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How to keep peace among blended relatives at graduation

Family can be defined as many different things these days. My favorite summation is from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary: "A body of individuals living in one household, consisting of male, female, young, servants, dog, cat, dicky-bird, cockroaches, bedbugs, and fleas — the 'unit' of modern civilized societ …

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  1. Check out examples from the new test replacing the FCAT

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    Forget the FCAT. Think FSA instead.

    Florida's 15-year-old test officially gave way Monday to the Florida Standards Assessment, with the launch of a new website that gives a first look at the state's new accountability exams.

    Macro shot of pencil and "multiple-choice" answer sheet.
  2. What college students wish they'd done differently in high school

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    Compiled by Abby Rinaldi, Chamberlain High

    "(I) probably would have done more of my homework (and tried) to apply for more scholarships. I (also would) have considered more options than just deciding where to go based on where my friends wanted to go. I would've made a decision for me instead of a …

  3. How to keep peace among blended relatives at graduation

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    Family can be defined as many different things these days. My favorite summation is from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary: "A body of individuals living in one household, consisting of male, female, young, servants, dog, cat, dicky-bird, cockroaches, bedbugs, and fleas — the 'unit' of modern …

    This guy? Perhaps he’s one of the lucky ones, with warm family photos that include a large, loving family. But that’s not always the case. By a long shot.
  4. Sharpen skills for SAT or ACT

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    Most of us are winding down the school year, but some lucky souls still have an ACT (June 14) or SAT subject test (June 9) ahead of them. (Deadline for registering for both is May 9.) • If you're not one of those souls, don't rub it in, just pass this story along to the less fortunate.

    There are some inexpensive — or even free — tools to help high school students prepare for the SAT and the ACT. Some schools even offer prep classes on Saturdays in the weeks leading up to a test date. 
  5. Hillsborough High triplets, going different ways, lean on special bond

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    Any family who brings home more than one baby from the hospital at the same time is likely to describe how their life has been upended.

    Grace, from left, Adam and Christian Montgomery are triplets and seniors in the IB program at Hillsborough High. As they graduate, life will take them in somewhat different directions.
  6. Don't make these resume mistakes

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    Your resume is often the first contact you make with a potential employer or college admissions officer, and it can make or break your chances of getting to the next step in the process. Avoid common resume mistakes that could cost you the job (or keep you from getting into your favorite college).

    Failure to …

    Your resume says a lot about you, and it can make or break whether you get a job or end up at that college you really, really, really want to attend. Avoid common errors when you’re putting it together.
  7. Want to ace that job interview? Here's how

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    If the eyes are the window to the soul, they're also the key to doing well in a job interview.

    About a third of 2,000 managers who responded to a recent survey said they know within 90 seconds whether they intend to hire someone. That means you must present yourself well — and do so quickly.
  8. Three top Leto High seniors set their sights high

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    As their last year of high school winds down, most seniors don't have even a moment to sit calmly and chat with a reporter. But recently three Leto High seniors who are at the top of their academic game made time to talk with tb-two* about where they are headed, their favorite high school moments and what, when …

  9. Introducing the 2014 Barnes Scholarship winners

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    Today we celebrate four high school students who have already climbed high on the ladder of success. They're smart, they're hardworking, and they know what it takes to do well in the world. They've made their climbs despite tough lives, showing incredible resilience in the face of poverty and other struggles. They are …

    Brianna Shilling’s fun fact: She loves Harry Potter so much she can nearly recite all the books.
  10. Colleges that make students poorer in the long run

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    Every year, the salary comparison website Payscale.com gathers up its massive trove of user-generated data and ranks America's colleges and universities based on which schools make their students richest. Or, to be a little more technical about it, the site calculates each institution's total return on investment, once …