Seventy-nine seniors from Hillsborough County Public Schools have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievement among U.S. high school students. These students have been named finalists for the National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic recognition programs.
More than 1.4 million students across the country entered the National Merit Scholarship competition in their junior year when they took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They were then notified at the start of their senior year that they were chosen as National Merit semifinalists. Students had to fulfill other requirements that include a strong academic performance to advance to a finalist. Many of these students will receive scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program.
King High School led the district with 19 students earning National Merit recognition. The district also had six students chosen as a National Achievement finalist, which honors accomplished African American students. Fourteen students earned the distinction of National Hispanic finalist, which recognizes outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students.
“Our students continue to excel with rigorous coursework and impress us with their dedication. Our teachers and staff strive to put students first so they can achieve their college and career goals,” said Jeff Eakins, Acting Superintendent.
These students will be honored at the School Board recognition meeting on May 12.
At Tuesday’s School Board meeting, the Board approved the student academic calendar for 2015-2016. The calendar is included below and available on the district’s website www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.
2015-2016 Student Academic Calendar
Students’ First Day of School: Tuesday, August 25
Labor Day Holiday/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday, September 7
End of 1st Grading Period: Friday, October 23
Non-Student Day: Monday, October 26
Veteran’s Day Holiday/Non-Student Day: Wednesday, November 11
Fall Break/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday – Friday, November 23-27
Students Return to School: Monday, November 30
Winter Break/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday – Friday, December 21 – January 1
Students Return to School: Monday, January 4
End of 2nd Grading Period (End of 1st Semester): Friday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday, January 18
Non-Student Day: Tuesday, January 19
Florida State Fair Day/Non-Student Day – West Hillsborough County: Friday, February 5
Strawberry Festival/Non-Student Day – East Hillsborough County: Monday, March 7
Spring Break/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday – Friday, March 14 – 18
Students Return to School: Monday, March 21
Non-Student Day: Friday, March 25
End of 3rd Grading Period: Friday, April 1
Memorial Day Holiday/Schools and District Offices Closed: Monday, May 30
Last Day of School/End of 4th Grading Period (End of 2nd Semester): Friday, June 10
Who: Hillsborough County public school seniors and families
What: Florida Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair and Decision Day
When: Saturday, April 25
8 to 9:30 a.m. – senior application drop off
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – college fair
Noon to 2 p.m. – senior decision pick up
Where: Blake High School media center – 1701 North Boulevard, Tampa
How: Seniors can submit a completed college application, then return to learn of the admission’s decision. Items required for an on-site decision include a completed application, completed residency forms, application fee/waiver, official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.
This event is open to all seniors who wish to learn more about preparing for college, programs available, and admissions requirements. Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida Agricultural Mechanical University (FAMU), and Hillsborough Community College will be in attendance.
Last year, more than 30 seniors applied and were admitted on-site.