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The top one half of one percent nationally:

The list of National Merit Semifinalists is in, and Hillsborough County is well-represented. You'll notice the long list of students from Hillsborough High. Many of them are in the academically accelerated International Baccalaureate program, which is full of some of the top students from the school district.

Bloomingdale High: Ami Borchik, Jeffery Jacoby, Michael McKinely, John Reich, Jennifer Wangerien and Maria Williamson. Brandon High: Andrew Knight and Shannon Oleary. Chamberlain High: Bryan Bernardo, Joseph Candelora, Rachel Jackson and Robert Kischuk. Gaither High: Sean O'Connor.

Hillsborough High: Benjamin Boehm, Malcolm Borgendale, Stefan Carpenter, Scott Gregory, Sara Grossman, Danielle Harrell, Neal Huneycutt, Muhammad Hutasuhut, Martha James, Pooja Khater, Laura Killinger, Troy Montgomery, Theresa Ng, Erika Occhipinti, Brenda Pullin, Camilla Richmond, Partho Roy, Jonathan Schaar, Javiera Sequeira, Amanda Speight, Erin Stoy, Renuka Thabaraj and Jane Yu.

Jefferson High: Jorge Rodriguez. King High: Frank St. Jacques. Plant High: Katherine Aertker, Alexander Bokor, Emily Hanlon, Mary Hays, Matthew Horgan, Susan McKernan, Nicole Scott, Clinton Wade Smith and Dara Techathuvanan. Plant City High: Jacques DeLisle and Robert Morris. Tampa Bay Tech: Timothy Rogers. Tampa Preparatory: Jeff Brabham, Janna Davidson, Jamie Eckstein, Emily Giles, Jeremy Haicken, Nat Roland, Elizabeth Weinzierl and Anish Zachariah.

Carver up to snuff:

The George Washington Carver Early Childhood Center recently became accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The accreditation makes the Carver Center the first public school in Hillsborough to get the seal of approval from the association. The accreditation means the school underwent an exhaustive review process and met a number of national standards for early childhood programs.

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