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Hillsborough County’s private schools celebrate their top students

The high school graduation season draws near, with valedictorians and salutatorians leading the way.
Hillsborough County's private-school graduates will join their peers from area public schools in celebration over the next few weeks.
Hillsborough County's private-school graduates will join their peers from area public schools in celebration over the next few weeks. [ Times (2005) ]
Published May 10|Updated May 12

As the Class of 2022 steps into the spotlight, here is a look at the top students from 11 Hillsborough County private schools:

Related: Meet the valedictorians and salutatorians from Hillsborough public schools

Academy of the Holy Names

Valedictorian

Laura Caroline Jung

Laura Caroline Jung
Laura Caroline Jung [ Courtesy of Academy of the Holy Names ]

Parents: William F. and Gina Jung

College: Vanderbilt University

Major: Biomedical engineering

Salutatorian

Grace Kathryn Odmark

Grace Kathryn Odmark
Grace Kathryn Odmark [ Courtesy of Academy of the Holy Names ]

Parents: Tom and Gwen Odmark

College: University of Notre Dame

Major: Computer science, specializing in cybersecurity

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Bayshore Christian School

Valedictorian

Jingyi Fan

Jingyi Fan
Jingyi Fan [ Courtesy of Jingyi Fan ]

GPA: 6.7

Parents: Bin Fan and Yang Xu

College: University of Florida

Major: Admitted to Honors and University Research programs

Salutatorian

Michael Hannon II

GPA: 5.98

Parents: Angel and Michael Hannon

College: Hillsborough Community College

Major: Nursing

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Brandon Academy

Valedictorian

Anna Guidetti

Anna Guidetti
Anna Guidetti [ Courtesy of Anna Guidetti ]
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GPA: 4.5

Parents: Katherine Beltran and Gabriele Guidetti

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Jayden Rafael Avecillas

Jayden Rafael Avecillas
Jayden Rafael Avecillas [ Courtesy of Jayden Rafael Avecillas ]

GPA: 4.4

Parents: Jose and Janiece Rivera, Rafael and Karla Avecillas

College: University of Tampa

Major: Business/marketing

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Cambridge Christian School

Valedictorian

Elena Lundquist

Elena Lundquist
Elena Lundquist [ Courtesy of Cambridge Christian School ]

GPA: 4.82

Parents: Christine and Joseph Lundquist

College: University of Florida

Major: Biochemistry

Salutatorian

Ella Moss

Ella Moss
Ella Moss [ Courtesy of Cambridge Christian School ]

GPA: 4.81

Parents: Tracy and Evan Moss

College: University of Florida

Major: Biochemistry

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Carrollwood Day School

Valedictorian

Ashna Patel

Ashna Patel
Ashna Patel [ Courtesy of Carrollwood Day School ]

Parents: Nalin and Urmi Patel

College: Northwestern University

Major: Mechanical engineering

Co-salutatorian

Suhani Shah

Suhani Shah
Suhani Shah [ Courtesy of Carrollwood Day School ]

Parents: Manish and Sweta Shah

College: University of California, Los Angeles

Major: Public policy

Co-salutatorian

Gabriel Slater

Gabriel Slater
Gabriel Slater [ Courtesy of Carrollwood Day School ]

Parents: Scott and Stacy Slater

College: U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Major: Undecided

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Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High

Valedictorian

Graciela Cordero

Graciela Cordero
Graciela Cordero [ Courtesy of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High ]

GPA: 4.45

Parent: Maria Elena Gonzalez

College: Georgetown University

Major: Linguistics

Salutatorian

Duncan Rogers

Duncan Rogers
Duncan Rogers [ Courtesy of Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High ]

GPA: 4.02

Parents: Samia Median Rogers and Duncan Rogers

College: University of Tampa

Major: Cybersecurity

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Grace Christian School (Valrico)

Valedictorian

Kristine Nguyen

Kristine Nguyen
Kristine Nguyen [ Courtesy of Grace Christian School ]

GPA: 4.46

Parent: Khanh Nguyen

College: University of South Florida

Major: Mechanical engineering

Salutatorian

William Denning

William Denning
William Denning [ Courtesy of Grace Christian School ]

GPA: 4.37

Parents: Chris and Dawn Denning

College: Florida Polytechnic University

Major: Electrical engineering

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Jesuit High

Valedictorian

Logan Kant

Logan Kant
Logan Kant [ Courtesy of Jesuit High ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: Marcela and Erik Kant

College: Georgetown University

Major: Neurobiology

Co-salutatorian

Carter French

Carter French
Carter French [ Courtesy of Jesuit High ]

GPA: 4.64

Parents: Kimberly and Stephen French

College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Major: Biology

Co-salutatorian

Antonio Troncoso

Antonio Troncoso
Antonio Troncoso [ Courtesy of Jesuit High ]

GPA: 4.64

Parents: Delia and Angelo Troncoso

College: University of Notre Dame

Major: Accounting

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Keystone Prep High

Valedictorian

Drew Selig

Drew Selig
Drew Selig [ Courtesy of Keystone Prep ]

GPA: 3.8

Parents: Glenn and Charyn Selig

College: Eckerd College or Stetson University

Major: Psychology and pre-med

Salutatorian

Alexander Zicchino

Alexander Zicchino
Alexander Zicchino [ Courtesy of Keystone Prep ]

GPA: 3.63

Parents: Alicia and Robert Zicchino

College: Florida Polytechnic University

Major: Game design

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Seffner Christian Academy

Valedictorian

Emelia Huebner

Emelia Huebner
Emelia Huebner [ Courtesy of Seffner Christian Academy ]

GPA: 4.45

Parents: Matthew and Lori Huebner

College: Florida State University

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Kaya Hall

Kaya Hall
Kaya Hall [ Courtesy of Seffner Christian Academy ]

GPA: 4.42

Parents: William and Sharon Hall

College: University of Florida

Major: Nursing

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Tampa Catholic High

Co-Valedictorian

Owen Vincent Gil

Owen Vincent Gil
Owen Vincent Gil [ Courtesy of Tampa Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.60

Parents: Derek and Yvette Gil

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Mechanical engineering

Co-Valedictorian

Cayli Veronica Reynolds

Cayli Veronica Reynolds
Cayli Veronica Reynolds [ Courtesy of Tampa Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.60

Parents: Brent and Cari Reynolds

College: University of Florida

Major: Linguistics

Salutatorian

Abigail Lopez

Abigail Lopez
Abigail Lopez [ Courtesy of Tampa Catholic High ]

GPA: University of Florida

Parents: Moises and Madelin Lopez

College: University of Florida

Major: Kinesiology/pre-med

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Tampa Preparatory School

Valedictorian

Maxwell Wenzel

Maxwell Wenzel
Maxwell Wenzel [ Courtesy of Tampa Preparatory School ]

GPA: 4.84

Parent: Irene Wenzel

College: Georgetown University

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