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After an arm injury left Skylar Martinez unable to play softball, the athlete is trying out soccer.Keri Kelly | Academy of the Holy Names

Sporting spotlights: Skylar Martinez

Long-time softball athlete Skylar Martinez didn't injure herself playing softball. It was during a middle school flag football game in January 2013 that Martinez damaged her shoulder, ending her softball career. "I tried pulling a flag that did not release," Martinez said. "I held onto the flag when my shoulder pop …

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  1. On exhibit: Chloe Jones

    Life

    At first glance, Hillsborough High junior Chloe Jones seems pretty quiet and mostly keeps to herself. It's easy to miss the nondescript black sketchbook clutched in her hands as she walks from class to class. But, if anyone were to open that sketchbook and flip through the contents, he or she would discover a vast array …

    Chloe Jones holds up one of her sketches. “This one has to do with a concept of being love-struck, and then heartbreak,” she said. Jones experiments with many different types of mediums, although she works with pencils and paint the most. (Photo credit: Kathy Xie)
  2. Artist Profile: Tucker DeGregory

    Life

    When people think of an artist, they often think of painters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci or Pablo Picasso. But art isn't just dragging a paintbrush across a canvas. It's easy to forget the variety of art styles that are prevalent around the world, and that includes performance art.

    St. Petersburg High junior Tucker DeGregory is a triple threat in the theater world as a dancer, singer and actor.
  3. Blake student explores the world through the lens of her camera

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    Between her sophomore and junior year, Madeline Brady nervously applied to her dream school: Blake High. As part of the admission process to the Hillsborough County Public School performing arts magnet program, she was interviewed by teachers from Blake and was required to present 10 of her best pieces of artwork.

    Madeline Brady, a Blake High junior, shows some of her photographs.
  4. Sunsil Shaw: Free stylin'

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    "People openly wonder why my hairstyles are so bizarre. I always offer the same reasoning: 'Why not? I'm going to be bald one day anyways, and so I'll be crazy during my early years! Might as well throw it around like my idol Cristiano Ronaldo while I can!'"

  5. Emily Eukovich and Abby Harkins: Artspiration

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    "This is my drawing of Emma Watson, my favorite actress. Abby here is my biggest fan."

  6. Emily Barron: A year for art

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    "My New Year's resolution is to focus on myself and make more art."

    MADISON HINDO   |   Largo High
  7. Bader alhomsi: game on

    Life

    What is it you love about football?

    "I think it definitely keeps me on track. I'm always so busy with practice and school and family that I don't have time to get in trouble."

    Where would you be without football?

    "ISS and not talking to you."

    Can you hang from the field goal?

    SAWYER CARLTON   |   King High
  8. Leshawn Williams learns to cope with life after lost leg

    Life

    In the quiet home of Bonita Copeland and her son Leshawn Williams, life seems ordinary. A flat-screen television hums in the living room, where Williams, a walker by his side, sits on the plush red sofa, surrounded by Xbox controllers. But for the former athlete, adjusting to life as an amputee, nothing is ordinary.

    Leshawn Williams, whose injury during a Northeast High football game led to amputation of his leg, is upbeat. “I’m not starting my life over,” he says. “It’s just a little setback, and I’m just ready to start walking again. I’ll be all right.”
  9. Sporting spotlights: Skylar Martinez

    Life

    Long-time softball athlete Skylar Martinez didn't injure herself playing softball. It was during a middle school flag football game in January 2013 that Martinez damaged her shoulder, ending her softball career.

    After an arm injury left Skylar Martinez unable to play softball, the athlete is trying out soccer.
  10. Picks for top high school athletes

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    Tampa Bay Times' all-Tampa Bay football

    Armwood’s Jordan Griffin, left, a linebacker, has reopened his recruitment after a coaching change at Wisconsin. Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud III, right, will be heading to Clemson.