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Top of their class: Hillsborough County public and private high schools' valedictorians and salutatorians

Academy of the Holy Names valedictorian Kelsea Brooke Henry.
Academy of the Holy Names valedictorian Kelsea Brooke Henry.
Published Jun. 3, 2016

It's marked by three digits and a decimal point, but the GPAs of these honorees don't fully reflect their diligence and perseverance. So, we offer tribute to the vals and sals of 2016.

ACADEMY OF THE HOLY NAMES

Valedictorian: Kelsea Brooke Henry

Age: 17

GPA: The Academy does not release GPAs.

Parents: Steven and Laurie Henry

College: University of Florida

Major: Math

Salutatorian: Julia Rose DiFabrizio

Age: 18

GPA: The Academy does not release GPAs.

Parents: Gerald and Victoria DiFabrizio

College: University of Virginia

Major: Considering global development

ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Brendan Marlin

Age: 18

GPA: 6.64

Parents: Stacie and Daniel Marlin

College: Florida State University

Salutatorian: Ahmad Harb

Age: 18

GPA: 6.4

Parents: Maher and Nibale Harb

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian: Charles Michael Jones

Age: 18

GPA: 6.4

Parents: Paul and Lucy Jones

College: University of Florida

ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Allison Vera Dahl

Age: 18

GPA: 6.4618

Parents: Kevin and Julie Dahl

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian: Dajshia E'nrique Johnson

Age: 18

GPA: 6.2103

Parents: Marques Johnson and Belinda Stenson

College: University of Central Florida

BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Joanna Gamble

Age: 18

GPA: 6.2

Parents: Ronald and Josett Gamble

College: Oral Roberts University

Salutatorian: Jordan Scott Humenansky

Age: 18

GPA: 5.7

Parents: W. Scott and Melanie Humenansky

College: Florida Gulf Coast University

BERKELEY PREP*

BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Tavian R. Campbell (Traditional),, GPA: 6.19

Valedictorian: Shane Meagher (Magnet), GPA: 6.88

Valedictorian: Kyreece D. Chatman (UTA), GPA: 7.04

Salutatorian: McCaley J. Mezrah (Traditional), GPA: 5.28

Salutatorian: Alexandra D. Eason (Magnet), GPA: 6.47

Salutatorian: Caroline K. Mynatt (UTA), GPA: 5.80

BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Victoria Moores Williams

Age: 18

GPA: 7.84

Parents: Nancy and Randall Williams

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian: Matthew Neidig

GPA: 7.46

BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Kevin Verdeflor Reyes

GPA: 7.36

Salutatorian: Americo Raphael Menendez

GPA: 7.36

BROOKS DEBARTOLO COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Theophilius Lassey

Age: 18

GPA: 7.38

Parents: Justice Lasey, Floria Yawsonn

College: University of Florida

CARROLLWOOD DAY SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Maya Mahoney

Age: 18

GPA: N/A

Parents: Linda and Roger Mahoney

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Morgan Gamble

Age: 17

GPA: N/A

Parents: Carol Kirkwood-Gamble and George Gamble

College: Boston College

CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN

Valedictorian: Kara Nicole Vaaler

Age: 18

GPA: 4.9

Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Mark Vaaler

College: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Salutatorian: Veronica Lynn Hubbard

Age: 18

GPA: 4.76

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Craig Hubbard

College: University of Florida

CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Shelby Rose Peterson

Age: 18

GPA: 7.31

Parents: Susan McGilvrey and Glen Peterson

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian: Margaret Katherine Parrish

Age: 17

GPA: 7.64

Parents: Jack and Jeanine Parrish

College: University of Florida

CITRUS PARK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Kristen Ann Flores

GPA: 4.45

Parents: Antonio and Janette Flores

College: University of South Florida

Major: Pediatric cardiologist

Salutatorian: Lauren N. Shields

GPA: 4.44

Parents: David and Sondra Shields

College: Southern Adventist University

Major: Physician

DURANT HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Damien Miyamoto

Age: 18

GPA: 9.03

Parents: David and Nerizza Miyamoto

College: New York University

Salutatorian: Cristina Nicole Llaneras

Age: 17

GPA: 7.12

Parents: Ana and George Llaneras

College: University of South Florida

EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Madison Baker

Age: 18

GPA: 7.36

Parents: Tara and Kevin Baker

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Abigail Barnes

GPA: 6.99

Parents: Kirk and Wendy Barnes

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical science

FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Maya Patel

Age: 18

GPA: 8.60

Parents: VC and Nila Patel

College: University of Tampa

Salutatorian: Hae Won (Junie) Kim

Age: 17

GPA: 7.32

Parents: Yong Kim and Mal Chun

College: University of Florida

GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Benjamin Tyler Bui

Age: 18

GPA: 7.33

Parents: Hien Bui and Loni Dinh

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian: Micheal Shemar Wilson

Age: 18

GPA: 7.05

Parents: Samantha Pickett-Wilson and Beau Pickett

College: University of South Florida

HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian (IB): Sameer Puri

Age: 18

GPA: 8.70

Parents: Har and Charu Puri

College: Vanderbilt University

Major: Computer science

Valedictorian (Traditional): Adrian Fernandez

Age: 18

GPA: 6.29

Parents: Cary and Ed Fernandez

College: Florida State University

Major: Biology

Salutatorian (IB): Mauricio Rivera-Condori

Age: 18

GPA: 8.51

Parents: Isabel Condori and Renzo Rivera

College: Columbia University

Major: Financial Engineering

Salutatorian (Traditional): Meghan Tindel

Age: 18

GPA: 5.81

Parents: Michele and James Tindel

College: University of South Florida

Major: Sports medicine/athletic training

HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Taylor Lucrezia Borgia

Age: 18

GPA: 6.179

Parents: Sheri and Gary Borgia

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian: Megan Ann Bolick

Age: 18

GPA: 5.882

Parents: Rich and Marcia Bolick

College: Hillsborough Community College

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian (Magnet): Sabrina Feliciano

Age: 17

GPA: 6.50

Parents: Sheila and Rafael Feliciano

College: University of New Haven

Valedictorian (Traditional): Angela Ale De La Cruz

Age: 18

GPA: 6.07

Parents: Ana De La Cruz and Julian Ale

College: Grinnell College

Salutatorian (Magnet): Kaitlyn Guerrero

Age: 18

GPA: 6.40

Parents: Pierre and Grace Guerrero

College: Ringling College of Art and Design

Salutatorian (Traditional): Cameron Austin Padgett

Age: 17

GPA: 5.89

Parents: Sheila and Noland Padgett

College: University of Florida

JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Dominic Kynkor

Age: 18

GPA: 4.57

Parents: Pamela and Bryan Kynkor

College: Georgia Tech

Valedictorian: Evan Rabenold

Age: 18

GPA: 4.57

Parents: Nancy and Gary Rabenold

College: Cornell

KING HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian (IB): Sheon Baby, GPA: 9.51

Valedictorian (Traditional): Jason Mazard, GPA: 6.68

Salutatorian (IB): Emily Cheng, GPA: 9.25

Salutatorian (Traditional): Sneha Sathish, GPA: 6.37

LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Jeanie Hoang

Age: 17

GPA: 7.14

Parents: Hanh and Nga Hoang

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Isabel Hagerman

Age: 18

GPA: 6.74

Parents: Brett and Celia Hagerman

Collge: University of South Florida

Major: Biology

LETO HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Tran Ngo

Age: 18

GPA: 8.16

Parents: Hanh Ngo and MyKhanh Huynh

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Olivia Christina Granaiola

Age: 17

GPA: 7.69

Parents: Marianthe Granaiola and Al Granaiola (deceased)

College: University of Florida

MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian (Magnet): Suryanaraya Balaji, GPA: 7.79

Valedictorian (Traditional): Desarai De Costa, GPA: 4.77

Salutatorian(Magnet): Lito Morona, GPA: 7.76

Salutatorian (Traditional): Adaja Mcwhite, GPA: 4.7

NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Annie Rose Tarte

Age: 18

GPA: 7.86

Parents: Steve and Sheila Tarte

College: Yale University

Salutatorian: Cooper Curry

Age: 18

GPA: 7.51

Parents: Alex and Danny Curry

College: University of Florida

H.B. PLANT HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Qarch Hawk

Age: 18

GPA: 7.84

Parents: Tom and Linda Hawk

College: Duke University

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Salutatorian: Xan Minan

Age: 18

GPA: 7.24

Parents: Jose and Catherine Minan

College: Yale University

PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Madison Manley

Age: 18

GPA: 7.36

Parents: Hugh and Debra Manley

College: University of Central Florida

Salutatorian: Morgan Elizabeth Langston

Age: 17

GPA: 6.998

Parents: Eric and April Langston

College: University of South Florida

RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Jacob Patrik Newcomb

Age: 18

GPA: 7.12

Parents: Michael and Debora Newcomb

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Tatiana Ashley Galiano

Age: 18 years

GPA: 6.95

Parents: Jacqueline and Jovanny Galiano

College: University of Florida

ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian (IB): Claire Chen

Age: 17

GPA: 7.39

Parents: Albert Chen and Su Xu

College: John Hopkins University

Valedictorian (Traditional): Virginia Paight

Age: 18

GPA: 7.16

Parents: Joe Paight and Kay Szinegh

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Salutatorian (IB): Sharath Ramkumar, GPA: 7.36

Salutatorian (Traditional): Chase Watkins, GPA: 6.37

SEFFNER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Victoria Faith Schrack

Age: 18

GPA: 4.38

Parents: Amy and Michael Woodall

College: University of Florida

Valedictorian: David Wright

Age: 18

GPA: 4.38

Parents: Kimberly Coleman and David Wright II

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Mechanical engineering

Salutatorian: Alexander Thomas Blauth

GPA: 4.33

Parents: Julie and Chris Blauth

College: University of Florida

SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Ryan Nolan

Age: 18

GPA: 7.32

Parents: Robert and Janine Nolan

College: University of Central Florida

Salutatorian: Alyssa Martin

Age: 17

GPA: 6.8864

Parents: Sandra and Earl Martin

College: University of South Florida

SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Agustin A. Martinez

Age: 18

GPA: 6.85

Parents: Maria Celia and Jorge Martinez

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Amanda Hernandez

Age: 18

GPA: 6.80

Parents: Rosendo Hernandez and Guillermina Lugo

College: University of South Florida

STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Alaa Nafea

Age: 17

GPA: 7.67

Parents: Lana and Nedal Nafea

College: Dartmouth College

Salutatorian: Brian Nieves

Age: 17

GPA: 7.20

Parents: Claudia Traficante and Ralph Nieves

College: Duke University

STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian (IB): Meghana Chapalamadugu

Age: 17

GPA: 8.35

Parents: Satya and Mani Chapalamadugu

College: University of Miami

Major: Medicine

Valedictorian (Traditional): Kailey Locke

Age: 18

GPA: 6.94

Parents: Wade Locke and Sherri Murdoch

Salutatorian (IB): Mathew Abraham

Age: 18

GPA: 8.32

Parents: Mathew Abraham and Mercy Pathiyil

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian (Traditional): Cassidy Bazley

Age: 18

GPA: 6.48

Parents: Jackson and Jessica Bazley

College: Florida State University

TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL

Valedictorian (Architectural Design Academy): Daniel A. Ray

Age: 18

GPA: 6.20

Parents: Severn and Nancy Ray

College: Hillsborough Community College

Valedictorian (Academy of Health Professions): Nikhil Nagabandi

Age: 17

GPA: 8.05

Parents: Srinivas and Anita Nagabandi

College: Nova Southeastern University

Valedictorian (Traditional): Zima K. Patel

Age: 18

GPA: 6.24

Parents: Kamlesh and Ami Patel

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian (Architectural Design Academy): Jesus Perez

Age: 17

GPA: 5.15

Parents: Javier Perez Sr. and Diana Perez

College: University of Central Florida

Salutatorian (Academy of Health Professions): Juan S. Forero

Age: 17

GPA: 7.80

Parents: Jorge Dari Forero and Nora Martinez

College: Carnegie Mellon University

Salutatorian (Traditional): Savanna M. Holloway

Age: 18

GPA: 6.01

Parents: Eric Holloway and Summer DiGrazio

College: North Carolina State University

TAMPA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Emily Paige King

Age: 18

GPA: 4.56

Parents: Brian and Amy King

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian: Cristen Francis Thomas

Age: 18

GPA: 4.51

Parents: Caroline and Alphonse Stewart and Rodney Thomas

College: University of Florida

TAMPA PREP

Valedictorian: Wenjia Yu

Age: 17

GPA: 4.87

Parents: Xiaoli Li and Alex Yu

College: Duke University

WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL

Valedictorian: Jared Bell

Age: 18

GPA: 7.4

Parents: David and Diana Bell

College: University of Florida

Major: Physics

Salutatorian: Gabriella Leah Gonzalez

Age: 17

GPA: 7.59

Parents: Kathryn and Humberto Gonzalez

College: Southern Methodist University

* Berkeley Preparatory School chooses not to rank its graduating class because of the highly competitive nature of admission to Berkeley, the variety of academic backgrounds of our students, and the various points at which students may enter the school. "Calculating a numeric rank that reflects the strengths and differences among students would not yield a fair or useful picture of a graduating class. Therefore, we choose to not recognize a Valedictorian or Salutatorian for each graduating class, yet celebrate the accomplishments of all of our graduates equally. We take great pride in the fact that 100 percent of every graduating class at Berkeley is accepted into a 4-year college or university."

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