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. Eagle Scout with Silver Palm, Boy Scout Troop 632: Project--led the design, finance, and build of a new 11′x20′ audio/visual center for Providence Baptist Church; and Representative of USA Contingent to 2019 World Scout Jamboree
2. Vice Chief of Operations, Order of the Arrow Uh-To-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge (serving 9 counties and more than 15,000 youth in the Greater Tampa Bay Area)
3. Delegate and Councilman, Florida American Legion Boys State 2019
4. Valedictorian, Providence Christian School, 2020
5. Editor, Providence Christian School Shield, 2019-2020; Co-editor, 2018-2019
6. Statistician and Manager, Providence Christian School Basketball and Football Teams
Attend Louisiana College (Pineville, LA) to earn a B.S. in Chemistry as a pre-engineering major and transfer to Louisiana Tech University after three years to complete a B.S. in Engineering
Tribune Scholars Essay
During this current era of rising temperatures, water levels begin to rise, putting coastal areas at potential risk of flooding. Through the natural, regular heating and cooling of the earth, sea water levels are slowly creeping higher, about one inch every three years. While it does threaten coastal housing and potential income of Florida, it is a slow process. Thus, the individual property owners should work to prevent potential flooding. If the community governments own coastal property, the local government should be responsible for funding and working to maintain and protect that property. The state government’s role in this potential crisis should be their involvement in guaranteeing loans for those in financial need for the sole purpose of protecting the property in risk. The loans should be funded at low interest rates for those that can prove their financial need and pre-approval of their flooding prevention plan. This is to limit the amount of government intervention in the assistance of personal property improvements and protection. The work for strengthening flooding prevention should be provided by the owner of the property within the flooding area. The threat of potential coastal flooding will only grow as years pass; therefore, it is best to prepare for the future today.