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Meet Hillsborough public schools’ 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians

They’re headed for graduation and beyond after high school careers that were dramatically altered by the pandemic.
Newsome High graduates are seen just after a 2016 commencement at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. This year at the fairgrounds, guests and graduates at all commencement ceremonies for Hillsborough schools will be socially distanced and must wear masks. Each graduate will be allowed two guests.
Newsome High graduates are seen just after a 2016 commencement at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. This year at the fairgrounds, guests and graduates at all commencement ceremonies for Hillsborough schools will be socially distanced and must wear masks. Each graduate will be allowed two guests. [ CHRIS URSO | Times (2016) ]
Published May 24
Updated May 27

ALONSO HIGH

Valedictorian

Angelina Phan

Angelina Phan
Angelina Phan [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.45

Parents: Thinh D Phan and Ashley Vu

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Jade Ruse

Jade Ruse
Jade Ruse [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.0

Parent: Gail Ruse

College major: Aerospace engineering

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ARMWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Dana Barakat

Dana Barakat
Dana Barakat [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.74

Parents: Ayman Barakat and Sahar Alhalis

Salutatorian

Camari Star

Camari Star
Camari Star [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.46

Parent: Natasha S. Star

College: University of South Florida or Alabama State

• • •

COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT ARMWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Ivelisse Rodriguez

Ivelisse Rodriguez
Ivelisse Rodriguez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.59

Parents: Daniel and Elizabeth Rodriguez

Salutatorian

Ashley Cline

Ashley Cline
Ashley Cline [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.34

Parents: David and Susan Cline

• • •

BLAKE HIGH

Valedictorian

Douglas Ruth

Douglas Ruth
Douglas Ruth [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.99

Parents: Douglas and Jennifer Ruth

Salutatorian

Alexandra Holliday

Alexandra Holliday
Alexandra Holliday [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.52

Parents: Reginald Holliday and Donteacia Seymore

College: Howard University

• • •

BLAKE HIGH ARTS MAGNET

Valedictorian

Ashanti Cox

Ashanti Cox
Ashanti Cox [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.06

Parents: Ronald and Yolanda Cox

Salutatorian

Jack Stockard

Jack Stockard
Jack Stockard [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.04

Parents: Andre and Amy LaPlante

• • •

BLOOMINGDALE HIGH

Valedictorian

Jude Delikat

Jude Delikat
Jude Delikat [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.20

Parents: Terrence and Jemy Delikat

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Salutatorian

Joseph Neidig

Joseph Neidig
Joseph Neidig [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.16

Parents: Scott and Pamela Neidig

College: University of Central Florida

Majors: Computer science/data science

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BRANDON HIGH

Valedictorian

Madison Salvog

Madison Salvog
Madison Salvog [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.89

Parents: Robert and Shannon Salvog

Salutatorian

Eileen Mengana

Eileen Mengana
Eileen Mengana [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.46

Parents: Lazaro W. Mengana and Vivia Ferro

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BROOKS DEBARTOLO COLLEGIATE HIGH

Valedictorian

Matthew Fernandez

Matthew Fernandez
Matthew Fernandez [ Courtesy of Matthew Fernandez ]

GPA: 10.1

Parents: Eric and Elena Fernandez

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Mechanical engineering

Salutatorian

Kavita Parbhoo

Kavita Parbhoo
Kavita Parbhoo [ Courtesy of Kavita Parbhoo ]

GPA: 9.3

Parents: Sejal and Jateen Parbhoo

College: University of South Florida

Major: Cell and molecular biology

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CHAMBERLAIN HIGH

Valedictorian

Jeisly Hernandez

Jeisly Hernandez
Jeisly Hernandez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.64

Parents: Alberto and Isis Hernandez

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian

Malina Seldes

Malina Seldes
Malina Seldes [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.83

Parents: Mark and Johanna Seldes

College: University of Central Florida

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DURANT HIGH

Valedictorian

Valeria Cortes

Valeria Cortes
Valeria Cortes [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.58

Parents: Refugio Cortes and Leticia Calderon

College: Georgia Tech or University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical science or neuro science

Salutatorian

Shivani Persad

Shivani Persad
Shivani Persad [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.62

Parents: Lakichan and Savetri Persad

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical science

• • •

EAST BAY HIGH

Valedictorian

Asia Rackard

Asia Rackard
Asia Rackard [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.63

Parents: Naki and Celeste Rackard

College: Florida State University

Major: Marketing and advertising

Salutatorian

Randi Davis

Randi Davis
Randi Davis [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.63

Parents: Randall and Suzette Davis

College: University of Florida

Major: Animal science

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FREEDOM HIGH

Valedictorian

Hannah Barrios

Hannah Barrios
Hannah Barrios [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 10.08

Parents: Luis Barrios and Stephanie Kuhns

College: Yale, Princeton, Columbia or University of Florida

Salutatorian

Alisha Bhatia

Alisha Bhatia
Alisha Bhatia [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.80

Parents: Anil M. and Nina A. Bhatia

College: University of Florida or University of Missouri-Kansas City

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GAITHER HIGH

Valedictorian

Mystique Quade

Mystique Quade
Mystique Quade [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.60

Parent: Diane Noriega

College: New York University

Salutatorian

Alexis Mariash

Alexis Mariash
Alexis Mariash [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.36

Parents: Brian Mariash and Jill Federici

College: University of California, Berkeley

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HILLSBOROUGH HIGH

Valedictorian

Nmesoma Ibewuike

Nmesoma Ibewuike
Nmesoma Ibewuike [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.58

Parent: Onyinye Ibewuike

College: University of South Florida

Major: Nursing

Salutatorian

Natalia Hess

Natalia Hess
Natalia Hess [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.84

Parent: Julie Hess

College: University of Tampa

Major: Film and media arts

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH

Valedictorian

Akil Mohideen

Akil Mohideen
Akil Mohideen [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.35

Parents: Mohideen Syed and Cuba Chidambaranathan

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer science/engineering

Salutatorian

Sanjana Srinivasan

Sanjana Srinivasan
Sanjana Srinivasan [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.32

Parents: Sundar and Deepa Srinivasan

College: Georgia Tech

Major: Computer science

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HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Trinity House

Trinity House
Trinity House [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.78

Parent: Kimberly Julien

College: University of West Florida

Major: Interdisciplinary social sciences

Salutatorian

Howard Lin

GPA: 6.43

Parents: Yiwen Lin and Xuewin Zhou

College: Undecided

• • •

JEFFERSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Lizt Pena Castillo

Lizt Pena Castillo
Lizt Pena Castillo [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.76

Parents: Yarianna Castillo Torres and Dicdsan Pena

Salutatorian

Marcos Gonzalez

Marcos Gonzalez
Marcos Gonzalez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.73

Parents: Miguel A. Gonzalez and Yanatili Campa

• • •

JEFFERSON HIGH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MAGNET

Valedictorian

Valeria Yepez

Valeria Yepez
Valeria Yepez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.03

Parents: Jesus E. Yepez and Karla A. Yepez

Salutatorian

Amare Harris

Amare Harris
Amare Harris [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.79

Parents: Curtlynn K. Harris and Racheal J. Harris

• • •

KING HIGH

Valedictorian

Noor Algoul

Noor Algoul
Noor Algoul [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.37

Parents: Khalil Algoul and Mervat Kalbani

College: University of South Florida

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Aneyce Maddox

Aneyce Maddox
Aneyce Maddox [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.21

Parent: Dana Maddox

College: Howard University

Major: Business and communication

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT KING HIGH

Valedictorian

Vaishnavi Jayakumar

Vaishnavi Jayakumar
Vaishnavi Jayakumar [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.96

Parents: Mundanat and Smitha Jayakumar

College: University of South Florida

Major: Pre-med

Salutatorian

Karin Ayad

Karin Ayad
Karin Ayad [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.42

Parents: Sherif Ayad and Randa F. Abdelmasieh

College: University of South Florida

Major: Psychology

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LENNARD HIGH

Valedictorian

Makenzie Burke

Makenzie Burke
Makenzie Burke [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.86

Parents: Brian and Daun Burke

College: Florida Atlantic University

Major: Communications

Salutatorian

Melissa Felix

Melissa Felix
Melissa Felix [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.85

Parents: Jean and Jacqueline Felix

College: University of South Florida

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COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT LENNARD HIGH

Valedictorian

Caitlin Brennan

Caitlin Brennan
Caitlin Brennan [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.51

Parents: Jim and Gayle Brennan

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Madhav Sagi

Madhav Sagi
Madhav Sagi [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.49

Parents: Sagi Goplan and Deepa Danappan

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

• • •

LETO HIGH

Valedictorian

Royer Maldonado

Royer Maldonado
Royer Maldonado [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.70

Parents: Roque and Rufina Maldonado

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Daniel Castillo

Daniel Castillo
Daniel Castillo [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.56

Parents: Hana Mae and Maleah Castillo

College: Polk State College

• • •

COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT LETO HIGH

Valedictorian

Maria Olivera

Maria Olivera
Maria Olivera [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.02

Parents: Gleisis and Juan Olivera

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Minh Ngo

GPA: 7.80

Parents: Hahn T. Ngo and My Khanh Huynh

College: University of South Florida

• • •

MIDDLETON HIGH

Valedictorian

Violie Therameau

Violie Therameau
Violie Therameau [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 4.91

Parent: Lucianie Therameau

College: University of Central Florida

Salutatorian

Gabrielle Elise Hernandez

Gabrielle Elise Hernandez
Gabrielle Elise Hernandez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 4.57

Parents: Ignacio and Joy Hernandez

College: United States Military Academy

• • •

MIDDLETON HIGH STEM MAGNET

Valedictorian

Alisha Das

Alisha Das
Alisha Das [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.98

Parents: Akhil and Manisha Das

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Rishika Cherukuru

Rishika Cherukuru
Rishika Cherukuru [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.80

Parents: Harsha Cherukuru and Haritha Malepati

College: University of Florida; decision pending on out-of-state school

• • •

NEWSOME HIGH

Valedictorian

Jacob Tracy

Jacob Tracy
Jacob Tracy [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.81

Parents: Sean and Anya Tracy

Salutatorian

Emily Valenza

Emily Valenza
Emily Valenza [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.19

Parents: Ross and Denise Valenza

• • •

PLANT HIGH

Valedictorian

Thomas Nagle III

Thomas Nagle III
Thomas Nagle III [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.04

Parents: Thomas and Jennifer Nagle

College: United States Air Force Academy

Salutatorian

Logan Bell

Logan Bell
Logan Bell [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.82

Parents: David and Kimberly Bell

College: Undecided

• • •

PLANT CITY HIGH

Valedictorian

Ankit Patel

Ankit Patel
Ankit Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 10.08

Parents: Rupal and Chandrakant Patel

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Om Patel

Om Patel
Om Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.69

Parent: Vaishali Patel

College: University of South Florida

• • •

RIVERVIEW HIGH

Valedictorian

Kiersten Doll

Kiersten Doll
Kiersten Doll [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.59

Parents: John and Shannon Doll

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Andrea Portillo-Soto

Andrea Portillo-Soto
Andrea Portillo-Soto [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.79

Parents: Alvaro and Irene Portillo

College: Undecided

• • •

ROBINSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Gabriel Gilles

Gabriel Gilles
Gabriel Gilles [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.58

Parents: Jacques and Maria Gilles

College: Georgetown University

Salutatorian

Nicole Tjahjono

Nicole Tjahjono
Nicole Tjahjono [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.56

Parents: Pit-Ling Tjay and Sukirman Tjahjono

• • •

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT ROBINSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Angelina Krinos

Angelina Krinos
Angelina Krinos [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.99

Parents: Dimitri and Melissa Krinos

Salutatorian

Shea Greenberg

Shea Greenberg
Shea Greenberg [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.08

Parents: Jeffrey and Sherri Greenberg

• • •

SICKLES HIGH

Valedictorian

Haley Vandall

Haley Vandall
Haley Vandall [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.75

Parents: Michael and Kimberly Vandall

College: University of Florida

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Joseph Benjamin

Joseph Benjamin
Joseph Benjamin [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.04

Parents: Jon Benjamin and Lisa Kagan

College: University of Florida

Major: Sustainability and the built environment

• • •

SPOTO HIGH

Valedictorian

Asia Nobles

Asia Nobles
Asia Nobles [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.04

Parents: Ivan Nobles and Erica Simmons

College: University of South Florida

Major: Behavioral health care

Salutatorian

Jashly Garcia

GPA: 7.21

Parents: Janet Mercado and Josue Garcia

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

• • •

STEINBRENNER HIGH

Valedictorian

Megan Guthrie

Megan Guthrie
Megan Guthrie [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.47

Parents: Michael and Michelle Guthrie

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers
Emily Rogers [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.60

Parents: Jerry and Elisabeth Rogers

College: Undecided

• • •

STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH

Valedictorian

Dua Bangash

Dua Bangash
Dua Bangash [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.08

Parents: Mehtab and Nusrat Bangash

College: University of South Florida

Major: Health science

Salutatorian

Lizbeth Arriaga

Lizbeth Arriaga
Lizbeth Arriaga [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.80

Parents: Eliodoro Arriaga and Maria Rodriguez

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Psychology

• • •

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH

Valedictorian

Sagnik Yarlagadda

Sagnik Yarlagadda
Sagnik Yarlagadda [ Courtesy of Sagnik Yarlagadda ]

GPA: 9.34

Parents: Ashok and Prathima Yarlagadda

College: Vanderbilt University

Major: Neuroscience

Salutatorian

Srikar Parsi

Srikar Parsi
Srikar Parsi [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.60

Parents: Srinivas and Srilaxmi Parsi

College: Georgia Tech

Major/minor: Computer science/business

• • •

TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH

Valedictorian

Pujan Patel

Pujan Patel
Pujan Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.12

Parents: Jigneshkumar and Arpitaben Patel

College: Hillsborough Community College.

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Saji Rum

Saji Rum
Saji Rum [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.90

College: University of South Florida

• • •

TAMPA BAY TECH ACADEMY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Valedictorian

Abdal Alogaidi

Abdal Alogaidi
Abdal Alogaidi [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.72

Parents: Rafea Alogaidi and Hend Anowar

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

Salutatorian

Daphne Matysuk

Daphne Matysuk
Daphne Matysuk [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.45

Parents: Kathryn and Demian Matysuk

College: University of Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

• • •

TAMPA BAY TECH ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE

Valedictorian

Roshanna Edwards

Roshanna Edwards
Roshanna Edwards [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.6

Parents: Roy and Linda Edwards

College: University of Florida

Major: Pharmaceutical sciences

Salutatorian

Casey Gonzalez

Casey Gonzalez
Casey Gonzalez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.83

Parents: Samuel Rivera and Aracelli Gonzalez

College: University of South Florida

Major: Engineering

• • •

WHARTON HIGH

Valedictorian

Siya Patel

Siya Patel
Siya Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.10

Parents: Prakash and Aarti Patel

College: University of South Florida

Major: Finance

Salutatorian

Julianna Munoz

Julianna Munoz
Julianna Munoz [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.84

Parents: Andres and Deborah Munoz

College: University of Florida

Major/minor: Engineering/dance