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:
- President of the National Spanish honor society
- Valedictorian of my senior class
- Vice President of the Mu Alpha Theta Club
- Member of the National honor society
- Member of the students against animal abuse club
- Over 80 hours of community service
College or other post-high school plans: I would like to pursue a Bachelor degree, majoring in business management at the University of South Florida.
Tribune Scholars Essay
Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches and shores and is known for its wildlife and nature preserves. However due to climate change, many beach communities have been concerned about the rising water level. I believe as a dangerous and emergent
situations presents that we should retreat from that area and its surroundings so the safety of people is our first priority. An alternative for armoring the shores and retreating the shoreline, the Government of Florida should work with the beach communities to further educate the citizens on ways to lessen their carbon footprint in return would lower the rate of climate change. Florida’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has money set aside for these types of situations. Also the money should be used for preserving Florida’s natural beauty. The Government should not buy out property owners in flood-prone areas. They should use the money to give out incentives to the homeowners that install devices that lessen carbon footprint, such as solar panels. The communities should understand the risks of living so close to a shore and the dangers of rising water which are becoming more apparent due to climate change. Overall, there are many solutions to solve this issue, the most important is that we protect not only our citizens but also respect Florida’s nature.