Chalklines: High School Graduations, End-of-Season Accomplishments Take Center Stage

Hillsborough County’s Top Students Recognized during 2017 Graduation Ceremonies

Ending the 2016-2017 school year, thousands of students representing 28 high schools throughout Hillsborough County have scheduled to celebrate one the most important day of their young lives; graduation.
Included during each graduation ceremony, or commencement is the traditional valedictory and salutatorian speeches delivered by seniors who stood out from the rest of their classmates due to their personal achievements.

Once again this year’s graduation ceremonies were scheduled to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. For a full list of the 2016 visit sdhc.k12.fl.us.

Below are some of the Valrico area students:

Bell Creek Academy
Valedictorian: Arianna Meekins,
GPA: 7.07
College: University of Florida

Bell Creek Academy
Salutatorian: Kirsten Olekszak
GPA: 6.09
College: University of Florida

Durant High School
Valedictorian: Brittany Jarrell
GPA: 7.8668
College: FSU

Durant High School
Salutatorian: Sarah Rohlfsen
GPA: 6.9
College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Strawberry Crest
Valedictorian: Kevin Chacko (IB)
GPA: 7.84
College: University of Florida

Strawberry Crest
Salutatorians: Keylonnie Miller (IB)
GPA: 7.75
College: University of Michigan

Strawberry Crest
Valedictorian: Fatima Iyer (Traditional)
GPA: 9.0
College: Harvard Law School

Strawberry Crest
Salutatorians: Alanis Rosado (Traditional)
GPA: 7.3
College: University of South Florida

Five Students Recognized For Perfect Attendance Grades K-12

Hillsborough County school officials were pleased to recognize five seniors during a recent School Board. Recognition meeting 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa, for having perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade. High school students, Emilie Dunn, (Newsome), Ryan Ingraham, (Sickles), Jacob Lorentzen, (Durant), Logan Phillips, (Pepin Academy) and Michael Stone, (King) each were presented by Suncoast Credit Union and Toyota of Tampa Bay with items memorializing and rewarding their achievements.

In an effort to encourage school attendance, Deputy Superintendent Beth Shields initiated an annual attendance program in 2000 to recognize students who have maintained perfect attendance from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

In addition to recognizing the students co mitment and effort, Toyota of Tampa Bay is hosting the annual “A Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance” a special event that was scheduled for Sunday, June 4.

Each year, the event honors seniors with at least one year of perfect attendance by Toyota of Tampa Bay giving away a Scion to one fortunate senior who will select the marching car key.

The five seniors who have earned perfect attendance for the past 13 years will receive one entry ticket for each year of perfect attendance for their well-deserved accomplishment.

The 1,840 other eligible seniors are provided one entry ticket for having earned at least one year of perfect attendance during high school.
Visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.