Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Recognition Meeting from May 9th, 2017, 5:30 P.M.

Cindy Stuart: GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. IF YOU COULD PLEASE FIND YOUR SEATS. I AM GOING TO CALL THE BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING OF TUESDAY, MAY 9th TO ORDER. IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BY MRS. HARRIS. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).

Sally Harris: THANK YOU. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

 THANK YOU AND WELCOME, EVERYONE. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MRS. GRIFFIN AND MRS. GRAY:  SO WE WILL DIVE RIGHT IN. OUR FIRST RECOGNITION OF THE EVENING IS RECOGNITION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MRS. MELISSA SNIVELY, RECIPIENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, DR. JOHN MILIZIANO ADVOCACY AWARD. DR. KIM MOORE, PRESIDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HASA AND PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS AWARD. I'M GLAD YOU ARE HERE THIS TIME BECAUSE I HAD TO ACCEPT FOR YOU AND I'M GLAD THEY CAME BACK.

 GOOD TO SEE YOU PERSONALLY. MRS. MOORE.

 GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR PERSON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. IT'S MY HONOR AND PLEASURE, AS MRS. STEWART SAID, I'M DR. MOORE AND I'M THE VERY PROUD PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, THE STEM ACADEMY FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS WELL AS THE CURRENT PRESIDENT FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. AND WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TODAY, WITH ME IS ANN MARIE COURTNEY, OUR PAST PRESIDENT AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE. AND WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE SOMEONE TODAY WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT ADVOCATE FOR NOT JUST CHILDREN BUT FOR ADMINISTRATORS WITHIN OUR DISTRICT. SO DR. JOHN P. MILIZIANO IS COMMUNICATED TO A COMMUNITY LEADERINGS, HASA OR REGIONAL COALITION MEMBER WHO DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT TO ADVOCACY FOR ALL FLORIDA PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND FOR PROMOTING UNITY AND COLLABORATION AMONG ALL PUBLIC STAKEHOLDERS. AND THE PERSON THAT'S GOING TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD IS TRULY SOMEONE THAT MODELS THIS QUOTE THAT I AM GOING TO READ TO YOU. A LEADER TAKES PEOPLE WHERE THEY WANT TO GO. A GREAT LEADER TAKES PEOPLE WHERE THEY DON'T NECESSARILY WANT TO GO BUT OUGHT TO BE. BY ROSEMAN CARTER. AS A BOARD MEMBER, MRS. SNIVELY HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE OF HASA'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WHILE ALSO BEING WILLING TO SPEND HER TIME SHARING TIPS WITH OUR LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION IN PREPARATION OF LEGISLATIVE DAYS. SHE IS A STRONG PROPONENT OF KEY EDUCATIONAL ISSUES AND IMPACT ON OUR DISTRICT AND FOR OUR LEADERS. SO WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MRS. SNIVELY. IF YOU WILL COME DOWN WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PLAQUE TO PRESENT TO YOU AS OUR WAY OF SAYING THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, LADIES. OUR NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF PARTNERSHIP OF ADVANCED SCHOOL SUCCESS, PASS PROGRAM, AT LANIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. MRS. DEBRA MILLS, SUPERVISOR AND GENE MARSHALL, PAST CHAIR WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS. WELCOME.

 I BROUGHT THE TEAM WITH ME. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. THE PASS PROGRAM TEAM, CEO OF A MAJOR CORPORATION WHERE THE PRINCIPAL OF A HIGH NEEDS SCHOOL FOR THREE YEARS. THE CEO ASSISTS IN INCORPORATING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS STRATEGIES IN THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. IN ADDITION TO MENTORING THE PRINCIPAL, THE CEO COMMITS FUNDS. MATCHING FUNDS ARE PROVIDED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGE, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT PROVIDED IN-KIND SERVICES. THE TEAMWORKS WITH AN EDUCATIONAL COACH INCLUDING ACADEMICS. THE GOAL OF THE PASS PROGRAM IS TO RAISE THE SCHOOL'S GRADE TO AN A OVER THE THREE YEAR LIFE OF THE PARTNERSHIP. IT'S MY HONOR AND MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE PASS TEAM FOR LANIER ELEMENTARY. YOU GUYS CAN JUST STEP FORWARD WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME. MRS. SHERRI CLARK, PAST PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR WITH THE COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGE. MR. JOHN TIADANO, ATTORNEY AT LAW, CEO. A FAMILIAR FACE, MRS. SHERRLY ATKIN, RETIRED GENERALIST, COACH. MRS. RACHEL O'DAY, PRINCIPAL AT LANIER ELEMENTARY. MRS. SARAH GARCIA, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT LANIER. TEAM MEMBERS WHO WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND WITH MR. GENE MARSHALL, BOARD MEMBER OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE. MR. PHIL CASEY, PASS PROGRAM FUNDER. DR. LANE LIPTON,. THEY ARE DOING GREAT WORK AT LANIER. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF SUNCOAST CREDIT UNIONS OF TAMPA BAY AND TOYOTA OF TAMPA BAY.

 ON BEHALF OF TRACYE BROWN, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF A&M ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND HOLLY FAY, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, IT'S A PRIVILEGE THAT I INTRODUCE TO YOU FIVE SENIORS WHO HAVE HAD PERFECT ATTENDANCE SINCE KINDERGARTEN. SO WE HAVE RYAN INGRAHAM FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] MICHAEL STONE FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL. EMILIE DUNN FROM NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] JACOB LORENTZEN FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND LOGAN PHILLIPS FROM PEPIN. [ APPLAUSE ] AS YOU KNOW, SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS ONE OF THE KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND IS THE FOUNDATION OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. 17 YEARS AGO IN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT BUZZ SHIELD INITIATED AN ANNUAL ATTENDANCE PROGRAM AND AWARD. FOR STUDENTS WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE. SO WE HAVE OUR TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES, TOYOTA TAMPA BAY AND SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION WHO HAVE JOINED WITH US TO CONGRATULATE THESE STUDENTS. I WANT TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO THESE COMMUNITY PARTNERS, SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION, WE HAVE JOHN -- I'M SORRY, JAN RENIER, AND DAN FROM TOYOTA TAMPA BAY. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR STUDENTS WERE PRESENTED WITH A $500 SCHOLARSHIP AND ALSO LAPTOPS. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY WILL BE ALSO IN THE TAMPA BAY TAMPA BAY EVENT ON BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN A BRAND NEW CAR. SO THAT'S EXCITING. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS, STUDENTS. NOW IF YOU CAN TURN AROUND SO WE CAN TAKE A PICTURE. AND WE WILL SEE YOU ALL ON JUNE 3rd.

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Cindy Stuart: I'M SORRY, JUNE 4th. JUNE 4th. SUNDAY, JUNE 4th. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE WEST COAST FLORIDA CHAMPIONS, LARRY FLANK, DIRECTOR OF K-12 STEM EDUCATION AND BAGLEY, AFFILIATE PARTNER FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL COME FORWARD. WELCOME, MR. PLANK.

 THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. IT IS MY HONOR TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR DISTRICT STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF SOME OF OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST YOUNG STEM STUDENTS AND STEM EDUCATORS THIS EVENING. THE FIRST OF OUR RECOGNITION IS HONORING THE PRIDE ELEMENTARY INCREDIBOX, FOR THREE CATEGORIES IN THE COMPETITION. BEST ROBOT DESIGN, BEST RESEARCH PROJECT, AND SECOND HIGHEST COMPETITION SCORE. DUE TO THE SUCCESS, THE PRIDE ELEMENTARY INCREDIBOTZ FINISHED FIRST IN WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA. IT'S AWESOME. THIS TEAM WENT ON TO COMPETE AT THEFERS WORLD FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS TO COMPETE AGAINST TEAMS FROM ALL 50 STATES IN 31 COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS THANKS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND SUNCOAST CREDITUPPION FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE WEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND STAYS BAGLEY IS HERE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AT HCC. IT'S NOW MY HONOR AS WELL TO CALL TO THE PODIUM AMY ZOBAR FROM PRIDE ELEMENTARY IF SHE'S HERE TO HAND OUT CERTIFICATES. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M GOING TO READ NAMES AND WE'LL CALL THESE UP. THERE WE ARE. TRISHA SACAMURY, 5th GRADE. SIMAR CASABACA, FOURTH GRADE. LIA AN, 6th GRADE. SONIA SACAMARI, 5th GRADE. ANNA SHAM LAMURI, FOURTH GRADE. AND SIGA SACAMORI, 5th GRADE. I KNOW WE HAVE SOME PROUD PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE AS WELL. SO PARENTS, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. ALREADY UP, RIGHT? [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS, PRIDE. ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD?

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. PARENTS, I AM GOING TO SAY THIS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME UP ON THE SIDES, THERE ARE STAIRS AND RAMPS ON THE SIDE. YOU CAN TAKE PICTURES FROM BEHIND US OF YOUR STUDENTS AS WELL. DON'T GO ANYWHERE. SECONDARY WINNERS OF THE 2017 HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL STEM FAIR AND THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2017 STATE ENGINEERING FAIR ARE NEXT. OH, ARE THEY COMING UP HERE? THE KIDS ARE COMING UP. COME ON, GUYS. HOLD EVERYTHING. DON'T GO ANYWHERE.

Cindy Stuart: GO AHEAD, MR. PLANK.

 ABSOLUTELY. OUR SECOND RECOGNITION IS HONORING THOSE WINNERS OF THE 2017 HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL STEM FAIR. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT OUR FIVE BEST OF FAIR WIN IN OUR STATE OF FLORIDA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TEAM. THE HILLSBOROUGH STEM FAIR IS THE LARGEST ACADEMIC COMPETITION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND IS THE SINGLE LARGEST IN FLORIDA. THIS YEAR'S FAIR FEATURED OVER 1800 PROJECTS FROM NEARLY 2100 KIDS REPRESENTING OVER 200 SCHOOLS. IN MOST CASES THE STUDENTS AT THE REGIONAL FAIR HAD ALREADY BEEN SELECTED AS A FINALIST FROM THEIR SCHOOL SITE. THEREFORE, ALL OF OUR STUDENTS ARE WINNERS. ALL STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL FAIR RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND ARE AWARD ADD COMMEMORATIVE STEM FAIR PEN. ADDITIONAL AWARDS ARE GIVEN TO FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WINNERS AT EACH GRADE LEVEL AND CATEGORY, AND SPECIAL AWARDS CONSISTING OF CASH AND PRIZES ARE PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS ACADEMIC BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN THE TAMPA BAY REGION. FOR THIS REASON ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT PARTNERS IN STEM EDUCATION IS THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING REGIONAL STEM FAIR WITH LOW JEST CAIL SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS A VARIETY OF STEM RELATED GRANTS TO SCHOOLS TO AFFORD STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIMENT AND FLOOR IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT SUCH FUNDING. THIS YEAR'S PRIMARY SPONSOR OF THE FAIR WAS BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB WHO ALSO HOSTED EACH OF OUR STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR WINNERS TO THEIR COMPANY TO LEARN ABOUT RESEARCH AT BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB FROM EMS EMPLOYEES AND ALSO THE VAST ARRAY OF CAREERS AVAILABLE TO THEM. I WILL SAY THAT THE HR FOLKS FROM BMS WERE THERE AS WELL, AND I THINK THEY WERE SIGNING FOLKS TO CONTRACTS BEFORE THEY WALKED OUT. SO OUR KIDS ARE EXCELLENT. SO FOR THIS REASON IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WHILE CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH IS ONGOING AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING AND WE RELY UPON SCIENTISTS AND MATHEMATICIANS TO ANSWER THOSE GRAND CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD, OUR MOST VALIANT SCIENTIFIC EFFORTS ARE TAKING PLACE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND I KNOW THAT IT'S TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, OR WE CELEBRATE TEACHERS, AND I JUST WANT TO GIVE ALL OF THE TEACHERS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED OUR STEM FAIR STUDENTS AROUND THE DISTRICT A HAND FOR NURTURING -- [ APPLAUSE ] -- ALL OF THESE FUTURE SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS, AND ENGINEERS. NOT AWL ONLY DO THEY EXHIBIT DEDICATION TO OUR AREA SCHOOLS BUT THE TEACHERS ARE ALSO HELPING OUT WITH THE VIABILITY, FUTURE ECONOMIC STABILITY AND OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL OF US LIVING IN TAMPA BAY. THANK YOU, TEACHERS. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION IN THE SCIENCE FAIR, AS MANY OF YOU KNOW UP THERE ON THE DAIS, PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES TO ENJOY AND SHARE AND WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD STUDENT SELF-ESTEEM AND REINFORCE POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS SCIENCE, SOMETHING THAT LIES AT THE CENTER OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN SCIENCE AND ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. I NOW ASK THAT ALL PARENTS WHO SUPPORTED THEIR STUDENTS IN THE STEM FAIR TO PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW ONTO THE KIDS. YES! EACH YEAR WE RECOGNIZE FIVE BEST OF FAIR WINNING PROJECTS AS I STATED IN MY OPENING COMMENTS, AND ONE FOR EACH GRADE, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH, AS WELL AS A WINNER IN THE JUNIOR DIVISION AND SENIOR DIVISION. THE WINNING PROJECTS ARE SELECTED BY A COMMITTEE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND STEM PROFESSIONALS. THIS YEAR'S BEST OF FAIR WINNERS IN THIRD GRADE, FROM VALRICO LAKE ADVANTAGE ACADEMY, WITH THE PROJECT OVEN, PASTEURIZED WATER, IS LILA CATEUR. I HAVE A SEVERITY FOR YOU. AND THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE AT THE FAIR DO KNOW THAT THESE STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN AWAY RELATIVELY LARGE TROPHY, IN SOME CASES AS TALL AS THEY ARE. THIS BEST OF FAIR TROPHIES WILL BEAR THE NAME OF THE WINNING STUDENTS AND THEY ARE KEPT IN PERPETUITY AND WILL BE AWARDED TO NEW STUDENTS WHO WIN IN THE FUTURE. OUR FOURTH GRADE BEST OF FAIR WINNER IS FROM PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, TAN VIVALON WITH THE PROJECT -- I WILL HUFF, I WILL PUFF, AND I WILL BLOW YOUR ROOF AWAY. PERTINENT TO US IN FLORIDA. THE FIFTH GRADE BEST OF FAIR WINNER FROM MABRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS SAGE STARK WITH THE PROJECT IT'S A HEATER. [ APPLAUSE ] IN THE JUNIOR DIVISION, OUR BEST OF FAIR WINNER FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL IS ARCO GOETSCH, PROJECT ENTITLED I CAME 2.0, SMART NAVIGATION FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. AND THAT'S ONE OF THOSE BIG TROPHIES. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR HIGH SCHOOL BEST OF FAIR WINNER WAS FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, BRENDON McFARLAND, THE EFFECT OF SODIUM GLUCONATE IN SERUM AND RED BLOWED CELLS. I'M ASSUMING -- [ APPLAUSE ] IN ADDITION TO OUR BEST OF FAIR WINNERS THE WINNING PROJECTS ARE PLACED AT THE STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TO REPRESENT TEAM HILLSBOROUGH.  THIS YEAR'S FAIR TOOK PLACE THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH IN LAKELAND WHERE OUR STUDENTS COMPETED WITH OVER 700 STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE STATE INFORM CASH AND PRIZES VALUED AT NEARLY $1 MILLION. SO REPRESENTING TEAM HILLSBOROUGH FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL, SERUTHA BABASIDI. FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, MIRANDA VILER. FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, ZACHARY BISHOP. FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, STEVEN DARSON. FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, ARCO GOETSCH. FROM TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL, SIADA ZAZEME. FROM MAGNET SCHOOL, MAHIRA. CARNEY. FROM DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, BRENDON McFARLAND. FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, JACK MORRISON. WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, AMAYA AMUGINDAR. BUCHANON MIDDLE SCHOOL, STEVE KAY. STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, ANDREW SUPEL. FROM KING HIGH SCHOOL, CLARY SUE. FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, AUTUMN THOMPSON. [ APPLAUSE ] IT SHOULD BE NOTEDED ALSO THAT THREE OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL COMPETE IN THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR IN MAY WHERE THEY WILL COMPETE WITH STUDENTS IN ALL 50 STATES AND OVER 70 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD BUT ONE OF OUR STUDENTS WILL NOT BE REPRESENTING HILLSBOROUGH ALONE BUT WILL ALSO BE REPRESENTING THE STATE OF FLORIDA. KAZEME WON BEST OF COMPETITION AT THE FAIR IN MARCH. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] WINNING HER CATEGORY IS THE SAME AS WINNING A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ]

 QUITE A BIT OF HUG OUT THERE.

Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF FALCON 1 ROBOTICS TEAM. MR. BLANK FROM K-12 STEM EDUCATION AND JOB COBB WILL PRESENT THE ITEM. MR. PLANK.

 THE THIRD OF OUR RECOGNITIONS IS HONORING FARNELL 1 ROBOTICS TEAM FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT THE 2017 ROBO FEST COMPETITION HELD AT NIELSON MEDIA IN OLDSMAR. THE TEAM COMPETED IN THE COMPETITION IN TWO SEPARATE SUB TEAMS. THE ROBO 8 TEAM SHOWED A MASSIVE FLOAT WINNING THE DEMONSTRATION CATEGORY AND THE EXHIBIT TEAM CREATED A SIMULATION DEVICE THAT MONITORS OCEAN WAVES FOR HEIGHT WINNING THE EXHIBITION CATEGORY. BOTH TEAMS WILL COME PELT IN THE 2017 WORLD CHAMPSS HELD IN ST. PETERSBURG IN JUNE. I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR TEAM COACHES ROBERT CARR AND LISHA PONS FOR THEIR EFFORTS, AND NOW JOHN COBB, IF YOU COULD COME TO THE PODIUM AND ASSIST ME IN HANDING OUT THESE AWARDS. THE ROBO 8 TEAM IN FIRST PLACE, JOSHUA FEBLES AND ANDRE DEBRUIN. AND THE EXHIBIT TEAM, VANESSA CLAVELL. LEILANI NEWTON. KIRA MCELROY. ANDRES BURFIELD. CONGRATULATIONS. STUDENTS, IF YOU DON'T MIND GOING BEHIND THE DAIS WE ARE GOING TO GET SOME PICTURES. ALL RIGHT? SO THE TWITTER MACHINE WILL BE ACTIVE, RIGHT?

Cindy Stuart: UP CLOSE AND VERY PERSONAL. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. ITEM NUMBER 7 IS RECOGNITION OF THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL KNO-3 ROBOTICS TEAM FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY. FIRST TECHNICAL CHALLENGE TEAM, MR. PLANK. THIS IS THE PLANK SHOW.

 IT IS TONIGHT. THE FOURTH OF OUR RECOGNITIONS IS HONORING THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL KNO-3, OR POTASSIUM NITRATE. LIKE PRIDE ELEMENTARY, THE TEAM QUALIFIED FOR THE FIRST WORLD FESTIVAL IN HOUSTON, TEXAS COMPETING AGAINST TEAMS FROM ALL 50 STATES AND 31 COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THE TEAM'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING THE 2016-17 SEASON INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING: THE FINALIST ALLIANCE PARTNERS FOR THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, THE CONNECT AWARD FOR THE FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, THE SECOND INSPIRED AWARD FOR THE FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, THE WINNING ALLIANCE SOUTH SUPER REGIONALS, AND THE INSPIRE AWARD ROBOTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. PRINCIPAL ROB NELSON, IF YOU DON'T MIND COMING FORWARD TO ASSIST ME WITH THE CERTIFICATES. TEAM CAPTAIN JAXON BROWN. RYAN HICKS. AMANDA ARNONE. ZACHARY BROWN. RHETT RENAUD. KEITH KASPER. NICHOLAS SWAICH. MYLES HOSKINSON. MARCUS MLACK. AND HAMILTON JONES. AND IF ALL PARENTS OF THESE FINE YOUNG ROBOTICS INNOVATORS WOULD PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ] SO I JUST GOT NEWS THAT THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL TEAM FINISHED SECOND AT THE WORLD COMPETITION. CONGRATULATIONS. [~CHEERS AND APPLAUSE~] AND THAT COMPETITION WAS AFTER THE PRINTING OF THE BOARD AGENDA ITEM.

Cindy Stuart: CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN, YOU GUYS. ITEM NUMBER 8. RECOGNITION OF THE MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM FOR THEIR 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR, AND GUESS WHO, LARRY PLANK. DIRECTOR OF K-12.

 SO KIM? THE 5th OF OUR RECOGNITIONS IS HONORING THE ROBOTICS HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS. THE TEAMS COMPETED IN BOTH VEX COMPETITIONS LIKE PRIDE AND PLANT IN FIRST COMPETITIONS, BOTH THE FIRST TECH COMPETITION AND FRC. THE TEAM'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING THE 16-17 SEASON INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING: THE VEX-U.S. NATIONAL NATIONAL OPEN AND THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS.  THIS IS THE 7th YEAR IN A ROW THAT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL HAS SENT AT LEAST ONE TEAM TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS. CONGRATULATIONS TO MIDDLETON. [ APPLAUSE ] KIM, DO WE HAVE AN UPDATE FROM WORLD?

 NOT RIGHT NOW. PLANK PLANK ALL RIGHT OF THE CLUB PRESIDENT ANDREW BUTT. CLUB VICE PRESIDENT VARUN MADABUSHI. CLUB VICE PRESIDENT VARUN SINGH. THE FRC CO-CAPTAIN JACK MACFARLANE. FRCMINOTAUR CO-CAPTAIN AND DEAN'S LIST FINALIST ERIC PLACTELLI. THE FTT MASQUERADE CAPTAIN FOREST BROWN. FTC MAELSTROM CO-CAPTAIN, ADAM COOK. FTC MAELSTROM CO-CAPTAIN JONATHAN GOLDNEY. AND THE VEX MERCURY CAPTAIN, RICCELO GUIDORIZZI. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: MR. PLANK, YOU HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO REST. ITEM NUMBER 9 IS THE 2017 WORLD LANGUAGE STATE COMPETITION WINNERS. MRS. MELISSA, COME FORWARD TO PRESENT THIS ITEM.

 GOOD EVENING. I JUST WANT TO PREFACE THE IMPORTANT OF ADVANTAGES LEARNING WORLD LANGUAGE IS CONTINUING TO INCREASE DAY BY DAY, AND APART FROM BEING ABLE TO CONVERSE WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE IT ALSO TEACHES TOLERANCE, MUCH NEEDED CHARACTERISTIC TO HAVE TODAY. UNDERSTANDING AND CULTURAL AWARENESS. LEARNING A WORLD LANGUAGE OPENS THE DOOR TO OTHER CULTURES AND HELPS STUDENTS BECOME MORE COMPETITIVE IN THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE. RECENTLY, STUDENTS STUDYING FRENCH COMPETED IN THE FLORIDA STATE COMPETITION, AND THAT INCLUDED SKIP PROJECTS AND RECITATION. STUDENTS COMPETED IN OTHER DISTRICT THROUGHOUT OUR STATE, AND AS NO SURPRISE TO US, THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS THAT RANKED AND WERE ABLE TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE FIRST-PLACE IN THEIR CATEGORY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO START BY RECOGNIZING THOSE STUDENTS TODAY. SO FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL. AND WE HAVE BRYAN ANKUOA, AND HE RECEIVED IN POETRY PRESENTATION FOR BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN FRENCH. CONGRATULATIONS.

 AND ALSO FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET, WE HAVE CHRISTINE CONN. CHRISTINE ALSO RECEIVED FIRST PLACE IN HER PROJECT FOR LABELLE LABECK POETRY. CONGRATULATIONS. HE AS WE KNOW, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE AND THANK MRS. ARLENE GUSTELLI, SUPPORTING PRINCIPAL, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEIR TEACHER MADAM KAD YOU ISHA. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO, IF THERE ARE ANY PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STAND AND ALSO BE RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS SUCCESS. [ APPLAUSE ]

 FRENCH SOUNDS SO BEAUTIFUL, DOESN'T IT? I LIKE TO REPEAT THE FEW WORDS I KNOW OVER AND OVER AGAIN. NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION KING HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAD -- SOJEET, NOT ONLY DID HE RECEIVE THE TOP HONOR BUT EVEN FURTHER IS EVEN HIGHER THAN THAT, IF YOU CAN SAY LIKE IF YOU HAD ONE NUMBER ONE-PLUS, THAT IS WHAT HE RECEIVED. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE HIM FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE COMPETITION. [ APPLAUSE ] I ALSO ADD HIS TEACHER, MADAME ESLICH, COME FORWARD TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT, IT SEEMS LIKE PLANT IS UP AGAIN. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE TWO STUDENTS THAT RECEIVED ALSO A SUPERIOR, AND THAT IS IN THE LEVEL 4, THEY ARE KENNY JUSTE AND ANNE SOPHIE LABOSSIERE. KENNY, IF YOU WILL PLEASE COME FORWARD. AND KENNY AND SOPHIE ARE BOTH HAITIAN STUDENTS. SO WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED IN THE LANGUAGE AND ALSO MAINTAINING THEIR LANGUAGE AND THEIR CULTURE TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY HAVE, VERY IMPORTANT. AND SOPHIE IS ALSO HAS AN ADDITIONAL RECOGNITION, AND THAT IS SOPHIE IS A SOPHOMORE BUT SHE WAS ELECTED AND WILL BE SERVING AS THE PRESTIGIOUS POSITION OF CHAPLAIN FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA BOARD FOR THE CONGRATULATIONS. SOPHIE, CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO RECOGNIZE THEIR TEACHER, MADAME ANCODOVICH AND THEIR PRINCIPAL ROB NELSON WHO WE ARE FAMILIAR WITH. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I'M SORRY, I FAILED THE LAST TIME.  IF THERE ARE ANY PARENTS, PLEASE, ACCOMPANYING THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TONIGHT, IF YOU WOULD ALSO STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED, ANY FAMILY OR FRIENDS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE HAVE WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL. WHARTON, THIS IS THE VERY FIRST TIME THAT WHARTON GOES AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE FLORIDA FRENCH COMPETITION AND THEY CAME BACK WITH FIRST PLACE. SO WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE, WHARTON? WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING THEM REPEAT IT. AND OF COURSE THIS IS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THEIR WONDERFUL TEACHER, RIGHT NOW I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SOME STUDENTS THAT ARE ALSO TRILINGUAL, DARITZA CORDERO PEREZ, AND SHE RECEIVED IN HER PROJECT A TANGIBLE PROJECT. THIS IS VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE I HEARD THIS FROM HER TEACHER, MADAME COOPER, BOTH DARITZA AND JEWEL WORKED COLLABORATIVELY ON A COSTUME, SO THAT DARITZA CREATED HAND SEWED ADDRESS OF BELL OF THE ORIGINAL MOVIE, AND IT WAS SO FANTASTIC THAT HER TEACHER WAS TELLING US -- TELLING ME, RATHER, THAT THE JUDGES DID NOT BELIEVE THAT A STUDENT HAD MADE THAT, BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT BEFOREHAND AND BRING IT IN. SO THEY ACTUALLY HAD TO PROVE AND SHOW THEM PICTURES WHERE DARITZA HAD BEEN SEWING IN CLASS TO SHOW THAT SHE HAD MADE IT. SO WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU, DARITZA. [ APPLAUSE ] YES, YES, YES. AND, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO HAVE A BEAST, RIGHT?  AND WE HAVE JEWEL. AND JEWEL CREATED THE BEAST COSTUME. WE WOULD LIKE TO AT THIS POINT ALSO RECOGNIZE JEWEL RATTANKONGKHAM, RIGHT? AND OF COURSE THEIR ROOKIE TEACHER THAT TOOK THIS ROOKIE GROUP AND JUST SWEPT AWAY WITH THE PRIZES, MADAME COOPER. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ANY PARENTS THAT MIGHT ACCOMPANY THESE YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] SO THERE YOU GO. THERE ARE OUR TRILINGUAL MULTI-LINGUAL STUDENTS.

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ITEM 10 IS THE WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS AWARD RECIPIENTS. BRIE CASTELLI, MRS. WALDON, AND WARD WALDON, SUPERVISOR OF TYE WILL ALL COME FORWARD. I SEE MR. JARGO OVER THERE, TOO. FUTURE LEADERS OF AMERICA HELD ITS STATE CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO THIS PAST MARCH. THE STUDENTS WE ARE GOING TO RECOGNIZE ARE THE FIRST PLACE IN THEIR RESPECTIVE EVENT. THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT THAT EARNED FIRST PLACE WILL TRAVEL TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL THIS SUMMER IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. FROM FARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL, WILLIAM BEAU WITH CAN INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS, HERE WITH HIS ADVISER AND PRINCIPAL JOHN COBB. FROM LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL, WE HAVE HANNA BARRIOS, COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT AND KILO LEWIS WITH LOCAL CHAPTER ACTIVITY REPORT. THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT WITH THEIR ADVISER STACY CASTEL, CHARLENE PRONE, AND JAMES AMARONI. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT UP FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, WE HAVE SAMANTHA LAW, VINAB WALAU, COMPUTER SLIDE SHOW. APPLAUSE ERRING WE HAVE NAOMI CARTA RALA IN CAREER EXPLORATION. VALIA RONNA, PRINCIPALS AND PROCEDURES. AND VINDU, IN LEADERSHIP AND PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES. THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT WITH THEIR ADVISER JOYCE PARISH.

 WELL DONE.

 NOW OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. LEVER LAUREN PALASO, HERE WITH HER PRINCIPAL MICHAEL ROWAN. [ APPLAUSE ]

 AND FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, THE FIRST TEAM, WE HAVE JADAN BYRD AND IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS. APOORYA SISTA. MEGHA NOMULAN AND SHREYA PAREUH IN HOSPITAL PI TATTLE MANAGEMENT. AND RISK MANAGEMENT, TONIGHT WITH THEIR ADVICE OR. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: GREAT JOB. THANK YOU, GUYS.

 LAST BUT NOT LEAST, FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE WILLIAM LABRIT FOR INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS PROCEDURES. HE'S HERE TONIGHT WITH HIS ADVISER RITA NEWBERRY. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

 GOOD EVENING. I BRING BEFORE YOU TONIGHT THE ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL JROTC TRAINING CORPS MEMBERS FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC BOWL TEAM WHICH WILL ATTEND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IN JUNE. THESE STUDENTS ARE TAEGHEN McCARTHY, JUSTIN PALUMO, NATHANIEL FERNANDEZ, ALECDYBIEC,. THEY WILL COMPETE AGAINST 23 OTHER ACADEMIC TEAMS WHO HAVE SCORED IMPRESSIVELY ON TESTS INCLUDING ROTC QUESTIONS, SAT AND FCT QUESTIONS AND CURRENT EVENTS. THEY'LL COMPETE IN TEN ROUNDS OF COMPETITION WITH A BUZZER-TYPE COLLEGE BOWL GAME. SO WE WISH THEM THE BEST OF LUCK. IN JUNE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEY HAVE SOME PARENTS HERE. SO IF THEY WOULD STAND UP TO BE RECOGNIZED. WITHIN THAT TEAM, AS SOON AS I FINISH TAKING PICTURES, I WANT TO LET TAEGHEN McCARTHY TO STAND UP HERE AND TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE HER. SHE WAS OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CADET OF THE YEAR, AND SHE WENT THROUGH A RIGOROUS ROUND TO BE CHOSEN AS THAT. SHE WENT UP AGAINST ALL OF THE ARMY SCHOOLS FIRST. SHE WAS INTERVIEWED WITH THEM. AND THEN SHE WENT THROUGH A SECOND ROUND TO BE INTERVIEWED AGAIN. THEY HAD TO KNOW AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY, CITIZENSHIP QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION, GOVERNMENT, AND EVERYTHING FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR TO THE WAR ON TERROR AS WELL AS CURRENT EVENTS. SO AGAIN, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HER. [ APPLAUSE ]

 THANK YOU. MY OTHER ONE IS FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, NAVY, ROTC. SHE IS CADET ALEXA KEELER, THE NUMBER ONE RANKED FEMALE ORIENTER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. ORIENT ERRING IS A GREAT BLEND OF PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL EFFORT WITH HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS OF DECIPHERING A MAP ON THE RUN, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMAND UNDER TIME PRESSURE, CLASSROOM THEORY COUPLED WITH IN-FILL PRACTICE BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM EFFORT. SHE HAD TO UNDERSTAND MAP SYMBOLS, CONTROL CODES AND HOW TO EFFECTIVELY USE THOSE ON COURSE STRATEGIES. HER INSTRUCTOR IS COMMANDER ELLIOTT BERMAN AND HER PRINCIPAL ROBERT BURLAO ARE ATTENDING WITH HER. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I THINK HER PARENTS ARE HERE. IF THEY'LL STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR ALLOWING US TO RECOGNIZE OUR STUDENTS.

 GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIRMAN, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF. WE HAVE MULTIPLE CULINARY PROGRAMS FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMPETE IN THE PRO-START STATE COMPETITION THIS YEAR. LET OH HIGH SCHOOL PLACED FIRST IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA MAKING IT THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR PRO-START. AFTER WINNING FIRST PLACE IN THE STATE COMPETITION, LETO TRAVELED TO CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA TO COMPETE IN THE 2017 NATIONAL PRO-START CULINARY INVITATIONAL. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO REPORT TONIGHT THAT LETO PLACED 9th OUT OF 50 TEAMS IN THE NATION. [ APPLAUSE ] THE DEDICATION OF THESE STUDENTS IS EVEN MORE EVIDENT TONIGHT AS THEY WERE UNABLE TO BE HERE BECAUSE THEY ALL ARE CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE CULINARY INDUSTRY. WE DO HAVE A GROUP PHOTO OF THE TEAM THAT I DISPLAYED FOR YOU. AND WE ALSO HAVE ONE OF THE ACTUAL COMPETITIONS THAT SHOWS YOU THE STUDENTS IN ACTION. LETO TEAM MEMBERS INCLUDE MOISES JIMENEZ NOBOA, CHYRA WALKER. MANUEL PARRADO. EDINSON ANTONIO MEJIA. ANGEL STEVEN MARTINEZ. AND THEIR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL RUTH DAILY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. TSA STATE CONFERENCE WAS HELD MARCH 1st THROUGH MARCH 4th, 2017 IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. WE HAD FOUR SCHOOLS ATTEND AND THREE SCHOOLS TOOK HOME TOP HONORS IN MULTIPLE COMPETITIONS. FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, LAUREN HEGARTY PLACED SECOND PLACE IN ARCHITECTURE AND CAD DESIGN. ANDREW AND SAMUEL PLACED SECOND PLACE IN COMPUTER MANUFACTURING. THEY ARE SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY THEIR ADVISER, MR. SCOTT NEED AND PRINCIPAL KEN MOORE. NEXT UP FROM McLANE MIDDLE SCHOOL, WE HAD KALWA PEGAN AND JAYLIN PLACED FIRST PLACE IN THE SOLO SPRINT. THEY ARE SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY THEIR ADVISORS, MIKE AND DINA WILSON AND TROY RASPATORO. [ APPLAUSE ] HE

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.

 FROM TURNER BARTELS, WE HAD FIRST PLACE DESIGN AND FIRST PLACE TECHNICAL DESIGN. ALEXISCOWLES, FIRST PLACE CATAPULT DESIGN. DANIEL CARVAJAL, BISHOY PRAMANIK. SECOND PLACE. CLAR OH, FORENSICS TECHNOLOGY. RAJATA KANSARA, THIRD PLACE BIOTECHNOLOGY. ANTRA SHARMA, THIRD PLACE CHILDREN'S STORIES. THEY ARE SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY THEIR ADVISORS AND THEIR PRINCIPAL CINDY LAN. [ APPLAUSE ] WHILE THEY ARE TAKING PICTURES, I WANT TO NOTE THAT TURNER BARTELS PLACED IN THE TOP 10 IN 29 OF THE 32 EVENTS THEY COMPETED IN AND FINISHED 35th OVERALL OF ALL THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. [ APPLAUSE ]

 THANK YOU.

Cindy Stuart: I COULDN'T TELL IF THEY WERE DONE OR NOT. THE NEXT ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE COLLARS PROGRAM FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR. MR. LARRY PLANK, DIRECTOR OF K-12 STEM. SEE, YOU CONFUSED HIM, TOO.

 THANK YOU. I MADE THE WRONG ASSUMPTION THERE. THE SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH DISTRICT IN FLORIDA TO SHOWCASE EXCELLENT STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE. THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION IN THE SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS INCLUDES OVERALL STUDENT G.P.A. BOTH WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED, SAT AND ACT SCORES, THE NUMBER OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT MATH AND SCIENCE COURSES COMPLETED, THE NUMBER OF ADVANCE PLACEMENT MATH AND SCIENCES ASSESSMENTS WITH A SCORE OF 3 OR HIGHER, PARTICIPATION IN MATH AND SCIENCE COMPETITIONS SUCH AS THE STEM FAIR, AND PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR MATH AND SCIENCE RELATED ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS. THE 2016-17 SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS FOR HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS ARE ROBERT SCHOFNR AND GRANT LOPRISTI. I HAVE A SUMMARY HERE SOMEWHERE OF ROBERT'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND I DO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS MOTHER AND FATHER, MICHELLE AND TED, IF THEY ARE HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] SO ROBERT IS NOT ONLY A STEM EXTRAORDINARY NECESSARY BUT ALSO AN EAGLES SCOUT. CONGRATULATIONS. HAS VOLUNTEERED OVER 200 HOURS AT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL IN VARIOUS HEALTH CLINICS AROUND TAMPA BAY. IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN FOUR ADVANCED PLACEMENT STEM COURSES, CALCULUS, CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, AND I'M SORRY, DUAL ENROLLMENT AT HCC. AND HAS RECEIVED A'S. AND I WOULD GO ON BUT WE MIGHT BE HERE ALL NIGHT. IT LOOKS AS THOSE A'S IS ABOUT 13 SCIENCE AND MATH COURSES IN HIGH SCHOOL. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I BELIEVE PRINCIPAL NELSON IS HERE. THE SECOND RECIPIENT, GRANT LOPRESTI IS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE THIS EVENING. HOWEVER, KELLY IS HERE TO RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. AND SOME OF GRANT'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS, FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS TO JOSEPH AND LAURA, HIS FATHER AND MOTHER. GRANT HAS EARNED GRADES OF A IN 13 SCIENCE AND MATH COURSES, RECEIVED A SCORE OF 5 ON THE AP BIOLOGY AND AP STATISTICS EXAM, AND IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN AP PHYSICS, AP CALCULUS, AP COMPUTER SCIENCE, AND I'M SORRY, CALCULUS BC AND CALCULUS AB, HAS VOLUNTEERED OVER 140 HOURS AT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]

 OUR NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2016-17 FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. MISS JENNIFER BUSHELL, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS.

 WE KICKED OFF OUR SPRING STATE SERIES LAST WEEK AND AFTER THE STATE TRACK MEAT WE HAVE A COUPLE OF ATHLETICS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE. FIRST WE'LL START WITH OUR 3-A WINNERS FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MR. TOMMY MORALE, THE PRINCIPAL AND JODY WOODS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION TO INTRODUCE THE COACH AND ATHLETES.

 GOOD EVENING. AGAIN MY NAME IS JODY, APA AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, AND IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE PATRICK JENKINSTERY. THE OTHER COACH IS WITH ONE OF OUR OTHER TRACK RUNNERS TODAY. SO COACH. [ APPLAUSE ]

 GOOD EVENING. EVERY FOUR YEARS OF HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, GAITHER HAS PRODUCED TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. FIRST, CARTER PALASTI POLL VAULT, AND ALESSA SANDUSKY, 100 HURDLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ]

 NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU OR BRING BACK TO YOU, I SHOULD SAY, THE 4-A MULTIPLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE DANIELLE SHOTWELL, THE PRINCIPAL AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, TO INTRODUCE HER STUDENT ATHLETE.

 GOOD EVENING. IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE OUR STATE CHAMPION, 11th GRADER BAILEY HERTENSTIEEIN. BAILEY HAS -- PERFECT. ALL RIGHT. SO BAILEY THIS YEAR IS THE 4-A STATE CHAMPION IN THE ONE MILE WITH A TIME OF 4 MINUTES 54 SECOND. IN THE TWO MILES SHE WAS ALSO STATE CHAMPION IN A TIME OF TEN MINUTES 30 SECONDS. AND SHE ALSO JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE FINISHED THIRD IN THE 800. THIS IS HER THIRD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN TRACK DURING HER THREE YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL AND SHE ALSO HAD TWO STATE HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN CROSS COUNTRY. SHE HAS OUR SCHOOL RECORD IN THE 800, 1600, 3200 AND THE 4 BY 800 RELAY. BAILEY IS THE HE PETE MY OF A STUDENT ATHLETE. SHE HAS A 5.14 WEIGHTED G.P.A. AND A 3.9 UNWEIGHTED G.P.A. AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HER. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT IS ITEM, RECOLLECTION APPLICATION OF THE INSTITUTION OF ELECTRIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS, FLORIDA WEST COAST SECTION, FWCS, LIGNELL 2017 AWARD WINNER. MR. PLANK.

 ALL RIGHT. I THINK I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF VOICE LEFT. IT IS MY PLEASURE -- THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THE IEEE ANNUALLY RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHERS WHO HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED THE LIVES OF THEIR STUDENTS THROUGH HIGHLY ENGAGING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING AND MAT MATHICS ACTIVITY IN BOTH IN AND OUT OF CLASSROOM. IEEE IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION ADVANCING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL EXCELLENCE. THE RECIPIENTS ARE ELECTED FROM 12 COUNTIES THAT COMPRISE THE FLORIDA WEST COAST SECTION.  THIS YEAR'S WINNER WAS INVITED TO ATTEND THE TAMPA BAY ENGINEERS WEEK BANQUET ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, AT WHICH THEY RECEIVED A PLAQUE AND HONORARIUM. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAD ONE OF THE THREE WINNERS THIS YEAR. DEBBY HIRTH, BIOLOGY TEACHER FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBBY. [ APPLAUSE ] DEBBIE IS UNABLE TO BE WITH US THIS EVENING DUE TO ANOTHER COMMITMENT. NEXT, THE RECOGNITION OF THE TO 16-17 FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF SCIENCE TEACHERS OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. IT'S THE STATE'S LARGEST NONPROFIT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO IMPROVING SCIENCE EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS PRESCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGE. THE ASSOCIATION'S MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES SCIENCE TEACHERS, SCIENCE SUPERVISORS, ADMINISTRATORS, SCIENTIST, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS OTHERS INTERESTED IN SCIENCE EDUCATION. THE OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARDS ARE DESIGNED TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF TEACHERS TO SCIENCE EDUCATION. CRITERION INCLUDE PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SHOWING ACTIVE LEADERSHIP THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE AND SCIENCE EDUCATION AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS. MAINTAINING A CLASSROOM AND LABORATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT ENCOURAGES POSITIVE STUDENT ATTITUDES TOWARDS SCIENCE AND STEM. DEVELOPING AND USING INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND NEW APPROACHES TO THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE. EFFECTIVELY USING COMMUNITY RESOURCES INCLUDING PROJECTS, SPEAKERS AND FIELD TRIPS. AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, ATTENDING WORKSHOPS AND PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AS AN EFFECTIVE EDUCATOR. THIS YEAR'S AWARD WAS GIVEN TO TIFFANY OLIVER, IB BIOLOGY TEACHER FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. TIFFANY. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. WE SEE HER ORPHAN. I WILL SAY WE HAD TWO TEACHERS SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR TEACHING AND MATH AND SCIENCE FOR THE STATES, AND TIFFANY IS ONE OF THEM. THANK YOU.

Cindy Stuart: ITEM NUMBER 15 IS RECOGNITION OF THE NATIONAL CERTIFIED -- BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS, AMY BALONZ AND DAVID PEACOCK.

 GOOD EVENING. I'M DAVID PEACOCK, NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED AYA SCIENCE, 20 YEAR VETERAN OF THE CLASSROOM AND NOW GOING ON 6-YEAR VETERAN WORKING WITH CTA.

 AND I'M AMY BALLAND, EVALUATION, AND TAKE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NATIONAL CERTIFIED BOARD TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT. I ALSO AM A NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER AND AYA HISTORY, AND CURRENTLY RENEWED. OUR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION IS REALLY ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS CREDENTIALS IN EDUCATORS. LIKE BOARD CERTIFIED DOCTORS AND ACCOUNT AND, EDUCATOR WHO ACHIEVE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED HAVE MET RIGOROUS STANDARDS THROUGH STUDY, EXPERT VALLEYS, SELF-ASSESSMENT AND PEER REVIEW. CERTIFICATION IS ACHIEVED THROUGH A RIGOROUS PERFORMANCE BASED ASSESSMENT THAT TYPICALLY TAKES ONE TO THROW YEARS TO COMPLETE. AS PART OF THE PROCESS, CANDIDATES BUILD A PORTFOLIO THAT INCLUDES STUDENT WORK SAMPLES, ASSIGNMENTS, VIDEO, AND THROUGH ANALYSIS OF THEIR CLASSROOM TEACHING. ADDITIONALLY, CANDIDATES ARE ASSESSED ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT THEY PRESENT TO THEIR STUDENTS. NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATED ADVANCED LEVELS OF TEACHING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND PRACTICES. FY 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR, WE HAVE ABOUT 465 NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CLASSROOMS. [ APPLAUSE ] CURRENTLY OUR ASPIRE PROGRAM IS WORKING TO SUPPORT FIRST-TIME CANDIDATES WHO ARE PURSUING BOARD CERTIFICATION. WE EXPECT WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THESE CANDIDATES STANDING HERE TONIGHT TO BE RECOGNIZED.

 THE DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONALS WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS EVENING NOT ONLY WENT THROUGH THE CERTIFICATION ONCE, THEY RENEWED THEIR CERTIFICATION. THE RENEWAL PROCESS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. YOU STILL FOCUS ON THE STANDARDS AND THE IMPACT ON STUDENTS, BUT TO QUOTE, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR US LATELY? REALLY, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, WHAT'S BEEN THEY'RE THEIR FOCUS AND HOW CAN THEY EVIDENCE THAT THROUGH CRITICAL REFLECTION, VIDEOTAPING, AND REALLY JUST LOOKING AT THEIR CAREER PATH?

 TONIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO HONOR 14 TEACHERS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED RENEWAL. SOME OF WHICH THEY ARE HERE WITH US THIS EVENING. WE ARE GOING TO RECOGNIZE EVERYBODY BUT WE ARE GOING TO ASK THE ONES THAT ARE HERE TONIGHT TO COME TO THE PODIUM SO THAT WE CAN GET A PICTURE OF THEM. OUR FIRST ONE IS SHERRI ALVAREZ. SHE'S FROM DESOTO ELEMENTARY. GENERALIST MIDDLE CHILDHOOD.

 OUR SECOND IS AMY BALLANS, NOW IN HUMAN RESOURCE FORCE AYA SOCIAL STUDIES. [ APPLAUSE ]

 KRISTIN BURGAMA, MIDDLE CHILD GENERALIST.

 GINA CHOKE, TOWN AND COUNTRY, MIDDLE CHILDHOOD GENERALIST.

 DANIEL COWELL, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS EARLY ADOLESCENCE.

 I GOT THE EASY UP WITHS. NANCY FINK FROM BRIAN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE CHILD HOOD GENERALIST.

 TRACY GALETT, EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH YOUNG ADULT SCHOOL COUNSELING.

 ALEXANDER GONZALEZ, KING HIGH SCHOOL, IS AYA SOCIAL STUDIES.

 CYNTHIA HARNESS FROM WOODARD ELEMENTARY, EARLY AND MIDDLE CHILDHOOD LITERACY.

 BARBARA KNOX OF DOVER, ELEMENTARY IS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD GENERALIST.

 MAGGIE MIX ONE, EARLY ADOLESCENCE MATHEMATICS.

 ANDREA THURSTON FROM SIMMONS CAREER CENTER, EARLY CHILDHOOD THROUGH YOUNG ADULT SCHOOL COUNSELING.

 MADONNA HEALER, EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS SPECIALIST.

 MICHAEL VOGAN OF WILSON, EARLY ADOLESCENCE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS.

 AND ALL OF KNOW THAT YOU CANNOT ACHIEVE CERTIFICATION WITHOUT A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM. SO IF YOU ARE HERE TONIGHT AND HAVE SUPPORTED ONE OF OUR RENEWERS, PLEASE STAND TO TO BE RECOGNIZED AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ]

 WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR WITH MANY MORE.

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. PEACOCK. OUR NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 16-17 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OUTSTANDING ELEMENT, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST RISING STAR AND ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS. WELCOME.

 GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR STAFF. I'M HAPPY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY CO-PERSON, JOHN MILL BURN SUPERVISOR OF MEDIA, AND NICKY HAD AN UNFORESEEN ISSUE THAT SHE WASN'T ABLE TO BE HERE TONIGHT, BUT THE CO-CHAIRPERSON OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE IS DEBRA REINER FROM GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL JOINING US. AND THESE ARE AWARDS THAT ARE PRESENTED FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, DEBRA.

 HASBA IS PROUD TO PRESENT THIS RISING STAR MEDIA SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR, MEDIA SPECIALIST IN FIRST OR SECOND YEAR OF SERVICE, AND LIBRARY MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR. THE HALSMS AWARD COMMITTEE FOR TALENTED AND DEDICATED LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALISTS AND ADMINISTRATORS WHO EXEMPLIFY LEADERSHIP, INNOVATION, MOTIVATION, TOO, AND BEST PRACTICES AND STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN THE LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER. THE ADMINISTRATOR -- SORRY -- ADVOCACY AWARD RECOGNIZES A SCHOOL SITE OR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR FOR DYNAMIC AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAMS. ALL OF THESE INDIVIDUALS EXEMPLIFY THE FUTURE READY LIBRARIAN FRAMEWORK INTERESTED IN CREATING LIFE-LONG READERS, INFORMATION INTERMEDIATE LEARNERS, THUS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THE AWARD RECIPIENTS WERE ANNOUNCED AND HONORED AT THE HALSMS'S ANNUAL BANQUET ON APRIL 25th. WE ARE PROUD TO RECOGNIZE THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS BEFORE OUR BOARD. RISING STAR MEDIA SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR, CYNTHIA HARDY FROM RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL, SUPPORTED BY HER PRINCIPAL, CLARA WINNIE. LIBRARY MEDIA ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR, KATHRYN LENNAR, SUPPORTED BY HER MEDIA SPECIALIST VALERIE CLERVIS. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MEDIA SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR, HOLY MEN√ČNDEZ FROM SCHWARZKOPF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SUPPORTED BY PRINCIPAL AND AP ANDREA FRANK. MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR, DEBORAH SMITH FROM MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR PAT CHEVALIER FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL SUPPORTED BY PRINCIPAL MORRELL.

Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS TO RECOGNIZE THE NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT BAND FOR ACHIEVING STRAIGHT SUPERIOR RATINGS AT THE FLORIDA BANDMASTERS ASSOCIATION STATE MUSIC PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS FESTIVAL. SUPERVISOR 6 THROUGH IS THE MUSIC EDUCATION, MR. HOPE, WELCOME.

 I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU MICHAEL MELVIN HAS SOMETHING VERY UNIQUE TO SHARE. HE ACHIEVED STRAIGHT SUPERIOR RATINGS IN HIS MARCHING AND JAZZ BAND PROGRAM IN THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL AND ALONG WITH THAT HE RECEIVED AN AWARD, VERY FEW ARE GIVEN OUT IN THE STATE, CALLED THE ALTMAN J.CRASHWELL AWARD, AND IT'S HANGING IN HIS AWARD, A VERY PRESTIGIOUS HONOR. SO THIS IS MIKE MILLER. YES, MA'AM, HE DID DO MACY'S PARADE THIS YEAR. BUT THAT'S NOT PART OF 5TH AWARD. HE'S ALSO DONE A LOT OF OTHER COOL THINGS, TOO. WILL.

Cindy Stuart: CONGRATULATIONS. OUR NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 18 OF 19. RECOGNITION OF THE 2017 GRADUATING CLASS OF THE COLLEGIATE ACADEMY OF LETO HIGH SCHOOL, ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, MR. BOB COX, SUPERVISOR. I BELIEVE THIS IS OUR FIRST GRADUATING CLASS?

 YES, IT IS. WE ARE VERY EXCITED.

 INAUGURAL CLASS.

 INAUGURAL, YES, MA'AM. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, MADAM VICE CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD, MR. SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. MY NAME IS ROBERT COX, THE SUPERVISOR OF MAGNET PROGRAMS, AND I AM HAPPY TO STAND BEFORE YOU FOR SEVERAL REASONS. FIRST IT WAS GREAT TO SEE ALL THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED BEFORE US. BUT WE ARE ALSO VERY EXCITED TO RECOGNIZE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR STUDENTS. AGAIN THREE OF OUR MAGNET PROGRAMS, COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT LETO, LENNARD AND ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOLS. OF THE MAY SURPRISE YOU TO LEARN THAT 109 MAGNET SCHOOLS GRADUATED ONFULLY WITH THEIR ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE FROM HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS A RESULT OF THEIR DEDICATION TO THE HARD WORK OFFERED BY THE COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AND THEIR TEACHERS. AS MENTIONED, THEY REPRESENT THE INAUGURAL GRADUATING CLASS OF THE DISTRICT'S COLLEGIATE ACADEMIES DIAGNOSE WHAT NO OTHER STUDENT IN OUR DISTRICT HAS EVER DONE BEFORE. NOW, WE DID NOT BRING 109 STUDENTS WITH US TONIGHT, BUT WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY THAT WE DID BRING THE DREAM TEAM STANDING OVER SIDE HERE WHO I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU RIGHT NOW. THESE FOLKS ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF INTEGRAL MEMBERS WHO DID THESE ACADEMY TOGETHER AND KEPT THEM RUNNING. THEY FORMED THE MAGNET PROGRAM INTO WHAT IT IS RIGHT NOW AND SHARE IN ITS SUCCESS. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO WE HAVE FROM ARMWOOD PRINCIPAL JOE COSTELLI, IF YOU WILL COME UP HERE. WE HAVE MAGNET LEAD TEACHER LISA YOUNG. WE HAVE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR EMILY LIPPEN IT COULD. FROM LETO, REPRESENTING PRINCIPAL JENCO AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, WE HAVE RUTH DAILY, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL RUTH DAILY. WE HAVE PAST ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF CURRICULUM, EBANITA ABENSETTER. AND SHAUN HENSLEY. FROM LEONARD HIGH SCHOOL WE HAVE PRINCIPAL MARY FRAITIS. MARTHA MANAGER CALLUM. AND MAGNET LEAD TEACHER CRISTOSNUKITIS. THIS IS PART -- 3.0 OR HIGHER TO REMAIN IN THE ACADEMY AND THESE STUDENTS NOT ONLY ARE THEY COLLEGE STUDENTS, THEY ARE ALSO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THEY ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH WHILE ALSO BEING IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT, PARTICIPATING IN CLUBS, PLAYING SPORTS AND DOING ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DO. THEY GOT THEIR ASSOCIATE OF ASHES DEGREE IN SO CASES AS FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE GRADUATES, AND WE COULD NOT BE PROUDER OF THEM. AND I DO WANT TO SAY BECAUSE IT'S KIND OF COOL THAT THESE GRADUATES, THEY GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE A COUPLE WEEKS BEFORE THEY GET THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. SO THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. SO THAT'S JUST PRETTY AMAZING. WE ARE THANKFUL AT HCC, KEN JOHNSON, WE ARE THANKFUL FOUGHT FAMILIES AND STAFF, AND WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE THIS INAUGURAL CLASS BEING SO AMAZING. THEY BLAZE ADD TRAIL WHICH WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY MANY, MANY, MANY STUDENTS TO COME. THIS IS A GROUP OF 109 WHO ARE WALKING THE STAGE, AND THAT GROUP WILL BE BIGGER NEXT YEAR, AND BIGGER NEXT YEAR, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. WE ARE SO PROUD OF THEM, THIS INAUGURAL CLASS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT.

Cindy Stuart: DON'T GO ANYWHERE YET BECAUSE I KNOW MRS. VALDES HAS A COMMENT. SHE'S MORE EXCITED THAN ANYBODY UP HERE. IT'S HARD TO CONTAIN HER RIGHT NOW.

Susan Valdes: THIS WAS A TOUGH FEAT TO ACCOMPLISH, TO BE ABLE TO GET FOLKS TO SEE THAT OUR CHILDREN, NO MATTER WHERE THEY COME FROM, WHAT THEIR EXPERIENCES ARE, OR HAVE BEEN, THAT THEY CAN ACHIEVE. AND THIS DREAM TEAM, I APPRECIATE YOU VERY MUCH, SO, SO MUCH, THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN A LIGHT OF HOPE FOR THESE CHILDREN THAT OATS WISE WOULD NEVER SEE THEMSELVES IN THAT POSITION. SO I'M SO GLAD TO SEE THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF THESE THREE HIGH SCHOOLS. I WAS ACTUALLY HONORED TO BE ON STAGE AND I WAS ABLE TO GIVE EVERY ONE OF THOSE CHILDREN A GREAT BIG HUG AND KISS BECAUSE I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS, AND I APPRECIATE IT. SO MR. HENSLEY, I MEAN, YOU ROCK THERE AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. YOU ALL ROCK AT YOUR SCHOOLS. AND MRS. DAILY, YOUR LEADERSHIP AS WELL, AND MRS. COMENSETTER, YOU ARE A FALCON AT HEART ALTHOUGH I KNOW YOU ARE A RAVEN RIGHT NOW. I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR LEADERSHIP AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE NEXT YEAR'S GRADUATING CLASS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU ARE THAT BEACON OF HOPE FOR THESE CHILDREN. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE FACT THAT THIS BOARD STOOD STEADFAST AND PUSHED FOR THIS, LORD KNOWS THE MANY ARGUMENTS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ABOUT WHAT OUR KIDS CANNOT DO, AND HERE IS THE PROOF IN THE PUDDING OF WHAT OUR KIDS CAN ACCOMPLISH AND WILL ACCOMPLISH WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP, NO MATTER WHAT THE LEGISLATURE DOES. WE ARE GOING TO DO RIGHT BY KIDS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT THAT THESE STUDENTS WHO DID GRADUATE WITH THEIR DIPLOMAS WHEN THEY ARE ANNOUNCED ON OUR STAGE FINALLY AT THEIR GRADUATION, ARE ANNOUNCED WITH BOTH THEIR HIGH SCHOOL AND THEIR DIP LOTTERY NUMBER OF A FROM HCC. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

 OUR LAST ITEM OF THE EVENING IS RECOGNITION OF ARMWOOD SENIOR HIGH STUDENT PARTICIPATION "OUGHT TO BE A LAW" PROGRAM. CHRISTINE DAVIS, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS WILL PRESENT THESE STUDENT.

 THE OUGHTA BE A LAW PROGRAM WAS STARTED IN 2004 BY KEVIN HAMLER AND VICTOR CRIST, AND PROVIDES OUR STUDENT WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESEARCH AND WRITE BILLS, MEET WITH MEMBERS OF OUR LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, AND BECOME PART OF THE ACTUAL LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. AND EVEN SOMETIMES THEY CAN SEE THEIR BILL BECOME A LAW. I WOULD LIKE TO NOW ASK TONY PARADDO, SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AT ARMWOOD, TO COME UP AND INTRODUCE HIS STUDENTS AND TALK ABOUT THEIR LEGISLATION. [ APPLAUSE ]

 EVERY YEAR SINCE 2004, CIVICS STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE HAD A REAL LIFE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME CIVICALLY ACTIVE AND PARTICIPANT IN LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME GOOD INDIVIDUALS WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH US TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE CONTINUED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THIS PROGRAM TO OUR STUDENTS ANNUALLY. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PUBLICLY THANK STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAKE CLEBURNE FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM AND BEING WILLING TO GIVE A BILL SLOT TO OUR STUDENTS EACH AND EVERY LEGISLATIVE SESSION. I ALSO WANT TO BE SURE TO THANK MRS. CONNIE MOLITO FOR HER SUPPORT OF OUR PROGRAM AS WELL AND OF COURSE MY SIDE PRINCIPAL DR. COSTELLI.  THIS PROGRAM OVER THE YEARS HAS PROVIDED SUBSTANTIAL LEGISLATIVE IDEAS THAT HAVE OFTEN PROVED THAT SOMETIMES OUR KIDS ARE REALLY AHEAD OF THE LEGISLATIVE CURVE. THIS PROGRAM EMPOWERS OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN TRULY HAVE AN IMPACT ON A COMMUNITY IN A VERY REAL WAY. THIS YEAR OUR PROGRAM COULD HAVE BEEN CALLED "IT OUGHT NOT TO BE A LAWOSOS AS OUR WINNING IDEA WAS A BILL IDEA TO REPEAL CURRENT STATUTES. WITH THE HELP OF STATE REPRESENTATIVES JAKE CLEBURNE AND KATIE EDWARDS FILED _ BILL 166 TO END THE TAX ON FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA. OUR STUDENTS RESEARCHED, LOBBIED AND PRESENTED THIS BILL THROUGHOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. THE BILL WAS WIDELY ACCEPTED AND QUICKLY GAINED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OUR STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO GAIN 27 CO-SPONSORS FOR THEIR BILL, AND IN THE SENATE THEY WERE ABLE TO GAIN 13 CO-SPONSORS. THE BILL FLEW THROUGH ITS COMMITTEE STOPS WITHOUT A SINGLE NEGATIVE VOTE. AND THE BILL BECAME PART OF THE STATE'S LEGISLATURE'S TAX PACKAGE FOR 2017. THEY INCLUDED SEVERAL TAX CUTS INCLUDING THE SCHOOL'S SALES TAX THAT WE ENJOY SO MUCH. THE BILL THEN BECOME A COMMITTEE BILL THAT WAS PUT FORTH BY THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AND BECAME KNOWN AS HOUSE BILL 7109. ENTITLED TAXATION. THIS BILL WAS THE LAST LEGISLATION PASSED LAST NIGHT AT 9:07 P.M. AND IT IS CURRENTLY AWAITING GOVERNOR SCOTT'S SIGNATURE. SO WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY, LET ME INTRODUCE OUR FOUR EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG LADIES FROM ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, ALSO PART OF OUR COLLEGIAL ACADEMY. THEY ARE ALL SENIORS AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. THEY ARE ALEXANDER ALLIY COTE, KELSEY KEITHLY, DESTINY PITCHER, AND KIANA RIVERA. [ APPLAUSE ] I SHOULD ALSO MENTION THAT THIS PROGRAM WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HELP OF HASBROS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT. THESE ARE THE YOUNG LADIES THAT HELPED KNOCK DOWN LEGISLATURE LAST NIGHT.

Cindy Stuart: LADIES, I WATCHED THE END OF SESSION LAST NIGHT, AND I ACTUALLY WATCHED THIS PORTION OF THE BILL BE TALKED ABOUT, AND I WAS ACTUALLY REALLY IMPRESSED THAT THOSE WERE OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL -- THAT WAS THEIR BILL BEING TALKED ABOUT AS PART OF THE TAXATION. YOU GOT GREAT KUDOS LAST NIGHT. I WAS WATCHING THE VERY END OF SESSION. SO CONGRATULATIONS. I THINK THERE WAS EVEN A SUGGESTION IN THE COMMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR'S OUGHT TO BE A LAW. THEY WANT YOU TO TAKE THE TAXATION OFF OF DIAPERS FOR CHILDREN. THAT WAS THE NEXT REQUEST FROM THE "OUGHT TO BE A LAW STUDENT." SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. I'M SURE THAT YOU LEARNED A GREAT DEAL, AS WE ALL DID THIS SESSION, ABOUT THE THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN UP IN TALLAHASSEE. SO CONGRATULATIONS. I HOPE THAT YOU ENJOYED YOUR TIME THERE. MRS. SHAMBERGER.

 I ALSO WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS AND KUDOS. IT'S SUCH A PHENOMENAL BILL. THIS ITEM ACTUALLY CAME UP A LOT WHILE I WAS CAMPAIGNING. A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED TO BRING THIS UP. SO I I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU FOR BRINGING TOTAL FRUITION. AND WE ALL TAKE FOR GRANTED THIS ISSUE. AND A LOT OF OUR HIGH NEEDS SCHOOLS, OUR LOW-INCOME SCHOOLS, THIS IS AN ISSUE WHERE OUR GIRLS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO FEMININE PRODUCTS. THERE IS A REAL TRUE ISSUE. AND THROUGH YOUR HELP, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO THAT FOR OUR GIRLS. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY?

Melissa Snively: WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU AND THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND A GREAT BILL. AND SPEAKING OF WOMEN HEAR ON THE SCHOOL BOARD, WE APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS. AND I'M VERY PROUD TO SAY THANK YOU. MY WITH IS JAKE RAYBURN. AND I AM NOT AWARE THAT HE GAVE UP A BILL SPOT EACH YEAR FOR THIS SO I AM EXTREMELY IMPRESSED AND I WILL BE SURE TO SEND HIM YOUR PICTURE RIGHT NOW AND THANK HIM FOR ALLOWING THAT TO HAPPEN. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO.

Cindy Stuart: AND THANK YOU TO MRS. DAVIS AND MRS. MOLITO FOR THEIR HELP ON THIS PROJECT. I KNOW MRS. MOLITO PLAYED A KEY ROLE AND TO SENATOR RAYBURN. THERE ARE ANY OTHER COMMENTS FOR THE GOOD OF THE EVENING? IF NOT WE ARE ADJOURNED.