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Chamberlain High School: Tribune scholars profiles and essays

An invitation was extended to the top 3 percent of Hillsborough’s graduating seniors to take part in the annual competition.

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.

Austin Cain

School activities and accomplishments:

1. Did Band for 4 years

2. President of Mu Alpha Theta

3. Vice President of the Science Academic Club

4. Member of National Honors Society

College or other post high school plans

Majoring in Music Composition at USF

Gabrielle Mitchell

Gabrielle Mitchell
Gabrielle Mitchell [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. Academy of Finance; including Microsoft and CIW certifications and an internship at USF Federal Credit Union

2. Best Buddies; served as president, planning a banquet and monthly activities in the club, also served as a tutor in an ESE biology class with the students

3. DECA; including state competition for 2 years, Financial Football competitions

4. Assistant Branch Manager of the student-run Suncoast branch; teaching and learning financial literacy and opening accounts

5. National Technical Honor Society; completed 4 years in a CTE program, technical skills

6. Lead in developing an annual toy drive for children with special needs in low income areas with Positive Family Partners, partnered with Chamberlain DECA

College or other post-high school plans:

I intend to go to Hillsborough Community College for a year to obtain my A.A. in political science. With this, I hope to be able to work in my field of interest sooner as opposed to waiting until I have my bachelor degree. After, I will go to USF to further continue my education; All in all, I plan on becoming a family law attorney.

Tribune Scholars Essay

With climate changes being undeniable, it is particularly important for states on the coast to consider their next steps in preventing damages to homes as well as potential dangers to the public. While there are many choices to be made regarding the ideal plan of action in times of crisis, the most reasonable to be decision to be made is retreating from parts of the coast.

In Florida, if our course of action included armoring shores against the rising waters, perhaps including a sort of barrier, this may not be sustainable. This solution may not be permanent as erosion could occur; the barrier may have to be replaced, or retreating from the coast would still have to occur, just later in time.

It would prove beneficial for the government to buy out land from property owners in areas which are flood-prone on the coast. With this, they can ensure the welfare in the community and give owners time to rebuild before an emergency. Home buyouts will reduce the risks associated with these hazardous and flood-prone areas. Buying these houses up front from property owners also may prove to be more financially responsible as opposed to paying for the damages to land and infrastructure which may result from a flood.

Retreating from hazardous areas of the coast and having the government buy out the property which occupies such areas will prove to be an ideal solution as it requires less maintenance than would armoring the shores and provides more sustainability.

Halanyyz Cruz

Halanyyz Cruz
Halanyyz Cruz [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. President of DECA for 2 years, in which i was able to raise the number of students in the club by twice the amount of the previous years, I also competed in Deca competitions for Entrepreneurship and placed in 2nd.

2. Volunteering to collect for a DECA toy drive for children of low-income families and later distributing them to the families of those children.

3. Volunteered with the Non for profit Positive Family partners that help with the development of children with special needs

4. 2nd Place in Suncoast Financial football and volunteering at the Suncoast student run branch.

5. Tv Production and Film competitions with Gasparilla and Tampa film festival.

6. National honor society.

College or other post-high school plans: I would like to major in Political Science and Minor in Economics at the University of South Florida

Tribune Scholars Essays

With the pressing matter of a changing climate many Floridians fear what is to come if water levels begin to rise. As an Original Miami native this had always been one of the most dangerous situations of being on the coast. Although there has been the idea of armoring the shores, the reality being is that the cost of this is expensive. This method itself not only effects the erosion of properties near but it diminishes the size and beauty of the beaches. Many animals also take residence in the land near, and with the diminishing of these beaches they lose their homes, laying grounds and their natural beauty. Therefore, retreating from parts of the coast would be the most beneficial to the communities and the wildlife, as the wildlife is left untouched and the communities are far safer away. To do so it would be productive for the government to buy out the property owners in flood prone areas for fair market values. Allowing property owners to have the funds to relocate to areas that are not prone to flooding and the government to have land that can be used in the future, and also more land for the wildlife.

Jefferson Muñoz

Jefferson Muñoz
Jefferson Muñoz [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. NHS (National Honor Society)

  • Art club
  • Beta Club
  • SNHS (Science National Honor Society)
  • Principle’s Honor roll

College or other post-high school plans: I plan to attend USF and majoring in computer science.

Tribune Scholars Essay:

Throughout the years climate change has increased rapidly, it has caused sea-level to rise and extreme flooding in Florida. It has become a serious problem that needs immediate action. In order to keep the people safe they must stay away from these flood area zones and retreat to protect themselves. People need to take action sooner because if they wait they will suffer grave consequences of environmental damage. For people to relocate, the government should buy their land so they could have the money to buy a new property off the coast, away from the natural disasters.

Although people might argue having an armored shore is a better solution to handle this situation, they do not recognize that this will ruin the natural beauty and aesthetic of the environment. There is not an exact time and day that these floods occur, it can happen when you least expect it, so armored forces would be there at all times causing the beach to be less appealing. The resources required to armor the beaches could harm living creatures and could pollute the environment, and not only would there be flood problems but also conflicts that could harm habitats of creatures.

As you can see, it’s a necessity for people that live on the shores to move out for safety. This is the best possible solution in order to preserve the Florida environment that is admired for being so beautiful.

Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark
Jonathan Clark [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. Drum Major of Chamberlain high school marching band

2. Valedictorian of Chamberlain HS class of 2020

3. President of science academic club

4. Member of National Honor Society

College or other post-high school plans: Attend the University of South Florida in the summer

Tribune Scholars Essay

With the problem of rising waters there are many possible solutions. The best one would be to dramatically decrease the amount of carbon emissions on earth and greenhouse gases by putting in place laws that would require corporations to not exceed a certain amount. As far as armoring the shores a solution for that would be the installation of sand dunes and sand fences which would help maintain the stability of sand dunes. Results of this can already be seen in New York when hurricane Sandy hit, in areas where there were natural sand dunes the water damage was less severe and especially in Florida where hurricanes are much more frequent, this would help with those as well. The main issue is who would pay for it and that mainly depends on who owns the property. If it is a county or state owned property then they should pay for it but you cant force home and business owners to install those so a possible solution would be to give them a tax cut or other incentives to have them install and maintain it. I don’t believe the government can buy out property in flood-prone areas because that would be a multi-billion dollar buy our and they can’t just take the property away because that would be unconstitutional. The only real thing they could do is advise people to not move into those areas because of higher risks.

Jordan Wicinski

School activities and accomplishments:

  • Secretary of Chamberlain Highschool National Honor Society.
  • Treasurer of Art Club at Chamberlain Highschool.
  • Founder of Esports Club at Chamberlain Highschool.
  • Math Master award for TOPGear program at the University of South Florida.
  • Member of DECA at Chamberlain Highschool.
  • Finished top in top 10 of the Chamberlain class of 2020

College or other post-high school plans: After high school, I plan to attend Hillsborough Community College for my associates while starting up a business with my brothers.

Tribune Scholars Essay

As a Floridian, I know just how reliant much of our economy is fueled by tourism, especially with beaches. This brings me to believe we should retreat from the shoreline and expand our beaches inwards. Such would prepare for the rising sea levels as climate change continues to occur, preserving the natural look of our beaches and expanding their square mileage. This feels superior to the idea of armoring our coasts as that may take away from the beauty of them in the first place. That brings us to the topic of how it will be funded. I find it most advantageous to use tax dollars to resolve the issue, and if need be increase taxes to fund it. This would be an ideal place to invest the funds raised by the higher taxes after the state is done improving the education system. Lastly comes the issue of how to get the land away from businesses and property owners who are reluctant to give it up. I can see 2 main ways for Floridians to handle the situation, the first being that the government should try to acquire the land for a minimum expenditure and offer to relocate the smaller businesses to the expected new coastline. The other option is very much a double-edged sword, as tanking the property value of the coastline would encourage the larger businesses to pull away but would greatly increase the number of smaller establishments that would arise if people see it as an opportunity.

Kaitlyn Morrison

Kaitlyn Morrison
Kaitlyn Morrison [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

  • Art club Officer (2years)/ Copresident (senior year)
  • Swim Captain (junior and senior year)
  • Mayors Youth Corps member 2018-2019
  • NHS vice president (senior year)
  • Science National Honor Society
  • Member of my school's Media Advisory Board

College or other post-high school plans: Attend USF Honors college currently as exploratory health and sciences looking towards Speech Language Pathology

Tribune Scholars Essay

As Florida faces a future of changing climate our citizens should be educated on the available options and prepare for such changes in the future. Our local government should offer services though as many areas are occupied by the elderly or individuals who may not be able to do such drastic changes on their own. Those who don’t have the funds or access to easily move should be bought out by the government and that flood zone should be used to Florida’s advantage, the flood zones with moving water could be used as watermills. Or Simply could be adapted to allow individuals to live in the area while avoiding keeping the water stagnant, like high-rise and stilted buildings that allow the water to flow through safely while individuals can remain in their homes. Or the use of recycling rain and floodwater for farmland, and cleaning for animal agricultural usage, as Florida is known for our agriculture of Oranges, sugarcane, and cattle. Allowing our citizens to make the decisions themselves, avoid being stuck in a dangerous area as well as improving our own infrastructure and environmental consciousness. It should be a collaboration between government subsidies and community involvement or taxes. As it will directly impact our neighbors as well as our economy and food sources.

Tyler Moses

Tyler Moses
Tyler Moses [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

  1. Varsity Baseball Fm/Soph years
  2. Art all 4 years Vp of Art club
  3. 100+ Service Hours
  4. 10th Place in Grade with 5.7 GPA

College or other post-high school plans:

After I Graduate, I plan to go to HCC and finish my AA in the Fuse Program there, then transfer over to USF and graduate with a master’s in mechanical engineering, and an associate degree in Computer Science. It has always been a dream of mine to build and code my own robots. I just have not figured out where I want to build them yet, whether it be for NASA, SpaceX, or even create my own company. My whole goal in life is to be successful. I must be, so I can pay back everything my parents have done for me. I just want to spoil my dad before he passes. Buy him that truck he always wanted, or something else nice like that.

Tribune Scholars Essay

With Florida's temperature rising 1 degree (F) this last century and its sea level rising 1 inch every decade it spawns the question of whether Floridians in the future will need to prepare and take preemptive measures to defend against the high rising waters soon to come.

Climate is changing because we are releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from our cars and factories every year. “People have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air by 40 percent since the late 1700′s” which increases evaporation. “Evaporation increases as the atmosphere warms, which increases humidity, average rainfall, and the frequency of heavy rainstorms in many places- but contributes to drought in others.” (“What Climate Change Means for Florida” EPA August 2016″) If the ocean continues to warm it will lead to sea level along the coast to rise one to four feet in the next hundred years: which will submerge wetland, dryland, erode beaches and cause coastal flooding. Most places along the coast have already taken measures into their own hands to prevent against storms and flooding. In my own experience, Horseshoe Beach residents have already built their houses elevated on concrete stilts to protect against flooding. In the distant future, Florida will most likely have to be abandoned if we do not act now. I believe the gov should buy the property in areas speculated to flood in the coming years, as a last resort. That way citizens will be compensated if they must lose their residency.

Zachary Marlow

School activities and accomplishments:

1. Four years on Swim Team, Captain for two years

2. National Honor Society Member

3. Mu Alpha Theta Member (Math Club)

4. Art Club Officer for two years

5. Science National Honor Society Member

6. Science Academic Club Officer

College or other post-high school plans: Mechanical Engineer at the University of South Florida

Tribute Scholars Essay

Florida is known for its sunny beaches and is a popular vacation destination for many demographics, but is faced with a troubling risk as the environment changes. With concerns over climate change and rising sea levels, some have begun to question whether actions should be taken towards Florida’s coastline. The best solution is to focus on armoring shores and technologies that can help protect those in areas susceptible to floods.

Armoring our shores will give coastline residents and businesses the best chance for the impending issues of flooding and rising sea levels. Protection methods such as sea level detectors and potentially building a sea wall can help take proactive measures for addressing the inevitable. Additionally, an emergency protocol must be put in place in the event of a flood to help save lives and even real estate close to the water. Retreating from the shores hinders the constant flow of tourism which boosts the economy surrounding the coastal communities.

With implementing these new ideas into place, there needs to be proper funding for these systems to work. Counties along the coast should pay for these systems by requiring homes and businesses along the ocean to have proper flood insurance and even implement a beach tax from the tourism drawn to the coastlines. Government buyout would negatively impact coastal communities and “beach culture” which commonly draws in the constant flow of tourism which helps the surrounding economy. Families that established themselves for generations deserve to enjoy their beaches without worries.