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New music program: High school and college students interested in the music industry can apply to be a part of the Grammy Museum Music Revolution Project this summer. The program gives students the opportunity to participate in musical workshops, songwriting courses and mentoring sessions. Program begins July 22 and ends Aug. 16. Program is free for students chosen to participate. Applications are due May 6 and available online at by going to the "education" section and clicking on "for students." Applications can be emailed to

School choice: The Hillsborough Choice Options application period for magnet programs, school choice, and career and technical education programs for the 2013-14 school year closes Friday.

School choice and magnet programs are available for students entering grades K-11. Students enrolled in a Hillsborough County public school should apply directly online. Students new to Hillsborough County public schools should download and complete an application from the Choice Options website, and mail it to the address listed on the application.

Applications are available online at For more information, call the Choice Information Line at (813) 272-4692.

Gala fundraiser: Nativity Catholic School will hold this year's gala, "Experience Greece!" on May 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview. The event will include cocktails, appetizers, dinner, online silent auction and live auction. For more information, email co-chairwomen Rosalind Moffett at or Lisette Moore at or visit

School grant: St. Peter Claver Catholic School has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Triad Foundation to be used for iPads, new textbooks and equipment for a science lab.

Recycling challenge: A team of five Robinson High seniors was named a finalist in the 2013 Moody's Mega Math Challenge — Waste Not, Want Not: Putting Recyclables in Their Place. The students are Lauren Lopez, Ravi Patel, Christopher Sipes, Dylan Wang and Anna Yannakopoulos. Robinson was chosen as one of the top six teams out of 1,054 submissions. The team will compete against the other finalists Monday in New York City. The teams will receive scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 based on their final ranking. For this year's math challenge, teams had to come up with the best recycling plans for U.S. cities based on their demographics and recommend national recycling standards.

Holy Names honors: Academy of the Holy Names students have recently received honors or awards. Freshman Gracie Hancock's original play, Haven Between Worlds, about four dateless friends who discover a portal to another world in a garden on prom night, received a score of excellent from Florida State Thespians, a division of the International Thespian Society.

Junior Emily Rodriquez qualified for National Forensic League Nationals at a district tournament in Sarasota, and will compete in Dramatic Interpretation in Birmingham, Ala., in June. Juniors Theresa Lopez and Elaine Petrarca are the first alternates for this tournament in Team Debate.

Presidential scholars: Berkeley Preparatory School senior Yunhan Xu and Academy of the Holy Names senior Meagan Gonzalez were among more than 500 students nationwide to be named semifinalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars competition. Up to 141 students are named Presidential Scholars each year.

National Merit Scholarships: Middleton High School juniors Richard Hendel, engineering magnet; Gautam Koipallil, biomedical-biotechnology magnet; and Curtis Maraman, engineering magnet, met requirements to enter the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Students are selected based on their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The Middleton students were among the 50,000 highest scorers. About 16,000 will be selected as semifinalists and about 8,000 will be finalists for the scholarships in 2014.

Debate competition: The Hillsborough High School speech and debate team competed in five events at the Florida Gulf Coast Catholic Forensic League 2013 Grand Finals at East Bay High School in February. Ten students qualified for the national competition in Philadelphia in May: Jasmine Dareus, Funmi Daudu, Taylor Flores, Lucy Gutierrez, Caleb Hall, Marayna Martinez, Anna Pennington, Nina Phan, Lumiere Rostick and Kathy Xie.