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Here are Hillsborough County’s top private school students for 2021

These valedictorians and salutatorians made their mark in a year filled with extraordinary challenges.
Hillsborough County private schools join other schools in celebrating the 2021 graduation season.
Hillsborough County private schools join other schools in celebrating the 2021 graduation season. [ Times (2013) ]
Published May 24
Updated May 24

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES

Valedictorian

Zoe Wolff, 18

Zoe Wolff
Zoe Wolff [ Courtesy of Academy of the Holy Names ]

Parents: Janelle and Dan Wolff

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Finance

Salutatorian

Emara Saez, 18

Emara Saez
Emara Saez [ Courtesy of Academy of the Holy Names ]

Parents: Yipsy and Yoel Saez

College: Tufts University

Major: Political science

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BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Trevor Manno, 18

Trevor Manno
Trevor Manno [ Courtesy of Bayshore Christian School ]

GPA: 5.73

Parents: Miles and Candace Manno

College: University of South Florida

Major: Undecided

Co-Salutatorian

Emma Chapman, 17

Emma Chapman
Emma Chapman [ Courtesy of Bayshore Christian School ]

GPA: 5.71

Parents: Justin and Kristin Chapman

College: Southeastern University

Major: Psychology/elementary education

Co-Salutatorian

Cecilia Lash, 18

Cecilia Lash
Cecilia Lash [ Courtesy of Bayshore Christian School ]

GPA: 5.71

Parents: Thomas and Missy Lash

College: New College

Major: Pre-law/environmental science

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BRANDON ACADEMY

Valedictorian

Hannah Rog, 17

Hannah Rog
Hannah Rog [ Courtesy of Hannah Rog ]

GPA: 4.99

Parents: John and Megan Rog

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Salutatorian

Aidan Sevintuna, 17

Aidan Sevintuna
Aidan Sevintuna [ Courtesy of Aidan Sevintuna ]

GPA: 4.87

Parents: Ava Lake and Robert Swett

College: University of South Florida

Major: Psychology

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CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Lucas Fernandez, 18

Lucas Fernandez
Lucas Fernandez [ Courtesy of Cambridge Christian School ]

GPA: 4.84

Parents: Carlos and Ahlem Fernandez

College: University of Florida

Major: Accounting

Salutatorian

Nikolas Roberts, 17

Nikolas Roberts
Nikolas Roberts [ Courtesy of Cambridge Christian School ]

GPA: 4.76

Parents: Maria Miaoulis and Kenny Roberts

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedicine

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CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Ellen Jannereth, 18

Ellen Jannereth
Ellen Jannereth [ Courtesy of Carrollwood Day School ]

GPA: 5.0

Parents: Paul Jannereth and Kiyo Morimoto

College: Cornell University

Major: Physics

Salutatorian

Katherine Flinter, 17

Katherine Flinter
Katherine Flinter [ Courtesy of Carrollwood Day School ]

GPA: 4.98

Parents: Anh and Henry Flinter

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Pre-pharmacy

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CRISTO REY TAMPA SALESIAN HIGH

Valedictorian

Laura Ramirez-Garcia

Laura Ramirez-Garcia
Laura Ramirez-Garcia [ Courtesy of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High ]

GPA: 4.34

Parents: Laura Garcia and Carlos Ramirez

College: University of South Florida

Major: Psychology

Co-Salutatorian

Cydmarie Fernandez-Cortes

Cydmarie Fernandez-Cortes
Cydmarie Fernandez-Cortes [ Courtesy of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High ]

GPA: 4.21

Parent: Cynthia Cortes

College: Southeastern University

Major: Nursing

Co-Salutatorian

Daniela Nuñez

Daniela Nuñez
Daniela Nuñez [ Courtesy of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High ]

GPA: 4.21

Parents: Digna Gutierrez and Danny Nuñez

College: University of Tampa

Major: Art therapy

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JESUIT HIGH

Co-Valedictorian

Daniel Jung, 18

Daniel Jung
Daniel Jung [ Courtesy of Jesuit High School ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: William and Gina Jung

College: University of Notre Dame

Co-Valedictorian

Jason Kwo, 18

Jason Kwo
Jason Kwo [ Courtesy of Jesuit High School ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: Haw and Daisy Kwo

College: University of Florida

Co-Valedictorian

Lukas Lehman, 18

Lukas Lehman
Lukas Lehman [ Courtesy of Jesuit High School ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: Joseph and Kristen Lehman

College: University of Virginia

Co-Valedictorian

Diego Maldonado-Puebla, 18

Diego Maldonado-Puebla
Diego Maldonado-Puebla [ Courtesy of Jesuit High School ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: Martin Maldonado and Ana Puebla

College: University of Notre Dame

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KEYSTONE PREP HIGH

Valedictorian

Jonathan Powell, 16

Jonathan Powell
Jonathan Powell [ Courtesy of Keystone Prep High School ]

GPA: 3.84

Parents: Quentin Powell and Audra Owens-Powell

College: Hillsborough Community College/Florida A&M

Major: Pharmacy

Salutatorian

Donovan Barner, 18

Donovan Barner
Donovan Barner [ Courtesy of Keystone Prep High School ]

GPA: 3.77

Parent: Anna Small

College: Florida Gulf Coast University

Major: Undecided

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SEFFNER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Valedictorian

Arthur Hays

Arthur Hays
Arthur Hays [ Courtesy of Seffner Christian Academy ]

GPA: 4.64

Parents: Arthur and Deborah Hays

College: University of Florida

Major: Finance

Co-Salutatorian

Jaileen Borrero

Jaileen Borrero
Jaileen Borrero [ Courtesy of Seffner Christian Academy ]

GPA: 4.45

Parents: Robert Borrero and Jessica Bravo

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Health sciences

Co-Salutatorian

Tyler Grimsich

Tyler Grimsich
Tyler Grimsich [ Courtesy of Seffner Christian Academy ]

GPA: 4.45

Parents: Timothy and Laura Grimsich

College: Purdue University

Major: Aeronautical engineering

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TAMPA CATHOLIC

Co-Valedictorian

Kendall Marcelle Mendoza, 18

Kendall Marcelle Mendoza
Kendall Marcelle Mendoza [ Courtesy of Tampa Catholic High School ]

GPA: 4.61

Parents: Stephen and Rhonda Mendoza

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

Co-Valedictorian

Micayla Vereb, 18

Micayla Vereb
Micayla Vereb [ Courtesy of Tampa Catholic High School ]

GPA: 4.61

Parents: Fred and Maria Vereb

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Gabriela Maria Cartaya, 18

Gabriela Maria Cartaya
Gabriela Maria Cartaya [ Courtesy of Tampa Catholic High School ]

GPA: 4.60

Parents: David and Saby Cartaya

College: University of Florida

Major: Construction management

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TAMPA PREP

Valedictorian

Cowboy Dixon

Cowboy Dixon
Cowboy Dixon [ Courtesy of Tampa Preparatory School ]

GPA: 4.88

Parents: Paul and Deirdre Dixon

College: New York University

Major: Business and finance