More than 200 of Hillsborough County’s top high school seniors from 35 public and private schools accepted an invitation to share their accomplishments and take part in an essay contest through the 2020 R.F. “Red” Pittman Tribune Scholars program. Their profiles and essays are published here, just as the students submitted them. To search all schools, click here.
School Activities and accomplishments
1. I have 330 community service hours mostly form volunteering at Advent Health Hospital in Tampa (143 hours) and the Plant City Adult School where I helped Ms. Lori in a summer Adult ESOL program held in Dover, Florida since Freshman year (over 100 hours).
2. Armwood High School Band: I returned to the Band program my senior year. I was a returning clarinet player who managed to remember all my playing skills even though it has been 3 years since I last played. Also, marching season was fun!!
3. Varsity Tennis team: I have participated for both my junior and senior year. I played both singles and doubles matches.
4. I am currently part of the HOSA club (11th-12th grade), the College and Career Club (12th grade), and Science National Honors Society (12th grade). I was apart of the Key Club (9th- 11th grade), Sophomore Steering Club (10th grade), and AVID club (9th grade).
5. I was recognized as an “Outstanding Senior for the Take Stock in Children for Hillsborough County”.
College or other post-high school plans:
My plan is to go to Florida State University and major in Clinical Professions through the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences program. I may continue my education until I attain my master’s degree and then pursue Medical School. In the end, my goal is to become a bilingual Pediatrician at a children’s hospital.
School activities and accomplishments:
1. Volunteer at several location with over 300 hours which include, Sunshine Foundation , Bartow Regional Medical Center and Moffitt Cancer Center
2. President of the Science National Honor Society
3. year Member of the Soaring Hawks Mentoring program
4. year member of the Varsity Cheerleading team and captain/co captain for 3 of those years
5. Teen Ambassador for the Sunshine Foundation
6. Varsity Flag Football Player for 3 years
College or other post-high school plans: University of Florida Nursing Major and minor in education
Tribune Scholars Essay
As the climate changes the communities could reach out the local residents and homeowners and give them evidence base information and the choice, if they want to armor their own personal shoreline. The residents bought property, knowing the risk, signed and bought insurance still choose to live there by their own choice. Now by due process i.e.; meeting and via the voting process, the residents who want to protect their property or the joint as a collective group then they should be able to, however, at their own cost. Other residents should not be paying for a personal choice or their choice to buy property in a flood zone. Furthermore, we should not be asked to provide coverage repair or protection. Also, the government should not be asked to foot the bill either. This includes buying out their property. Now if there are private grants or loans for shore preservation and the homeowner’s association collective or even the property owner wants to apply for them then it is a smart move. A better way to use the government’s money is education on grants writing or loan education when applying for these types of grants or loans. It is better to be proactive rather than reactive.