Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from March 8, 2016

>>April Griffin: THIS MARCH 8th, 2016 RECOGNITION MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY SUSAN VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>April Griffin: WELCOME, EVERYONE. WE ARE A LITTLE BIT SHORT THIS EVENING BECAUSE I THINK THAT THIS ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS FEELING THIS BUG THAT'S GOING AROUND, AND WE HAVE A COUPLE OF MEMBERS WHO ARE OUT SICK, AND THEY WERE VERY UPSET THEY COULDN'T BE HERE THIS EVENING. ARE YOU ABLE TO READ THE BOARD -- DO WE NEED THE BOARD GUIDELINES, BOARD MEMBERS, TONIGHT? IT'S A RECOGNITION MEETING?

>> WE JUST WON'T HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT TODAY BECAUSE IT'S STRICTLY ABOUT HONORING OUR KIDS AND TEACHERS AND REWARDING THEM. SO I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU ALL AGREE? DO I HAVE AGREEMENT? OKAY. VERY GOOD. ALL RIGHT. SO WE ARE JUST GOING TO GO RIGHT INTO THIS RECOGNITION MEETING. AND THE FIRST RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF MS. BERTHA SALADINO FOR 35 YEARS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. AND RUSSELL WALLACE, PRINCIPAL OF BAILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS GOING TO COME UP AND SPEAK TO US. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, GUYS. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, HONORABLE MRS. GRIFFIN, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, I'M GOING TO ATTEMPT TO SUMMARIZE THE LEGACY OF BERTHA SALADINO IN A FEW MINUTES. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE THIS COMMUNITY LEGEND IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WHAT I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT THE FIRST LADY OF BASEBALL IS SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN HAVANA, CUBA, MOVED TO THE STATES AS A YOUNG WOMAN, UNABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH. TAUGHT HERSELF THE LANGUAGE, AND SOON AFTER ARRIVING IN THE STATES, BEGAN HER FAMILY. ALTHOUGH HER FIRST MARRIAGE DIDN'T WORK OUT, SHE WAS BLESSED WITH THREE WONDERFUL CHILDREN, ONE OF WHICH IS HERE TODAY, BETTY NUĂ‘EZ. AS THE YEARS PAST, SHE ENDED UP IN TAMPA, AND WITH HER KIDS NOW IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SHE CROSSED PATHS WITH A YOUNG P. E. COACH, TONY SALADINO JUNIOR, WHO IS ALSO HERE TONIGHT. THE DAY AFTER HE LAID EYES ON HER, HE REQUESTED A PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE. TRUE STORY. THAT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE LASTED FOR 52 YEARS. TWO CHILDREN TOGETHER, 15 GRANDCHILDREN, 20 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, NIECES, NEPHEWS, AND HER BELOVED CAT FLUFFY, SHE WAS THE MATRIARCH OF THE SALADINO FAMILY. WHILE EVERYONE KNOWS THE 36th ANNUAL BERTHA AND TONY SALADINO BASEBALL TOURNAMENT WILL BEGIN IN JUST A FEW DAYS, WHAT MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS THAT THE IDEA FOR THE PRESTIGIOUS TOURNAMENT ACTUALLY CAME FROM BERTHA. TONY'S FATHER PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY A YEAR BEFORE THEY MET AND BERTHA SUGGESTED STARTING THE TOURNAMENT IN HIS OWNER. AND SO IT BEGAN IN 1981 WITH THE THEN 11 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS. GIVING WAS ALWAYS THE STRONGEST OF BERTHA'S CHARACTERISTICS, AND IT WAS HER SPIRIT THAT MADE THE BASEBALL TOURNEY A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TREASURE THAT'S EVEN BEEN FEATURED IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. BERTHA'S PLACE, AS THE HOSPITAL AREA IS WELL KNOWN AT THE TOURNAMENT, BECAME THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE EVENT, OFFERING HOME-COOKED MEALS TO PLAYERS, COACHES, OFFICIALS, MEDIA MEMBERS, BASEBALL SCOUTS AND OTHERS AS A GESTURE OF THANKS AND GOODWILL. WHILE THE RECENT TOURNAMENT GAMES FEATURED FOOD FROM THE COLUMBIA, LA SEPTIMA, PEOPLE ALWAYS CLAIM HER FOR BERTHA'S HOME-COOKED MEALS. GIVING, WHILE MOST STATE SANCTIONED SPORTS TOURNAMENTS IN FLORIDA REQUIRE TEAMS TO PAY A LARGE FEE JUST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TOURNAMENT, BERTHA DEMANDED FROM THE BEGINNING THAT NO TEAM WOULD EVER PAY A FEE TO PLAY IN THE TOURNAMENT, AND THEY NEVER HAVE. LATER, SHE EVEN HELPED ESTABLISH AN ANNUAL $5,000 BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA ADDING TO HER COMMITMENT TO YOUTH EDUCATION IN THIS COMMUNITY. WE KNOW THERE'S A RICH TRADITION OF BASEBALL EXCELLENCE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, A TRUE PIPELINE OF TALENTED, MAJOR-LEAGUE READY YOUNG STUDENT ATHLETES, RECENT PLAYERS SUCH AS KYLE TUCKER FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL WHO WAS TAKEN NUMBER FIVE OVERALL IN THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT, JOSE FERNANDEZ FROM ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL, TAKEN NUMBER 14 OVERALL. AND FRED McGRIFF AND TINA MARTINEZ FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL OR DOC GOODEN AND JERRY SHEFFIELD FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. THERE IS ALSO A STRONG TRADITION OF FAMILY VALUES, COMMUNITY SERVICE, AND PERSONAL INTEGRITY. BERTHA HAD THE VISION FOR MERGING THESE IMPORTANT TRADITIONS AND COMMUNITY COMPONENTS TOGETHER TO PRODUCE A WEEKLONG EVENT TO SHOWCASE THE STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT IS FOR THESE -- SHE WAS IN MANY WAYS A PIONEER OF THE KIDS FIRST APPROACH THAT WE ALL HAVE NOW. IT IS FOR THESE MANY COUNTS OF KINDNESS, GENEROSITY AND LOVE THAT BERTHA SHOWED US ALL AND SPRINKLED ON US LIKE SPICES ON HER FOOD THAT SHE WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE. SHE WILL STILL GUIDE US FOR MANY YEARS TO COME, AND AS SHE HAS ROUNDED THIRD BASE AND HEADED HOME, WE WILL ALWAYS FEEL THE LEGACY OF LOVE THAT SHE LEAVES BEHIND. THE BERTHA AND TONY SALADINO BASEBALL TOURNAMENT WILL CONTINUE AS AN HONOR TO HER MEMORY WITH THE ANNUAL GOAL OF MAKING FRIENDS, MAKING MEMORIES, AND MAKING CARING AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS ONE INNING AT A TIME. ON BEHALF OF TONY SALADINO AND FAMILY, THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THE AMAZING COMMUNITY EFFORTS OF THIS REMARKABLE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LEGEND, MRS. BERTHA SALADINO. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: AND I KNOW THAT THIS IS A MOMENT THAT IS A VERY DIFFICULT ONE, BUT IF THERE IS ANYBODY FROM THE FAMILY WHO WOULD LIKE TO COME UP, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME UP. IF NOT, WE WILL FULLY UNDERSTAND. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. MOVING ON, THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2015/16 78th STREET COMMUNITY LIBRARY ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS. TEMETIA CREED, SUPERVISOR OF ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE ARTS WRITING IS GOING TO BE ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE. WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I AM TEMETIA CREED, AN ELEMENTARY SUPERVISOR OF READING LANGUAGE ARTS. IT IS MY HONOR TO PRESENT THE STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN WRITING ABOUT THEIR ROLE MODELS FOR THE 78th STREET COMMUNITY LIBRARY ESSAY CONTEST. THE ESSAY CONTEST WAS MADE POSSIBLE FOR FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS BY THE 78th STREET COMMUNITY LIBRARY AND RENT KING FOR STUDENTS AT LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 78th STREET AREA OF OUR DISTRICT. CLAIR-MEL ELEMENTARY WAS AWARDED FIRST AND THIRD PLACE FINISHES AND PALM RIVER WAS AWARDED A SECOND PLACE FINISH. ALL THREE WINNERS RECEIVED LAPTOP COMPUTERS COURTESY OF THE GENEROUS DONOR RENT KING. WE ARE PROUD TO RECOGNIZE OUR TOP WINNERS FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND BY ANY CHANCE, IF WE HAVE OUR THIRD PLACE WINNER, IF HE HAPPENED TO WALK IN, ANTHONY SIMON. HAS ANTHONY ARRIVED BY ANY CHANCE? WE'LL STILL GIVE HIM A HAND. YES, ABSOLUTELY. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR SECOND PLACE WINNER IS FROM PALM RIVER ELEMENTARY, YULIAN BELL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER IS TRISTON THOMPSON FROM CLAIR-MEL ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> PEOPLE ARE SICK. THE FIST BUMP IS PROBABLY BEST THIS EVENING.

>> IF WE MAY ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PARENTS IN THE ROOM, THE HARDWORKING TEACHERS AND, OF COURSE, THE ADMINISTRATORS AND FROM CLAIR-MEL AND PALM RIVER ELEMENTARY, THEY ARE IN THE ROOM THIS EVENING AS WELL.

>>April Griffin: PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. YES, MA'AM, MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK AT THE BEGINNING WE FORGOT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT, PARENTS, IF YOU WANT TO FEEL FREE TO COME UP HERE AND TAKE PICTURES. I SEE YOU'VE GOT FANS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO TAKE PICTURES, COME UP HERE -- DON'T LEAVE YET. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOU. [ LAUGHTER ] PLEASE FEEL FREE ANYTIME DURING THE PRESENTATION THAT YOUR YOUNGSTERS ARE UP HERE, YOUNG PEOPLE, YOU CAN FEEL FREE TO COME BEHIND THE DAIS AND TAKE PICTURES.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB.

>> I SHARED WITH THEM THAT THEY WOULD BE TREATED LIKE WRITING KINGS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANYBODY WHO IS HERE FOR A RECOGNITION, IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE AFTER THE RECOGNITION, PLEASE FEEL FREE. IT'S NOT RUDE AT ALL. YOU CAN GO OUT AND CELEBRATE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THE NEXT RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2015/16 MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT CHAMPIONS FOR TRACK AND THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION STATE CHAMPIONS FOR SWIMMING, CHEERLEADING AND WRESTLING. WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. I'LL ASK JENNIFER TO COME ON UP AND WE'LL TAKE CARE OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL RECOGNITIONS FIRST AND THEN WE'LL COME BACK TO THE HIGH SCHOOL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, WE ARE VERY EXCITED AGAIN TO HAVE OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL TRACK CHAMPIONS IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE DR. JONATHAN GRANTHAM FROM TURNER/BARTELS TO INTRODUCE OUR GIRLS CHAMPIONS.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. WE ARE HONORED AND HUMBLED TO BE HERE TO SHARE THESE YOUNG LADIES WITH YOU. OBVIOUSLY, THEY'RE FAST AND ATHLETIC, BUT THEY ARE JUST TREMENDOUS YOUNG PEOPLE. THEY ARE GOING TO DO SOME GREAT THINGS IN OUR DISTRICT AND IN OUR FUTURE, THEY'LL DO SOME SUPER THINGS. AND VERY, VERY PROUD OF THESE YOUNG LADIES, FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. I WANT TO PRESENT TO YOU OUR AWESOME TRACK GIRLS. COACH, WILL YOU PLEASE COME INTRODUCE THESE YOUNG LADIES? [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. IT'S BEEN QUITE A REMARKABLE RUN OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS. WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WIN TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS. IF WE PROBABLY HAD A BETTER COACH, WE WOULD HAVE WON A FEW MORE. [ LAUGHTER ] THESE GIRLS HAVE BASICALLY ENDED, AGAIN, AN AMAZING RUN. WE BROUGHT DOWN SOME REALLY AMAZING GIRLS. WE'VE DONE IT WITH A 3.4 GRADE POINT AVERAGE. CONTINUE TO DO THE TO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. [ APPLAUSE ] DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU DON'T SEE A LOT OF THESE GIRLS DOWN HERE FOR WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL IN A FEW YEARS FOR TITLES THEY WILL EARN. THERE ARE A LOT OF OLDER SISTERS, AND THESE GIRLS WILL FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS AND THE SUCCESS THEY HAVE AT WHARTON. WITH THAT, WE HAVE SABRINA BERAYA, JEANETTE HENDERSON, MELANA MORGAN. ERIKA DAY, NIA RIVERS AND ALIANA GOODSPEED AND KINARA GADSEN WAS NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT TONIGHT. SHE IS ACTUALLY A FOUR-TIME COUNTY CHAMPION. AND A LOT OF OUR SUCCESS HAD TO DO WITH HER. SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE GOT HER NAME OUT THERE. AGAIN, THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD JOB. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THIS YEAR IN TRACK, WE ACTUALLY HAD A TIE. IT WAS EXTREMELY CLOSE. SO IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, WE ARE GOING TO START WITH ALPHABETICALLY. FIRST, WE HAVE GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE SCHARNLE CAR WHO WILL INTRODUCE THE COACHES AND THEIR TEAM.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, MY NAME IS SCHARNLE KARR, ONE OF THE APs AT GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR AWESOME TRACK COACHES THAT HELPED OUR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL. I HAVE MS. THOMAS. I ALSO HAVE MR. SIRREL. I HAVE MR. FAITH. MR. CAPELLO AND ALSO MR. BEST. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS GREAT TEAM HELPED TO GET OUR STUDENTS WHERE THEY NEEDED TO BE. I'LL HAVE MR. CIRRIL INTRODUCE THE BOYS WHO WON THIS AWARD.

>> ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE OUR BOYS HERE. FIRST UP, HE'S ONLY A 7th GRADER, SO HE WILL COME BACK AND DEFEND HIS TITLE. NEXT YEAR, THAT'S JAMARI PEACE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THESE ARE OUR 8th GRADERS. CHRIS PANTOSS. [ APPLAUSE ] JOHNNY BROWN. [ APPLAUSE ] EDDIE WILLIAMS. [ APPLAUSE ] JAMAL THOMAS. [ APPLAUSE ] I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY THIS WAS -- GRECO HAS A LOT OF GOOD THINGS GOING ON, NOT ONLY IN THE CLASSROOM, BUT IT TRANSLATES WHAT WE DO IN THE CLASSROOM ONTO THE ATHLETICS. AND THESE KIDS REALLY ATTRIBUTE TO THAT. EVERYTHING THEY'VE GOT TODAY, THEY EARNED IT ALL BY THEMSELVES WITH JUST THE HELP FROM THE TEACHERS. AND THEY WERE ABLE TO BRING HOME A COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY. [CHEERS & APPLAUSE] I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THIS IS A START TO NEW BEGINNINGS FOR OUR SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I WILL ALSO SAY, ONLY TWO OF THESE COACHES ARE PAID COACHES, SO THEY HAVE AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF VOLUNTEER SUPPORT, WHICH IS TREMENDOUS. [ APPLAUSE ] THE SECOND TEAM AND CERTAINLY NOT LEAST IS FROM SERGEANT SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE PRINCIPAL JoANN JOHNSON TO INTRODUCE HER WONDERFUL COACHES AND TEAM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, HONORABLE CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR TRACK COACHES, MARYANNE ALLEN AND SELENA PEREZ. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE WERE THE COCHAMPIONS, AND I JUST WANT TO REMIND GRECO, WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE TROPHY YET. WE'RE WAITING FOR THE TROPHY. OUR TRACK TEAM STARTS WITH OUR 8th GRADERS. myON ALLEN. [ APPLAUSE ] ERIC CASTILLO. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE VON HODGES. [ APPLAUSE ] CARLOS LEZARDI. [ APPLAUSE ] VICTOR BREVIS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND KOLBY SMITH. [ APPLAUSE ] AND WE DID IT WITH JUST US. NOT TOO BAD, HUH? GOOD JOB, GENTLEMEN, SO PROUD. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]

>> BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS, JUST WANT TO KIND OF CLARIFY SOMETHING. SHE SAID THEY ARE WAITING ON THE TROPHY. WELL, THERE'S GENERALLY ONE TROPHY THAT GOES TO THE SCHOOL AND STAYS AT THE SCHOOL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR, SO THEY ARE GOING TO SPLIT THE YEAR. MAKE SURE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS, OKAY? THEY ARE WAITING ON IT APPARENTLY, STILL.

>>April Griffin: NO COMPETITION THERE AT ALL. NONE AT ALL.

>> RIGHT, YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THAT NIGHT WHO WAS GOING TO GET IT FIRST. SO, MOVING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL FHSSA STATE CHAMPIONS, WE HAVE SOME INDIVIDUALS THAT WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE FROM OUR FALL SPORTS, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW THAT UP WITH SOME OF OUR WINTER SPORTS CHAMPIONS AS WELL. AND STARTING OFF, WE HAD SOME INDIVIDUAL SWIMMERS WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. OUR FIRST SWIMMER IS FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. ROB NELSON AND LAUREN OTERO TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION AND CALLING OUT THE COACH WHO CAN INTRODUCE THAT SWIMMER.

>> MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RECOGNIZING OUR STUDENT ATHLETES. AT THIS TIME, I DO WANT TO INTRODUCE GILL GONZALEZ, OUR PLANT HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SWIMMING COACH. HE'S COACHED MULTIPLE STATE CHAMPIONS. WE HAVE ANOTHER AMAZING YOUNG SWIMMER ON OUR HANDS AT PLANT, SO GIL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING. IT IS CERTAINLY AN HONOR TO BE HERE BEFORE THE BOARD. MY TRULY GREAT PLEASURE TO BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEWEST STATE CHAMPION FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL IN MORGAN TANKERSLY. MORGAN, COME ON OUT. [ APPLAUSE ] MORGAN WAS THE WINNER OF THE 200 FREE STYLE AT THIS YEAR'S 4A STATE FINALS. IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT A FEW OF HER OTHER RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS BECAUSE THAT WAS IN NOVEMBER. AND HERE WE ARE IN MARCH, AND SHE'S JUST -- SHE KEEPS ON GOING. I FEEL COMPELLED TO POINT OUT THAT MORGAN ALSO HAD THE FASTEST 100 FREESTYLE TIME FOR CLASS A AT THAT MEET. AND FOR ALL OF THE 4A TEAMS FOR THE SERIES, BUT IT WAS A RELAY SPLIT. AND IT WASN'T AT THE STATE MEET. IT WAS AT THE QUALIFYING MEET, AND I FEEL COMPELLED TO POINT THAT OUT BECAUSE SHE WASN'T DOING IT FOR A MEDAL BECAUSE IT WAS A RELAY SHE WOULD NEVER BE ON. SHE WAS DOING IT FOR HER TEAMMATES. SHE WAS DOING IT FOR HER FRIENDS. SHE WAS TRYING TO BRING THEM UP. AND IT'S A TESTAMENT TO HER CHARACTER. AND SO NOT TO MENTION THAT AS ANOTHER FEATHER IN HER CAP, BUT THAT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT HAS ALWAYS STOOD OUT FROM THE TIME THAT SHE DID THAT. MORGAN IS JUST THAT KIND OF PERSON. ALONG WITH HER STATE TITLE, GOLD MEDAL, SHE HAS ACCUMULATED FIVE SILVER AND TWO BRONZE MEDALS AT HER TWO TRIPS TO THE STATE MEETS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. SHE HOLDS SIX SCHOOL RECORDS, FOUR INDIVIDUAL, TWO RELAYS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO POINT OUT THAT MOST OF THESE RECORDS ARE ONES WHICH WERE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TIMES WHEN THEY WERE SET. SHE CURRENTLY HAS TOP TEN TIMES IN 15 EVENTS IN FLORIDA SWIM FOR HER AGE GROUP. THIS IS FOR SHORT COURSE AND LONG COURSE COMBINED. 11 OF THE TIMES WERE TOP THREE. SIX OF THEM WERE NUMBER ONE TIMES IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. JUST LAST WEEKEND, A FEW DAYS AGO, MORGAN WON THE HIGH POINT AWARD FOR HER AGE GROUP AT FLORIDA SWIMMING SENIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MEET. SHE DID SO BY WINNING FIVE OF THE SIX EVENTS SHE WAS ENTERED IN. SHE WON THE 50 FREE. SHE WON THE 100 FREE. SHE WON THE 200 FREE. SHE WON THE THOUSAND YARD FREESTYLE, THE 200 YARD BACK STROKE. SHE CAME IN THIRD IN THE 200 IM. JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. AND WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION, THE BEST SWIMMERS 16 AND UNDER AT FLORIDA SWIMMING. SO, MORGAN, CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] MORGAN IS A SOPHOMORE AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, A SOPHOMORE, AND I HOPE TO COME HERE NEXT YEAR AND TELL YOU MORE ABOUT HER, BECAUSE SHE IS REMARKABLE. 4.0 AVERAGE WITH THE MOST CHALLENGING CLASSES. AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HER POISE AND CHARACTER. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.

>>April Griffin: I SEE WHY YOU NEEDED THAT LIST WITH YOU. THANK YOU.

>> I'VE KNOWN GIL A LONG TIME. I'VE NEVER HEARD HIM SPEAK THAT MUCH. MORGAN, HE MUST BE VERY PROUD OF YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M GOING TO ASK HER MOM WHO STARTED OUT AS A YOUNG TEACHER WHEN I WAS A PRINCIPAL AT ROBLES ELEMENTARY, AND SO ALL THE GREAT CHARACTER HE TALKS ABOUT CERTAINLY CAME FROM HER. SHE WAS ONE OF THE YOUNG TEACHERS WHEN I STARTED OUT, BUT MADE SUCH AN IMPRESSION AS A YOUNG TEACHER. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> OUR NEXT STATE CHAMPION IS FROM DURANT HIGH SCHOOL. TO MAKE THE INTRODUCTIONS, I'LL CALL UP THE APA, TODD LONG.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. OUR COACH WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE SHE IS COACHING SOFTBALL. AND HER COACH WAS JESSICA HOWTON, AND SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE. KATIE VASALOF IS OUR 4A STATE CHAMPION IN THE 100 FLY. KATIE. [ APPLAUSE ] KATIE VASALOFF WON THE 100 FLY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST YEAR AS A FRESHMAN. SHE, AGAIN, WON THE 100 FLY AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR AS A SOPHOMORE. SHE ALSO WAS VOTED THE 4A SWIMMER OF THE YEAR IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] AND JUST TO PUT THE ICING ON THE CAKE, THIS YOUNG LADY CARRIES A 4.8 GPA. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> OUR NEXT SWIMMER, STATE CHAMPION COMES FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION, MR. JAMES HARRIS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE SICKLES SWIM COACH, KATE, WHO WILL DO THE PLAYER INTRODUCTION. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE NAZRANO AS CLASS 3A 300 FREESTYLE CHAMPION. [ APPLAUSE ] NAZA HAS BEEN COMPETITIVELY SWIMMING SINCE HE WAS VERY LITTLE AND NAZA HAS THREE STATE TITLES IN THE FREESTYLE. HE WON FIRST FRESHMAN YEAR. SECOND SOPHOMORE YEAR. HE TOOK OFF A YEAR AND CAME BACK AND WON IN HIS SENIOR YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] NOT ONLY DID NAZA PLACE FIRST IN THE 300 FREESTYLE BUT ALSO CAME IN THIRD FOR THE 200 FREESTYLE. IT WAS HIS SECOND TIME DOING THAT AS WELL. NAZA HAS ALSO BEEN COMMITTED AND VERBALLY ACCEPTED TO UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FOR SWIMMING. YEAH. IN ADDITION TO THAT, HAS ALSO HAD THREE TRIAL CUTS FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS. SO VERY COMPETITIVE SWIMMER, AND WE'RE PROUD TO HAVE HIM AS A SICKLES GRYPHON. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> NOW GOING FROM INDIVIDUALS, WE'RE GOING TO GO TO SOME TEAMS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SPIRIT. LET ME JUST TELL YOU. OUR FIRST TEAM IS A STATE CHAMPION IN CHEERLEADING, FHSSA CLASS 2A SMALL DIVISION VARSITY CHAMP IS FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL. HERE TO MAKE INTRODUCTIONS AGAIN, MR. JAMES HARRIS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> IT'S OUR LUCKY NIGHT TONIGHT, OBVIOUSLY. AGAIN, I'M PRIVILEGED TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER COACH FROM OUR STAFF, TRACY FRATES, THE HEAD VARSITY CHEERLEADING COACH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE 12 GIRLS WITH SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING TEAM. MADDIE WHITEMAN. ADRIA DARR, EMMA LAYEL. ALEXIS HUGHS. ASHLEY CHESHIRE. HAVEN HEAVENRICH. CLAIRE CROOK. GIANA JENERO. LILY MARTIN, McKENZIE NEIL, TATE WYMER AND BROOK DUPRE. [ APPLAUSE ] I'D LIKE TO SAY THESE GIRLS ARE SOME OF THE MOST HARDWORKING, MOTIVATING AND PASSIONATE ATHLETES I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF COACHING. THEY NEVER MISSED A PRACTICE, AND ALWAYS ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER IN A POSITIVE WAY. BECAUSE OF THEIR CONSISTENT HARD WORK AND DEDICATION THIS SEASON, THEY TOOK HOME REGIONAL AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING HISTORY, A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> BOARD MEMBERS, WHAT YOU ALL DIDN'T SEEKERS WHEN THEY WERE TAKING THE PICTURES, THEY ARE NATURAL AT IT. THEY AUTOMATICALLY START SQUATTING. THEY MADE TWO ROWS, AND THEY WERE -- YEAH. OUR NEXT GROUP IS A REPEAT STATE CHAMPION. THIS IS THE FHSSA CLASS 2A SMALL DIVISION COED FROM STRAWBERRY CREST, HERE TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION THE PRINCIPAL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, THANK YOU. VERY EVIDENT I WAS A CHEERLEADER IN HIGH SCHOOL. [ LAUGHTER ] I KNOW TALENT WHEN I SEE IT, WHICH IS WHY I HIRED A GREAT COACH. SO, ANYWAY, I WANT TO INTRODUCE THESE WONDERFUL LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I CAN TELL YOU, NOT ONLY ARE THEY EXEMPLARY ON THE CHEER MAT BUT WITHIN OUR SCHOOL, THEY ARE TRULY ROLE MODELS FOR ALL OUR STUDENTS. OUR COACH, COACH REVIS, COME ON DOWN. I DID HIRE HER. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, ALONG WITH ME ARE THE ASSISTANT AND VOLUNTEER COACHES AS WELL, AND THAT IS DANNY WOMACK, CHELSEA MARTIN, AND ANTHONY MEDINA. [ APPLAUSE ] THE CHEER PROGRAM'S DYNASTY AS THEY DOMINATE THE SMALL COED DIVISION THIS YEAR WITH RECORD BREAKING SCORE OF 91.4, WHICH IS ANOTHER BACK-TO-BACK VICTORY FOR OUR PROGRAM. THIS TEAM DID IT AGAIN. WE SWEPT REGIONALS, DISTRICTS AND STATES WITH A DOMINATING POINT SPREAD. WE WON FHSAA REGIONS BY 10.95 POINTS. WESTERN CONFERENCE BY 26.25 POINTS. AND FHSAA STATES BY 15.55 POINTS. WE CURRENTLY HOLD FOUR REGION TITLES, FOUR WESTERN CONFERENCE TITLES, TWO STATE RUNNERS UP AND TWO CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. FURTHERMORE, FEBRUARY 6th, STRAWBERRY CREST COED ALSO ATTENDED THE UNIVERSAL CHEERLEADING ASSOCIATION NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT DISNEY'S WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS. THIS IS ONLY OUR THIRD YEAR ENTERING THE COMPETITION. THREE YEARS AGO, OUR VERY FIRST YEAR WE RECEIVED FIFTH. LAST YEAR WE RECEIVED 7th, AND THIS YEAR WE RECEIVED THIRD PLACE OUT OF 38 TEAMS IN OUR DIVISION. HIGHEST RANKED FLORIDA TEAM IN THEIR DIVISION AT NATIONALS AND THE ONLY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEAM TO EVER MEDAL IN THIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FOR OUR HARDWORKING MEMBERS, IT'S A PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THEM. CAPTAINS KAYLA WATTS AND MICHAEL GLEASON. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR SENIORS, TAYLOR FAILS, DAKOTA MacIN AMY, MAYA TURNER AND OMAR WILLIAMS. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR JUNIORS, ALYSSA ARCHER, BROOK CONYERS, ELLE CRUZ, KIRA CRUZ, FREDDY DIXON, TARA LOVE, DEVONTE LOW -- WAIT, THERE IS MORE. MASON NICKEL, SAVANNAH REAGAN, CARMEN WATTS, AUTUMN YOUNG. [ APPLAUSE ] SOPHOMORES, AMBER FARMER, QUINN HIDE, CALEN AND ALEXIS POWELL. [ APPLAUSE ] CAN YOU GUYS DO A PYRAMID OR SOMETHING? [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]

>> OKAY. FROM THE MAT WHERE THEY THROW THEM OFF THE MAT TO A SPORT WHERE THEY THROW THEM ONTO THE MAT. SO WE'RE TALKING WRESTLING. AND WE HAD INDIVIDUAL STATE CHAMPION THIS YEAR FROM RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. I'LL INTRODUCE THE PRINCIPAL, DANIELLE SHOTWELL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING. IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE OUR HEAD WRESTLING COACH, COACH WILLIE SAR GABLE. COACH HAS BEEN COACHING AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL FOR 17 YEARS. HE HAS HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL TENURE DURING THAT TIME. BUT THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A BANNER YEAR. WE HAVE WON OUR FIRST DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP IN WRESTLING, AND OUR STATE CHAMPION THAT HE WILL INTRODUCE IN JUST A MOMENT IS OUR FIRST MALE STATE CHAMPION IN ANY SPORT. ALSO, JUST A TIDBIT OF INFORMATION, COACH SARGABLE HIMSELF WON A STATE TITLE IN WRESTLING BACK IN 1989 AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL UNDER THE LEGENDARY TOM LODA. NOW HE GETS TO EXPERIENCE IT AS A COACH. IT'S MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE COACH WILLIE SARGABLE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU. 1989 WAS A VERY LONG TIME AGO. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE CLASS 3A, 132-POUND STATE CHAMPION FROM RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, KEYSHAWN CLARK. [ APPLAUSE ] AS MRS. SHOTWELL NOTED, KEYSHAWN BECAME RIVERVIEW'S FIRST MALE ATHLETE IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND OBVIOUSLY, WE'RE VERY PROUD OF HIM. KEYSHAWN WAS INTRODUCED TO THE SPORT OF WRESTLING AS A FRESHMAN AND ONLY FOUR SHORT YEARS AND COUNTLESS HOURS OF DEDICATION AND SACRIFICE, HE ACCOMPLISHED HIS DREAM. NEXT YEAR HE WILL BE ON SCHOLARSHIP AND COMPETING AT A DIVISION ONE WHERE WILLER FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITY -- WRESTLER FOR AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. [ APPLAUSE ] ON BEHALF OF THE SHARK WRESTLING FAMILY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF HIM AND ALL HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WE'LL BE HIS BIGGEST FANS AS HE COMPETES AT THE NEXT LEVEL. CONGRATULATIONS, KEYSHAWN. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS, GOOD JOB. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AND OUR LAST GROUP, IF YOU READ THE PAPER, THERE WERE FOLKS THAT THOUGHT THEY WOULDN'T BE HERE, BUT THERE'S NO DOUBT, THEY ARE HERE AGAIN. BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL, RASHAW WOODS, TO INTRODUCE A RETURN TRIP FOR THE BRANDON WRESTLING PROGRAM.

>> MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, WHAT MR. ROBINSON FAILED TO MENTION IS THAT THIS IS THE 16th STRAIGHT STATE TITLE. AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE RUSS COZARK. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT'S AN HONOR TO BRING MY TEAM HERE EVERY YEAR. [ LAUGHTER ]

>>April Griffin: I WAS GOING TO SAY YOU LOOK A LITTLE FAMILIAR TO ME.

>> YEAH, WELL, WE'LL GET BEAT ONE YEAR, BUT NOT THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW, FIRST OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL IN THEIR STATE CHAMPION AND THE COACH. COACH SARGABLE AND I ARE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS, AND IT'S JUST GREAT. WE KNOW KEYSHAWN. HE'S A GREAT WRESTLER AND I WATCHED HIM OVER FROM OUR SIDE. HE IS A MASTERFUL WRESTLER AND HE'LL MAKE A GOOD COLLEGE WRESTLER. SO I WANTED TO DO A SHOUT-OUT TO THEM. I WANT TO THANK MY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, MR. WOODS AND MY PRINCIPAL CARL GREEN FOR AN OUTSTANDING JOB AT BRANDON AND HELPING US DO THE LITTLE THINGS THAT HELP US GET TO WHERE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE AND THE EQUIPMENT. AND ALSO ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT. MS. BIRCHLE AND MR. ROBINSON, ON THEIR BACKING AND HELPING US, AGAIN, DO THE LITTLE THINGS THAT IT TAKES TO MAKE A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. SOME YEARS ARE EASIER THAN OTHERS, AND IT'S ALWAYS CRUSHING TO LOSE, BUT IT'S ALWAYS -- WE NEVER LOST OUR FOCUS NO MATTER WHERE WE WERE, THE UPS AND THE DOWNS. WE ACTUALLY -- THE SETBACKS MADE US STRONGER, OUR FOCUS AND OUR DETERMINATION. I HAVE A GREAT TEAM. I HAVE GREAT CAPTAINS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU RIGHT NOW. FIRST, MEMBER RYAN SLOU, A MEMBER OF OUR VARSITY TEAM. RYAN. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO, WE HAVE BROCK SPERLING, A FRESHMAN AND RUNNER-UP IN DISTRICT. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO, WE HAVE JUNIOR ALEX POPKY, A DISTRICT CHAMPION. [ APPLAUSE ] AND NOW I'LL INTRODUCE SIX OF THE SEVEN GUYS THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE. PERFECTLY -- WRESTLED PERFECTLY AT THE STATE MEET. COMBINATION OF WORK AND A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK. ONE OF THE STATE CHAMPIONS, JOE MAR CANO COULD NOT MAKE IT TONIGHT. HIS MOM IS REAL SICK, SO HE'S TENDING TO HER, SO I WANTED TO CALL HIM OUT. BUT, FIRST OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE A FRESHMAN, ANDRES BOND, THIRD IN STATE AT 113 POUNDS. NEXT, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF MY SENIORS, THIRD IN STATE, LAWRENCE SCRIVENS. AND BEING RECRUITED BY A COUPLE OF COLLEGES, HE'S VERY INTERESTED IN SOUTHEASTERN COLLEGE OUT OF LAKELAND. WE WISH LAWRENCE GREAT -- LAWRENCE IS A THREE-YEAR WRESTLER. STARTED WRESTLING WHEN HE WAS A SOPHOMORE AND HAD A MAGNIFICENT STATE TOURNAMENT. NEXT, WE'VE NOAH RIDLEY, A SOPHOMORE, SECOND IN STATE AT 145 POUNDS. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT, WE HAVE A STATE CHAMPION, NINTH GRADER, TREY LANE. TREY? AT 106 POUNDS. NEXT, ONE OF MY SENIORS, A TWO-TIME STATE CHAMPION, GOING TO BE ATTENDING OHIO UNIVERSITY IN THE FALL, FRANK BRUNO. [ APPLAUSE ] THEN A FIVETIME STATE CHAMPION FOUR IN BRANDON, ONE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A SENIOR, GOING TO BE ATTENDING VIRGINIA TECH IN THE FALL, KYLE NOR STRUM. [ APPLAUSE ] KYLE AND FRANK ARE MY CAPTAINS. AND RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SQUAD. THEY HAVE MANY RESPONSIBILITIES. THEY, AND I GIVE THEM A LOT OF THE CREDIT FOR THE TEAM WINNING. I HANDED THEM A LOT OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THEY PERFORMED MAGNIFICENTLY. SORRY TO SEE THEM GO, BUT I KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO DO GOOD IN COLLEGE. BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: COACH, I DON'T KNOW THE YOUNG MAN'S NAME WITH THE BIG RING, THAT HURT. [ LAUGHTER ] YEAH, THAT WAS A BIG CHAMPIONSHIP RING THERE AND IT HURT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2015 DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL POETRY JAM WINNERS. AND MS. KIMBERLY DEFUSCO, SUPERVISOR OF LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES 6-12. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, WITH ME THIS EVENING IS CAROL VICK, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION OF THE ARTS COUNCIL OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO CELEBRATE THE TALENTED STUDENT POET WINNERS FROM THIS YEAR'S DISTRICT POETRY JAM. A LITTLE BACKGROUND, THE DISTRICT POETRY JAM IS A DISTRICTWIDE POETRY WRITING AND PERFORMING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9 THROUGH 12. IT STARTED BACK IN 2005 AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS FROM 12 HIGH SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING. THIS YEAR, 19 HIGH SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED WITH FIVE MIDDLE SCHOOLS PILOTING A MIDDLE SCHOOL VERSION OF THE PROGRAM. THE ARTS COUNCIL WORKS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA SPECIALISTS TO PROVIDE A LOCAL POET THAT HOSTS A POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE SCHOOL SITE AND THEN A SCHOOL SITE POETRY JAM. EACH SCHOOL'S WINNERS THEN PERFORMED THEIR WORKS AT THE ROBERT W. SAUNDERS SENIOR PUBLIC LIBRARY ON JANUARY 27th FOR THE DISTRICT JAM. PERFORMANCES WERE JUDGED, NOT BY ME, THANK GOODNESS, BECAUSE THE RESPONSIBILITY WOULD HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMING, BY A PANEL THAT INCLUDED UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA PROFESSOR ROBERT GONZALEZ, OUR OWN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SECONDARY ENGLISH AND THEATER SUPERVISOR ELIZABETH BROWN, AND OUR LOCAL AUTHOR GREG NARY. THE TALENT, THE DEPTH OF TALENT AND THE MATURITY AND CREATIVITY OF LANGUAGE THAT WAS DEMONSTRATED BY THE STUDENTS WAS REALLY, TRULY MAGNIFICENT. AND WE'RE HERE TO CELEBRATE TONIGHT THE THREE DISTRICT WINNERS. SO OUR THIRD PLACE WINNER WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE THIS EVENING, BUT THAT WAS ASHTON TEJEDA FROM STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] BEFORE YOU THIS EVENING, OUR SECOND PLACE WINNER FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, ALSO SUPPORTED BY MEDIA SPECIALIST JANET DRAKE AND HER FAMILY, IS MARLO MARBRA. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER FROM SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATED HERE THIS EVENING BY HIS MEDIA SPECIALIST DAVID YOUNG, HIS PRINCIPAL DAVID NEW AND FAMILY, FIRST PLACE WINNER TYRIQUE COOPER. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: CAN WE GET A COPY OF THEIR POEMS?

>> YES. I'M ACTUALLY WORKING ON COMPILING ALL OF THE HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS INTO, LIKE, A SMALL BOUND BOOK THAT I'LL PROVIDE TO THE HIGH SCHOOLS, AND I'LL BE HAPPY TO SEND THEM TO THE BOARD MEMBERS AS WELL.

>>April Griffin: WE'D APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU. IT'S WONDERFUL WITH POETRY, BECAUSE YOU CAN REALLY GET AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE STUDENTS' LIVES IN SUCH A SNAPSHOT. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. CONGRATULATIONS. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2015 GERMAN DAY CONTEST WINNERS. AND MS. MELISSA MORGADO, SUPERVISOR OF WORLD LANGUAGES K-12. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I AM HONORED TODAY TO SHARE WITH YOU, I WAS BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE RECENT GERMAN STATE COMPETITION AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE OUR STUDENTS FROM ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL EARNED TOP AWARDS. NOW, I'LL TELL YOU THAT THIS COMPETITION IS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE BECAUSE IT ATTRACTS THE TOP GERMAN STUDENTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE STATE. AND IT IS NOT JUST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BUT, IN FACT, AT THIS PARTICULAR COMPETITION, BECAUSE USF IS THE HOST, THE USF STUDENTS ALSO PARTICIPATED IN THAT COMPETITION. SO WHEN I SAY THAT WE'RE PROUD THAT OUR STUDENTS WON TOP AWARDS, I DON'T SAY THAT LIGHTLY. HOWEVER, BEFORE WE DO THAT, I DO WANT TO -- I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR ROCK STAR, GERMAN TEACHER, MR. BRUCE BUSCH. MR. BRUCE BUSCH, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE COME TO THE FRONT. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO THANK MR. BUSCH BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW, AND I KNOW THIS DISTRICT IS VERY PASSIONATE THAT BEHIND EVERY STUDENT'S SOCIAL, EMOTIONALLY, AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS IS A PASSIONATE, DEDICATED ROCK STAR TEACHER, LIKE MR. BUSCH. SO WE THANK YOU, MR. BUSCH, FOR THAT. I'LL ALLOW HIM TO INTRODUCE HIS BABIES.

>> I DON'T KNOW HOW I FOLLOW THAT UP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MELISSA. BUT THE TRUE ROCK STARS ARE THE FIVE GIRLS I'M ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE TO YOU GUYS. THESE GIRLS ARE FANTASTIC. ONE OF THE COOL THINGS IN MY TEACHING CAREER I ALWAYS FOUND OUT, WHENEVER YOU GET A MICROPHONE IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE AND SOME PEOPLE TO TALK TO AND REALLY GOOD KIDS TO CELEBRATE, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT, YOU KNOW. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I'LL CALL OUT ONE BY ONE BY ONE FOR THE FIRST TWO AND THE NEXT THREE ALL AT THE SAME TIME. FIVE OF THE MOST CREATIVE TALENTED WONDERFUL STUDENTS I'VE EVER HAD IN MY 13-YEAR CAREER. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ANDREA ANGELES. SHE WON FIRST PLACE FOR THE GERMAN ONE LEVEL FOR INSPIRED READING OF A POEM AT THE GERMAN ONE LEVEL. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE TRANSLATED -- SHE READ A POEM WHICH TRANSLATES TO ENGLISH AS "IT IS NIGHT." IT'S A GERMAN ONE LEVEL POEM. IT'S MORE LIKE A LULLABY. THE MOM READS IT TO THE KIDS. THEY LISTEN AND THEN -- [SNORE] AND THEN THEY ARE OUT. THE NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE. TWO LEVEL -- ACTUALLY, SHE SANG THIS, PUT IT TO MUSIC. BEAUTIFUL. GREAT VOICE. IT TRANSLATES TO THE SO YOU HAD LITTLE ROSE. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE VICTORIA WALSH. [ APPLAUSE ] THE NEXT THREE GIRLS I WILL RECOGNIZE ALL AT THE SAME TIME. ANYMORE WITH THESE GIRLS I LOVE TO GIVE THEM AN ASSIGNMENT AND WATCH THE MAGIC HAPPEN. IT'S SO MUCH FUN, RIGHT? I KNEW WE WOULD WIN BEFORE WE WENT TO THE COMPETITION BECAUSE THEY ARE THAT TALENTED AS YOU'LL SEE IN A SECOND. BEFORE I ANNOUNCE THEIR NAMES, I'LL TELL YOU WHAT THEY DID. THEY HAD TO RECOGNIZE SOMETHING THAT WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE LAST FOUR DECADES OF GERMAN CULTURE, ESPECIALLY THE LAST 25 OF GERMAN UNITY. THEY DID A POST THEY'RE CELEBRATES THE GERMAN ROCK MUSIC SCENE OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS. WE'RE ABOUT TO SEE THAT POSTER IN A SECOND. I'LL TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT FIRST. YOU'LL SEE WRISTBANDS ON ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE CROWD. ON THE WRISTBANDS, THEY HAVE THE NAMES OF MUSICAL ARTISTS OF THE LAST 40 YEARS OF THE GERMAN ROCK 'N' ROLL SEEN TO THE SCORPIONS, AND IT REPRESENTS THE FACT THAT GERMANY HAS THE LARGEST ROCK MUSIC INDUSTRY IN THE WORLD FOR A NON ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO WITH THE POSTER, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE JORDAN BOUTELLE, MICHALYN MacDOUGALL AND AMBER MORALES. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: I DON'T SEE DAVID HASSELHOFF ON THERE. [ LAUGHTER ]

>> HOW'S THAT FOR GIRL POWER?

>> [OFF MICROPHONE]

>> I THOUGHT IT WAS FANTASTIC AND I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE BECAUSE WE WON FIRST PLACE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> BEFORE WE GO, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE, IF YOU ARE A PARENT OF ANY OF THESE STUDENTS UP HERE, PLEASE ALSO STAY STANDING SO WE COULD RECOGNIZE YOU AS YOU ARE ALSO THE KEY TO THEIR SUCCESS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THERE IS A GREAT GERMAN RESTAURANT IN BRANDON, IF YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE, BECAUSE I ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO EXPERIENCE A CULTURE IS THROUGH THE FOOD. AND THERE IS A REALLY GREAT GERMAN RESTAURANT IN BRANDON. IT'S REALLY GOOD. I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF IT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: LITTLE NOSTALGIA THERE, BECAUSE LOVE SOME OF THE MUSIC AND LIVED IN GERMANY A WHILE. WAS THERE WHEN THE WALL CAME DOWN. REALLY GREAT PLACE TO BE. NEXT ON OUR AGENDA IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE TAMPA-HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 2015 STAIR PRIZE IN WRITING CONTEST WINNER. MS. MARY NAVARRE, SUPERVISOR OF LANGUAGE ARTS 6-8 AND KIMBERLY DEFUSCO, SUPERVISOR LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES 6-12.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS, WE'RE HONORED TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WON A LOCAL WRITING CONTEST SPONSORED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. THE STAIR PRIZE IN WRITING CONTEST WAS FUNDED BY THE FRIENDS OF THE JAN PLATT LIBRARY THROUGH A GRANT FROM THE RALPH STAIR FOUNDATION. THIS COUNTYWIDE CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST ALLOWED 7th AND 8th GRADE STUDENTS WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO WRITE SHORT STORIES IN THE FANTASY, SCIENCE FICTION, ADVENTURE, OR ESCAPE GENRES USING THE 2015 THEME "GET AWAY." THE FRIENDS OF THE JAN PLATT LIBRARY HONORED THIS STAIR PRIZEWINNER AND WRITING CONTEST AT THEIR BOARD MEETING ON DECEMBER 16th, 2015. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HONOR THE WINNER HERE TONIGHT. KENDALL WHITE IS A SEVENTH GRADE STUDENT AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL AND WAS AWARDED FIRST PLACE FOR HER STORY, "A SANDY GRAVE" ABOUT A BABY TURTLE GETTING OUT OF HIS SHELL AND TRYING TO REACH THE WATER. KENDALL IS JOINED BY HER LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER, MRS. QUINN. AND ALSO HERE TONIGHT IN SUPPORT OF KENDALL IS HER MOTHER, WHO IS TAKING PICTURES NOW AT THIS POINT. BUT CONGRATULATIONS TO RENDALL FOR HER AWARD. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: NEXT ON OUR LIST IS THE RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS. MS. AMY BALANCE, LEAD TEACHER EVALUATOR. OR LEAD MENTOR EVALUATOR. SORRY.

>> I'M DAVID PEACOCK WITH HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. I AM NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED FOR JUST ANOTHER COUPLE OF YEARS AND THEN THAT GOES AWAY.

>> AND I AM AMY BALANCE. I WORK IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND I WORK TO COORDINATE COMMUNICATION AND SUPPORT FOR OUR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS AND CANDIDATES. AND I, TOO, AM NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED IN SOCIAL STUDIES AND CURRENTLY WORKING ON MY RENEWAL.

>> SO, TONIGHT, WE'VE HEARD PROSE, POETRY IN ENGLISH AND GERMAN, WE HEARD OF BACK STROKE, SINGLE LEG TAKE-DOWNS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND ALL THOSE ARE THE THEERCHES THAT WORK TIRELESSLY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE COACHED WELL, THAT THEY ARE ACADEMICALLY ELIGIBLE AND THOSE THAT MADE THE LONG TRIP ACROSS THE STATE HAD TO BE AT CLASS AT 7:30 AND STUDENTS THERE AT 10. I'M NOT SURE BECAUSE I WAS AWAKE ON THE BUS. THAT IS A DIFFERENT STORY AND I'M NOT BITTER. CURRENTLY, NATIONAL BOARD LOOKS THE WAY IT IS WITH THE NEW ACHIEVERS WHERE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL BOARD, THE HIGHEST CERTIFICATION YOU CAN ACHIEVE AS A TEACHER IS FOUR VERY INTRICATE, HIGHLY REFLECTIVE PORTFOLIO ENTRIES FOLLOWED BY SIX 30-MINUTE LONG TESTS. YES, TEACHERS ARE STILL TAKING TESTS EVEN WHEN THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE DONE WITH THAT. AND THEN THEY SIT AND WAIT. IF YOU DON'T ACHIEVE THE SCORE IN THE FIRST YEAR, YOU TAKE SOME THINGS OVER, IN THE SECOND YEAR AND IT COULD EVEN BE A THREE-YEAR PROCESS. IT IS A DEEPLY REFLECTIVE PROCESS ALLOWING PEOPLE TO SEE INTO YOUR CLASSROOM AND SEE INTO YOUR TEACHING ABILITY AND YOUR STYLE THAT IS LIKE NO OTHER BIT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. TEACHERS WHO ACHIEVE THIS MOVE ON TO LEAD FROM THEIR CLASSROOM. THEY MOVE ON TO LEAD FROM THE OFFICE. THEY MOVE ON TO LEAD FROM ROSSAC AS DR. ANNA BROWN AND SCOTT BROOKS WHO WERE HERE. SCOTT IS HERE TONIGHT, ARE JUST TWO OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ROSSAC THAT WERE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED AS TEACHERS. AND THEN THEY ARE PROUD OF THOSE LETTERS, EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM UP, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T RECERTIFY BECAUSE YOU'RE NO LONGER IN THE CLASSROOM, YOU STILL CARRY NBCT AT THE END OF YOUR NAME PROUDLY. AS YOU SEE THE NEW ACHIEVER LIST, THERE'S ONLY THREE OF THEM, BUT WE'RE WORKING IN A VERY COLLABORATIVE WAY, THE UNION, THE DISTRICT AND C-TECH ED GROUP IS WORKING TO BRING THAT GROUP BACK UP. AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH TO START AND RIPPLE ACROSS FLORIDA AND BE THE LEADER IN NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION, LIKE WE ONCE WERE BEFORE OUR LEGISLATURE DID SOME CRAZY THINGS. SO TONIGHT, THE NEW ACHIEVERS, WE HAVE THREE OF THEM FROM LOCKHART ELEMENTARY MAGNET, WE HAVE ELIZABETH BROWN-DAVIS. IF THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT, THEY CAN COME UP, PLEASE. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE LOREN HERNDON FROM POTTER ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND WE HAVE COURTNEY NICKEL FROM ALONSO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. YOU'RE THE LAST OF THE GROUP THAT DOES THE FOUR ENTRIES AND THE SIX TESTS. IT TAKES ON A WHOLE NEW FLAVOR FROM NOW ON, THANK GOODNESS. AND WE'LL BE SPENDING SOME TIME IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THIS WEEKEND WHEN SPRING BREAK STARTS LEARNING MORE ABOUT THAT PROCESS.

>> I HAD TO GRAB A PICTURE OF THAT FOR OUR NATIONAL BOARD WEBSITE, BECAUSE WE DEFINITELY WANT TO CELEBRATE THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT THERE. WE HAVE ANOTHER GROUP OF NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE TONIGHT. THESE ARE RENEWERS. THESE ARE THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS WHO AFTER TEN YEARS OF HOLDING THEIR CERTIFICATION, THEY DECIDED THEY WOULD DO IT AGAIN. THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO ALL OF THE WORK AND PUT ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE EFFORT INTO SAYING I DID IT ONCE AND I STILL GOT IT BECAUSE I'M STILL WORKING WITH THOSE KIDS EVERY SINGLE DAY AND I BRING THAT SPIRIT OF PROFESSIONALISM AND PASSION TO THE CLASSROOM, AND THEY ARE WILLING TO PUT THEMSELVES FORWARD TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS ONE MORE TIME. SO, TONIGHT, THESE NBCT RENEWERS THAT WE'LL HONOR, WHAT THEY HAD TO DO, THEY HAD TO, AGAIN, DO A PORTFOLIO. THIS PORTFOLIO WAS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. THIS TIME, WHAT THEY HAD TO DEMONSTRATE IS SINCE CERTIFICATION, HOW THEY HAVE USED THEIR SKILL, THEIR KNOWLEDGE, AND THEIR LEADERSHIP TO REALLY GO OUT AND ENHANCE NOT JUST THEIR OWN TEACHING PRACTICE, BUT THE PROFESSION AS A WHOLE. THEY HAD TO SHOW HOW THEY'VE PAID IT FORWARD SINCE ACHIEVING THEIR ORIGINAL CERTIFICATION. TONIGHT WITH US, WE HAVE FOUR OF OUR 11 RENEWERS. WE HAVE FROM GRAHAM ELEMENTARY, MARTHA COBB. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM TRAPNELL ELEMENTARY, SUSAN FERNANDEZ. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM GRAHAM ELEMENTARY, CAROLYN TURNER. AND FROM MARTINEZ MIDDLE, MARLO WAGNER. [ APPLAUSE ] AND WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE ONES WHO WERE ABLE TO JOIN US TONIGHT, BUT I ALSO WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THE ACHIEVERS WHO WEREN'T ABLE TO BE WITH US TONIGHT. THAT'S MARIA KART FROM WATERS CAREER CENTER, JENNIFER LANGLASS FROM ESSRIG. AMY MILLER FROM DAVIDSEN MIDDLE SCHOOL. DOROTHY MUSIAL FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND CAMERON TRENTHAM FROM OUR ESE DEPARTMENT. IT WAS TRULY AN HONOR TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO THANK AND TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THESE INCREDIBLY DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS, DEDICATED TO OUR PROFESSION AND TO OUR STUDENTS MORE THAN ANYTHING. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS TO RECOGNIZE THE POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT PBIS DISTRICT MODEL. WELCOME.

>> DEBORAH BADERTSCHER IS HERE TO ASSIST ME. HONORABLE CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, ON BEHALF OF STUDENT SERVICES, WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR MODEL, PBIS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT SCHOOLS WITHIN THE DISTRICT. PBIS PROVIDES A POSITIVE AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL METHODS OF DISCIPLINE. THE PBIS PROCESS RESULTS IN THE CREATION OF AN EFFECTIVE MULTITIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT. PBIS METHODS ARE RESEARCH BASED AND PROVEN TO SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE THE OCCURRENCE OF PROBLEM BEHAVIORS IN THE SCHOOL RESULTING IN A MORE POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE. THE PURPOSE OF THE MODEL SCHOOL PROGRAM IS TO RECOGNIZE SCHOOLS THAT EXEMPLIFY BEST PRACTICES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORT. THE LEVEL OF RECOGNITION COINCIDES WITH THE LEVEL OF IMPLEMENTATION. SO THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS ARE BEING RECOGNIZED AT THE BRONZE LEVEL, EXEMPLIFYING TIER ONE. FROM CLAIR-MEL ELEMENTARY, RICK GRAVES, JESSICA THOMAS, TAMETIA SHEPHERD AND WILLIE HUGHS. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM SIMMONS EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION STUDENT CAREER CENTER, COLLEEN TINNY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE SCHOOLS. [ APPLAUSE ] SCHOOLS BEING RECOGNIZED AT THE SILVER LEVEL EXEMPLIFYING TIER ONE AND TIER TWO, HERITAGE ELEMENTARY, MARY JOE STOVER AND CHRISTINE GOFF. [ APPLAUSE ] SHAW ELEMENTARY, RACHEL WALTERS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE SCHOOLS. SCHOOLS BEING RECOGNIZED AT THE GOLD LEVEL, EXEMPLIFYING NOT ONLY TIERS ONE AND TWO, BUT ALSO TIER THREE. PIZZO ELEMENTARY, PAMELA WILKINS, JOSEPH SERANDO AND ASHLEY RIVERA. [ APPLAUSE ] ROBINSON ELEMENTARY, MICHELLE McCLENNON AND KYESHA HICKS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, SCHMIDT ELEMENTARY, JANET KELLY AND TRACY TIDWELL. SCHMIDT HAS BEEN A GOLD LEVEL SCHOOL FOR OVER A DECADE. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WE ARE ON THE FINAL ITEM, WHICH IS TO RECOGNIZE BUSINESS PARTNER FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. DR. JONES, WELCOME. WE HAVE A TRAFFIC JAM THERE.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIRMAN, DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF AND THOSE THAT STILL REMAINED LOYAL SUPPORTERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, YOU ALL ARE USED TO IT, BUT WHEN YOU COME INTO THESE MEETINGS, THE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETINGS, THEY ARE REALLY INSPIRATIONAL. SO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHOW THIS TYPE OF CARE AND CONCERN AND APPRECIATION FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AND ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN THE DISTRICT. I REALLY COMMEND YOU. WE'RE HONORED TONIGHT TO RECOGNIZE STAN TECH AS A NEW COMMUNITY PARTNER. WE APPRECIATE THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WHO INTRODUCED US TO STANTEC AS A COMPANY WITH PEOPLE WHO WOULD REALLY BE GREAT NEW PARTNERS. STANTEC HAS BEEN OFFERING PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING IN PLANNING, ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, SURVEYING, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT ECONOMICS ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE SINCE 1954. THEY COMPRISE OVER 15,000 EMPLOYEES WORKING AT OVER 250 LOCATIONS JUST IN THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR OPERATIONS ARE WORLDWIDE. STANTEC HAS RECENTLY LENT SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE S.T.E.M. FAIR THAT WE HOLD EVERY YEAR HERE IN OUR COUNTY. THEY SPONSOR THE STEM FAIR VIP PREVIEW AND BRING POWER TOURS. WE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS PRESENT WERE REALLY INSPIRED BY GOING THROUGH OUR 2300 STUDENT, 1900 EXHIBITS IN THE STEM FAIR. IT WAS QUITE A MORNING. WE WERE INSPIRED BY THE REMARKS OF THIRD GRADER KYE NELSON WHO DID A GREAT JOB AS A THIRD GRADER IN HIS SPEECH. ALSO OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS, ROB PARRISH, WHO IS ON THE FORBES MAGAZINE TOP 30 SCIENTISTS UNDER 30 IN AMERICA. WHAT A STAR FROM OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT'S ACADEMIC DELIVERY OF A GREAT STEM PERSON. ADDITIONALLY, STANTEC HAS INVESTED IN THREE TAKE-STOCK CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING NINTH GRADE PURSUING STUDIES IN STEM EDUCATION. NOT ONLY IS STANTEC INVESTING IN THE STEM FAIR, BUT ALSO HAS DEEPENED ITS COMMITMENT TO STEM EDUCATION BY MAKING A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOL'S DISTRICT. ADDED BONUS IS THAT THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING AND STANTEC HAVE TEAMED UP TO PRESENT THESE THREE SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE RECIPIENTS AT THE LIGHTNING'S FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAME, WHICH WILL BE A VICTORY, I MIGHT ADD, ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 2nd AT THE AMALIE ARENA. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THE TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN PROGRAM WHICH IMPACTS LITERALLY HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF OUR STUDENTS ON A YEARLY BASIS. FINALLY, STANTEC IS EVEN PROVIDING MENTORS FOR TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN PROGRAM. NEEDLESS TO SAY, A GREAT COMMUNITY PARTNER IN STANTEC. HEF COULDN'T BE HAPPIER TO WELCOME STANTEC TO THE FAMILY. I WANTED TO INTRODUCE AND THANK DAVE KEMPER, WHO IS OUR SENIOR PRINCIPAL AT STANTEC. AS WELL AS KIM AUSTIN, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF REGIONAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS AT STANTEC. SO, DAVE, AND KIM, PLEASE COME FORWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] AWARDED TO STANTEC FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

>> THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU. I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU GUYS DO AND THE FOUNDATION DO IN PARTICULARLY THE COMMITMENT TO STEM. I'M A CIVIL ENGINEER. WE ARE A FIRM OF SCIENTISTS, TECHNOLOGISTS, ENGINEERS AND SO FORTH. SO IT'S A BIG DEAL TO US AND IT'S A GREAT WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND THE INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE. SO I WOULD SAY THANK YOU, AND PLEASE CONTINUE THAT SUPPORT TO STEM. THANKS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THAT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS OUR FINAL ITEM FOR TONIGHT'S RECOGNITION MEETING. AND THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.