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Honoring student and employee achievements throughout the district.

School Board Recognizes Achievements

September 27, 2016 - Points of Pride

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – The Hillsborough County School Board held a special recognition meeting Tuesday night honoring student and employee achievements throughout the district.   Take a look at our photo galleries showcasing newest points of pride. 

Recognition of the 2016 National Geographic Bee Winner

Hillsborough County School Board was proud and honored to recognize Rishi Nair, a sixth grade student from Williams Middle Magnet School, as the 2016 National Geographic Bee Champion.  Rishi is the first national winner from Hillsborough County Public Schools and the second from the state of Florida. 

Nair will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and an all-expense paid Linblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion.  The trip includes a stop at Glacier Bay National Park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Travel is provided by Linblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. 


Recognition of the Student Honored by Duke Talent Identification Program

Sixteen students out of 723 seventh-graders who scored high enough on SAT to ACT to receive National Grand Level recognition. To learn more about the Duke Tip program. The Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) identifies academically talented seventh-grade students based on standardized test scores. These students were invited to complete either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).


Recognition of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

Students were recognized from the following CTSO who received awards at the state and/or national competitive events:

  • FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America
  • FCCLA - Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
  • FFA
  • JROTC - Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
  • SkillsUSA
  • TSA - Technology Student Association


Recognition of Magnet Schools of America (MSA), Merit Award Winner

Twenty-one magnet schools received Merit School Awards in 2 categories at the MSA 33rd National Conference in Miami, Florida.  MSA awards Magnet Schools of Excellence and Magnet Schools of Distinction based on "commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of quality services to all school stakeholders."

In addition, Riverhills Elementary Magnet School was awarded with the New and Emerging Magnet School of Merit, as the top new magnet school in the nation.  Muller Elementary Magnet School was awarded with the Dr. Donald Waldrip award, as the second overall magnet school in the nation.


Presentation of Plaques to Area Star Swept Award Finalists and Trophies to Elem and Secondary School of the Year

From September 2015 to March 2016, Star Swept Awards were presented monthly to selected area schools recommended by each Area Superintendent for exemplary custodial services.  In April 2016, the Area Superintendents selected from the monthly winners three elementary and two secondary schools or ancillary sites in their area.  In May 2016, from this group, Custodial Operations and district personnel evaluated and selected eight elementary and eight secondary schools (one elementary and one secondary school) as winners in each area.  We would like to recognize these finalists with a plaque and present the seventh annual perpetual trophy to the elementary school of the year and to the secondary school of the year.


Recognition of Area Attendance, School Attendance, and Presentation of the Beth Shields Awards 2015/2016

This year, 34 schools will be recognized for their outstanding achievement in maintaining high attendance percentages for the 2015/2016 school year.  The Beth Shields Attendance award recipients will be recognized and presented with a plaque for achieving the highest percentage of attendance at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Attendance flag Presentation click here


Recognition of Student Nutrition Services (SNS) Managers for Graduation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certified Culinarian Program

A celebration honoring the 48 Certified Culinarian graduates included each being “coated” with a personalized chef jacket bearing their name, the SNS logo, and the ACF logo.

These chefs are helping change the "face" of child nutrition by giving the profession a boost in esteem and respect.   The goal of SNS is to continue to grow the credentialing program, place a certified chef/nutrition manager at all schools, and encourage chefs to reach for higher levels of competencies within ACF. There are 24 managers slated to begin the next Certified Culinarian program in a few weeks.