Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from May 17, 2016

>> GOOD EVENING. THIS TUESDAY, MAY 17th RECOGNITION MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYONE WE PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MRS. STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE.  

>> I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE ... (PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE). PLEASE LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT MRS. HARRIS IS PRESENT, MRS. VALDES IS PRESENT, MRS. EDGECOMB IS PRESENT, MRS. STUART IS PRESENT, AND MYSELF ARE PRESENT. AND MRS. KURDELL IS PRESENT. SHE'S IN THE BUILDING. SHE'S COMING. ALL RIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE INTO ... I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE INTO THE AGENDA. THE FIRST RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2015 -- THE 2015-2016 MARCH MADNESS ART AND ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS. MRS. MARYANN PARKS, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION AND PAM JEFFREY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUCCESS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE WINNERS OF THE MARCH MADNESS ART AND ESSAY CONTEST. OUR CONTINUOUSLY COLLABORATION WITH THE SUCCESS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES HAS ENABLED US TO BE PART OF THE MARCH MADNESS EVENT FOR 23 YEARS. PAM JEFFRIES, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SUCCESS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES WILL NOW PRESENT THE WINNERS.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RECOGNIZING OUR KIDS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A SHORT INDIVIDUAL YOUR TO SHOW YOU SO YOU CAN GET A FOAL OF THE EVENT AND SPECIFICALLY THE WINNERS. WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU ALL THE ART WINNERS AND THE ESSAYS IN THE VIDEO AND THEN WE'LL CALL UP THE KIDS WHO ARE ABLE TO COME.  

>> WHILE WE ARE WAITING ON THAT LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT NOW.  

>> WHILE WE ARE WAITING I CAN BRING IN THE STUDENTS AND THE TEACHERS THAT WERE ABLE TO JOIN US TONIGHT. THEY ARE MAKING THEIR WAY, I PROMISE, THROUGH THE CROWD. WE HAVE BRIANA CASKETTA AND JAMIE THOMPSON PRINCIPAL AND JODY BLAINE. PERFECT. [ APPLAUSE ] OH, YES, WE HAVE ANNA BARIOS FROM TAMANITI AND STEPHANIE.  

>> TODAY IS MAY 17, 2016, ANNA BARRIO.  

>> GOOD JOB, ANNA. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND WE HAVE THE PRINCIPAL OF TAMANITA, ROBOSKY. THANK YOU. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE FROM MENDEZ, WE HAVE KIMBERLY DURANTE, AND UNFORTUNATELY NO LONGER LIVES IN THE DISTRICT.  

>> ART OF THE.  

>> ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. GREAT JOB. DO HAVE WE HAVE THE VIDEO? ANY LUCK? OKAY.  

>> WHAT DO THEY SAY, TECHNOLOGY, KIDS AND ANIMALS.  

>> WE HAVE SEVEN SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN MARCH MADNESS, AS WE HAVE MOST OF THE LAST EIGHT OR NINE -- HERE HE COMES -- THE LAST EIGHT OR NINE YEARS. THIS WILL GIVE IT A FLAVOR. WE HAVE ADDED AN ESSAY, PART OF IT SO, THAT MORE KIDS CAN PARTICIPATE. YOU CAN KIND OF READ HERE. IT WAS STARTED IN 19936 BY LEONARD CHIRA. THIS IS THE 23rd ANNUAL MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT WE HAD. CHEERLEADERS. HERE ARE SOME OF THE ART WINNERS. ∫  

>> WE COME UP WITH A THEME EVERY YEAR. THIS YEAR WAS BE THE HE ROFF YOUR OWN STORY SO ALL THE ART AND ESSAY HAD TO DO WITH THAT THEME.  THIS IS THE TEAM FROM TAMATI -- NITI HOT WAS OUR SCHEDULED ART WINNER. FORTUNATE ENOUGH ON THE SECOND DAY TO HAVE A WONDERFUL BANQUET AT THE COLUMBIA WHICH MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ATTEND. ∫ THIS WAS ACTUALLY PURCHASED. SOMEBODY WHO WAS ATTENDING OUR MARCH MADNESS TOURNAMENT ASKED IF WE COULD PURCHASE THEM. ∫ ∫  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. IT MEANS SO MUCH FOR THE KIDS TO BE RECOGNIZED SO THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: AND I WANTED TO ALSO RECOGNIZE TAMPA PREP FOR HOSTING THE EVENTS THIS YEAR. THEY HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FACILITY OVER THERE. AND I APPRECIATE THEM HOSTING. AND THE GUEST SPEAKER THIS YEAR AT THE LUNCH WAS OUR OWN. A J. MOLINO AND DID A FANTASTIC JOB OF SPEAKING TO THE STUDENTS. I WANT TO THANK BOTH OF THEM AS WELL. THANK YOU. IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT.  

>> AND THIS IS MRS. MARYANN PARKS' LAST RECOGNITION MEETING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TO BE ABLE TO BRING SOME OF THE STUDENTS FORWARD THAT SHE REPRESENTS I THINK IS A TRIBUTE TO HER AS WELL. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A COUPLE WORDS?  

>> I WILL BE AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.  

>> BUT NOT A RECOGNITION. BUT IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE ALL OUR STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, AND THESE EVENTS ARE VERY SPECIAL, AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK MRS. STUART FOR INVITING US THIS EVENING. BUT REALLY THANK YOU TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND RECOGNIZING THEM. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: I JUST WANTED TO RECOGNIZE YOU THIS EVENING BECAUSE YOU HAD SOME OF YOUR STUDENTS WITH YOU AND SOME OF YOUR TEACHERS, AND I THINK THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT TRIBUTE. I KNOW YOU HAVE ONE MORE FOR ME. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO PUSH YOU OUT ANY SOONER. BUT I DID WANT TO RECOGNIZE YOU BECAUSE OF YOUR PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE WITH YOU, AND THE STUDENTS THAT YOU REPRESENT. THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS THE RECOGNITION OF WINNERS OF THE 2015-2016 NATIONAL IN-STATE JOURNALISM AWARDS. ELIZABETH BROWN, SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY LANGUAGE ARTS. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I AM VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE THIS EVENING TO CELEBRATE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM AND WRITING. TONIGHT WE WILL BE RECOGNIZING STUDENTS AND THE ADVISORS FROM OUR SCHOOLS WHO EXCELLED IN STATE AND NATIONAL-LEVEL COMPETITIONS THIS YEAR. FIRST UP, BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL'S CREATIVE WRITING MAGNET PROGRAM LED BY MISS CASEY CURREY. THE STUDENTS HAVE COMPETED AND BEEN RECOGNIZED AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL. MRS. CURRY IS HERE TO INTRODUCE HER STUDENTS AND THEIR AWARDS.  

>>  GOOD EVENING. IT'S MY HONOR TO PRESENT TO YOU SENIOR CASSIDY SCOTT. SHE RECEIVED THE COLUMBA BUSH AWARD FOR HER PROCEEDS AND POETRY AND THE PURSE OR DOLLAR AMOUNT WAS $2,000. OUR NEXT STUDENT, IT'S MY HONOR TO PRESENT LARRY COURT ANY. COURTNEY. JR. COURTNEY RECEIVED THE ARTS AWARD, AND SHE RECEIVED HER AWARD WITH THE DOLLAR AMOUNT FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP BEING 2,500 LAST WEDNESDAY IN ST. PETERSBURG AT THE MUSEUM OF ART. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> WHAT SCHOOL ARE THESE STUDENTS FROM?  

>> BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. SORRY. EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL'S JOURNALISM ADVISER ASHLEY C.A.R.T. IS UNABLE TO BE WITH US TONIGHT BUT EARNED FOR HERSELF THE NATIONAL JOURNALISM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION RISING STAR AWARD. HER STUDENT SYDNEY LYNN EARNED FIRST PLACE AT THE STATE LEVEL CLASS ASSOCIATION MIXED COMPANY ON THE SPOT COMPETITION. THEY ARE UNABLE TO BE WITH US TONIGHT BUT THEIR AWARDS ARE WORTH CELEBRATING. [ APPLAUSE ] A FAMILIAR FACE TO SOME OF YOU THIS YEAR, HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL'S JOURNALISM ADVISER MR. JOE HEMPRY EARNED NATIONAL RECOGNITION WITH THE JAMES PASHKO SERVICE. THREE OF HIS MAJOR PUBLICATIONS, THE RED AND BLACK NEWSPAPER, THE YEARBOOK, AND HHS TODAY ONLINE NEWS PLATFORM HAVE ALL EARNED ALL-FLORIDA RECOGNITIONS WITH THE RED AND BLACK ALSO EARNING NATIONAL RECOGNITION ON THE NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BEST OF SHOW LIST. HERE IS JOE HUMPHREY TO INTRODUCE HIS DEDICATED YOUNG JOURNALISTS AND THEIR AWARDS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU, MISS BROWN. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS, IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE. I'M HERE REPRESENTING HILLSBOROUGH JOURNALISM FAMILY. THAT'S WATCH WE CALL OURSELVES BECAUSE WE OFTEN YELL AT EACH OTHER AT HOLIDAY. NO, THAT'S NOT IT. I'M SO PROUD OF THESE STUDENTS, AND I ALSO WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK OUR ADMINISTRATION, MR. GARY BRADY AND THE ENTIRE TEAM. BEING GOOD AT JOURNALISM SOMETIMES MEANS NOT BEING ALL ABOUT GOOD, HAPPY NEWS ALL THE TIME, SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE SUPPORTIVE ADMINISTRATION THAT'S WILLING TO LET US COVER THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT. SO WE'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT. FIRST UP, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE DANA DEN WHO PLACED FIRST THIS YEAR IN THE FLASH JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR COMPETITION. [ APPLAUSE ] DANA ALSO WOULDN'T A BEST OF THE BEST AWARD AT THE STATE LEVEL, ALONG WITH CATHY CEA, HER CO-EDITOR OF THE RED AND BLACK NEWSPAPER. [ APPLAUSE ] CATHY PLACED SUPERIOR AT THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM COMPETITION IN NOVEMBER IN ORLANDO. AND ONLY ABOUT 10% OF ALL THE ENTRIES OF THE COUNTRY EARN A SUPERIOR, SO THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT. [ APPLAUSE ] JOINING THEM IS ANNIEING A LIL WILL LAR WHO PLACED THREE SEPARATE TIMES, BEST OF THE BEST AWARD AT THE STATE LEVEL, SUPERIOR AWARD AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AND A FIRST PLACE AWARD AT OUR STATE COMPETITION LAST MONTH. R IN ORLANDO. [ APPLAUSE ] BIANKA WON A STATE WIDE BEST OF THE BEST AWARD AND PLACE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IN NEWSPAPER LAYOUT. [ APPLAUSE ] SHELBY SHOW UP WON THROW AWARDS -- SHOUP WON BEST OF THE BEST AT THE STATE LEVEL AND NATIONAL AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AND HONORABLE MENTION FROM THE NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATIONS MAJOR DESIGN AWARDS LAST FALL AND SHE WON THAT ALONG WITH GINA PATEL, A 2015 GRADUATE WHO COULD NOT BE WITH US THIS EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] ANOTHER 2015 GRADUATE WHO IS ABLE TO JOIN US PLACED FOURTH IN THE COUNTRY FOR NEWS MAGAZINE DESIGN, AND THAT'S ELLIE RODRIGUEZ, A STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR OTHER STUDENTS PLACED AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IN A SERIES OF COMPETITIONS WITH AN EXCELLENT AWARD, FRANCESCA ALVEZ. AND HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL FOR JILLIAN BOYCE, MONISIFILI, AMBER FINISH, DANA HAMILTON, OF THE McCURDY AND JACOB THORNTON. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. AND I'M SO PROUD OF THESE STUDENTS. THANK YOU. THEY WILL NOW BE TURNING AROUND.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THESE STUDENTS REALLY DO AN AMAZING JOB AND HAVING A STUDENT AT THIS SCHOOL SO I SEE FIRST HAND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MR. HUMPHREY, YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELF ON THE YEARBOOK THIS YEAR. IT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. SO THANK YOU TO THE STUDENTS. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARDS AND TO YOU PERSONALLY. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> WE HAVE A COUPLE MORE SCHOOLS. KING HIGH SCHOOL, CHRIS MUNOS SERVES TAKES CO-DIRECTOR FOR DISTRICT 4. SHE WILL COME INTRODUCE HER STUDENTS AND THEIR AWARDS.  

>> I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING A COUPLE OF LOVELY AND VERY TALENTED YOUNG LADIES TONIGHT FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SORIA CARLTON, THE EDITOR FOR THE YEARBOOK, AND SHE HAS WON NUMEROUS AWARDS BUT SHE'S HERE SPECIFICALLY TODAY BECAUSE SHE IS THE RUNNER-UP FOR THE STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE PLANS TO ATTEND UF AND SHE WILL BE MAJORING IN JOURNALISM. SECOND, SAMARAN PLACED AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION IN NOVEMBER, AND SHE WON AN HONORABLE MENTION FOR EDITORIAL WRITING. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>> PLANT HIGH SCHOOL'S JOURNALISM PROGRAM HAS TWO ADVISORS HERE TONIGHT. ONE WHAT A YOUNG BABY, SO WE ARE HOPING SHE WILL BE ABLE TO SNEAK BACK IN THE ROOM. NEWSPAPER ADVISER FELICIA AVERY. WE HOPE SHE WILL RETURN. AND THE FLORIDA SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION DISTRICT 4. SHE IS HERE WITH YEARBOOK ADVISER CHRISTINA BERTELLI WHO ACTUALLY GRADUATED WITH HAD HER STUDENTS FROM COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL THIS SUMMER AND IS EXCITED THAT HER FINAL WORK AS YEARBOOK ADVISER THERE ON THE COBRA AND HER STUDENTS HOE CAME WITH HER TO PLANT, HER AND HER STUDENTS EARNED STATE AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION. TOGETHER THEY ARE HERE TO INTRODUCE THEIR JOURNALISM STUDENTS AND THEIR AWARDS.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M LISA AVERY AND THE COMPETITION WAS IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. FIRST WE HAVE EVIE PHILLIPS. RECOGNIZED FOR NEWSPAPER LAYOUT DESIGN. [ APPLAUSE ] HE RECEIVED HONORABLE MENTION FOR THAT. NEXT WE HAVE MATTHEW BRIDEN DERG AWARDED EXCELLENT IN EDITORIAL WRITING. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT IS STOSA ROSENBERGER, AWARDED EXCELLENT FOR NEWS WRITING. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN WE HAVE ZOEY WHO RECEIVED EXCELLENT FOR EDITORIAL CARTOONING. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THOSE ARE THE NEWSPAPER WINNERS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU. FOR YEARBOOK WE HAVE MATTIE JOHNSON WHO WON FIRST PLACE AT THE STATE LEVEL WITH YEARBOOK LAYOUT. WITH HER, WE ALSO HAD A SECOND AWARD SHE WON WITH HELP ERRED, SYDNEY AND AMY HALL. THEY WON AN ON THE SPOT YEARBOOK LAYOUT COMPETITION. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT WE HAVE WILL CHLOE STITCH WON AN HONORABLE MENTION FOR YEARBOOK LAYOUT. AND FINALLY, MELINDY WON BEST FOR SPORTS PAGE SPREAD. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL'S JOURNALISM ADVISER, AND HER STUDENTS EARNED STATE AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR BOTH EXCALIBUR YEARBOOK AND RHS TODAY ONLINE WEBSITE. MRS. OBIN IS HERE TO INTRODUCE HER STUDENTS AND THEIR AWARDS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> HELLO. I'M GOING TO START WITH THE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS. SO FIRST WE HAVE MEGAN CLARK. SHE WON AN HONORABLE MENTION FOR THE JOURNALISM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FOR HER FIRST YEAR OF PHOTOGRAPHY. KALYN NELSON WON HONORABLE MENTION FOR THE JOURNALISM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FOR YEARBOOK SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY. [ APPLAUSE ] TWO STUDENTS WHO COULDN'T BE WITH US TODAY UNFORTUNATELY, BUT HANILITZ AND SPORTS ACREW FOR THEIR ONLINE NEWS PACKAGE. [ APPLAUSE ] THE EXCALIBUR YEARBOOK WAS THE NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION YEARBOOK PACEMAKER FINALIST FOR LAST YEAR'S YEARBOOK. HEAR IS OUR YEARBOOK STAFF. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN THE NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION ONLINE PACEMAKER WINNER FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.  

>> OUR FINAL SCHOOL, STRAWBERRY CREST, WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND TONIGHT BUT THEIR ADVISER MORGAN MILNER THANKS US FOR RECOGNITION OF THE ALL FLORIDA YEARBOOK. HER STUDENTS ANNA FERNANDEZ EARNED DUAL NATIONAL AWARDS FOR ADVERTISING LAYOUT FROM THE COLUMBIA SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION. SO I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONGRATULATE THEM AND ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING ALL THESE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE FINALIST AND WINNERS OF THE 2015-2016 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY 4-H TROPICANA PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST. AND MISS GLORIA GOLDWIRE FOR ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE, ARTS AND WRITING. WELCOME.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I'M DISTRICT RESOURCE TEACHER FOR ELEMENTARY WRITING. IT'S MY HONOR TO PRESENT OUR 2015-16, 4-H TROPICANA SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS. ADDITION TO OUR FAMILY I'M SURE YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED AND INSPIRED BY THE STUDENTS IN THIS STELLAR MANNER.  THIS ANNUAL EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE PARTNERSHIP OF OUR ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE ARTS WRITING DEPARTMENT WITH BRITT BRODIS WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE. THE 4-H TROPICANA SPEAKING PROJECT IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BETWEEN TROPICANA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN 1969 MAKING THIS OUR 47th YEAR OF PARTICIPATION. OVER 16,000 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THE PROCESS OF WRITING SPEECHES BASED ON TOPICS OF THEIR CHOICE DURING THE FALL OF 2015. THEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE MEANINGFUL PIECES THROUGH THE FULL WRITING PROCESS, SKILLS THEY WILL USE THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. STUDENTS DELIVER THEIR SPEECHES AT SCHOOL SITES AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM 4th AND 5th GRADE ARE SELECTED AND THEN THEY COMPETE IN AREA COMPETITIONS. THESE EVENTS WERE HELD AT TWO VERY SUPPORTIVE HIGH SCHOOLS, STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL AND KING HIGH SCHOOL. THE ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF MEMBERS ARE TO BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR SUPPORT FOR THESE EVENTS. THE 16 FINALISTS CON PETEED IN DISTRICT FINALS OWN MARCH 9, 2016. THIS EVENING WE WILL RECOGNIZE THE TALENTED AUTHORS FOLLOWED BUILT OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE FOURTH GRADE SPEECH BY GRACE WHO IS A STUDENT AT LINCOLN MAGNET SCHOOL AND THE SPEECH BY UMA PANTELL AT CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. ALLOW ME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS AS THEY COME FORWARD FOR RECOGNITION AND A CARDS. OUR FOURTH GRADE FINALIST, WE HAD FIRST PLACE GRACE PAGLIARA FROM LINCOLN. [ APPLAUSE ] ANDY DANNER, SECOND PLACE WINNER FROM BALLAST POINT. [ APPLAUSE ] JADEN GRAZE, HONORABLE MENTION FROM PELLO. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN WE HAVE EMILY VELKAVICH. SHE IS ONE OF OUR FINALISTS AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M SORRY, I FORGOT JAY SHAWN FROM B'RITH ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW OUR SIXTH GRADE FINALISTS. IN FIRST PLACE, EMMAPANCHELL FROM CLARK ELEMENTARY.  

>> SECOND BRACE PLACE, GIANI MANTI FROM CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY. HONORABLE MENTION, VANESSA VINOY FROM COLLINS ELEMENTARY. AUDREY ANTOINE FROM TOWN AND COUNTRY. AND FINALLY, EMILY GUNDIN FROM CIMINO ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING OUR 4-H TROPICANA FINALIST, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> SQUEEZE TOGETHER. NOW I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING OUR FOURTH GRADE FIRST PLACE WINNER WHO WILL SHARE HER WINNING TEACH, CAPTAIN UNDERDOG AND THE PERKS OF BEING PETITE. GRACE PAGLIARA. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> ONE OF THE PERKS IS YOU GET BIG MEN TO DO THINGS FOR YOU LIKE THAT.  

>> IF I HAD A DOG FOR EVERY TIME SOMEONE TOLD ME I WAS SHORT, I WOULD BE A MILLIONAIRE. I MEAN, REALLY, LIKE I DON'T KNOW I'M SHORT? I CAN BARELY SEE OVER MY BATHROOM COUNTER. AND IT WAS BUILT FOR LITTLE KIDS. SOME PEOPLE THINK BEING SHORTER WOULD BE A DISADVANTAGE. BUT I SAY, WHY FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE? SHORT PEOPLE HAVE IT MADE! I MEAN SERIOUSLY. WE GET TO ORDER OFF THE KIDS MENU UNTIL WE ARE IN COLLEGE. THE PRICE OF AMUSEMENT PARKS ARE EPIC. PEOPLE ARE CONSTANTLY AMAZED BUILT THINGS WE DO BECAUSE THEY UNDERESTIMATE US BASED ON SIZE. THE LIST GOES OWN AND ON. BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY PERSONAL FAVORITES. WHAT A BETTER WAY TO GET PARENTS TO COME TO A RESTAURANT THAN. CHEAPER PRICES SO YOU CAN COME MORE OFTEN? UH-HUH, A GOOD DEAL. FOR A KID WHO ONLY LIKES CHICKEN NUGGETS THEY ARE ON EVERY MENU. BUT LAST BUT NOT LEAST, FREE DESSERT, MY FAVORITE. IT'S NEVER A PROBLEM ASKING MOM AT STEAK HOUSE BECAUSE SHE LIKES A BIG BLOOMIN' ONION AND I GET A FREE SUNDAE. I AM GOING TO BE ORDERING FROM THE KIDS MENU UNTIL I GET GRAY HAIR. JUST DON'T FORGET THE SPRINKLES ON MY SUNDAY. SUNDAE. AND FOR THOSE OF US OF SMALLER SIZE, ALLOW ME TO GIVE YOU THE VIEW FROM HERE. FIRST OF ALL, BEFORE I'M TALL ENOUGH TO BE RIDE A DECENT ROLLER COASTER, DON'T FORGET THOSE CROWDS, EITHER. MOST NINE-YEAR-OLDS COME UP TO AN ADULT SHOULDER, I STAND WAIST HIGH, ENJOY STANDING IN THOSE THREE HOUR LINES. SCORE ANOTHER ONE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. AND ONE OF THE BEST PARTS ABOUT BEING SHORT IS ALWAYS BEING UNDERESTIMATED. PEOPLE ASSUME YOU ARE AN UNDERDOG BECAUSE OF YOUR HEIGHT. BUT WE SHORT KIDS ACTUALLY HAVE THE ADVANTAGE. YOU THINK WE ARE WEAK. BUT BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. FACE IT. WE ARE ADORABLE AND CELEBRATING A BIG WIN. OTHERS HAVE MORE THAN THEY BARGAIN FOR. THE LITTLE GUY, A BIG GUY, AND THEY THINK THEY HAVE IT MADE AND I AM PROUD TO BE THEIR CAPTAIN. SO, YOU SEE, THERE ARE ENDLESS ADVANTAGES TO MY HEIGHT. I COULD GO ON AND ON. BUT INSTEAD, I WILL ENJOY MY COMPLIMENTARY ICE CREAM, KIDDIE RIDES AND THE LOOK ON YOUR FACE WHEN I ACCOMPLISH MORE THAN YOU THOUGHT I COMMENT I CAN'T WAIT TO PROVE HOW AWESOME IT IS TO BE PETITE. DON'T BELIEVE ME? JUST YOU WATCH. AND MAKE SURE YOU WITH COME DOWN TO SEE ME BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I'M SHORT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I WOULD LIKE YOU TO MEET OUR PUBLIC GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR, MISS CONNIE MOLITO. SHE'S RIGHT OVER HERE. YOU NEED TO MEET HER. (LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: GRACE, I'M NOT QUITE AS SHORT AS MRS. MO LIT OH BUT WHEN WE TAKE THE SCHOOL BOARD PICTURES I HAVE TO STAND ON THAT STOOL, TOO. SO I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. YOU'RE RIGHT. THANK YOU.  

>> NOW I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING OUR FIFTH GRADE FIRST PLACE WINNER WHO WILL SHARE HER WINNING SPEECH AND THE SPEECH TITLES WERE FABULOUS THIS YEAR. ALERT! RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS TO THE ANTI-ROLLER COASTER SQUAD. THIS IS UMA PANCHAL.  

>> OUR RUSHES REALLY YOUR THING? DO YOU REALLY ENJOY HURDLING DOWN A HILL WITH NOTHING BETWEEN YOU AND DEATH BUT A FLIMSY BLACK HARNESS? IF YOU ANSWER NO, TODAY IS YOUR LUCKY DAY BECAUSE I AM RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS TO THE ANTI-ROLLER COASTER SQUAD. MY BRILLIANT AGENCY WAS BORN THE FATEFUL DAY I WAS HANDED MY BUSCH GARDENS. IT WAS THE RIGHT OF PASSAGE TO TRULY BEING A FIFTH GRADER. BUT FOR ME, THAT'S LIKE AN INVITATION TO A TORTURE CHAMBER STRAIGHT INTO MY HAND. SCREAMING DOWN A HILL IS NOT MY IDEA OF FUN AND IT SHOULDN'T BE YOURS EITHER BECAUSE ROLLER COASTERS ARE DANGEROUS AND SERVE ABSOLUTELY NO PURPOSE. AMERICA'S FIRST ROLLER COASTER STARTED IN A MINE TRAIN, BY MULES BEING SENT DOWN TO THE MINES SO TYPICALLY WE REPRESENT MUELLER TIME WE RIDE A ROLLER COASTER. THOSE POOR MULES WOULD BE APPALLED IF THEY SEE HOW DANGEROUS ROLLER COASTERS TODAY. THE THAT YOU WILLER HAS A 418-FOOT DROP AND THE FASTEST TRAVELS AT 149 MILES PER HOUR. ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AMUSEMENT PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS, CHANCES OF BEING INJURED ON A RIDE ARE ONE IN 24 MILLION, AND OF BEING KILLED, ONE IN 750 MILLION. I KNOW THAT ONE IN 750 MILLION IS NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT CALL PROBABLE, BECAUSE, HEY, SOMEONE HAS GOT TO BE THAT ONE. AND IT JUST MIGHT BE YOU. SOMETIMES BRAVERY IS DOING THE DANGEROUS AND I CAN SEE COURAGE OF PARACHUTING INTO A WAR ZONE OR DIVING INTO THE OCEAN TO SAVE A DROWNING PERSON, BUT WHY A ROLLER COASTER? DOESN'T HAVE A REASONABLE PURPOSE. FIFTH GRADE IS ALL ABOUT LEARNING. YOU CONNECT TO THE REAL WORLD. IT'S ABOUT STRATEGY. DO YOU LEARN ANYTHING WHEN YOU RIDE A ROLLER COASTER? THAT WOULD BE NO N.A ROLLER COASTER YOU START IN ONE SPOT AND END IN THE SAME SPOT. IT'S A CIRCLE TO NOTHING. ROLLER COASTERS AREN'T EVEN A FORM OF HEALTHY EXERCISE. THE ONLY THING YOU EXERCISE ARE YOUR VOCAL CORDS AND THAT'S BECAUSE YOU ARE SCREAMING THE WHOLE TIME. AFTER HEARING ABOUT MY PHOBIA YOU CAN I GUESS I DIDN'T NEED TO START AFTER ALL, AND WE ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVERY AFTER. THE END. NOT! I LEARNED THAT WE WERE GOING TO ANOTHER THEME PARK. JUST MY LUCK. AND SO I'M STILL SEARCHING FOR FELLOW CHICKENS TO HANG OUT WITH. JUST REMEMBER, THREE SECONDS COULD SAVE YOU THREE MINUTES OF TERROR, INJURY AND POSSIBLY DEATH.  SO STAY AWAY FROM THOSE ROLLER COASTERS AND STICK WITH THE SQUAD. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS THAT PARTICIPATED IN OUR 4-H TROPICANA SPEECH CONTEST. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] I ABSOLUTELY LOVE WHEN YOU GET TO HEAR THE SPEECHES, BECAUSE WE ARE DOING THE BUSINESS ALL THE TIME, AND TO SEE THE WORK THAT OUR TEACHERS ARE DOING WITH STUDENTS AND THE WORK THAT THE STUDENTS ARE DOING IS AMAZING. THANK YOU. TV NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION, AND THEY WILL RECOGNIZE FOR PARTNERS OF SUPPORT EDUCATION. DR. PHIL JONES, WELCOME. IT. MADAM CHAIRMAN, SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF, TEACHERS AND SUPPORTIS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT ARE HERE THIS EVENING. THERE OUGHT TO BE A RULE ABOUT NEVER FOLLOWING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS THAT ARE THAT GOOD AT SPEAKING. IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FOR ME AT THIS POINT. THESE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION EVENTS ARE REALLY THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR OFTENTIMES, AND I ALWAYS COME BACK AND COMMEND YOU ALL ON THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR TAKING THE TIME TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS. IT'S WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION. AND YOU WALK OUT OF HERE AND YOU ARE EXCITED, TOE SEE THE EXCITEMENT THAT THE KIDS EXUDE, AND THEIR AWARDS. SO THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. IT'S JUST A SPECIAL OCCASION. HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION IS HONORED TO RECOGNIZE TAMPA HONDA FOR THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION DOES OUR MISSION OF CONNECTING KIDS TO GREATNESS. MIKE SPIEGEL, WHO IS WITH US TODAY, IS THE MANAGING PARTNER OF TAMPA HONDA. SHIPth YEAR, TAMPA HONDA HAS FUNDED TWO, TWO-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH THE METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL. THE SARASOTA TA STOCK IN SCHOLARSHIPS THE V FOR FIFTH GRADE HOARSE THEN GO ON TO THE PROMISE OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION WHEN THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. THE GOAL OF THE PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL SENIOR THAT EVERY ONE OF THEIR FIFTH GRADERS WHO GRADUATES WILL SOME DAY HAVE A TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN'S SCHOLARSHIP. SO WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. IN ADDITION, TAMPA HONDA HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEW DAYS, UV SCHOOL SUPPLY DELIVERIES WHICH WAS MADE THIS YEAR TO ABOUT 650 SCHOOLS, AND THEY ATTENDED THE 2016 EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS WHICH IS OUR FOUNDATION, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, EQUIVALENT OF THE ACADEMY AWARDS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL EXCELLENCE AS WELL AS DIVERSITY EDUCATORS. IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE ATTENDED MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WE DO IN THE LIFE OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AS A PARTNER. THEY ARE PARTICIPATING THIS SUMNER HIRING TEN STUDENTS THROUGH THE GO TO WORK TAMPA BAY SUMMER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, WHICH WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. OVER 100 STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN SUMMER JOBS HERE IN THE HILLSBOROUGH AREA THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, WHICH IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE DISTRICT, OUR FOUNDATION, JP MORGAN CHASE AND BANK OF AMERICA. SO IT'S A GREAT EVENT IN THE LIVES OF JUNIORS THAT ARE RISING TO BE SENIORS HAVING A CHANCE FOR REAL EMPLOYMENT DURING THE SUMMER. TAMPA HONDA IS A GREAT PARTNER, AND WE ARE SO VERY PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE THEM TODAY. MIKE IS ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE'S JUST RECENTLY JOINED THE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND HE HAS A PASSION FOR HELPING KIDS AND TEACHERS. AND WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE TAMPA HONDA AS A COMMUNITY PARTNER. I HAVE A PLAQUE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO READ TO YOU, MIKE. TAMPA HONDA FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. THANK YOU, TAMPA HONDA. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU H.I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF BY RECOGNIZING DR. JONES FOR HIS HARD WORK IN THE COMMUNITY. NOT ONLY DR. JONES, BUT AARON AND MERRILL WHO ARE HERE AND RACHEL MICKEY WHO DOES A GREAT JOB OF BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP. I AM PROUD OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MY WIFE IS A PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHER. MY MOTHER-IN-LAW IS STILL A PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHER. IT SOMETHING THAT ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES GET SUPER EXCITED ABOUT. SOMETIMES ESPECIALLY THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION CAN BE A LITTLE BIT OF A THANKLESS JOB BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE THE IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION OF WORKING WITH THE CHILDREN, BUT THEY DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB OF WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS SUCH AS METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES. SO IT WAS A NO BRAINER FOR US TO SPONSOR THE TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN PROGRAM. I HAVE BEEN A MENTOR TO ABOUT SIX YEARS AND GRADUATE ADD COUPLE OF KIDS WHO HAD REALLY TOUGH ADVERSITY IN THEIR LIFE. SO IT'S EASY TO GET WRAPPED AROUND, AND WE ARE SUPER PASSIONATE ABOUT IT. WE CAN'T THANK YOU GUYS ENOUGH FOR RECOGNIZING US. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THAT IS OUR REPORT. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU, DR. JONES. I SEE YOU DIDN'T NEED A SCHOOL. TAKE A PICTURE.  

>> I WAS WORRIED. IT WAS UP HERE WHEN I GOT HERE.  

>> KIND OF LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE ON IT. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND MR. CHRIS JARCO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND MAULDIN, TECHNICAL EDUCATION. WELCOME.  

>> GOOD EVENING. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, MANUFACTURERS AND MANUFACTURING RELATED ASSOCIATIONS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS IMPLEMENTING AN INITIATIVE TO ENGAGE LOCAL MANUFACTURERS IN THE PROCESS OF STRENGTHENING THE PIPELINE OF EMPLOYABLE MANUFACTURING TALENT. THE MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE DELIVERY OF MANUFACTURING-RELATED WORKFORCE TRAINING. FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND GRADUATES, POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS AND GRADUATES, RESIDENTS IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AREA WITH A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE RECRUITMENT OF MINORITIES, WOMEN, AND VETERANS. THESE FIRST TRAINING INITIATIVES SEEK TO ADDRESS THE IDENTIFIED MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BY RAISING THE INTEREST AND AWARENESS OF MANUFACTURING OPPORTUNITIES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AS WELL AS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS IN THIS INDUSTRY. AS PART OF THE AGREEMENT, FUNDS WERE GRANTED TO ENHANCE THE ENGINEERING PROGRAM AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, THE WELDING TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM AT HILLSBOROUGH, JEFFERSON AND TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOLS, THE INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, MAINTENANCE AND REPROGRAMMALITY BREWSTER TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND THE MACHINE PROGRAM AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. TONIGHT WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THIS ALLIANCE, BEGINNING WITH COMMISSIONER SANDRA MURMAN, DISTRICT ONE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT UP, MR. KEN JONES, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SCOTT, BUT, WORKFORCE CONNECTION OFFICER, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, APRIL GRIFFIN FROM HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS. FULL JOIN US, WE'LL HAVE YOU HERE WITH THE GROUP. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE TWO MEMBERS WHO WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO BE HERE TONIGHT. MR. ED PEACHEY, THE PRESIDENT OF CAREER SOURCE TAMPA AND DR. GINGER CLARK, VICE PRESIDENT FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE. WE THANK THEM AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. I'M VERY PROUD TO GET THIS. I'M JUST PROUD OF OUR RELATIONSHIP, OUR COLLABORATION. AND THIS MANUFACTURING IS GOING TO PRODUCE JOBS. AND WE ARE PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS. WE ARE NOT JUST SAYING WE ARE DOING IT BUT WE ARE DOING IT. AND WE ARE PROPOSING OUR KIDS. I THINK IT'S JUST SO EXCITING. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHERE THIS GETS US IN MANY YEARS TO COME. SO THANK YOU ALL. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I WILL BRIEFLY ECHO THE COMMENTS. ONE OF THE THINGS NEARLY LIFE MY PARTNERS TAUGHT ME THE VALUE OF AND IMPORTANCE OF IS WHEN SOMEBODY DOES SOMETHING FOR YOU TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT AND SAY THANK YOU. SO WE SAY THANK YOU AND HELP WITH YOUR SUPPORT AND WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CLOSE THAT MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>  

>> THANK YOU. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT GOT MY SIGNATURE ON IT BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. BUT I REMEMBER WHEN MRS. MURMAN CALLED TO SAY WE HAVE GOT SOME MONEY, AND WE WANT TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. AND CONVERSATIONS HAD BEGAN A LONG TIME BEFORE THAT, AND IT TOOK US ABOUT TWO AND A HALF YEARS TO GET TO THE POINT WHEREOF THIS ALLIANCE WAS FORMED. AND WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH THE BUSINESS INDUSTRY AND THIS COMMUNITY WITH THIS IS REALLY, REALLY GREAT WORK AND WILL BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS IN THE FUTURE, AND THIS COMMUNITY. SO THAT'S THE LONG HAUL OF WHAT WE SEE. SO I AM REALLY GLAD WE COULD BRING THESE PEOPLE HERE TO RECOGNIZE THEM. AND THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF ATHLETIC TEAMS AND INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR SPRING SPORTS IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS. AND JENNIFER BERCHALL, WRESTLE COME.  

>> IT'S AN HONOR AGAIN TO PRESENT TO YOU MANY OF OUR TEAMS. THIS YEAR, I THINK YOU PROBABLY COULD HEAR THEM OUTSIDE THAT GOING TO BE RECOGNIZED. WE ARE GOING TO START WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE WINNING PRINCIPAL FROM BEARING TON MIDDLE SCHOOL TO INTRODUCE HER BOYS SOCCER TEAM.  

>> I WOULD LIKE TORE INTRODUCE MICHELLE GANN WHO IS OUR WINNING SOCCER COACH AND SHE WILL INTRODUCE THE BOYS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD EVENING. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME OUR TEAM HAS WON FIRST PLACE IN OUR SCHOOL'S HISTORY, AND OUR PLAYERS ARE DILLON McGINNIS, CHRIS, TARY, ALAJONDRA, JUSTIN, RYAN, HUNTER, LOGAN, SHAUN FITZGERALD, TRISTAN, ARMANI, AND FRADE R.CONGRATULATIONS, BOYS. LET'S DOUBLE UP, TALL BOYS IN THE BACK.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, WHILE THEY ARE TAKING THEIR PICTURE, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT MR. BARRINGTON, HE WAS A VERY ATHLETIC COACH, AND HE WAS AN ATHLETE HIMSELF. SO THE NAMESAKE OF YOUR SCHOOL IS PROBABLY JUST SMILING DOWN ON BARRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND YOU MAKE HIM PROUD, I'M SURE, AND THE FAMILY AS WELL. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> NEXT UP WE HAVE OUR GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER PROGRAM, WHO THEY HAVE BEEN HERE QUITE A FEW TIMES. THOSE ARE THE GIRLS FROM FARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE JOHN COBB TO COME UP AND INTRODUCE THE COACH AND HIS PLAYERS.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M VERY, VERY PROUD TO INTRODUCE OUR SOCCER COACH EXTRAORDINAIRE, PATRICK DOMINIQUE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THIS IS OUR FOURTH CHAMPIONSHIP BUT WE ARE MOST PROUD FOR EIGHT STRAIGHT YEARS WE HAVE 21 GIRLS ON THE HONOR ROLL. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE 13 IN THE PRINCIPAL'S HONOR ROLL AND 8 IN HIGH HONOR ROLL. KELIE SCOTT, SIXTH GRADE, KALYN, ASAN, LAUREN, LAUREN, JESSICA, FIONA, GABBY, KAITLYN, LEXI, KRISTIN, CASEY, TESS, BARKER, HANNA, REAGAN, AND CHLOANA. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AGAIN FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL, WE HAVE OUR VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS, FROM BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MATT SUPREMA TO INTRODUCE HIS COACHING TEAM.  

>> GOOD EVENING. IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE VOLLEY I BALL COACHES AT BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL. LEXY JANAKOWSKI AND TAYLOR BAGGETT.  

>> OUR AMAZING VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS. ANN BROFY, ALICE, MORGAN, KINSEY, KAITLYN, SHAE, PEYTON, ALEXANDRIA, KILEY, SYDNEY, AUDRA, AND ABBY. [ APPLAUSE ] LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, OUR BOYS FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS WERE FROM LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR. JIMMY AMAROTI IS GOING TO COME UP.  

>> IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE LIBERTY'S FLAG FOOTBALL COACHES, HANKERSON AND JOSEPH MERRITT.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT PLEASURE TO COACH THESE YOUNG MEN. WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD. THIS WAS A GREAT GROUP OF BOYS THAT REALLY CAME TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND A FAMILY. SO WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED THIS YEAR. AND I HAVE BEEN COACHING AT LIBERTY SINCE THE SCHOOL OPENED SO WE FINALLY GOT ONE!  

>> COMING UP, WE HAVE SANDER CHARLES, ANTHONY BECK, ANTONIO JAMESSON, CARSON CAZO, DAVIAN, JAELIN, JEFFREY, GERMANE, JOELE, JOHNNY, JORDAN, MALIK, OWEN, PEYTON, VANDARUS, ZACH. THIS IS OUR FIRST TEAM EVER TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP. SO PROUD OF YOU GUYS. FLAG FOOTBALL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD JOB. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> NOW WE ARE MOVING ONTO HIGH SCHOOL. AND A FAMILIAR FACE, I THINK, TO ALL OF YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE BRIAN EXPIRE-FROM RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL TO INTRODUCE OUR 2016 OF FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 4-A, 1600-METER CHAMPION.  

>> GOOD EVENING. IT'S WITH GREAT PRIDE THAT I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE SHARK FAMILY TO RECOGNIZE A MODEL STUDENT ATHLETE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE COACH JESSICA THORNTON.  

>> BAILEY IS INCREDIBLE TEN AS CITY, HARD WORK AND DEDICATION ARE WHAT GOT HER TO THIS POINT. SHE WAS ALSO A MEDALIST IN THE 800 AND 3200 PLACING SECOND AND THIRD RESPECTIVELY. HER TEAMMATES BOYS AND GIRLS LOOKED UP TO HER ALL SEASON LONG AND WE COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD OF BARI.  

>> BOARD MEMBERS, AS YOU RECALL, MY COMMENTS LAST TUESDAY, BAILEY WAS THE RUNNER WHO MADE A PHENOMENON COMEBACK IN THE 1600-METER AND WE HAVE IT ON VIDEO. AND WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU RIGHT NOW. (LAUGHTER)  

>> WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, BAILEY.  

>> BAILEY IS JUST A SOPHOMORE SO HOPEFULLY WE WILL SEE HER BACK AGAIN MANY, MANY TIMES. SMART, STRONG AND BEAUTIFUL.  

>>ARE EXACTLY. LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, WE HAVE THE PLEASURE OF HOSTING ON THE FHSAA FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND AND ONE OF OUR TEAMS EMERGED VICTORIOUS. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEM INTRODUCE OUR FLAG FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD EVENING. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE COACH OF THE 2014 AND 2016 STATE FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPION, THREE TIME FHSAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP AND THIS YEAR'S G.P.A. DISTRICT CHAMPION, AND COACH OF THE YEAR, JOSH SAUNDERS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> IT IS MY HONOR TO AB NOUNS SOPHIE A BAILEY, MACY McCLINTON, KISSINGER, LAUREN, OLIVIA, ATALIA, HOLLAND, SOPHIE, KASHIA, SIERRA, McKENZIE, TIFF THE ANY, KAYLA, CAPTAINS EMILY, TYSON, AND MEGAN.  

>> LADIES, FOR YOUR PICTURE, IF YOU COULD COME INTO THE CIRCLE AND DOUBLE UP. TALL IN THE BACK. AND YOU YOU ARE GOING TO FACE THE FRONT. THEY ARE STATE CHAMPS, RIGHT? THEY DESERVE A STANDING OVATION. WOO WHO. CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU. I ALSO WANTED TO SAY THAT WE STILL HAVE THREE BASEBALL TEAMS ALIVE. SO HOPEFULLY WE WILL BRING YOU A COUPLE BACK FROM FORT MYERS THIS WEEKEND. SO GOOD LUCK TO GAITHER, ALONZO AND STEIN BREN THEY ARE WEEKEND IN BASEBALL. THANK YOU. NEXT IS RECOGNITION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR RECEIVING THE PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD MR. WILLIAM B. ROBERTSON, THE FOUNDER OF CAMP VIRGINIA JAYCEE AND RETIRED MIDDLE SCHOOLTEACHER. WELL COMB, MR. ROBERTSON.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. INDEED IT IS A PLEASURE FOR US TO BE WITH YOU THIS EVENING. IN 1965, I WAS SELECTED THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG EDUCATOR IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEY INITIATED A MEMBERSHIP IN THE ROANOKE JAYCEES. I BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THAT ORGANIZATION. IT HIT SOME 125 PROJECTS BUT ONLY ONE WAS LEFT, AND THAT DEALT WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. I ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS IN THE ROANOKE, VIRGINIA AREA. BUT THEN I FULLY UNDERSTOOD THAT WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS A CAMP FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I MADE A PRESENTATION TO THE VIRGINIA JAYCEES. I SAID, WE COULD BRING INTO BEING A CAMP FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, AND I CAN TELL YOU HOW WE CAN FINANCE IT. WE CAN SELL 15-CENT JARS OF APPLE JELLY FOR A DOLLAR. AND THEY DID WHAT YOU JUST DID. THEY LAUGHED. THEY SAID THAT IS THE CRAZIEST THING WE EVER HEARD OF. BUT THERE WERE 140 CHAPTERS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, AND I VISITED EACH ONE OF THOSE CHAPTERS, PROMOTING THE CONCEPT OF 15-CENT JARS OF APPLE JELLY FOR A DOLLAR. OUR GOAL WAS $45,000. MARCH 2nd, 1969 WAS APPLE JELLY SUNDAY SUNDAY. MARCH 1st, 1969, SATURDAY BEFORE IT, VIRGINIA HAD THE LARGEST SNOW STORM THAT WE HAD HAD IN YEARS. AND MY PHONE IS JUMPING OFF THE HOOK. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? I SAID WE ARE GOING TO SELL APPLE JELLY. AND THE NEXT DAY, IN THE SNOW, JAYCEES TRUDGED DOOR TO DOOR, AGAIN WITH A GOAL OF $45 THAT YOU. WE DIDN'T RAISE $45,000. WE RAISED $68,000 IN ONE DAY, AND CAMP VIRGINIA JAYCEES. [ APPLAUSE ] CAMP HAVE JAYCEES HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR 47 YEARS. AND IN THOSE 47 YEARS, WE HAVE SERVED MORE THAN 46,000 CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. I AM VERY PROUD OF THAT. IN 2002 MY WIFE DECIDED THAT SHE WANTED TO COME TO TAMPA. MY WIFE LOVES TAMPA AND I LOVE MY WIFE, SO I CAME, TOO. (LAUGHTER) AND THERE HAS TO BE A REASON TO GET OUT OF THE BED IN THE MORNING. I SOUGHT A JOB IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM BECAUSE, AGAIN, I WAS IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE. I BECAME AN AMERICAN HISTORY TEACHER AT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. NOW, THAT CAMP VIRGINIA JAYCEES IN VIRGINIA, AND I HAVE GOT STUDENTS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHO NEED EXPOSURE. SO MR. aNDERSON HAD JUST BROUGHT INTO BEING THE MEN OF VISION ORGANIZATION, AND WORKING WITH HIM AND OUR BOARD IN VIRGINIA, I DECIDED THAT I WOULD TAKE STUDENTS FROM MY CLASSES, AND THE MEN OF VISION ORGANIZATION, TO SERVE AS JUNIOR COUNSELORS AT CAMP VIRGINIA JAYCEES. EXPOSING THEM TO THINGS THAT THEY HAD NOT DONE BEFORE, HAD NOT SEEN BEFORE. WE FLY TO CAMP VIRGINIA JAYCEES. UPON REACHING VIRGINIA, UPON REACHING ROANOKE AND DEPLANING, THEY SEE THE MOUNTAINS. THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN MOUNTAINS BEFORE. BUT WHAT THEY DO, WHAT THEY DO, THEY GIVE OF THEMSELVES. THEY WORK WITH THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. YES, THEY COME BACK AS CERTIFIED JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS, CERTIFIED IN CPR, AND THEY ENJOY THE AMENITIES OF CAMP VIRGINIA JAYCEES. BUT THEY COME BACK, CHANGED INDIVIDUALS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE GIVEN OF THEMSELVES. AFTER THE TEN-DAY SESSION IN JULY 2015, I WROTE TO THE WHITE HOUSE. I WROTE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND EXPLAINED WHAT HAD TAKEN PLACE AND HOW WELL THESE YOUNG MEN HAD DONE. INDEED MEMBERS OF THIS BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THEY WERE OUTSTANDING REPRESENTATIVES, OUTSTANDING AMBASSADORS FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE TAMPA AREA. PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONDED BY SENDING THE PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD FOR EACH OF THESE YOUNG MEN. AND MRS. EDGECOMB HAS BEEN PART OF THIS EFFORT OF THE SHE'S BEEN VERY CLOSE TO THE. MRS. EDGECOMB, IF YOU WILL, WOULD YOU JOIN US HERE FOR THESE PRESENTATIONS, PLEASE? THEY WILL RECEIVE A MEDALLION AND A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA WHICH STATES IN PART, GOVERNMENT CAN OPEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO SERVE, IT IS UP TO EACH OF US TO SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES. HE'S THANKING EACH ONE FOR DEVOTION TO SERVICE AND DOING ALL THAT THEY CAN TO SHAPE A BETTER TOMORROW FOR OUR GREAT NATION. THE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED NOW. DEVON JOHNSON. SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] GIOVANNI CONCEPCION, 7th GRADE, PAIDEIA SCHOOL. NORRIS MERTUS, VANBUREN MIDDLE SCHOOL. PRINCE BOTH ON OF THIS YEAR IS AT SLIGH. LAST YEAR HE WAS AT ST. PETER CLAVER. HE WILL BE GOING BACK THIS COMING SUNDAY BECAUSE HE DID SUCH AN OUTSTANDING JOB LAST SUMMER, HE WILL GO BACK AS A GROUP LEADER. [ APPLAUSE ] JAMAL WILLIAM, SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. JAMAL LAST YEAR SAW 90 ACRES OF LAND, AND HE SAID, HE'S GOING BACK IN JULY OF THIS YEAR TO TEACH SPECIAL NEEDS HOW TO PLANT AND GROW A GARDEN. [ APPLAUSE ] YVHANS MICHAEL, ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOOL. NJARI JACKSON, PAIDEIA SCHOOL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S FINEST. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO THANK MR. ANDERSON FOR ALL THAT HE DOES. AND I WANT TO THANK THE PARENTS OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO THANK THE DONORS, THOSE WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO GET ON THAT PLANE AND BE IN VIRGINIA FOR TEN DAYS. I WOULD LIKE FOR PARENTS TO STAND.  

>> BEFORE YOU LEAVE, AS YOU CAN SEE, HE IS REALLY A MAN WHO BELIEVES IN GIVING AND GIVING AND GIVING. IF I CAN DESCRIBE HIM, HE IS CERTAINLY A PERSON WHO HAS A HEART OF GENUINENESS. AND HE IS A REMINDER OF WHAT ONE PERSON CAN DO IF THEY BELIEVE IN IT LONG ENOUGH, HARD ENOUGH, AND WORK HARD AT IT. I HAVE SEEN HIM WORK MIRACLES WITH STUDENTS AT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HE'S A ROLE MODEL THAT CERTAINLY ALL OF US CAN EMULATE. I THINK HE'S A LIVING EXAMPLE OF BELIEVING THAT GIVING BACK IS BETTER THAN RECEIVING. AND I KNOW THAT YOU ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY THAT AS MUCH AS YOUR WIFE LOVES TAMPA AND YOU LOVE YOUR WIFE ENOUGH TO COME TO TAMPA, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE RETURNING -- YOU ARE LEAVING TAMPA TO BE CLOSER TO YOUR FAMILY, I BELIEVE IN THE VIRGINIA AREA. YOU HAVE CERTAINLY MADE AN IMPRESSION ON THIS COMMUNITY. YOU HAVE LEFT A MARK AT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. BUT MORE THAN THAT, YOU HAVE LEFT FOR US AN EXAMPLE OF HARD WORK, PERSEVERANCE, OF BELIEVING IN THE IMPOSSIBLE THAT THERE ARE SOME POSSIBILITIES IN THAT, AND THIS COMMUNITY IS CERTAINLY GOING TO MISS YOU, AND ALL OF THESE YOUNG MEN ARE CERTAINLY A CREDIT TO THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOUNG MEN WHO CAN GROW INTO BEING MEN OF SERVICE AND CITIZENS OF THIS COMMUNITY. AND I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING SO MUCH TO THIS COMMUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU, MR. ANDERSON, MR. ROBERTSON AND GENTLEMEN. YOU ALWAYS DO REPRESENT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND MR. ANDERSON, SO WELL THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIMENTS PROGRAM. MR. LARRY PLANK, DIRECTOR OF K-12 STEM. WELCOME.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, MITTS PLEASURE TO WRESTLE COME THREE OF OUR YOUNGEST FINE EXPLORERS TO THE PODIUM. CARINA, SHEN DRIK, AND CASEY. THESE THREE OUTSTANDING YOUNG LADIES REESE LINTED HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR OF SENDING AN EXPERIMENT TO BE SPACE TO BE CONDUCTED ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION. THE PROJECT WAS FOCUSED ON MEASURING THE RATES OF GERMINATION IN COTTON SEEDS IN ZERO GRAVITY. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF ATTENDING THE LAUNCH OF THE SPACEX DRAGON AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER LAST MONTH WHICH IS THE SECOND TIME THE EXPERIMENT WAS PREPARED FOR LOW EARTH ORBIT. YOU MIGHT RECALL THE STUDENTS WERE ATTENDING FISHHAWK CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SUPPORTED BY PRINCIPAL PAM BUSH. SO THANK YOU, PAM. WE ARE AWARE THAT PARENTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THEIR CHILDREN, AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE PARENTS OF EACH OF THESE GIRLS AS WELL, BECAUSE THOSE PARENTS HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE UNCERTAINTIES OF ROCKET LAUNCHES, MORE THAN THEY PROBABLY EVER DREAMED OF. WE KNOW AS ADULTS THAT IT'S NOT EASY TO PLAN FOR A ROCKET LAUNCH THAT MIGHT HAVE A 3 OR 4 DAY WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY. SO THAT'S A LOT OF ORGANIZATION IN THE HOUSEHOLD TO GET THE STUDENTS OVER TO KENNEDY SPACE CENTER WHEN THAT TIME ARRIVES. SO PARENTS OF THESE FINE YOUNG STUDENTS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE PRINCIPALS FROM THESE THREE SCHOOLS, TIM DUCKER, EILEEN COSTELLI -- FOR THEIR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE PROJECT. IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO ALSO HONOR MARY VAUGHAN AND WELCOME HER UP TO THE PODIUM. MARY IS OUR OPERATIONAL EXPERT FOR THE SPACE FLIGHT STUDENT PROGRAM AND HANDLES NOT ONLY THE LOCAL COMPETITION BUT ALSO ACTS AS OUR LIAISON BETWEEN THE DISTRICT AND THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE EDUCATION. LASTLY, THE SSEP IS SUPPORT THROED A GENEROUS GRANT SUPPORTED THROUGH A GENEROUS GRANT BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE CREDIT UNION. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK OUR STUDENTS TO SHARE ONE THING THAT THEY LEARNED ABOUT GETTING THEIR EXPERIMENT UP THERE ON ISS.  

>> I THINK THAT ONE MORE THING I LEARNED IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO SOMETHING YOU CAN ACHIEVE THAT GOAL, BECAUSE I DON'T THINK ANY OF US REALLY EXPECTED LIKE A GROUP OF THREE SIXTH GRADE GIRLS AND FIFTH GRADE GIRLS TO DO SOMETHING AS GREAT ASCENDING SOMETHING TO SPACE. SO IF YOU LIKE HAVE THE DESIRE TO ACHIEVE SOMETHING, GO FOR IT, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT ACCOMPLISH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> OKAY, I THINK SCIENCE LEADS TO NEW AND EXCITING DISCOVERIES, BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE IN A SCIENCE CLASS YOU KNOW THAT YOU DO ALL THESE EXPERIMENTS AND YOU ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING LIKE A NEW OUTCOME THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT THAT WOULD EVER BE POSSIBLE. BUT THIS I THINK IS LIKE THE BIGGEST LAB THAT WE HAVE EVER DONE, BECAUSE THIS LAB LED TO OUR PROJECT GOING UP INTO SPACE ON THE ISS. AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF US EVER THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE. AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR TEACHER, MRS. VAUGHAN. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I THINK THAT WAY LEARNED WAS THAT SCIENCE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE, BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST TRIED OUT FOR THE PROJECT, I GUESS I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST, OKAY, NO BIG DEAL, IT JUST SOMETHING I PROBABLY WON'T MAKE IT. AND THEN IT'S NOT THAT NOW ANYMORE. SO I THINK THAT WHEN YOU GO INTO SCIENCE, BE PREPARED. THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO PROVIDE MRS. VAUGHAN WITH AN OPPORTUNITY SHARE WHEN WE WILL KNOW THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENT ON ISS AND WHAT THE TIMING IS.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. THE SEEDS ACTUALLY ARRIVED IN TAMPA TODAY JUST A FEW SHORES SHORT HOURS AGO SO THEY ARE AT THE SHAW CREEK ELEMENTARY AND THEY HAVE TO TO REMAIN REFRIGERATED SO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TEAM TO MEET IS THURSDAY EVENING AT 7 P.M. AFTER THAT WE WILL KNOW OUR RESULTS TO COMPARE THAT MICROGRAVITY WITH THAT DATA SO THE GIRLS ARE VERY EXCITED. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION I HAVE FOR YOU GUYS PLANET EARTH, WHICH PLANT ARE YOU ON? SO WHILE YOUR FEET ARE DEEPLY ROOTED HERE I KNOW THAT YOUR DREAMS ARE GOING TO BE UP THERE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE WITH THESE YOUNG LADIES. THE NEXT IS BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS ANNUAL BRAIN BOWL TRIVIA COMPETITION WINNERS.  

>> SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THE MISSION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH LYONS OF BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS, ALSO KNOWN BY ITS ACRONYM HABSE IS TO FACILITATE THE EDUCATION OF ALL STUDENTS. TONIGHT TIFF GREAT PLEASURE OF ASSISTING THE RECOGNITION OF THE FIRST ANNUAL HILLSBOROUGH ALLIANCE OF BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS, BLACK HISTORY BRAIN BOWL TRIVIA COMPETITION, AND THAT IS A TONGUE TWISTER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO CALL MISS MARY DANS TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS.  

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. WE ARE HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY. I'M MARY DANS PRESIDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH ALLIANCE OF BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS. THANK YOU FOR COMING TO OUR 24th ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY ON FRIDAY. AND WE ARE AN ORGANIZATION THAT ADVOCATES FOR ALL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WITH THE FOCUS ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. ONE OF OUR FOUNDERS AND PAST PRESIDENTS, DR. THORNTON, WAS HONORED BY HAVING THE ISC BUILDING NAMED AFTER HIM. ANOTHER FOUNDER DR. MARY BRYAN WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT SERVING AS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES. AND SHE HAS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMED AFTER HER. WE ARE PRESENT AND PAST LEADERS, WHO ARE PART OF OUR ORGANIZATION, AND WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS. OVER THE PAST 24 YEARS WE HAVE RECOGNIZED OVER 20,000 STUDENTS, AND WE HAVE GIVEN OUT OVER $75,000 IN BOOK STIPEND SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS. WE ARE HAVING A CONFERENCE IN NOVEMBER, NOVEMBER 16th, THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE WILL COME BACK AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT THAT LATER AT ANOTHER DATE. BUT FOLLOW US ON OUR TWITTER WHICH IS EDUHABSE. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR SECOND VICE PRESIDENT WHO IS GOING TO PRESENT THE ACTUAL AWARDS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I WANT TO GO AHEAD AND ANNOUNCE OUR WINNERS THAT ARE HERE THIS EVENING. BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, I JUST WANT TO KIND OF BRIEFLY TALK ABOUT THE BLACK HISTORY ON MARCH 5, 2016, WHICH IS A SATURDAY, I MIGHT ADD, FIVE SCHOOLS CAME OUT AND PARTICIPATED IN OUR BLACK HISTORY BRAIN BOWL COMPETITION. AMONG THAT, THEY WERE TO EMPHASIZE AND ACTUALLY COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER ON LEARNING MORE ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY. I AM VERY PROUD OF THE STUDENTS, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID THEY COME OUT ON A SATURDAY BUT THEY ACTUALLY SHOWED OUT AND REALLY PREPARING FOR THE BRAIN BOWL EVENT. SO THOSE FIVE SCHOOLS WERE:  MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, LETO HIGH SCHOOL, GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL, BURNETT MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE HAVE TONIGHT OUR FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WINNERS THAT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS EVENING AS THEY COME UP AND BE PRESENTED WITH THEIR CERTIFICATE. STARTING WITH OUR FIRST PLACE WINNERS, MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, KHANH NGUYEN. JOEL PHANORD. AUDREY JOSEPH. AND JULIET PROSPERE. I WANT TO ALSO RECOGNIZE THEIR TEAM SPONSOR AS WELL AS THE PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON, MISS MOORE. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT GROUP, LETO HIGH SCHOOL WHO PLACED SECOND. STARTING WITH CHELSEA DELGADO, MARIA NORWOOD, DANIELA QUINTANA, SETH WILL, AND ANAYANSI PEREZ. CONGRATULATIONS. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEIR TEAM SPONSORS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR THIRD PLACE WINNERS, SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL, STARTING WITH SAVIAN GRAHAM, OMARI GREENE, JOKOBI NELSON, AND BRIANNA KNICKERSON. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEIR TEAM SPONSORS, MR. GRAHAM AND MR. RUS, AND ALSO I HAVE ONE MORE UP THERE, FORGIVE ME IF I FORGET ANYBODY. ALSO OUR PRINCIPAL RECOGNIZING MRS. BLACKWOOD. SHE COULDN'T BE HERE TONIGHT BUT WE KNOW SHE'S HERE IN SPIRIT. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT OUR BIGGEST SPONSOR, SUNCOAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION WHO PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT EVERY STUDENT WITH MONETARY DISKS GIFTS, A VISA GIFT CARD, AS WELL AS MATCHING THOSE DOLLARS TO GIVE BACK TO THE SCHOOLS. SO THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY OF A TOTAL OF I 750,000 TO BE GIVEN OUT -- 1,750 TO BE GIVEN OUT. WE APPRECIATE THAT SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND IF THERE'S ANYBODY IN THE BACK THAT'S STANDING THAT NEEDS A SEAT, WE HAVE SOMEBODY EMPTY SEATS UP HERE THAT YOU CAN COME SIT DOWN AT. NEXT IS RECOGNITION OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, AWARD RECIPIENTS. MR. CHRIS JARGO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION.  

>> OUR FIRST COMES FROM CONSUMER SCIENCES. THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD EVENING. FAMILY CAREER COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA IS A NATIONAL CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION FOR ALL FAMILY CONSUMER SCIENCES, STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS INCLUDING CULINARY ARTS, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, FASHION TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN, INTERIOR DESIGN AND CLASSES SUCH AS CHILD DEVELOPMENT, SENIOR SURVIVAL AND PERSONAL AND FAMILY FINANCE. OVER 20,000 STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TAKE THESE CLASSES THAT TEACH ESSENTIAL LIFE SKILLS. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE STUDENTS WHO WERE FIRST PLACE WINNERS THEIR EVENTS AT THE STATE LEADERSHIP IN MARCH, REPRESENTING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AT THE FCCLA NATIONAL COMPETITION IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IN JULY. FROM PROGRESS VILLAGE, WE HAVE SIDNEY AND CLARSTA AND THEIR PRINCIPAL MR. OLSON IS HERE WITH THEM. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE SHALIMAL GUZMAN, ARMANI MITCHELL AND KIARA RAMOS, AND THEIR ADVISER MRS. BRAND AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL MR. ASBURY IS WITH THEM TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM BARRING TON MIDDLE SCHOOL WE HAVE BROOK JOAN SON AND ABIGAIL WILBUR WHO COMPETED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP. WE HAVE REAGAN JOHNSON AND ISABELLA KOTOPKA WHO COMPETED IN LIFE EVENT PLANNING, AND PEYTON MADILL IN ADVOCACY, AND THEY ARE WITH THEIR ADVISER MR. LONG. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM BOWERS WHITLEY CAREER CENTER WE HAVE STEPHANIE ROMAN WITH HER ADVISER MRS. WHITE AND PRINCIPAL MR. GAINES. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE DAVESHA BENSON WHO COMPETED IN FASHION CONSTRUCTION AND SHE IS WITH HER PRINCIPAL MRS. BOWDEN. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE SADAY JONES, CRIST, AND TERRY ORNDORFF, AND THEY ARE HERE WITH THEIR PRINCIPLE ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL MR. COSTELLI. [ APPLAUSE ] I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE KEYSHAWNA JOHNSON, A SOPHOMORE AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, JUST ELECTED AS THE STATE'S PRESIDENT FOR FCCLA. SHE HAS BEEN IN FCCLA SINGLED SINCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND HER ADVISER IS ALSO HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M SO PROUD OF ALL THESE STUDENTS. THANK YOU. NEXT WE HAVE, I BELIEVE, BRIE COSTELLI FOR BUSINESS.  

>> FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA HELD ITS STATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE THIS PAST MARCH. THE STUDENTS WE RECOGNIZE TONIGHT EARNED FIRST PLACE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE EVENT. ALL THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT EARN FIRST PLACE WILL GO ON TO NATIONAL THIS JUNE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. BEGINNING WITH ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WE HAVE ANGELICA URREA, AND JUSTIN VIDMAR. THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT WITH THEIR ADVISER MATT HERNANDEZ AND THEIR PRINCIPAL KENNETH HART. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT FROM BARRING TON MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MIDDLE LEVEL CAREER EXPLORATION WE HAVE SAILOR GENTRY HERE WITH HER ADVISER JEFF BULAH. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE MEMBER RINNA CHAN, HERE WITH HER ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL MICHAEL ROWAN. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT FROM LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN KEYBOARDING WE HAVE KELLY TIAN. WE HAVE ADITA M ISHRA. AND WE HAVE KATHY MATOS. THEY ARE HERE WITH THEIR ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL JAMES MARADI. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL IN BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS TEAM 1, WE HAVE ALEXANDER HOANG. IN COMPUTER PROBLEM SOLVING WE HAVE MATT MITCHELL. IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS WOVE RYAN ASSON. WE HAVE RECALL VAZQUEZ. IN CYBER SECURITY AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, WE HAVE BEN SIMON. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT WITH THEIR ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL. BEN ALSO GOT A FIRST PLACE IN SKILLS USA AND INTERNET WORKING. BEN IS A FOUR-TIME FIRST-PLACE STATE WINNER AND AFTER THREE-TIME NATIONAL WINNER, FIRST PLACE HE'S GONE FOR NATIONALS AGAIN. HE ALSO WAS AWARDED THE SHENEKER LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP AND HE HAS COMMIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN COMPUTER SCIENCE. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL IN PUBLIC SPEAKING 1, WE HAVE NETRA PATIL WITH HER ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL. [ APPLAUSE ] TONIGHT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE TWO STUDENTS THAT EARNED A SPOT AT THE FLORIDA STATE FDLA REPRESENTATIVE. OUR FIRST STUDENT IS FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL, YSUF FATTAH, THE REGION 4 VICE PRESIDENT. SOME OF THE DUTIES ARE SERVING AS ADVOCATE FOR CHAPTERS WITHIN HIS REGION, ASSISTING IN GATHERING SUPPORT FROM BUSINESSES FOR OVER 12,000 MEMBERS IN THE FLORIDA FDLA AND SERVING AS COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR FOR FLORIDA FDLA AT LOCAL AND NATIONAL EVENTS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT STUDENT IS FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. HE IS KYLE JOHNSON. KYLE IS OUR FBLA FLORIDA STATE PRESIDENT, AND HE IS ALSO CANDIDATE FOR OUR NATIONAL PRESIDENT. [ APPLAUSE ] AS THE PRESIDENT, KYLE WILL SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. HE WILL SERVE AS FBLA STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. HE WILL REPRESENT FBLA AT BUSINESS LEADERS COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN THE OVER 12 THAT YOU MEMBERS IN FLORIDA FBLA.  THIS YEAR HE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS SERVICE PROJECT. HE IS HERE WITH HIS ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL.  

>> THANK YOU. MISS PAM WELL DON COULD NOT BE HERE TONIGHT SO I WILL PRESENT THEIR AREAS ON THEIR BEHALF. WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN WITH FFA. WE HAVE BARRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE EXTEMPORANEOUS PUBLIC SPEAKING FROM THE 2015 STATE CONVENTION. WE HAVE MADISON SMITH. AND THIS EVENT STUDENTS ARE GIVEN 30 MINUTES TO WRITE A SPEECH AND 6 TO 8 MINUTES TO PRESENT THAT SPEECH. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR CITRUS EVALUATION, MACIY LAMB, STATE HIGH INDIVIDUAL. CHARLOTTE BYRNES, CHLOE MURPHY AND REBECCA McGUIN. THEY WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE VARIETY OF CITRUS LEAVES, PEST DISEASE AND COMPETE AGAINST OTHERS STATE WIDE. FOR FOOD SCIENCE, WE HAVE WILL HAXTON, STATE HIGH INDIVIDUAL, MADISON SMITH, JACQUELINE GALIANO AND DAVID FERRELL. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY WERE ABLE TO DEVELOP AND MARKET A PRODUCT IN A STATE WIDE COMPETITION. NEXT UP IS NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE CDE. WE HAVE JUSTIN MOORE, MADISON SMITH, MACIE LAMB, CHARLOTTE BYRNES, AND THEY IDENTIFIED NURSERY PLANTS, DISEASES AND PESTS. [ APPLAUSE ] THE STUDENTS ARE SUPPORTED AT BARRINGTON BY THEIR INSTRUCTOR GREG LEHMAN AND THE PRINCIPAL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TEACHERS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY WANTED TO KNOW IF THE BARRINGTON GROUP COULD COME UP FOR A PICTURE.  

>> ALL THE BARRINGTON GROUP COME UP FOR A PICTURE. AND THE TEACHERS. NEXT MUNICIPAL WILL BE TOMLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR. JASON STUART, KAYLA GEORGIE. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT. THE FIRST GROUP WILL BE THE STATE WINNING FORESTRY TEAM OF EMMA POOLE, STATE HIGH INDIVIDUAL. TARYNSTORETER AND HANNA MANLY WHO ALL WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY TREES AND TIMBER. NEXT UP IS THE STATE WINNING HORSE. KAYLA WILLIAMS, DELANEY FARRELL, ANGELIC ALEX, AND REBECCA PEIRARA, AND THEY WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY BREEDS ACROSS AND COMPETE AGAINST OTHERS ACROSS THE STATE. NEXT UP IS STATE WINNING FLORAL CULTURE, RILEY BUTTORFF, ASHLEY DUNN, RILEY ROBERT, AVERY SURRENCY, IDENTIFIED VARIETIES OF FLORAL CULTURE PLANTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL THE TOMLIN STUDENTS BACK UP FOR A PICTURE AND THIS NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT. THE STUDENTS OF TOMLIN ARE THE STATE WINNING FLORAL ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATORS OUTSTANDING PROGRAM OF THE YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY ARE AWARD WINNER FOR 2016, STATE OF FLORIDA PROGRAM AND WILL MOVE ON TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL. ENINGS STUDENTS OF TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL, INSTRUCTOR BUDDY COLEMAN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM, AND FREDA JOHNSON PRINCIPAL. AND AUSTIN HOLCOMB, ELSIE GRIFFIN, AND SIERRA LINTON. ALSO EMILY LINTON IS ON THIS TEAM. COME UP, PLEASE. NOW, AUSTIN HOLCOMB WAS THE INDIVIDUAL, SIERRA THIRD, AND ALL WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY DAIRY CATTLE AND COMPETE IN A STATE WIDE EVENT. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO OUR JROTC PROGRAMS. WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE PROGRAM. THEY ARE NUMBER ONE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR AIR FORCE. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY ARE NUMBER 2 NATIONALLY FOR THE AIR FORCE AND NUMBER 26th NATIONALLY OF 7,400 CADETS FROM ALL BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE. YOUR CADETS ARE AMANDA ARCIVICH, TRINITY GOMEZ, LINSEY SILWI NSKI, KAITLYN VETERA, NICK VETERE. THEY ARE HERE WITH THEIR ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL MR. JAKE RUSSELL. [ APPLAUSE ] IN ADDITION, WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CADET OF THE YEAR FOR 2016 FROM ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, LTC JOSHUA CONLEY. [ APPLAUSE ] HIS INSTRUCTORS ARE LTC ALAN FITCHER, GEORGE SPENCE, FIRST SERGEANT MICHAEL KELLY AND PRINCIPAL JOE COSTELLI. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO THE TSA, TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION. THIS COMPETITION WAS HELD IN FEBRUARY IN ORLANDO. THREE SCHOOLS ATTENDED AND TWO TOOK TO HONORS. THE CONFERENCE WAS THE LARGEST IN TSA HISTORY, OVER 1900 STUDENTS ATTENDED. WE ASKED STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED FIRST PLACE IN THE FOLLOWING EVENTS STARTING WITH McLANE MIDDLE SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL LANGSTON. FIRST PLACE ROBOT TEAM CHAMPION VEXIQ, WE HAVE CHRISTIAN EGGER AND GLADYS RUIZ. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO FROM McLANE MIDDLE SCHOOL, LET'S BRING UP THE ROBOT SKILLS VEX-IQ TEAM OF KAYLA PAYING AN AND JAYLIN RASUMOFF. ALL THESE STUDENTS ARE SUPPORTED BY THEIR ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL GINA LANGSTON. [ APPLAUSE ] ONE ADDITIONAL GROUP WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME FROM TURNER BARTELLS K-8, FIRST PLACE ESSAY ON TECHNOLOGY WAS ADAM ROWAN. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO IN FIRST PLACE FOR FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY WAS ROWAN DUE PRIEST. WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT TURNER BARTELLS BE RANKED 10th OVERALL FROM 37 MIDDLE SCHOOLS REPRESENT ADD CROSS THE STATE AND THEY ARE PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY ADVISER NATHANAEL BOSTICK AND PRINCIPAL JONATHAN GRAHAM. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL ORGANIZATIONS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS RECOGNITION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS 2016 HIGH SCHOOLS VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVES. AND WINNERS OF THE VOTE HILLSBOROUGH ART CONTEST. DR. DENNIS HOLT, WELCOME BACK.  

>> GOOD EVENING AGAIN. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS HAD ALONG AND PRODUCTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OFFICE REGISTERING OUR STUDENTS TO VOTE. IN ADDITION TO REGISTERING STUDENTS AND ALSO HONORING THE SCHOOLS, WITH THE MOST STUDENTS REGISTERED, THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS HAS SPONSORED A VOTING THEME CONTEST. AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL CRAIG LATIMER AND BOB, TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WINNERS. GENTLEMEN.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE TONIGHT FOR SEVERAL REASONS, TO TALK ABOUT WHAT A GREAT JOB THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE DOING OUT THERE, BUT THE FIRST THING WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE IS THAT WE DO HAVE A REGISTRATION DRIVE. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE JUST A GREAT, GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE ARE OUT IN THESE HIGH SCHOOLS AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR DOING REGISTRATIONS, AND SO WE ARE GOING TO HONOR THE TO PERCENTAGE GETTERS THAT WE HAD OVER THIS PAST YEAR. SO FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THIRD PLACE BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL UP, SUSAN BURKETT. NEXT, MICROWHAT FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL, SECOND PLACE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN FIRST PLACE, KIM MOORE FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] WE SPONSORED AN ART CONTEST IN THE SCHOOL. AND WE HAD AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT, GREAT RESPONSE. AND WE ALSO DISPLAYED THIS ART WORK AT THE COUNTY CENTER. IT WAS FOR ONE WEEK WE HAD IT DISPLAYED IN THE LOBBY AND ALSO FOR ANOTHER WEEK WE HAD IT DISPLAYED AT OUR ELECTIONS SERVICE CENTER OUT ON FALKENBURG ROAD. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE STUDENTS DID A PHENOMENAL JOB. AND WE HAD A HARD TIME REALLY TRYING TO PICK THE WINNER. HOW DO YOU THINK WE PICKED THE WINNERS?  WE RAN ELECTIONS, RIGHT? WE HAD AN ELECTION. WE PUT IT OUT TO A BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, AND WE LET THEM SELECT THE WINNERS. AND IT GOES ONE STEP FURTHER, THOUGH. AND THAT'S WHY BOB KIGLEERA, AND CASS PARSE MCDONALD HAS STEPPED IN TO PARTNER WITH US ON SOMETHING THAT'S EXTREMELY EXCITING. BOB?  

>> THANK YOU, CRAIG AND HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. YES, WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN A MULTITUDE OF WAYS, BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE YOUNG KIDS TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSITIONING INTO ADULTHOOD AND THEIR MOST PRECIOUS RIGHT TO VOTE. AND THEY HAVE BOUGHT INTO THIS PROGRAM AND CAME UP WITH INCREDIBLE ART WORK. AND WE ARE GOING TO BE A CATALYST TO GET THEIR MESSAGE OUT INTO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. 40 OF OUR 53 RESTAURANTS WILL BE HANDING OUT BAG STUFFERS WITH THEIR ART WORK AND MESSAGE ON IT FOR A LITTLE OVER A WEEK. AND THAT WILL BE ABOUT A MILLION OF THESE GOING OUT WITH THE MESSAGE TO GET OUT AND VOTE. WE ARE VERY PROUD TO BE PART OF THAT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> JUST SO YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS A REPLICA OF WHAT THE BAG STUFFER WILL LOOK LIKE WITH THEIR ART WORK ON IT, HAS THE STUDENT'S NAME ON IT AND THE SCHOOL FOR THE RECOGNITION. SO WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT OF THE ART WORK AND ALSO RECOGNIZE OUR THIRD PLACE WINNER IS SAVANNAH MUELLER FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND HER TEACHER LINDA DELGANEY. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. AND OUR SECOND PLACE WINNER, UNFORTUNATELY, THE STUDENT IS NOT HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE, GUESS WHAT, HE'S IN A SCHOOL ACTIVITY TONIGHT. BUT OUR SECOND PLACE WINNER IS CRYSTAL ALLEYNE FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, AND KENDALL MIKKELSON WILL BE ACCEPTING ON HER BEHALF. [ APPLAUSE ] AND OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER, AND THIS IS BY POPULAR, POPULAR CHOICE, I CAN TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW, AND IT'S GOING TO GO TO JANET KELL FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AND HER TEACHER NICOLE IT CARPENTER, THE ART TEACHER THERE [ APPLAUSE ] IN CLOSING, WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SPECIAL THANKS TO DANA WERNER AND DENNIS HOLT WHO GOT THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE CONTEST BECAUSE WITHOUT THE STUDENTS DOING THE ART WORK WE COULDN'T HAVE HAD IT AND IT'S JUST FANTASTIC. AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN THIS. AND ANYTIME WE CAN ENGAGE OUR STUDENTS IN SUCH A GREAT CROSS PURPOSE WE ARE HAPPY TO DO THAT. AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I'M DONE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND THANK YOU AS ALWAYS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. LATIMER. THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF MENTORS.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US TONIGHT. MR. EAKINS, SCHOOL BOARD STAFF. THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP CREATED FOR THE SOUTH COUNTY AREA OF LENNARD MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE PRINCIPAL OF LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SHIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL PARTICIPATED IN THIS RECOGNITION WITH THE USF SOCIETY OF HISPANIC ENGINEERS HOW THEY MENTORED THE STUDENTS OVER AT LENNARD AND SHIELD, BUT IT'S NOT A ONE-YEAR DEAL, IT'S A PROGRAM THAT WILL BE LINKED WITH THE EIGHTH GRADERS AT SHIELD, TO CONTINUE ON TO LENNARD AND BUILD THE CAPACITY OF THE PROGRAM. WITH THAT SAID I WILL LEAVE TO THE MARY FRADIS, PRINCIPAL.  

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEAK ABOUT THE RECENT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LENNARD, SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ENGINEERS AT USF.  THIS PROGRAM HAS BECOME QUITE A SUCCESS IN HELPING OUR STUDENTS REALIZE THAT A CAREER IN THE STEM FIELD IS WITHIN THEIR GRASP. MEMBERS OF THE USF CHAPTER HAVE BEEN MEETING MONTHLY WITH OUR STUDENTS TO DISCUSS TOPICS INCLUDING ADMISSION, LIQUEUR, A.M. DECK I CAN MAJOR OPTIONS AND CURRENT RESEARCH AT USF. THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO SOME OF OUR STUDENTS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO MAY BE FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE GOERS, THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO GET THIS INFORMATION FROM PEOPLE WITH WHOM THEY CAN RELATE. THE USF MENTORS AND ACADEMY TEACHER ARE PLANNING A FUTURE VISIT TO THE USF CAMPUS TO GIVE STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE AND EXPERIENCE THOSE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN THEIR MENTORING MEETING, AND SOME OF THOSE STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY VOICED A STRONG COMMITMENT TO TAKING THE APPROPRIATE HIGH SCHOOL AND ACADEMY COURSES TO PREPARE THEM FOR A FUTURE MAJOR AND CAREER IN THE STEM FIELDS. THE MENTORS ARE ALSO QUITE ACTIVE AT SHIELD, WHICH IS OUR FEEDER SCHOOL, SO IS A WIN-WIN FOR ME, WHERE THEY TUTTED TORE STUDENTS AFTER SCHOOL, EXTRA CREDITS AND CLASSES AND GENERALLY INSPIRE THEM TO BE BETTER STUDENTS AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL. WITH THAT I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FROM SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL R.  

>> GOOD EVENING. IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE SOME OF THESE VOLUNTEERS THAT CAME OUT AND WORKED WITH OUR STUDENTS OVER AT SHIELD AND LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL TO MAKE OUR AREA A LITTLE BETTER. THE FIRST ONE WOULD BE ERICA McKENZIE. [ APPLAUSE ] BILL SANCHEZ. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. LUIS VELEZ. [ APPLAUSE ] AND MISS SABRINA SALIMORE. [ APPLAUSE ] I ALSO WANT TO INTRODUCE THE DIRECTOR OF THE JIM WALTERS CENTER FOR USF. ACTUALLY WAS ONE OF THE PARTNERS THAT WE STARTED CONVERSATION, COMMUNICATION TO TRY TO BRING THIS GREAT GROUP OF COLLEGE STUDENTS TO AREA 8.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I AM VERY PROUD TODAY TO BE A PART OF THIS PARTNERSHIP. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME TO SEE THE STUDENTS AT USF GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY, TO BE MENTORS AND LEADERS AND MODELS FOR OUR FUTURE STUDENTS AT USF.  THIS IS TRUE STUDENT COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. THIS IS STUDENT SUCCESS AT ITS BEST. IF YOU LOOK AT A MAP, THE DISTANCE THESE STUDENTS HAVE TO TRAVEL FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, DOWN TO SOUTH COUNTY, TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM WORK IS A CREDIT TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO THIS PROJECT. THIS IS ONE OF MANY SCHOOLS THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH NOW CURRENTLY, AND THERE'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND THIS PROGRAM BY WORKING WITH STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AT THE UNIVERSITY. MANY STUDENTS ARE VERY EAGER AND VERY INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN HELPING OUR FUTURE STUDENTS GET A POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. SO I AM HONORED TO BE HERE AND VERY PROUD OF ALL THESE STUDENTS. I WANT TO INTRODUCE THEM. ONE OF THE KEY PERSONS THAT PUT THIS THING TOGETHER, HER LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING THIS PROJECT SUCCESSFUL, SABRINA SALIMORE.  

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY OF OPENING THE DOORS OF YOUR SCHOOL TO ME TO MENTOR YOUR KIDS AND MAKE THEM WANT TO BE JUST LIKE US STANDING HERE AND GO TO COLLEGE AND HAVE A SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION. THE THING THAT MOTIVATED ME TO DO THIS IS BECAUSE RECENTLY THE STATISTICS SAY THAT MORE THAN 50% OF STUDENTS THAT GO TO HIGHER EDUCATION AT UNIVERSITIES ARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, MEANING THAT THE MOST OF THEM ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES AND WORK THERE. SO STUDENTS CAN BE ONE OF US AT COLLEGE AND HAVE A BETTER COUNTRY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Susan Valdes: SABRINA, BEFORE YOU LEAVE, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE IN THE COUNTRY?  

>> TWO YEARS AND A HALF.  

>>Susan Valdes: TWO AND A HALF YEARS. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?  

>> VENEZUELA.  

>>Susan Valdes: WHEN YOU CAME, HOW WAS YOUR ENGLISH?  

>> WELL, I STARTED GETTING INVOLVED WITH PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AT USF, AND I HAVE ALWAYS DONE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES HERE SINCE I STARTED, AND BACK HOME. SO I FELT THAT THAT WAS MY HOME AWAY FROM HOME DOING THIS KIND OF STUFF.  

>>Susan Valdes: WONDERFUL. HOW ABOUT YOUR COLLEAGUES HERE, YOUR CLASSMATES? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? ARE YOU FROM HERE? YEAH, ARE?  YOU, ALSO? GREAT. AND YOU WERE TALKING A LITTLE ABOUT EXPANDING. TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT. IS THAT THROUGH THE CURRENT --  

>> WELL, INTERESTINGLY, BY WAY OF HISTORY, INVOLVED WITH THE GEAR-UP PROGRAM, AND WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, AND THE GEAR-UP PROGRAM HAS FOUR SITES, AND BECAUSE THE PARTNERSHIP WITH GEAR-UP, HISPANIC ENGINEERS WENT TO EISENHOWER, WHICH IS ONE OF THE SCHOOLS, AND ALSO INVITED THE MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS. I MEAN THOUGH, WENT TO EAST BAY, AND THEN THE EISENHOWER STUDENTS WERE INVITED TO COME OVER SO YOU HAD ABOUT 50 STUDENTS THAT NIGHT OR MORE? 67 STUDENTS SHOWED UP. AND IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS STORY, SO SUCCESSFUL THAT YOUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT HEARD ABOUT IT. SO WANTED TO REPLICATE THE PROGRAM AT LENNARD AND SHIELD.  THIS IS PART OF A LARGER PROGRAM. HOPEFULLY, WE CAN GET OTHER STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AT USF NOT ONLY INVOLVED IN THE GEAR-UP PROGRAM BUT AT OTHER SITES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MR. RIVERA. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THIS, BECAUSE I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET, MR. MURILLO, TO CHAT WITH SASHA AND BRING THIS OVER TO LETO AND PIERCE AND IT COULD NOT HAPPEN. SO VERY MUCH THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND OPENING THOSE DOORS TO BE ABLE TO BUILD UPON MENTORSHIP AND TEACHING -- IT'S SUCH A GREAT WIN-WIN SITUATION WITH USF PARTNERSHIP, AND US TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE STUDENTS FROM USF GIVE BACK AND MENTOR OUR CHILDREN, AND GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WITH THEIR OWN EYES THAT ANYTHING CAN POSSIBLE. AND SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, BECAUSE WE COULD NOT LET THIS PARTICULAR OPPORTUNITY PASS OUR DISTRICT BY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND BY SAYING, YES, COUNTY BE DONE. SO I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING, BECAUSE, TRUST ME, IT WILL COME BACK TEN-FOLD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE NATIONAL METALIST FOR 2016 SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS. ELIZABETH BROWN, SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY LANGUAGE ARTS AND DANA WARNER OF SECONDARY K-12 ARTS.  

>> TONIGHT DANA WARNER AND I BRING TO YOU THE NATIONAL MEDALISTS FOR THE SCHOLASTIC ART IN WRITING AWARDS. SEVERAL OF YOU MAY REMEMBER THE CELEBRATION DISPLAY OF OUR REGIONAL AFFILIATE WINNERS AND THEIR WORK AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL BACK IN MARCH. THAT EVENT CELEBRATED OVER 350 REGIONAL WINNERS WITH THE BEST OF THOSE, OUR GOLD KEY WINNERS MOVING ON TO BE JUDGED AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. ON JUNE 2nd, SOME OF THESE STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE HERE TONIGHT WERE ACTUALLY BE IN NEW YORK CITY TO RECEIVE THEIR MEDALS AT CARNEGIE HALL. WE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ARE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR NATIONAL MEDALIST FOR THE SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS. FOR WRITING, EARNING THE AMERICAN VOICES MEDAL AND SILVER MEDAL, SO TWO AWARDS, SAMANTHA FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. EARNING A GOLD MEDAL FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, MEGANA BENREDDY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ALSO EARNING A GOLD MEDAL FROM STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL, MIRANDA CORNELL. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR ART, DANA IS GOING TO INTRODUCE HER STUDENT.  

>> THANK YOU, LIZ. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE STUDENTS THAT WERE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS EVENING. THE FIRST IS THU DUONG. HER TEACHER IS DIANA SPEEDY. COME ON IN. THANK YOU. AND THU IS ACTUALLY AN EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM VIETNAM SO SHE'S WITH US DURING THIS SCHOOL YEAR, AND SHE'S ALREADY ONE SEVERAL OTHER ART AWARDS. THANK YOU SO MUCH, THU. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN WE HAVE MALEA FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. SHE WON TWO SILVER MEDALS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND MAXINE CAMPISCIANO, AND HER ART TEACHER IS LINDA DALGONI AND WE'LL SEE THEM IN A LITTLE BIT OF THE THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN ALEXANDRIAEESON WON A GOLD MEDAL. SHE'S FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. COME ON UP, ALEXANDRIA. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN OUR NATIONAL AMERICAN VISIONS MEDAL AWARD WINNER IS DESTINI FILL MORE ALSO FROM -- FILMORE ALSO FROM BLAKE. AND THEIR ART TEACHERS LONNIE HOPKINS AND LINDA DELGANI. [ APPLAUSE ] I SEE THEIR PRINCIPAL JESSE SALTERS TAKING PICTURES. THANK YOU, JESSE, FOR BEING SO SUPPORTIVE. WONDERFUL. GREAT. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: NEXT IS STUDENTS SEVERING A PERFECT STORE ON THE ACT OR SAT. SUPERVISOR OF GUIDANCE SERVICES. WELCOME.  

>> TEN OUTSTANDING STUDENTS. ONLY FOUR COULD MAKE IT THIS EVENING, THAT RECEIVED PERFECT ACT AND/OR SAT. WE HAVE FOUR MORE THAN WHAT WE DIABETES LAST YEAR.  THEY STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED A PERFECT COMPOSITE SCORE OF 36 ON THE ACT, AND OR ALSO 1600 ON THE SAT. IN THE CRITICAL READING AND MATHEMATICS SECTIONS. NOT ONLY ARE THESE STUDENTS EXCELLENT STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM BUT THEY ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN MANY, MANY SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. s FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE BEHNREDDI, EARNED A PERFECT SCORE ON THE SAT MATH IN CRITICAL READING SECTIONS. SHE WON FIRST PLACE IN THE HEALTH OCCUPATION STUDENTS OF AMERICA NATIONAL COMPETITION. SHE WON GOLD KEY FOR THE CRITICAL ESSAY AND SCHOLASTIC ART IN WRITING AWARDS AND WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT THE CARNEGIE HALL IN NEW YORK CITY FOR THIS HONOR. TO TEACH WRITING IN FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS IN ELEMENTARY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. MEGHANA BHIMREDDY. NEXT STUDENT FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, FEDUE EARNED A BOB COMPOSITE SCORE ON THE ACT. WHAT IS MORE IMPRESSIVE IS THAT HE ALMOST EARNED A PERFECT COMPOSITE SCORE AS A 7th GRADER MISSING ONLY BY A POINT. HE HAS TAKEN AB MATH OR ECONOMICS ONLINE AND COMPLETED THE COURSE IN ONLY TWO WEEKS. NORMALLY THIS COURSE TAKES A YEAR LONG. JUST FY. HE INTENDS TO MAJOR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. HE HAS WON NUMEROUS MATH AWARDS IN COMPETITION AND HAS PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL MATHEMATICS EXAM EVERY YEAR. AS A RESULT OF HAVING SO MUCH LOVE FOR MATH, HE QUALIFIED FOR THE UNITED STATES AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD. MORE OVER HE IS A CONCERT MASTER OF THE FLORIDA ALL STATE HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, JACKSON DOUGHERTY, A SENIOR IN THE IV ROBINSON PROGRAM HAS EARNED A PERFECT COMPOSITE OF A 36 ON THE ACT AND PLANS TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO THIS FALL. FROM WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL, APRIL OLSON, A JUNIOR AT WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL AND EARNED A COMPOSITE OF A 36 ON HER ACT. SHE HAS BEEN SELECTED AS A 2016 DR. SYLVIA RICHARDSON-YOUNG WOMAN OF PROMISE AWARD RECIPIENT. IN ADDITION TO BEING SELECTED FOR THE 2016 SHERIFFS RISING STARS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. SHE'S A MEMBER OF THE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM, IN ADDITION TO BEING EDITOR OF THIS YEAR'S YEARBOOK. SHE IS INVOLVED IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN VARIOUS CLUBS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ALPHA BETA, BETA, SPLASH AND THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY. SHE'S CONSIDERING ENGINEERING AND EXPLORING HER COLLEGE OPTION FORCE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AS A SENIOR. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THESE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS AND PRINCIPALS WHO ARE HERE TODAY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A FEELING IT'S NOT GOING TO BE THE LAST STANDING OVATION THESE STUDENTS GET IN THEIR LIVES.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2015-2016 RECIPIENTS OF THE NATIONAL MERIT AND NATIONAL HISPANIC RECOGNITION PROGRAMS. THE FLOOR IS ALL YOURS AGAIN.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF AGAIN. ON BEHALF OF MR. TYE SUPERINTENDENT FOR STUDENT SERVICES IT IS A PLEASURE WITHIN MY COLLEAGUES ANGELIQUE TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS BEFORE YOU, FIVE EARNING TWO OF THESE AWARDS THIS EVENING. WE ARE RECOGNIZING NATIONAL MERRITT AND NATIONAL HISPANIC STUDENTS. WE HAVE HAD MORE THIS YEAR, ELEVEN MORE THAN WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR. THESE SCHOLARS WERE SELECTED BASED ON THEIR ACADEMIC RECORD, INCLUDING DIFFICULTY OF LEVEL OF SUBJECTS STUDIED AND GRADES EARNED. SCORES FROM STANDARDIZED TESTS, CONTRIBUTIONS AND LEADERSHIP IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES. AN ESSAY WRITTEN BY THE FINALIST AND THE RECOMMENDATION WRITTEN BY THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICIAL. IT IS AN ACADEMIC COMPETITION FOR RECOGNITION AND SCHOLARSHIPS THAT BEGAN IN 1955. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ENTER THE NATIONAL MERIT PROGRAM BY TAKING THE PRELIMINARY SAT NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST KNOWN AS THE PSAT AND MSQT IN THEIR JUNIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, AND MEETING COLLEGE-BOUND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS. ALL OF OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEGIN TAKING THE PSATs STARTING IN 9th AND 10th GRADE. FREE CHARGE OF TO OUR STUDENTS PAID BY THE DISTRICT. OVER 1.5 MILLION COLLEGE BOUND JUNIORS TOOK THE PSAT LAST YEAR. OF THOSE ONLY 15,000 STUDENTS BECAME NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS. THESE MEMBERS REPRESENT LESS THAN ONE PERCENT IN THE U.S. AND BEFORE YOU, YOU HAVE THESE STUDENTS TONIGHT. APPROXIMATELY OF THESE STUDENTS, ONLY HALF OF THE STUDENTS EARNED THE ACTUAL SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH THE MERIT CORPORATION, ABOUT 33 MILLION IN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS. ALL OF THEM WILL MEET THE CRITERIA FOR BRIGHT FUTURES WITH A GRADE POINT AVERAGE. I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST THANK THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT FOR PROVIDING THE ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL THE STUDENTS TO EXCEL. THE TEACHERS BOTH ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY WHO PROVIDED THE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE PARENTS WHO LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE. WE ARE PROUD TO BE PART OF THEIR EDUCATION AND LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING GREAT THINGS ABOUT THEM IN THE NEAR FUTURE. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PARENTS WHO ARE HERE WITH THEIR NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST STUDENTS TO PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED, IF YOU ARE A PARENT OF ONE OF THESE STUDENTS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND I WOULD LIKE TO SPECIFICALLY RECOGNIZE JUDD RICE WHO IS IN OUR AUDIENCE AS WELL. WELCOME.  

>> AT THIS TIME, I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE MRS. LESLIE BRAND, WHO WILL INTRODUCE THE PRINCIPALS. AND I AM GOING TO ASK MR. EAKINS AND MRS. GRIFFIN IF THEY COULD PLEASE JOIN US DOWN HERE TO PROVIDE THE PLAQUES TO THE STUDENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>  THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THESE VERY TALENTED STUDENTS. LET ME BEGIN BY CALLING UPON THEIR PROUD PRINCIPALS HOLE INTRODUCE THEIR NATIONAL MERIT AND NATIONAL HISPANIC FINALISTS. FIRST PRINCIPAL ALONZO KEN HART. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AND RECOGNIZE A YOUNG MAN AT OUR SCHOOL WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, HIS NAME IS DONOFARUKARUMA. COME FORWARD, PLEASE. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, JESSE SALTERS. PRINCIPAL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD EVENING. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE I INTRODUCE TWO OF OUR STUDENTS THIS EVENING. FIRST, MR. RYAN KEMPLS HE IS, HEADING TO NEW YORK UNIVERSITY TO STUDY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. MR. RYAN KEMPLES. ALSO, WE HAVE MISS OLIVIA FEO. SHE WILL BE HEADING TO VASAL COLLEGE IN NEW YORK TO STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. [ APPLAUSE ] BOTH OF THESE STUDENTS ARE PART OF OUR ORCHESTRA.  

>> NEXT UP, BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AGAINETH PEREZ.  

>> I AM VERY HONORED TO ANNOUNCE ONE OF OUR STUDENTS FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVING THIS GREAT AWARD, MISS LYNN NGUEN WHO WILL BE HEADING TO USF TO STUDY CARDIOLOGY IN THEIR HONORS PROGRAM. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT UP FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL PAM BOWDEN.  

>> GOOD EVENING. ON BEHALF OF DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TOE BRING FORWARD CHRISTINA, A NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR, SALUTATORUIM HEADING TO USF TO STUDY BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT UP, FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL KEVIN STEVENSON. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD EVENING. ON BEHALF OF FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE AUSTIN KEITH. HE WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND HE WILL BE STUDYING BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>ARE NEXT UP, HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL GARY FRAIDY. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I'M VERY PROUD TO INTRODUCE SEVEN OF OUR 12 NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS AND THE OTHER FIVE ARE STUDYING FOR EXAMS. SO -- IT WASN'T A JOKE. MEGAN CABANA, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] DANIEL DOLLNUENOS, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. DANIEL HAMILTON, SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. [ APPLAUSE ] WILLIAM PETRO, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] EMMA RODRIGUEZ, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY. [ APPLAUSE ] SHELBY SHOUP, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND CATHY CEA, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> KING HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL MICROWHAT.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THREE OF OUR 12 AS WELL, AND I WOULD ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MR. BRADY THAT OURS ARE STUDYING FOR EXAMS SO THEY ARE NOT HERE WITH US TONIGHT. ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA IS SUN MI JEN. [ APPLAUSE ] ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, JONATHAN PATAK. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, PON-ZAL TIAGI. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL KIM MOORE. [ APPLAUSE ] YES, GO TIGERS. IT IS MY VERY PROUD PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU ALEXANDER HONG. HE IS GOING TO BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA -- GO GATORS -- AND HE WILL BE STUDYING PREMED. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THE NEXT HIGH SCHOOL, NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL CARLA BRUINING.  

>> IT IS MY PLEASURE TO -- PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE CHARLES D. SHARP. CHARLES IS GOING TO BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA, AND HE IS GOING TO MAJOR IN AEROSPACE ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ] ENINGS, PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL ROB NELSON. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD AND MR. EAKINS FOR RECOGNIZING OUR STUDENTS TONIGHT. OUR FIRST STUDENT, ARTIE BANAGIE. HE WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] ANDREW HOWARD WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] ELANA McCUMBER WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ] SHAN MINON WILL BE ATTENDING YALE UNIVERSITY. LAST BUT NOT LEAST MARTHA POINTER ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> NEXT UP, ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. PRINCIPAL JOHNNY BUSH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> YOU'RE A ROCK STAR.  

>> MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING US THIS EVENING. I AM VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ROBINSON HIGH HAS THE MOST NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS IN THE DISTRICT AT 15. [ APPLAUSE ] BEFORE I GO INTO IT, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. BRIAN HOOVER WHO IS OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULA. STEPPED INTO SOME MAJOR SHOES LAST YEAR TO FILL, AND HE'S DONE A GREAT JOB AS, AND MR. BRADY HAS DONE A GREAT JOB AS WELL. TO START US OFF I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE KELLY DORSEY, ATTENDING HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND MAJORING IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. JACKSON DAUGHTER WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO AND MAJORING IN MOLECULAR ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ] BIANCA DYERS, MASTER HISPANIC SCHOLAR, SHE WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER AND MAJORING IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ] VIRGINIA PATE IS ONE OF OUR VALEDICTORIANS. SHE WILL BE ATTENDING UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND MAJORING IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. [ APPLAUSE ] CAMERON LAMEY WILL BE ATTENDING UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND MAJORING IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. [ APPLAUSE ] ELIZABETH RICE WILL BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. ELIZABETH IS ALSO NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR, AND SHE WILL BE ATTENDING UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND MAJORING IN "THE SKY IS THE LIMIT." [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> NEXT UP FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL JAKE FESSEL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> ON BEHALF OF SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT FOR ALLOWING US TO HONOR THESE TWO YOUNG MEN WHO WILL BOTH BE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA.  OUR FIRST RECIPIENT AND NATIONAL MASTER SCHOLAR, JACK BROWN. [ APPLAUSE ] JACK IS A TALENTED WRITER AND MATHEMATICIAN AND IS UNDECIDED ON HIS MAJOR AT THIS TIME. OUR NEXT RECIPIENT IS A NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR, JONATHAN DUE CONTAIN DUKANE. AND HE WILL BE STUDYING MATH EDUCATION, SO I WAS ALREADY RECRUITING HIM IN THE BACK AND HE SAID HE'S GOING TO GET HIS MASTERS SO HE CAN MAYBE GET SOME HCC CLASSES ON CAMPUS SO THAT WOULD BE GREAT. SO ALREADY RECRUITING HIM. CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> SO I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE -- I GUESS I AM NOT GOING TO INTRODUCE. ALL RIGHT, AGAIN I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF OUR NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS AND OUR NATIONAL HISPANIC FINALISTS. THERE WERE 84 OF THEM. TODAY WAS A VERY BUSY DAY WITH AP EXAMS GOING ON SO THOSE HAVE ALREADY STUDIED SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12 GRADE, AND MARK, SUPERVISOR A TEN DANCE OF TAMPA BAY AND SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION WILL BE PRESENTING.  

>> WHILE I SET THIS UP, DO YOU GUYS MIND COMING DOWN, YOU AND MR. EAKINS?  

>> MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND STAFF. MOST OF THE YEAR, MY TEAM AND I SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS IN LIVING ROOMS, CONFERENCE ROOMS, AND COURTROOMS TRYING TO CONVINCE STUDENTS AND PARENTS THAT SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT, IT'S THE LAW. TONIGHT, I GET TO INTRODUCE EIGHT STUDENTS WHO DIDN'T NEED ME OR ANYBODY ELSE TO TELL THEM THAT SCHOOL IS IMPORTANT. THESE STUDENTS GOT UP EACH AND EVERY DAY FOR 13 YEARS AND WENT TO SCHOOL. THESE STUDENTS HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN BLESSED BY GOOD HEALTH AND GOOD FORTUNE, BUT THEIR COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVING THE GOAL OF PERFECT ATTENDANCE MAKES THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES TRULY SPECIAL. MADAM CHAIR AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WOULD YOU PLEASE JOIN ME AS WE PRESENT THESE EIGHT STUDENTS WITH THE ENGRAVED PEN SETS THAT COMMEMORATE THIS OCCASION? LET ME READ THEIR BIOS AND THEY ARE GOING TO COME DOWN AND THEY ARE GOING TO STAND BEHIND YOU GUYS AS THEY ARE INTRODUCED. THEY WILL REMAIN STANDING UP FRONT. I TOLD THEIR PARENTS TO COME TAKE AS MANY PICTURES AS THEY CAN. AND THEN TWO OF OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS ARE GOING TO PRESENT SOMETHING TO THEM. OUR FIRST KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE PERFECT A TENDER IS MADISON BAKER. MADISON IS FROM EAST BAY HIGH. HER PRINCIPAL IS MARIA TASELL, THE DAUGHTER OF KEVIN BAKER, GRADUATED WITH A 7.44 G.P.A. SHE'S A VALEDICTORIAN, AND HAS ALREADY FINISHED -- SHE'S A SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLAR, CAPTAIN OF THE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM, PRESIDENT OF FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA, SHE'S THE GIRL'S STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM EAST BAY. AND HER PLANS ARE TO ATTEND UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S HONORS PROGRAM AND BECOME A LAWYER. THAT'S A HARD ACTED TO FOLLOW BUT THE REST OF THEM ARE EQUAL AS SPECIAL. THE NEXT ONE IS CLAYTON FERNANDEZ. FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE PLAYED FOOTBALL ALL FOUR YEARS. HIS PRINCIPAL GARY BRAID Y.-PLANS TO ATTEND HCC IN THE FALL AND ATTEND FIRE ACADEMY. WHICH MAKES US ALL FEEL VERY, VERY SAFE THAT IF THE ALARM GOES OUT THERE WILL BE SOMEBODY THERE TO ANSWER IT OUR NEXT RECIPIENT IS REBECCA HARM ON. SHE'S FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL AND SHE'S THE DAUGHTER OF PAUL AND ALICE HARMON. SHE PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY, CHURCH COMMUNITY SERVICE OUTREACH, SHE WAS THE PRESIDENT OF DECCA AND BAND CAPTAIN. SHE ALSO PLANS TO ATTEND HCC. AND I THINK HCC IS GOING TO BE VERY LUCKY THIS FALL. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE A TENDER IS FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL. HIS PRINCIPAL IS MICROWHAT AND SAMUEL STONE. [ APPLAUSE ] GRADUATED WITH A 6.04 G.P.A., PARTNERED IN NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, KEY CLUB, WRESTLING, TRACK, AND WAS THE CAPTAIN FOR THE FOOTBALL TEAM. HE PLANS TO ATTEND FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY AND MAJOR IN FINANCE. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT IS CHLOE SIMONS. CHLOE IS OUR FIRST FROM NEWSOME. HER PRINCIPAL CARLA BRUINING. SHE'S THE DAUGHTER -- SHE GRADUATED WITH A 5.62 G.P.A. SHE PARTICIPATED IN NATIONAL HONORS SOCIETY, RELAY FOR LIFE, CROSS COUNTRY. SHE'S A RECIPIENT OF THE BONNER SCHOLARSHIP FROM STETSON UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE PLANS TO ATTEND AND MAJOR IN NONPROFIT BUSINESS MANAGEMENT WITH A MINOR IN BUSINESS LAW. I THINK WE CAN FIND A PLACE FOR HER. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT FROM BLOOMINGDALE, PRINCIPAL SUE BURKETT IS PROUD OF ANDREW UPDEGROVE. HE'S THE SON OF KEVIN AND DIANE UPDEGROVE, PARTICIPATED IN MARCHING BAND, WIND ENSEMBLE, JAZZ BAND, CONCERT CHOIR, AND AMBASSADORS VOCAL BAND. HIS PLANS ARE TO ATTEND POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND MAJOR IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. [ APPLAUSE ] WILL OUR NEXT AND LAST STUDENT FROM NEWSOME, NOT OUR LAST STUDENT OVERALL BUT LAST FROM NEWSOME, IS CHANDLER AARON WHITFIELD. [ APPLAUSE ] HE'S THE SON OF BEVERLY DEBEI AT THE E, GRADUATED WITH 3.68 G.P.A., PARTICIPATED IN FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA, AND HE PLANS TO ATTEND HCC TO MAJOR IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A WILDLIFE OFFICER. [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY. OUR LAST KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE PERFECT ATTENDANCE HAS TOLD ME HOW TO PRONOUNCE HER NAME ABOUT FIVE TIMES. I HAVE WRITTEN IT DOWN, AND I HAVE A NEVADA FUTURE THAT TOLD ME HOW TO SAY IT, TOO. SO WE ARE GOING TO TRY. JUJENSHU. JUST LAKE I SAID, RIGHT?  I TOLD HER THAT WHEN YOU LIVE IN PLANT CITY, YOUR MOUTH DOESN'T MAKE THOSE NOISES. [ APPLAUSE ] DR. SYKES CONCURS. SO JASHIN, HER PRINCIPAL IS KEVIN STEVENSON AND HE DOES KNOW HOW TO PRACTICE SAY THAT, HE HAS BEEN PRACTICING FOR MONTHS NOW. SHE GRADUATED WITH A 7.02 G.P.A. SHE PARTICIPATED IN KEY CLUB AS VICE PRESIDENT, ALPHA BETA HISTORIAN, NATIONAL SCIENCE HONORS SOCIETY AS SECRETARY, AND TENNIS. SHE PLANS TO ATTEND THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND MAJOR IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. [ APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE DAN SILLS, GENERAL MANAGER FROM TOYOTA OF TAMPA BAY. AND I BELIEVE HE HAS SOMETHING FOR YOU GUYS.  

>> FIRST OF ALL, GUYS, CONGRATULATIONS. WE DID BRING YOU A LITTLE SPECIAL GIFT. I PREPARED ABOUT A 15 MINUTE SPEECH. (LAUGHTER) OKAY, I'LL KEEP IT SHORT. JUST ONE PIECE OF ADVICE I WANT TO LEAVE WITH YOU ALL. A GUY GAVE TO THE ME A LONG TIME AGO. EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE THE LAST 137 YEARS JUST CONTINUE DOING IT. AT THIS TIME MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO, SHOW UP EVERY DAY. OKAY? [ APPLAUSE ] SO ALL EIGHT OF THESE STUDENTS WILL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A CAR AT THE DRAWING AT TOYOTA TAMPA BAY WHICH IS HELD JUNE 12th, SUNDAY, JUNE 12th. THEY ALL KNOW. THEIR PARENTS ARE ALL. NOT SURE WHAT DAY IT IS? 12th. AND FOR THE SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW. 7th YEAR. YES, WE WERE 6th. NOW IT'S THE 7th. AND I COUNT STUDENTS ALL DAY EVERY DAY. SO WE WILL BE GIVING IT AWAY ABOUT NOON ON SUNDAY THE 12th. ALL RIGHT. NOW LET ME INTRODUCE -- OH, SO DAN, ON BEHALF OF ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT WYNNE TYE, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICE AND MY STAFF IN THE ATTENDANCE DEPARTMENT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A HUGE THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT THAT LARRY AND BRENT MORGAN OF MORGAN AUTO GROUP, MARK SHOALS AND THE STAFF AT TOY TAMPA BAY FOR THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE SHOWN THE STUDENTS OF THIS DISTRICT FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. AND WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] THERE IS NO ACCEPTANCE SPEECH NECESSARY. THANK YOU, DAN. ALL RIGHT. NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE CINDY ALTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUNCOAST ASSOCIATION.  

>> HI EVERYBODY. I'M BLOWN AWAY BY THE G.P.A. SCORES FIRST OF ALL. I'M ALMOST EMBARRASSED. I WON'T EVEN TELL YOU MINE. BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW PROUD WE ARE AT THE CREDIT UNION. WE SUPPORT A LOT OF DIFFERENT INITIATIVES. AND THIS IS JUST ONE OF THEM. AND THIS IS A FUN NIGHT FOR ME.  THIS IS A LITTLE EXTRA SURPRISE. EACH ONE OF YOU WILL GET A $500 VISA GIFT CARD. THEY ARE IN HERE. I AM GOING TO GIVE THEM TO YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> CINDY, ON BEHALF OF WYNNE TYE AND THE STAFF, I I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF ATTENDANCE. AND LET'S GET EVERYBODY IN THE SHOT AND SOMEBODY WILL TAKE A PICTURE AND SEND TO THE ME. DOES ANYBODY HAVE A CAMERA? GET YOUR PLAQUE.  

>> 2,340 DAYS.  

>> AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE PARENTS, BECAUSE AS A PARENT, I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT IS SOMETIMES TO EVEN GET UP AND GET OUT OF BED YOURSELF AND TO GET THE STUDENTS INTO SCHOOL. SO YOU DESERVE THIS RECOGNITION AS MUCH AS YOUR CHILDREN DO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW GET THEM HOME AND IN BED SO THEY CAN GET TO SCHOOL TOMORROW. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2015-2016 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, TEACHER OF THE YEAR. MR. LARRY PLANK, WELCOME BACK.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR STAFF. EARLIER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR STEM STUDENTS AND NOW I AM PLEASED TO HONOR TWO OF OUR VERY BEST STEM TEACHERS. EACH YEAR THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS RECOGNIZES TWO HIGH SCHOOL STEM TEACHERS FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRECOLLEGIATE TEACHING AND MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE. THESE TEACHERS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE LIVES OF THEIR STUDENTS THROUGH ENGAGING STEM INSTRUCTION AND CREATE LEARNING ACTIVITIES BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAS AWARDED THE MATHEMATICS TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO HONOR AND INTRODUCE WINTER WALT -- WALKER OF HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND TIFFANY OLIVER OF ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] WINTER IS A TWO-TIME GRADUATE OF FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY WITH A BACHELORS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND MASTERS IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. SHE BECAME A SCHOLAR FOR THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL SECURITY INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM SHE WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY IN GHANA, WEST AFRICA, AND TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON BIO THREATS IN CENTRAL AMERICA AND WORKED FOR THE MARITIME BORDER PROJECT AS WELL AS HOMELAND SECURITY. SHE BECAME A SCIENCE ACADEMIC SUPPORT COORDINATOR AND STEM MENTOR AT FAMU WHERE SHE DEVELOPED HER PASSION FOR EDUCATION. TIFFANY, YOU MAY RECALL, WAS WITH US AT LAST MONTH'S RECOGNITION MEETING FOR THE IEEE AWARD AS WELL. SHE EARNED A DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON AND MASTERS DEGREE IN BIOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. HIS OLIVER HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN MANY PEER REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS AND STILL CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON STARFISH AND GILL STARS. YOU MAY-SHE RECEIVED LAST MONTH AT THIS TIME, SHE WAS GOING TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH OTHER EXCELLENT STEM TEACHERS AT THE WHITE HOUSE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA. I KEPT UP WITH TIFFANY ON FACEBOOK, AND THE EVENT WAS TRULY AMAZING. THAT RECOGNITION WAS SUPPORTED BY THE DISTRICT'S PARTICIPATION IN THE STEM NETWORK. THESE TEACHERS WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF EXCELLENT ADMINISTRATORS SO I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE GARY BRADY OF HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND JOHNNY BUSH OF ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] WINTER? EXCELLENT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND WE ARE GOING ONTO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM?  

>> THAT IS CORRECT.  

>> WHICH IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2015-2016 OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR.  

>> WONDERFUL. IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE CHRISTINE ANGEL DANGER TAKES 2015-16 OUTSTANDING EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR. EACH YEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN SECTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEO SCIENCE TEACHERS SELECTS A STATE LEVEL TEACHER TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EARTH SCIENCE TEACHING AT THE PRECOLLEGIATE LEVEL.  THIS YEAR'S AWARD RECIPIENT IS FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IF I MAY, I WILL READ AN EXCERPT FROM ELEANOR GARDNER OF THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATIONAL NATURAL HISTORY. MISS DINGER WAS AN EASY SELECTION AT THE STATE LEVEL. ASPECTS THAT THE COMMITTEE FOCUSED ON INCLUDED HER CREATIVE SCIENCE TEACHING METHODS THAT SHE REGULARLY INCORPORATES GUEST SPEAKERS LIKE PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS AND PERIONTOLOGISTS. HER COMMITMENT TO ACCOMMODATING A VARIETY OF LEARNING STYLES, THAT SHE GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND TO INSPIRE HER STUDENTS ABOUT EARTH SCIENCES, AND LASTLY HER COMMITMENT TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN EARTH SCIENCE WAS TEACHERS. ANGEL GRADUATED FROM USF WITH A DEGREE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AND MASTER'S DEGREE FROM SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP. SHE HAS SERVED AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AND RESOURCE TEACHER IN ELEMENTARY FOR ELEVEN YEARS, AND SHE PIONEERED OUR STEM PROGRAM AT TURNER BARTELLS K-8 PRIOR TO JOINING US AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE. LIKE ME SHE'S AN AVID HOCKEY FANS -- GO BOLTS -- AND IS CURRENTLY THE COORDINATOR FOR ACCELERATING MAXIMUM POTENTIAL AND STEM PROJECT WHICH IS A 4.3 MILLION GRANT AWARD FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO IMPROVE STEM TEACHING AND LEARNING IN OUR SCHOOLS. CONGRATULATIONS, ANGEL. [ APPLAUSE ] I HAVE A PLAQUE FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEE OBJECT SCIENCE TEACHERS, THE OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACH AREA WARD, SOUTHEASTERN SECTION STATE AWARD, FLORIDA. MISS CHRISTINE ANGEL DANGER. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF PAL COLEMAN AND DEBBY BUNDY, AND GENERAL MANAGER OF TRANSPORTATION, WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD IN TRANSPORTATION TRYING TO MAKE A LOT OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES, AND PART OF THAT IS BUILDING MORALE AND DOING SOME THINGS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE KEY IN THAT IN OUR AREA 5 AND AREA 8. PAM COLEMAN, AREA 5, SHE'S A FIELD SUPERVISOR, AND DEBBIE BUNDY OUT OF AREA 8 WORKED OVER A MONTH PREPARING FOR A YEAR-END SOCIAL EVENT WITH THEIR DRIVERS, ATTENDANTS AND STAFF. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 30th, THEY HELD THE FIRST ANNUAL KICK BALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BETWEEN THE TWO AREAS AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL. ALTHOUGH THE INITIAL EVENT WAS PLANNED TO BE A THROW-GAME SERIES, BOTH QUICKLY REALIZED THAT ONE GAME WOULD BE ENOUGH, BECAUSE LUNCH WAS READY, AND THEY WOULD NEED OXYGEN TO PLAY ANY ADDITIONAL GAMES. AND A GAME THAT WENT BACK AND FORTH WITH THE SCORE, COMPLAINING AND INSULTS -- AND BY THE WAY THEY WERE STILL INSULTING EACH OTHER BACK HERE JUST A MOMENT AGO -- AREA 5 WON THE GAME 11 TO 9 AFTER SEVEN TOUGH-FOUGHTENINGS. THEY WORKED HARD ON THEIR OWN TIMES PREPARING FOR THIS, OVER A MONTH THAT THEY PREPARED. THEY HAD LUNCH PROVIDED FOR ALL THE EMPLOYEES. THEY HAD FACE PAINTING FOR KIDS, HULA-HOOP CONTESTS, COTTON CANDY MACHINE, KICK BALL, SNOW CONE MACHINES, A DJ WHO EMCEED THE GAME AND PROVIDED MUSIC TO DANCE TO. IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT. SPECIAL THANKS TO MRS. HARRISON, MRS. GRIFFIN WHO ALSO SHOWED UP TO THE EVENT. AND SO IT'S AN ANNUAL EVENT, TROPHY IS GOING TO STAY WITH THEM FOR A YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS WAS ABLE TO SHOW A VIDEO OF A TRACK STAR WHO ACTUALLY FELL. AND WE DON'T HAVE VIDEO, THANK GOD. BUT WE HAVE STILLS. WE HAVE STILLS. AND SO GOING IN THERE, I WAS CONCERNED BECAUSE WHEN WE SEE BUS DRIVERS TRYING TO RUN AROUND BASES, I'M THINKING, PLEASE SHOW UP TO WORK ON MONDAY. AND DON'T GET INJURED. BUT THANKFULLY ONLY TWO PEOPLE GOT INJURED, AND THEY ARE PRESENT HERE TONIGHT. AND SO THE FIRST ONE WAS PAM COLEMAN WHO ROUNDED FIRST BASE AND FACE PLANTED. SO WE HAVE A STILL THAT WILL GO IN OUR HALL OF FAME. (LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) THAT'S PAM CRAWLING BACK TO FIRST BASE. I WILL TELL YOU THAT SHE WAS SAFE, OKAY? BECAUSE WE HAD A BUNCH OF OLD PEOPLE RUNNING AFTER THE BALL, TOO. SO THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT SO WELL. BUT NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY MS. BUNDY, WHO MADE IT ALL THE WAY PAST SECOND BASE BEFORE SHE FACE PLANTED. AND THEN GOT UP AND FACE PLANTED A SECOND TIME. AND WE HAVE A STILL HAVE HER SWIMMING BACK TO SECOND BASE. SO WE WANT TO PRESENT THIS. THIS WILL GO INTO OUR WALL OF FAME IN TRANSPORTATION. DEBBIE WAS SAFE AS WELL. AND I KNOW SHE'S NOT ANGRY BECAUSE SHE'S THE ONE WHO ALSO ARRANGED FOR A PHOTOGRAPHER TO COME AND TAKE ALL THESE PICTURES. IT WAS HER SON-IN-LAW. SO WE APPRECIATE WHAT THEY DID FOR OUR TEAM. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRIFFIN. AND THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS ON THE AGENDA AND RECOGNIZING THIS, BECAUSE A FEW MONTHS AGO I SHARED WITH YOU HOW WITH THE BOARD, HOW THE FIELD AND THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WAS JUST CHANGING, THE FEEL IN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, AND THE AMOUNT OF COLLABORATION AND JUST TEAMWORK THAT IS BEING DISPLAYED AND THE CULTURE IS DEFINITELY CHANGING. AND THAT'S A TESTAMENT TO YOUR LEADERSHIP, MR. BEEKMAN, AND THE TEAM THAT YOU HAVE CREATED. CONTINUE DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING, ENCOURAGING YOUR EMPLOYEES TO JUST HAVE FUN. THAT'S EXACT LIT WHAT OUR KIDS NEED AS WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE AND HAVING THE FIRST ONE. AND I'LL MAKE THE SECOND ONE.  

>>April Griffin: AND THE REASON I HAD THIS PUT ON THE AGENDA WAS BECAUSE I KNOW YOU WERE OUT OF TOWN, BUT MRS. HARRIS WAS ABLE TO GET BY. WHEN I DROPPED BY THE FEELING AMONGST THESE DRIVERS AND EMPLOYEES IN ATTENDANCE AND EVERYBODY WHO WAS THERE, IT WAS REALLY -- THERE WAS A LOT OF CAMARADERIE. AND WHEN SOMEONE TOLD ME HOW THEY HAD FUND ADD LOT OF THIS OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS AND SPENT A LOT OF THEIR OWN TIME PUTTING IT TOGETHER, I JUST FELT THAT THEY DESERVED RECOGNITION FROM THIS BOARD FOR RECOGNIZING THEIR EMPLOYEES. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU ARE DOING TO HELP TURN OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AROUND. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF CHRISSY DORION AND MELISSA RUSSO AND CHRISSY. CLOSET.  

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. MY NAME IS ED CHRISTIAN O AND I AM THE TAMPA PROUD PRINCIPAL OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, AND THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TURNING A SIX YEAR DREAM AT GARY. CHRISSY'S CLOSET OPENED IN JANUARY 2015. THE HOME BUILDING INSTITUTE HELPED TRANSFORM A ROOM AT GARY INTO A BOUTIQUE. ANY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENT IS WELCOME TO COME AND SHOP. IT ONLY TAKES A PHONE CALL TO MELISSA TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, AND THE CLOSET WAS BUILT BY STUDENTS, FOR STUDENTS, THEIR FAMILIES AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THERE ARE ALSO NO REFERRAL FORMS AND NO HOOPS, ELIGIBILITY. ANYTHING TO JUMP THROUGH. IT IS OPEN FOR THE PUBLIC AND WHOEVER NEEDS THE HELP, THEY CAN FIND IT THERE. CHRISSY'S CLOSET IS SUPPORTED BY THE FACULTY STAFF AND STUDENTS AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATION AT GARY HIGH SCHOOL. THE ADULT WITH DISABILITY STUDENTS ARE ALSO PARTICIPATING, AND THEY ASSIST WITH THE ORGANIZING, SORTING AND DISPLAYING OF THE CLOTHES AND THE DIFFERENT DONATIONS THAT COME INTO THE CLOSET. TEACHER STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION ALSO DID THEIR BEST TO DECORATE AND KEEP IT LOOKING FRESH AND READY FOR CUSTOMERS. AREA 7 ALSO IS A BIG SUPPORTER OF THE CLOSET, AND CURRENTLY WE ARE HOLDING A BACK TO SCHOOL -- WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR ALREADY -- BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE LOOKING FOR TOILETRIES, CLOTHES, SOCKS, SHOES, ANYTHING THAT CAN BE USED FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. SO GET READY FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. GARY IS ALWAYS PROUD TO PLAY A PART IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. CHRISSY'S CLOSET HELPED OVER 150 FAMILIES SINCE IT OPENED IN 2015. SO THANK YOU, CHRISSY AND MELISSA FOR YOUR HARD WORK, YOUR DEDICATION, AND ALLOWING US TO BE A SMALL PART OF IT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND THIS WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE ITEMS, I HAD VISITED GARY AND GOT TO SEE THE CLOSET. I KNOW MRS. HARRIS, YOU WERE THERE RECENTLY AS WELL.  THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE AMAZING EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAVE IN THIS DISTRICT WHO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR OUR FAMILIES. AND WHAT YOU DO FOR THIS COMMUNITY ON A DAILY BASIS IS FELT. AND THANK YOU FOR WAITING AROUND SO LONG. BUT I DID WANT CHRISSY'S CLOSET AND THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING TO BE HIGHLIGHTED. THEY ARE ALSO IN NEED OF SOME RACKS TO HANG THE CLOTHES ON BECAUSE THEY ARE HANGING THEM RIGHT NOW ON THE CHALKBOARD. SO ANYBODY WHO HAS ANY OF THOSE PORTABLE RACKS THAT YOU WANT TO DONATE, THEY NEED THOSE AS WELL. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR FAMILIES. AND MRS. HARRIS IS GOING TO HAVE PICTURES OF CHRISSY'S CLOSE ON THE TUESDAY BOARD MEETING. THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF SCHOOLS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT PROVIDED EXHIBITS TO THE SALUTE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE FAIR. AND DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION, TANLY CABRERA.  

>> THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOLS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT PROVIDED EXHIBITS FOR THE SALUTE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE FAIR. FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR EXHIBITS AND LIVE PERFORMANCES FEATURING LOCAL AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COMMUNITY WERE DISPLAYED AS A TRIBUTE TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH. CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDED LOCAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. WE WOULD LIKE THE SCHOOL BOARD TO RECOGNIZE EFFORTS OF THE PRINCIPAL, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY SPONSORS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT. WE DO WANT TO HAVE A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO DR. BR IN FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE. I ASK IF COULD COME DOWN TO HELP PRESENT THE PLAQUES. WE HAVE BLESSED PRODUCTIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] CLARENCE FORT. [ APPLAUSE ] DONALD DALRIDGE. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU ARE SELL A ODHAM. [ APPLAUSE ] MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] MONROE MIDDLE. [ APPLAUSE ] ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE MAGNET. [ APPLAUSE ] POTTER ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] RANDALL MIDDLE. [ APPLAUSE ] C HIGH ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] SLIGH MIDDLE MAGNET. TURNER BARTELLS. WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET. WE REALLY DID APPRECIATE ALL OF THEIR EFFORTS. BEING  

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.] HIS CONTRIBUTIONS, HIS IDEA, AND SUPPORT FOR THIS, AND THANK YOU FOR WORKING WITH THE FAIR AUTHORITY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. IT'S A YEAR THAT WE ARE GOING TO REMEMBER BECAUSE IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. IT WAS WELL WORTH EVERY EVENT. ALL THE TIME AND ENERGY PUT INTO IT. AND ALL THE SCHOOLS WHO HAD AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXHIBITS. SO THANK YOU, DR. BRINSON, FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2016 NATIONAL PROJECT LEARNING TREE OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR. AND MR. LARRY PLANK.  

>> IT IS MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE MISS KAREN JOHNSON FOLLOW SOME OF NATURE'S CLASSROOM AS THE NATIONAL PROJECT LEARNING TREE OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR, SELECTED FROM NOMINEE AS CROSS THE UNITED STATES AS ONE OF FIVE OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS BY PROJECT LEARNING TREE, THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN FOREST FOUNDATION. THIS IS THE TENTH TIME AND ONLY THE TENTH TIME THAT AN EDUCATOR FROM FLORIDA HAS WON THE NATIONAL PROJECT OUTSTANDING AWARD N.FLORIDA THE PROGRAM IS COORDINATED BY THE SCHOOL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. KAREN FIRST TAUGHT FROM 1994 TO 2006 AND RETURNED IN 2000. IT PROVIDES ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR ALL OF OUT SIXTH GRADERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY EACH YEAR. KAREN'S ROLE AS LEAD TEACHERS IT AT NATURE'S CLASSROOM INCLUDES TEACHING OUTDOOR EDUCATION, STAFF SUPPORT AND SUPERVISION, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, AND SHE'S THE CURATOR OF THE SITE'S ANIMAL COLLECTION. SHE ALSO CONTINUALLY DEVELOPED PROGRAMMING TO EXTEND THE SITE FROM ITS PRIMARY FOCUS OF SIXTH GRADE TOWERS STUDENTS IN OTHER GRADES AND THE GREATER PUBLIC. SHE HAS PROVIDED HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO FELLOW AND -- FORMAL AND INFORMAL EDUCATORS THROUGHOUT FLASH. IN ADDITION TO THIS WORK KAREN IS ALSO THE CHAIR OF OUR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE STEM FAIR, AND SHE HANDLES ALL OF OUR COMPETITION LOGISTICS FOR THE STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. HER PASSION IS IN RECONNECTING LEARNERS OF ALL AGES TO THE NATURAL SYSTEMS THAT WE LIVE IN. KAREN ALONG WITH THE FOUR OTHER NATIONAL AWARDEES WILL BE HONORED AT THE PROJECT LEARNING TREE 30th INTERNATIONAL COORDINATORS CONFERENCE MAY 23-26 IN SALT LAKE CITY. SHE'S ALSO BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE WORLD FAR HE IS TRY CENTER'S INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS INSTITUTE JULY 10-16 IN PORTLAND, OREGON. PLEASE JOIN ME IN HONORING KAREN JOHNSON FOLSOM. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE IRONWORKERS PREA TENTISSHIP AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS. MR. MIKE RAMSEY, DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION. WELCOME.  

>> WHAT IS AN IRONWORKER? THE IRONWORKERS WITH OUR LOCAL 397 WAS CHARTERED BACK IN AUGUST OF 1924, THE PURPOSE TO PROVIDE SKILL TRADESMEN TO THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA, PART OF BUILDING THE TAMPA BAY SKYLINE AND OTHER INDUSTRIES FOR OVER 09 YEARS. OVER THAT TIME PERIOD THEY PROVIDED GOOD WAGES, RETIREMENT BENEFITS AND QUALITY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. THEY USE LOCAL TRADESMEN SO THEY CAN RECYCLE THE MONEY THAT THEY EARN RIGHT BACK INTO THIS LOCAL ECONOMY. SO TONIGHT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE LOCAL 397 APPRENTICESHIP GROUP FOR GETTING THE WORD OUT TO STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THAT AVAILABLE FOR THEM AFTER THEY GRADUATE FROM OUR SCHOOLS.  THIS YEAR THEY HAVE BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE IN THEIR PURSUIT OF OUR STUDENTS, AND THEY HAVE TO DATE RECRUITING PRESENTATIONS AT TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH, JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, DURANTE, AND PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. AS WELL AS PRESENTATIONS AT OUR TECH COLLEGE, ERWIN, PARTICIPATING IN THE BUILD TAMPA BAY EVENT HELD AT THE AMALIE ARENA AND ALSO THE BUILD PLANT CITY EVENT THAT WAS HELD TODAY AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. THAT'S RIGHT. AND WE REALLY SUPPORT OUR A PENTISSHIP PROGRAMS, A GREAT PARTNER WITH US HERE IN THE DISTRICT AND TONIGHT WE WILL BE HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE MR. JACK JARRELL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. PROUDLY 25 YEARS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MR. RAMSEY, AND MR. EAKINS, FOR PUTTING THIS ON THE AGENDA TO RECOGNIZE, REQUESTED AFTER A VISIT OVER TO THE IRONWORKERS ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS. AND HOW WE ARE HELPING TO SPREAD THE WORD ON THESE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAD. AND JUST THE MOMENT THAT I TURN STUDENTS ONTO THEIR POSSIBILITIES WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO, NOW THEY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN GO, AND IT'S VERY SIMPLE. DRUG FREE, GOOD WORK ETHIC, SHOW UP ON TIME. AND THEY'LL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. SO VERY MUCH LIKE OUR PERFECT ATTENDING KIDS TODAY THAT DID WELL ACADEMICALLY. IMAGINE IF THEY ARE NOT THAT STRONG ACADEMICALLY BUT THEY HAVE THAT GOOD WORK ETHIC, DRUG FREE AND SHOW UP, THEY CAN REALLY EARN A VERY GOOD LIVING AND BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.  

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF SCHOOLS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT PROVIDED AND SUPPORTED THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE FAIR. MISTAKENLY CAB BER A.  

>> THANK YOU AGAIN FOR LETTING US HIGHLIGHT AND RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF THESE SCHOOLS AND INDIVIDUALS THAT PROVIDED SUCH EXCELLENT EXHIBITS AT THE 2016 FLORIDA STATE FAIR. FURTHER, FOR OVER 36 YEARS IN ORDER TO SHOWCASE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MANY INDIVIDUALS AND SCHOOLS HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO BUILD OUTSTANDING EXHIBITS AT THE FAIR. WE HAD 24 SCHOOLS THAT DISPLAYED AGAIN SOME WONDERFUL EXHIBITS. IN FACT WE RECEIVED SO MANY COMPLIMENTS THIS YEAR THAT THE SCHOOLS REALLY STEPPED IT UP AND WE REALLY DOAB WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS. WE ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK A SPECIAL GROUP OF PEOPLE IN MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT WHO WORKED REALLY HARD TO PUT THOSE BOOTHS TOGETHER AND THIS YEAR WE ADDED THE BLACK HISTORY EXHIBITS SO WE DO REALLY THANK THEM FOR THEIR EFFORTS. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SHARE THAT WITH THEM. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK JULIE, KATIE, ART AND KAREN FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THIS PROCESS SO WE ARE NOW GOING TO CALL OUT OUR SCHOOLS THAT PARTICIPATED. ALEXANDRIA ELEMENTARY. LEVY. BELL CREEK ACADEMY. BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. KAMADADI. KANELA ELEMENTARY. CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. SHAMINA ELEMENTARY. GARDEL MIDDLE MAGNET. GIBSON ELEMENTARY. JUNTA MIDDLE. KINGSWOOD ELEMENTARY. LITHIA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY. MADISON MIDDLE. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. MULLER ELEMENTARY. ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE MAGNET. PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET. RIVER HILLS ELEMENTARY. SHORE ELEMENTARY MAGNET. SULLIVAN PARTNERSHIP. TAMPA BAY BOULEVARD. AND TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH SCHOOL. AGAIN WE WANT TO THANK THESE SCHOOLS. WE ALSO NOW HAVE SOME SCHOOLS THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE. AT THE DISPLAYS WE HAD THE PUBLIC THAT ACTUALLY VOTED ON THE DIFFERENT EXHIBITS THAT THEY FELT WERE EXTRAORDINARY, EVEN THOUGH WE DO THINK ALL OF THEM WERE EXTRAORDINARY. BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND ANNOUNCE THOSE WINNERS. FOR ELEMENTARY, THIRD PLACE, SHORE ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] HOLD ON, SORRY. OKAY, WE HAVE SHORE. SECOND PLACE, ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FIRST PLACE IS LITHIA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, THIRD PLACE, GIDEL MIDDLE. [ APPLAUSE ] SECOND PLACE, MADISON MIDDLE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FIRST PLACE, PROGRESS VILLAGE. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOLS, THIRD PLACE, TAMPA BAY TECH. SECOND PLACE, BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL, SECOND. AND FIRST PLACE, MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR OUR CENTERS, THIRD PLACE, CTE. [ APPLAUSE ] SECOND PLACE, AP RECIO LEVY. FIRST PLACE, CAMANETTI. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL OF THESE SCHOOLS AND SPONSORS. THANK YOU AGAIN. AND THE FINAL RECOGNITION, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, IS RECOGNITION OF BUSINESS PARTNERS FOR FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION CAREER DAYS OF THE. MR. JARGO, WELCOME BACK.  

>> THANK YOU I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME AND INTRODUCE PENNY DELUKI. ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 13 THE SUNCOAST UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, SUCA, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, FLORIDA TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS ASSOCIATION, AND OTHER INDUSTRY LEADERS HOSTED FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION CAREER DAYS. THE EVENT TOOK PLACE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT ON HODINE ROAD IN RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA, AND GAVE SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FIRST HAND ABOUT ROADWAY CONSTRUCTION FROM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL THROUGH INTERACTIVE LEARNING LABS. TAMPA BAY'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO SURGE IN A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTOR. THE EVENT TAUGHT ABOUT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY AND SPOTLIGHTED COMPANIES THAT ARE COMMITTED TO OPENING DOORS FOR OUR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY. THE EVENT WAS INCREDIBLY WELL ORGANIZED WITH OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS LEADING THE STUDENTS AROUND BOTH HANDS-ON AND INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS, AND THEY WERE ENGAGED THE ENTIRE TIME THAT THEY WERE THERE, AND THAT'S TOTH DUE TO THE WORK OF THE TEAM THAT ORGANIZED IT. WE ARE VERY THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE. LET ME INTRODUCE THERESA MAMMIX THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SUNCOAST UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, HER CO-CHAIR IS PENNY DANIELECKI, CONTROL EARTH'S OF THE TECHNICAL SALES CORPORATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP. WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THIS EVENT AGAIN IN THE FUTURE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR STICKING AROUND FOR SO LONG. WE APPRECIATE IT. AND THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP, BECAUSE IT DOES AMAZING THINGS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. BOARD MEMBERS THAT IS IT.  THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.