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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 host 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. Visit

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, please visit

Newsome And Bloomingdale Rank Among Best HCPS Schools In State

Students of Hillsborough County Public Schools continue to rank as some of the best in the state and nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of best high schools.

The U.S. News rankings include data on close to 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals as the rankings are based on performance on state assessments and how well they serve all students.   

Twelve Hillsborough County Public Schools were ranked among the best in the state and nationally include:

“Our students continue to prove they are some of the best in the country,” said Jeff Eakins, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools. “Our dedicated staff continues to ensure that students have the resources necessary to be prepared for life, college and careers.  We are in the midst of our graduation season and I am so proud to see our students walk across the stage ready for the next chapter of their lives.”

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. Visit

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