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Middleton 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.

Aayush Singh

Aayush Singh
Aayush Singh [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1. National AP Scholar

2. National Honor Society Leadership Team

3. FBLA: 3-time state finalist

4. HOSA: 2-time state finalist

5. MHS Varsity Swimming

6. Model United Nations Leadership Team

College or other post-high school plans: I plan to go to USF to major in Mechanical Engineering.

Tribune Scholars Essay

Communities should consider both armoring their shores against rising waters and retreating from parts of the coast. Taking a two-fold method to safety will result in a higher chance of a positive outcome. Even though we have models that predict the rise of sea levels and their rates, we will not know if, how, or why they are incorrect until the anticipated events occur. By both armoring our shores and retreating from parts of the coast, we better prepare for the chance that sea levels rise higher than predicted. Moreover, with rising sea levels, we can expect stronger storms and natural disasters. Armoring our shores properly against such storms will be expensive and could eventually fail. Additionally, retreating from the coast may only mitigate the effects of a storm surge. A combination of both will provide better protection to Floridians and reduce the economic fallout from natural disasters.

Most of the people who live in an area prone to be affected by rising waters do not have the financial assets to pay for such an endeavor. On top of this, no private company would agree to such a project as the effects will be non-excludable: they will be unable to make a profit due to free-riders. Therefore, the government should fund the work by buying out property owners in flood-prone areas and paying for a seawall. This may require a reallocation and increase of taxes, but it would ensure people’s protection and, as such, should be considered a necessary cost.

Mauli Bhogade

Mauli Bhogade
Mauli Bhogade [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

  1. Local Vice President of HOSA Future Health Professionals and Regional Treasurer of the Suncoast West Region. Participated and ran multiple blood drives, organized volunteering opportunities such as fundraisers for the National Cancer Pediatric Foundation and collecting clothes for impoverished children in South America. Competed in HOSA Bowl and Medical Innovation, placing 1st at the Regional Level and 3rd at the State Level.
  2. President of the Science National Honor Society. Started a recycling program at the school and reached out at hosted multiple volunteering opportunities for members including Florida Learning Garden, Coastal Cleanups, and working with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Organized and lead students in Science Bowl and Science Olympiad competitions.
  3. Was a varsity swimmer for 3 years at Middleton High School. Participated on the school, district, and regional levels. Was Girls Varsity Captain her senior year.
  4. Volunteered over 150 hours at the Florida Hospital/Advent Health. I volunteer every Sunday morning for the past two years. I have volunteered at the CIU (Cardiac Intensive Unit). I currently am in the PPCU. This is a step-down unit from the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. I help the nurses and doctors with caring for patients. I deliver water, stock supplies, and perform managerial tasks like sorting documents or handling outpatient paperwork. I plan to become a doctor so it was interesting and inspiring being in a clinical environment.
  5. A member of Future Business Leaders of America for 6 years. Competed at the district, state, and national level. Placed 1st in the District and 3rd at States for Global Business, Banking and Financial Systems, and Marketing. Competed at the national conferences in Baltimore and San Antonio. Participated in volunteering and community outreach such as March of Dimes.
  6. Received AP + PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Recognition for Biomedical/Biotechnology and Engineering. A qualification that demonstrates to colleges and employers that the student is ready for advanced course work and interested in careers in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering. Worked in these programs and earned certifications to be a bio technician, AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, and Fusion 360 softwares.

College or other post-high school plans:

Will be attending the University of Florida in Fall 2020 through the Honors Program. Will be majoring in Public Health and Biomedical Engineering on the Pre-Med Track. Studying to attend Medical School and specialize in neuroscience or cardiology.

Tribune Scholars Essay

In the current global situation, we have gained a valuable perspective: understanding the risks around us and working to prevent situations from escalating to a point where we lose valuable time, money, and lives. In regards, to the rising waters around our coast, it is necessary to preserve the activities and residents on shorelines as they are a vital part to Florida’s economy in gaining revenue from tourists who flock to the beaches. We have to ability to look to places like Louisiana and the Netherlands who have implemented levees and reservoirs. One plan of action is a wall between the ocean and land. However, due Florida’s limestone foundation, the water would just diverge underneath the wall, excavating into the limestone. Luckily, as the fields of engineering and environmental sciences converge, the government will be able to implement projects to raise roads, move plumbing inward, and construct canals take advantage of the increased water flow. As technology expands, it increases the possibility of a large-scale method to convert saltwater to potable water. Implementation of a public-private partnership for the affected land should exist in which government can complete construction for smooth waterflow between the raised roads and residential areas. By moving plumbing inward and reconstructing the drainage system, the government could help raise funds for the project by charging residents to connect to the drainage, as well as collecting a small percentage of coastal business revenue. It necessary to maintain our economy and keep Florida the Sunshine State.

Roshard Jackson

Roshard Jackson
Roshard Jackson [ handout ]

School activities and accomplishments:

1.Track

2. Football

3. Men of Vision

4. Middleton Royal Court

College or other post-high school plans: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Tribune Scholars Essay

Climate change is rapidly increasing, and along with it the amount of damage dealt to our environment. Although climate change isn’t just an increase in temperature around the globe, the heat is causing the sea level to rise by melting land ice into the oceans. To best protect our state from sea level rise, insuring our future, we should both arm some of our shores and retreat from others.

While all of Florida’s coast are being targeted by sea level rise, we should pick and choose which coast to protect. We should arm our most valuable coast, which includes those that; provide for our economy the most, are home to aquifers, and provide food for the people. The reason we should protect these coasts specifically is the cost of retreating rather than protecting them. It would cost more to leave these coasts than it would to protect them. However, those that don’t provide as much to our state’s economy would cost more to protect than retreat.

In addition to receding from certain coastal areas, the government should buy out property owners in these areas. These areas will be the most likely to have flash floods and storm surges, so without government assistance some people and families won’t be able to escape, leading to greater casualty – which could have been prevented. While moving people can cause crowded cities, it will also cause need for more houses to be built – leading to more job opportunities and long run economic growth.

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