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East Bay 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.

Ada Liu

Ada Liu
Ada Liu [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

  1. National Honor Society (Officer Position- Historian)
  2. Key Club
  3. Science National Honor Society
  4. Math Honor Society
  5. Future Business Leaders of America
  6. Principal’s Honor Roll

College or other post-high school plans: University of Florida

Additional information for judges: Mandarin Chinese was my first language, had to overcome the language barrier. First generation to attend college, non-English speaking family, siblings in college.

Tribune Scholars Essay

As Florida faces a future with a changing climate, communities should armor their shores against rising waters. The homeowners association(HOA) should pay for the service because the houses are located in their community. Houses near the shores have a higher cost because they require maintenances. Therefore, the HOA fees will increase for the homeowners, and they will have a responsibility. The communities should not retreat from parts of the coast because it is the homeowner’s privilege to live near the coast. It is their freedom of will to live near the coast. If they chose to live near the shores, then the homeowners and community should pay for the maintenance. The government should not buy out property in flood-prone areas because the funding can be used towards other necessities. As climate changing is occurring, the communities and homeowners should prepare to armor their shores because it can prevent flooding. The government should not be involved because it may not be fair to the residents that live in non-flood areas. The buying out of a property can also increase a shift of migration to the other neighborhoods. Therefore, the homeowners should stay and armor their shores because moving can create additional obstacles and increase spending. If the homeowners move to another community, then the areas around the shores will be empty, and it can create a bad reputation for the state. The houses near the shores will be empty, and it can destroy other marine species and animal homes.

Alanis Torres

Alanis Torres
Alanis Torres [ handout ]

School Activities and accomplishments:

  1. President of Spanish National Honors Society
  2. Earth Club
  3. SEAS Club
  4. National Honors Society
  5. Science National Honors Society
  6. English National Honors Society

College or other post-high school plans:

My plan is to attend the University of South Florida in the honors program and pursue a major in International Studies.

Tribune Scholars Essay Entry

As Florida faces a changing climate, communities should armor their shores against rising waters with local and government help. The state government needs to study these flood-prone areas and find out what is happening, where it is coming from, and what developments are most beneficial to protecting these areas. Funds should be set aside for coastal development and add defense methods such as wave breakers, sea walls, marine vegetation, and even implementing stricter laws on protection of wildlife such as mangroves. Communities should also participate in coastal restoration efforts such as planting more vegetation and even educating the public about the serious effects rising waters can have on these flood-prone areas. For example, when doing SEAS Club, we were able to plant over 400 plots of seagrass in three hours which helped in reducing the impact that erosion was having on our coastal communities.

In terms of Florida’s flood-prone areas, the government should not buy out property owners in flood-prone areas because having to set a budget to remove homeowners will only cost money from taxpayers’ and will encourage land speculation without correcting the root of the problem. The government buys out the home for a market value, the house gets demolished, and the land is then free for development but there is no improvement in correctly solving the issue of rising waters. By implementing such measures, Florida will face a future of promising hope in terms of protecting communities from rising waters.

Anthony Trow

School activities and accomplishments:

1. Show Choir

2. Leadership Council for our Chorus program

3. Science National Honor Society President

4. AP Scholar with Distinction

5. JROTC for two years

College of other post-high school plans: I want to double major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida.

Ashley Aagaard

Ashley Aagaard
Ashley Aagaard [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. President of Student Government Association (12)

2. Secretary of National Honor Society (12)

3. Secretary of Student Government Association (11)

4. Received 2 AP Scholar awards

5. Math Tutor

6. Cheer Captain (11)

College or other post-high school plans:

Attending USF for the Biomedical Science program

Daniela Dominguez

Daniela Dominguez
Daniela Dominguez [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

  1. National Honor Society
  2. Spanish National Honor Society (Treasurer)
  3. Letter for Academics
  4. Volunteer at SouthShore Regional Library
  5. Volunteer at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center
  6. Dual Enrollment since Junior year

College or other post-high school plans:

I plan on going to HCC for my Associates Degree and then transferring to USF where I’ll major in Psychology.

Tribune Scholars Essay

As Florida faces a future with a changing climate, I believe that communities should both armor their shores and retreat from the coast. Climate change is a universal issue that has gotten worse over the years. Because of the fast increase in ice melting, sea levels are constantly growing. This is going to be a major issue for Florida in the future. That’s why precautions have to be made now rather than later. Florida’s sea level increases by 1 inch every three years and its expected to grow faster in the future (SeaLevelRise.org). Due to this issue homes should stop being built around shores till the right form of armor is built. Because this is a Florida issue, I believe the residents should help in paying for these sea walls, but because this is such a major issue the government should also help in assuring the state has what It needs to protect its residents. I don’t think government should buy out property owners in flood prone areas just because so many people live by the shores. It would be a huge crisis to buy out so many homes and not having places to put these people. I would say to allow families to choose whether they are okay with their property being bought out and unless a major threat is being faced in that area then families should reside in their property.

Ethan Sisouphone

Ethan Sisouphone
Ethan Sisouphone [ handout ]

School Activities and Accomplishments:

1. I’m the Valedictorian at East Bay

2. Class 1A Medium Coed Cheerleading State Champion

3. Senior Class Secretary

4. Region 3 Medium Coed Cheerleading Regional Champion

5. 2 year Chapter President of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

6. I’ve volunteered over 150 hours in my community

College and post-high school plans:

I plan on majoring in Biomedical Engineering on pre-Medicine track at the University of Florida.

Tribune Scholars Essay

As Florida faces its future of changing climates and rising waters, it’s important for communities to prepare for these upcoming issues. I feel as though these communities should retreat, as well as, armor themselves from these rising waters. For those that are too close to the coast, where the rising waters would affect them sooner, these communities should retreat to areas that are more inland and won’t be affected by the rising shoreline until much later. For example, areas like Key West, should retreat to the mainland as they’re so close to the coast, and even a major hurricane could put the whole community underwater. Other areas, like Tampa and Miami, where the rising sea level will later affect these places, should armor their shorelines against these rising tides, or even start building on a higher sea level since these areas are still experiencing booms.

With this solution in mind, the State government should pay for any protective measures made to protect the coast. In the case of building on higher grounds, the cost should continue to be covered in the same way that they are now. Another solution could be to have the government buy out these property owners in which flooding is more likely. With the flood-prone areas in the possession of the government, these could be the new sites of armoring our shorelines against major flooding. As our climate changes and the shorelines increase, we as a Floridian community have to work together to protect our communities.

Gabriela Chitica

Gabriela Chitica
Gabriela Chitica [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. National Honor Society Vice President

2. Key Club Treasurer

3. Student Government

4. Math Honor Society

College or other post-high school plans: University of Florida

Nalieta Morris

Nalieta Morris
Nalieta Morris [ handout ]

School Activities and accomplishments:

1.) National Honor Society,

2.) School Letter for Academics

3.) AP Scholar with Distinction Award (It is when I achieved an average score of at least a 3.5 on all AP exams I've taken, and a score of 3 or higher on 5 or more exams. I have taken 5 classes and have passed them all)

4.) Dual Enrollment (I started DE my junior year of high school. Passing the AP classes gave me college credit for some sections which allowed me to fulfill certain requirements in order to obtain my AA. By the fall of 2020, I should have my Associate's degree!)

5.) Volunteer at Eisenhower Middle School and Southshore Regional Library

College or post-high school plans: I am going to Hillsborough Community College to finish up my Associate’s Degree and doing their nursing program. While in the nursing program, I am going to be working on obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree at the same time. On the last year of the nursing program, I am able to transfer to University of South Florida (they work together in this program) and then graduate with a Bachelor’s in Nursing!

Tribune Scholars Essay

Climate change is a problem that we, as Floridians, are going to face. It is beginning for some communities, especially for those around the coast, as the water level rises and creeps onto residential land. Communities should armor their shores and have precautions set up such as levees and sandbags to help prevent flooding, especially for those homes that are already built. If homes have not been built yet, the land itself should be raised higher so that in the event of a flood, the homes will not be damaged or least not as much. If areas have frequent flooding, communities and their residents should consider moving inland in order not to deal with the hardships and effects of climate change. The government should pay for precautionary measures as it is their residents’ lives that are at risk. Even if residents and their communities may not move, the government can put some precautions in place to help them feel safer. Levees can be built around channels and walls can be built down the streets so that in the event of a flood, water is able to rush down the streets and not affect the homes of the residents. However, if an area is known to be flood-prone and it happens multiple times, the government should buy out residents for those lands and give them compensation as well. It may not have been their choice to move away but it would be for the best in order to protect them.

Tina Dinh

School activities and accomplishments:

1. National Honor Society: I have been a member in National Honor Society since sophomore year of high school. Throughout this society, I was able to tutor other students before school in the subjects of math and reading. I believe that tutoring is a form of leadership because tutoring takes actions of guiding others to the right direction. Additionally, I completed community service hours with the society by participating in “Clean the Bay”, which is where we go to East Bay on Saturday and clean the school.

2. Math Honor Society: I have been a member in Math Honor Society since my junior year of high school. In this society, I tutored other students in the subject of math because I am in AP Calculus BC. Since I have completed all other math courses, I was able to tutor others in AP Calculus AB.

3. Science Honor Society: I began during my senior year of high school and I was able to complete events for Science Honor Society. For instance, this year we managed the event called “Smash Brothers Competition” where local high school students come to one event on a Saturday to compete for a prize. With Science Honor Society, we helped managed the event by managing the game every time someone wins and managing the concession.

4. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA): I have been in FBLA member since my junior year of high school. In this club we are able to compete in districts in any category of business. If we place in districts, we are able to compete in states, and so on to nationals. This year, I won 4th place in advertising for districts, so I am able to compete in states this year.

5. Key Club: I have been a member in Key Club in all years of my high school career. I started in ninth grade and continued to stay in this club. Throughout this club, I was able to complete community service activities such as setting up for elementary school dances, setting up walks, or setting up events.

6. AP Scholar Award: Since I am an Advanced Placement (AP) student, I have taken multiple AP courses throughout my high school career. AP courses are college-levels courses that offer college credit if we pass the AP exam. The AP Scholar Award is earned with the received scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams.

College or other post-high school plans: After high school, I plan to attend the University of Florida to complete my bachelor’s degree in biology. Then I plan to attend the dental school at the University of Florida.

Tribute Scholars Essay

As Florida faces a future with a changing climate, citizens living near the shores of Florida are experiencing flooding in their homes. As climate change increases, communities must take action to takes steps to prevent it.

First, communities should armor their shores against rising waters. To protect their shores from risings waters, communities must be able to slow down the cause of climate change. If the government were to take action to fix the damage, there is a chance that the flood will happen again. Citizens should stop the cause of climate change before fixing the damages, or else the fixing goes to waste. It is not clever to fix the damage with millions of dollars and having to fix the damage again. The cost of fixing the damage would be double, or as many times it occurs.

Additionally, communities should retreat from parts of the coast. Communities should withdraw from the coast because it is not safe to stay there when infrastructures are not safe. Communities need to let the cause of climate change simmer down before the government can fix the damages.

Overall, since the nature of climate change is human-caused, is it no one’s fault in particular. As a result, the government should pay for the work. Furthermore, the government should buy out property owners in flood-prone areas because of eminent domain. Since the floods are bringing down the value of the property, the government should buy them to protect the owners.

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