Stories of triumph highlight Turnaround Achievement Award ceremony
Graduation marks a time of celebration for thousands of Hillsborough County families, but there was a time when that walk across the stage was not a given for many students.
Dozens of Turnaround Achievement Award winners were honored this month, recognized for major changes they made to right their paths to graduation and beyond. Honorees included:
- The student who didn’t have that infamous ailment senioritis, but sure did suffer from freshmanitis, sophomoreitis and junioritis.
- The student who attended seven schools in six years to gain the confidence and self-control necessary for success.
- The student who arrived from middle school with 38 discipline referrals but took his football team’s “All Gas No Brakes” motto to heart and now leaves with a college scholarship.
- The student whose own turnaround inspired similar improvements by her friends.
“You have done a tremendous job of stepping over the obstacles and you have made it,” School Board Chair Sally Harris told the high school award recipients. “We are here to honor you.”
Advocates including administrators, counselors, school security officers and even military recruiters introduced the students in an emotional celebration of triumph.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Turnaround Student Awards and thank you to event sponsor Pin Chasers.
Alonso: Amanda Martinez
Armwood: Emani Wilson
Blake: Da'Shanique Duley
Bloomingdale: Marcel Grimaldo
Bowers Whitley: Camisha Smith
Brandon: Pierre Buie
Brooks DeBartolo: Aaron Webb
Chamberlain: Anthony Clarke
Durant: Haily Ausburn-Moran
East Bay: Alexis Clancy
Freedom: Xavier Taylor
Gaither: Raven Williams
Hillsborough: Liliana Rodriguez
Jefferson: Brandon Atkins
KCC Preparatory HS: Tiarah Wilson
King: Tanaria Morehead
Lennard: Esmeralda Martinez
Leto: Kenneth Bartow
Middleton: William Deralin
Newsome: Ciarra Thompson
Pepin Academies: Dominic Santini
Pivot Charter School: Adrian Rodriguez
Plant: Tianna Welsh
Plant City: Tracy James
Riverview: Jason Albury
Robinson: Daniela Derivet Thaureaux
Seminole Heights Charter: Gavin Morrison
Sickles: Kristina Tsitsikronis
Simmons Career: Christian Baez
South County Career: Adrian Hernandez
Spoto: Camre Williams
Steinbrenner: Brandon Garcia
Strawberry Crest: Edgar Cruz
Tampa Bay Technical: Lynsey Williams
Town & Country CHS: Austin Davis
Waters: Tye Rogers
West University Charter: Jeff Petion
Wharton: Johnathan Fernandez
At two separate celebrations, recipients were also named for middle schools.