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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.

According to school officials research has shown that school attendance, one of the key performance indicators, is the foundation of student achievement.

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 commitment and effort, Toyota of Tampa Bay is hosting the annual “A Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance” a special event scheduled for Sunday, June 4. 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.

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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 days of their young lives: graduation.

Included during each graduation ceremony, or commencement is the traditional valedictorian 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.

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Armwood, Leto And Lennard Students Among HCC Collegiate Academy First Cohort

Hillsborough Community College’s (HCC) was proud to announce the graduating of its first class of Collegiate Academy students during the 48th Annual HCC Commencement Exercises. earlier this month.

The graduates who have completed 60 college credits at HCC in addition to their required high school class schedules included 100 students from Armwood, Leto and Lennard High Schools.

Collegiate Academy graduates are a cohort that start in ninth grade and follow a rigorous curriculum that enables students to graduate with their associate in arts degree prior to graduating high school.

The Collegiate Academy program not only expedites the time to obtaining a bachelor’s degree, but it allows students and their families to earn a savings of about $6,000 in college tuition.

HCC serves more than 45,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay.

The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Hillsborough County Public Schools Hosts 8th Annual ‘Love It, Like It Or Dislike It?’ Fresh Flavors Expo

For the past eight years the Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services (SNS) Department has gathered hundreds of students from schools around the district to taste and rate new menu items for the upcoming season.

Keeping with the annual tradition, SNS hosted its eighth annual Fresh Flavors – Food for Body and Mind Expo.
The two-day event offered the nearly 150 students twenty new food items to test ahead of the 2017-2018 school year menu.  

The new flavors to test included Creamy Tomato Soup w/ Homemade Croutons, Mediterranean Veggie Wafflewich, and Korean Beef Tacos with Asian Slaw.  

Students were asked to rate each item on a scale of Love It, Like It, or Dislike It, based on the item’s appearance, smell, and taste.

The tasting helps SNS to provide healthy menus that are based on student preferences.
Each participating student also received a goodie bag and a chance to win a FitBit fitness tracker.

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Hillsborough Schools Recognize Student Athletes with Disabilities During 11th Annual Special Olympics Athletic Letter Awards Ceremony

Bloomingdale High School, 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico hosted the annual Special Olympics Athletic Letter Awards Ceremony.

The event welcomed 323 students with disabilities from 20 high schools from Hillsborough County Public Schools and kicked-off with greetings from Assistant Superintendent for Educational Access, Opportunity & Alternatives Wynne Tye followed by the athletes recital of the Special Olympics Oath; ‘Let me win, But if I cannot win, Let me be brave in the attempt.’

Students and their teams was recognized on stage as they were presented with their letters.  

The ceremony acknowledges the sportsmanship, commitment and perseverance displayed by our student athletes on and off the field.


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