... CAPS program ... Times All-Suncoast second team in softball. ... First-team All-County and All-Western Conference as a junior. ... Part of softball team that advanced to three consecutive final fours. ... NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. ...Columbia University book award. ... National Honor Society. ... National Technical Honor Society. ... Spanish National Honor Society. ... Mu Alpha Theta. ... Key Club. ... Three-time top-two at FFA Florida State Fair competition, rabbit division.
College: Athletic scholarship to Stanford
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.76/4.0, standardized tests: 1220 SAT, 28 ACT
Notable: Two-time All-Western Conference selection ... Times All-Hillsborough County honorable mention as a senior, junior and freshman ... National Honor Society. .. Spanish Honor Society. ... Key Scholar. ... DECA. ... Principal's Honor Roll. ... Two-time Academic Letter recipient.
College: University of Tampa, where she will play softball and major in business.
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 5.71/3.87
Standardized tests: 1080 SAT, ACT 26
Sports: Soccer, tennis, swimming, cheerleading
Notable: Third in graduating class. ... captain of soccer, tennis, swimming and cheerleading teams Soccer team captain ... student government president. ... National Honor Society vice president. ... Took trip to Brazil to build orphanages and a trip to Alaska to build homes. ... Spanish National Honor Society. .. Senior Council. ... Florida Bright Futures.
College: University of Florida to major in pre-med
Unweighted GPA: 3.9, standardized test: 1490 SAT
Sports: Tennis, golf
Notable: Two-time most improved golfer award ... in tennis, district doubles runnerup as a junior. ... district champ in doubles as a senior. ...National Honor Society. ... Latin Honor Society. ... Columbia University book award. ... Her artwork has been displayed in competitions help by Tampa Museum of Art, UT and HCC.
College: Unviersity of Florida on Bright Futures scholarship.
Weighted/unweighted GPA: 6.13/3.85, standardized test: 1300 ACT
Sports: Tennis, soccer
Notable: Class valedictorian ... tennis co-captain ... National Honor Society. ... Spanish Honor Society. ... Soccer team captain. ... Mu Alpha Theta treasurer. ... National BETA Club. ... Key Scholar. ... Ventures Scholar. ... Univision Hispanic All-Stars. ... Wal-Mart Scholarship. ... Mu Alpha Theta math team for four years.
College: South Florida to major in biology