Trophies and Awards

Points of Pride

Over the past year, the programs, faculty, students and athletes at Carrollwood Day School received recognition at the local, national and international level for many accomplishments.


June 2017. Ria Patel ('19) earned a perfect score on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test.

May 2017.  Nine high school students and five middle school students represented Carrollwood Day School and Hillsborough County in Tallahassee at the state competition for National History Day! Read more...

May 2017.  Katie McCaffrey ('21) was invited as a guest of honor to the American Chemical Society annual banquet at USF in recognition of her first place award in chemistry for the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair.

April 2017.  Two middle school students were invited to attend the State Recognition Ceremony for their exceptional performance on Duke TIP.

April 2017.  Aksheta Kanuganti ('20) placed 4th at the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida for her project, DNA Damage Repair in Saccharomyces cervesiae Model System Using Beta Carotene or Chitosan Nanoparticles, in the category of senior microbiology! 

March 2017.  Ashna Patel ('22) qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program's Center for Summer Studies! Only the top 5% of students in the seventh grade are invited to participate in the talent search and only students with the highest ACT and SAT scores among that accomplished group are invited to attend the Center for Summer Studies.

February 2017. Nine Carrollwood Day School high school students and five middle school students won top honors in the Hillsborough County History Fair. They won 5 first place awards, one second place, one third place and four special awards.  Read more...

February 2017. CDS had 15 entries from elementary, middle school and high school at the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair.  CDS students earned 1 memorial award, 4 special awards, 8 students placed in their categories including three 1st place winners and 4 students were selected to move onto state competition! Read more...

February 2017.  Riley Troyer ('17) was named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. He is the second CDS student to achieve this distinction.

January 2017. 42 4th and 5th graders were inducted into the CDS chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society.  Read more...

January 2017.  Libby McCaffrey ('21), Nisanth Aremanda ('20) and Aksheta Kanuganti ('20) were invited by the Hillsborough Regional to be STEM Fair Ambassadors. 

October 2016. Riley Troyer ('17) was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and submitted an application for finalist status. Additionally, Walker Cook ('17) and Sarah ('17) were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

July 2015.  The International Baccalaureate Organization awarded 42 IB diplomas to 2015 candidates for a pass rate of 89%!

May 2015. The Class of 2015 is Carrollwood Day School’s 7th graduating class, consisting of 60 graduates. Together they have received a total of 321 college acceptances to 150 colleges and universities across 30 states, Canada, England, and Scotland. 43 of these graduates will attend colleges throughout Florida, while 17 have decided to venture to colleges in 11 other states. This class has collectively received a total of over $4.3 million dollars in scholarship offers, with more to come in July as they earn their IB Diplomas. The Class of 2015’s Valedictorian, Elliza Guta is the first CDS recipient of the prestigious national Stamps Leadership Scholarship from Mercer University and Claudia Rami is the first CDS graduate to receive the coveted University of Florida’s Presidential Scholarship.

Ten students from this class have been recruited to be collegiate student-athletes in baseball, football, and tennis.

May 2015.  Aksheta Kanuganti ('20) placed in the top 7 at the Florida History Fair for her project on Malala Yousafzai. Four other CDS middle school and high school students also competed at the Florida History Fair: Ria Patel ('19), Jake F. ('18), Luke Jackson ('18), and Madeleine Schabes ('19).

April 2015. The middle school Forensics Team placed in every meet this year.

April 2015.  Aksheta Kanuganti (’20) received 2nd place for her project, “The effect of different solutions to decrease the amount of bacteria in P-traps in the Junior Microbiology category at the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida.

February 2015.  The MS Math Club participated in their first MathCounts competition at MOSI. The CDS team received a small trophy for being the "best new school."

February 2015. At this year's Hillsborough County History Fair, seventh grader Elizabeth Hoffmark received the “Most Courageous Research” award for her exhibit on Nelson Mandela, eighth grader Guillermo Madriz was awarded the "Most Entertaining Voice Over in a Documentary" award for his individual documentary on Mikhail Gorbachev, and Hailey Kurella, a 7th grader earned 3rd place in the junior individual website category for her website about Lilly Ledbetter. This year, two CDS students qualified to compete at the state history fair. Eighth grader Aksheta Kanuganti earned 2nd place for her presentation based on Malala Yousafzai in the junior individual performance category and Ria Patel, an eighth grader, performed a piece about Vandana Shiva, which earned her first place in junior individual performance for the second year in a row!

February 2014.  Middle school students received four special awards at the 2015 Hillsborough County Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair and placed 1st in two categories earning two bids at the state competition! In the category of Junior Environmental Sciences Sponsored by Mosaic, Elizabeth McCaffrey (’21) received a Merit Award for her project, “How Effective Are Sunscreens?” In the category of Junior Medicine and Health Sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center, Samara Morgan (’21) received a Merit Award for her project, “Let’s Talk Turnout: Does dancer height effect ballet turnout?” In the category of Junior Engineering Sponsored by Bright House Networks, Grace Kiser (’21) received a Merit Award for her project, “Project Rickety.” In addition, Grace received a special award from Mathnasium.

 In the category of Junior and Behavioral Social Science, Katherine McCaffrey (’21) received a Merit Award for her project, “Measurement of Human Reflex Times: Effects of Age and Stimulus.” In addition, Katie received a 1st Place Certificate of Excellence in Behavioral Science Research from the Florida Psychological Association, Tampa Bay Region, and $100. In the category of Junior Medicine and Health Sponsored by Moffitt Cancer Center, Nisanth Aremanda (’20) received 1st place for his project, “Spice it Up: The Effect of Turmeric as an Antioxidant.” In the category of Junior Microbiology, Aksheta Kanuganti (’20) received 1st place for her project, “The effect of different solutions to decrease the amount of bacteria in P-traps.” Nisanth and Aksheta have both been nominated to compete in the Broadcom Masters, a program of Society for Science & the Public for outstanding performance at an SSP affiliated science fair in 2015.

December 2014. Two Carrollwood Day School sixth grade students were named winners in the Florida Council on Economic Education’s Poster Contest!  Katie McCaffrey and Sonya Trivedi each designed a winning poster. The contest was open to students in grades K – 12 throughout Florida. Contest participants had to design a poster to illustrate one of ten economic concepts.

November 2014. Claudia Rami ('15) achieved the highest possible score – 800 points – on the SAT Math 2 subject test administered by The College Board.

September 2014. The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced that two Carrollwood Day School seniors have been recognized among the top academic minds in the nation. Rahul Borra ('15), was named a National Merit Semifinalist and Alex Gionis ('15) was named a National Merit Commended Scholar in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

July 2014. The Class of 2014 has set new benchmarks for the CDS Diploma Programme. 38 of our 46 Diploma Candidates were awarded the IB Diploma for a diploma rate of 83% (82.6%) surpassing the world average pass rate. CDS had our first Bilingual Diploma awarded and our high point total of 43 out of the coveted highest mark of 45 points set a new school standard. Exams are scored on a scale of 1 - 7 and CDS students earned the highest score of 7 on exams in Spanish HL, Global Politics HL, History of the Americas HL, Biology SL, Math Studies SL, and Visual Arts HL. The overall results for CDS are once again outstanding both against previous school results and also against world averages.

April 2014. Two members of the Class of 2015 qualified to enter the 2015 National Merit Scholar Program.

April 2014. A fifth grader was invited to attend a special Duke TIP ceremony for scoring in the 99th percentile overall on ACT Explore test. This test is traditionally given in 8th grade. 

April 2014. The Class of 2014 has received nearly 320 college acceptances to more than 117 four-year colleges and universities and has been awarded over $5.2M in scholarships. Additional collegiate honors achieved by the Class of 2014 include:

  • 1st National Achievement Scholar Finalist ~ Rosia Rowe.

  • 1st acceptance to Dual B.S/D.O program (Nova Southeastern University, FL) ~ Suhani Patel

  • 1st acceptance to Dual B.S/DMD program (Nova Southeastern University, FL) ~ Ishaan Parishak

  • 1st acceptance to Dual B.A./M.A. program Nichols College (MA) ~ Jade Matthews

  • 1st student named Fellow of Distinction in School of Communication at Elon University in NC ~ Caroline Miller

  • Members of the CDS Class of 2014 have been accepted to honors programs/colleges at University of Tampa, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, University of Tennessee, University of South Carolina, Providence College, Pace University, Hofstra University, and The University of Alabama.

April 2014. Fifty high school students were inducted into the CDS Chapter of the National Honor Society. This is the largest group of students to be inducted into the CDS Chapter of NHS since its inception in 2008.

Thirty-nine high school students were inducted into Ernesto Lecuona Chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honor Society).

Thirty-two new members were inducted into Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society.)

March 2014.  Five middle school students qualified to compete at the State History Fair.

July 2013. CDS IB Hall of Fame walls recognize all graduates that achieve a 6 or 7 on their IB exams. The Class of 2013 added 32 names to these walls. Included in the 32 new Hall of Fame entries was a top score of 7 in History, and four 7's in Math Studies.



March 2017. Thespians Leah Vicencio ('17) and Brooke Bennett ('17) received straight "Superiors," the highest score possible, for their duet scene at the State Thespian Festival. Basima Ali ('17), Leah Vicencio ('17), and Gagan Midathala ('17) received "Excellents" for their pieces and newcomer Aliya Olson ('17) received an "Excellent" for her solo musical performance.

March 2017.  22 chorus students from grades 4-8 participated in the America Sings festival at Universal Studios Orlando.

March 2017. The middle school forensics team had eight member place in the top five at their first meet of the year, with Isabel Mahone ('21) winning 1st place in Original Oratory and Haarika Gurivireddygari ('21) placing first in Impromptu.

January 2017. Ian Hendershot ('24) had one of his works of art displayed at the Tampa Museum of Art in their Young @ Art Exhibit.This is quite an honor as they accept only one piece of artwork from each school in Hillsborough County.

January 2017.  Grace Thorpe (’23), Emily Laartz (’23), and Alma Akel (’23) are  three of this year's 12 winners of the Florida Council on Economic Education poster contest.

January 2017. Two middle school students performed at the Florida Music Educators Conference. Petra Waterstreet ('21) was one of 12 cellists to play in the Florida All State Honors Orchestra for 7th and 8th grade. T.C. Le ('23) performed an original musical composition which he titled Patriot as a tribute to CDS.

December 2016.  Cameron Abernathy ('17) received an acting award and Leah Vicencio earned "Best Student Director" at their One Act Competition. 

November 2016.   Nisanth Aremanda ('20) is the first CDS student to qualify for membership in the National Speech & Debate Honors Society.

October 2016. The middle school forensics team had six member place in the top five at their first meet of the year, with Inshira Ali ('21) winning 1st place in Impromptu.

October 2016. The Speech and Debate Team participated in their inaugural competition. Seven CDS students actively participated in Student Congress and Aksheta Kanuganti ('20), won First Place in the Original Oratory event! 
April 2015.
 Rachel Simmons ('15) placed first in the Creative Youth 15th Congressional District art competition for her piece "Connected." 

April 2015. Andrew Alvarez ('20) won the April 2015 Sam Ash Drum Bash.

March 2015. Bravo to Thespian Troupe #7235 for another great showing at the State Thespian Festival! The Troupe earned two Excellents for their solo musical pieces and an Excellent in the playwriting competition.

February 2015. The middle school thespian troupe competed at their first State Thespian Competition. They earned Excellents for ensemble acting, duet acting, solo musical, and duet musical; they also received scores of Good for solo musical and duet acting.

February 2015.  Tenia Hicks ('18) sat before the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) to be tested on her piano skills at HCC Ybor City.  For Concerto and Solo she passed with the highest possible "Superior" grade and qualified to go on to the Junior State Convention.

January 2015. A watercolor painting by Claire Miller ('22) was selected to be displayed in the Young@Art Exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art. 

April 2014. The high school Thespian Troupe competed amongst 8,000 fellow thespians at the 2014 Florida State Thespian Festival. The troupe earned three High Excellence awards for monologues and solo musical entries.  The troupe also received a Superior Rating for contrasting monologues and a Straight Superior for their small group musical which is the highest score awarded.  

January 2014. Artwork by a CDS elementary student was selected to be on display at the Tampa Museum of Art in the Young at Art exhibit.

October 2012. The high school Thespian Troupe received six superior ratings for Individual Events in their district competition including their first entry in the Large Group Musical category. All 14 students who competed at this event qualified to compete at the State Thespian Festival which will be held in March 2013.

March 2012.  At the 2012 Florida State Thespian Festival, two CDS seniors received Straight Superior rating and were named the “Best Duet Actors” and “Critics Choice,” the highest honor offered in Florida high school theatre. Seven additional CDS thespians received Excellent ratings in Solo Musical and Small Group Musical.

December 2011. The high school Thespian Troupe competed at the District 9 One-Act Competition for the first time. Their entry received Superior ratings, a CDS senior was recognized as "Best Student Director" and another senior was named to the "All-Star Cast" of District 9.

October 2011.  The high school Thespian Troupe received top ratings at the District IE Festival. All entries for Small Group Musical, Solo Musical and Monolog received "Straight Superiors."  Two seniors came in first place, received the Critics Choice for Duet Acting, and were showcased at the District 9 Thespians event.


May 2017., the nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world, designated Carrollwood Day School a 2017 National School of Character. CDS was first recognized as an NSOC in 2003. 

May 2017.  The high school Relay for Life team raised over $2,200.

April 2017.  In collaboration with with Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, all MS and HS students complete MCC’s school climate survey that captures students’ perceptions of school culture, climate, and safety. Results from CDS students’ surveys show that our culture of caring came across loud and clear, more than any other school involved in the project! 

April 2017.  CDS high school students are a finalist team in the KIND Challenge launched by Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project in partnership with the KIND Foundation. 

March 2017.   Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has recognized CDS's commitment to creating a caring community and has named CDS a caring school, authorizing CDS to display the Making Caring Common badge.

February 2017.  10 MS and HS teachers are implementing specific activities to increase empathy in their classrooms as part of a Harvard empathy research project.

November 2016.  Students in all four divisions (ECC, Elementary, Middle and High School) made cards and chains of gratitude to share with local veterans.

October 2016.   52 juniors and seniors and four faculty chaperones packed their suitcases with school supplies and traveled to Nicaragua to volunteer with Outreach360.

May 2015.  CDS high school students participated in Relay for Life for the 7th year in a row.  The team was recognized as a Bronze Team for the amount of money they raised.

May 2015. Emma Kowiak ('16) is the first CDS student to receive the FL Holocaust Museum's Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. 

April 2015. Carlos Acuña ('15) and Lauren Meaney ('15) were awarded the Heart of the Championship Award for "demonstrating leadership and maturity in helping their teammates, relentless work ethic in games and in practices, and total dedication and love for their sport."

February 2015. Chrissy Dos Santos ('15) was awarded the Be More Inspiring Rising Star Award at the 10th Annual WEDU Be More Awards Ceremony. She was recognized for her work with Frameworks of Tampa Bay.

April 2014.  A fourth grader created a fundraising website and spoke to over 1,500 children at two different schools to raise $2,000 to help 100 people get clean drinking water. 

March 2014.   The CDS 7th grade spent the day working with migrant workers' children at RCMA. Prior going on their trip, they raised money to purchase games and school supplies for the children.

December 2013.  A number of our fifth grade families joined Mrs. Fordyce's "Anne's Angels" team to walk in the Miles for Hope Walk on December 7 to raise awareness and funds for research.  There were 48 members on Anne's Angels team and 21 of them were CDS students, siblings, parents and teachers!

October 2013.  CDS juniors and seniors spent one week volunteering in the Dominican Republic as a part of a Volunteer Abroad program operated by Outreach360. The students taught conversational English to youth between the ages 8-12 through games and songs.

November 2012.  A CDS senior was selected to be featured as a “Hometown Hero” by FOX TV 13 for his work to eliminate bullying. 

October 2012.  A CDS freshman traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the announcement of new legislation sponsored by Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson designed to prevent hazing on college campuses.

December 2011.  CDS middle school and high school counselors, Mrs. Krista Diamond and Dr. Allison Agliata designed a program for peer mediation that was launched this year. During the first semester, 23 high school and middle school students met weekly to participate in this training. Under the supervision of the school counselors, these students will help their younger peers in elementary and middle school work out conflicts as well as provide academic tutoring, one-to-one mentoring, or lead small group book talks.

November 2011. A high school junior was honored for her selfless and dedicated service to the community at the annual fundraising gala for the Caribbean Community Association. Since the tragic earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2009, she has been collecting hygiene items for the Haitians as they continue their long recovery.


September 2017. Barbie Monty, 5th grade teacher, has been named a Buncee Ambassador.  Buncee is a web-based creation and presentation tool for students and educators to create interactive classroom content, allowing learners of all ages to visualize concepts and communicate creatively.

June 2017. Dr. Allison Agliata, Head of the Middle School, earned her Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership (CAEL) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

May 2017.   Head of School, Ryan Kelly, was awarded his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree specializing in educational and organizational leadership from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

April 2017.  Jennifer Dosher (MYP Middle School Humanities teacher) and Sabrina McCartney (MYP coordinator/ HS humanities teacher) were invited to present "Bringing ATL Skills to School Life" at the IB Global Conference in Orlando in July, 2017. 

January 2016.  Dawana Hug, CDS Technology Integrator, will present at FETC 2016 in Orlando, FL. The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) brings together education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Known worldwide for its outstanding program, FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum — from kindergarten to college — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies. 

October 2015Nick Rodriguez, Varsity Baseball Coach and Director of Advancement, has been elected as the non-public schools representative to serve a three-year term on the  FHSAA Section 3 Appeals Committee. This committee renders decisions on (a) requests by schools seeking exceptions to bylaws and regulations of the Association, (b) undue hardship eligibility cases on behalf of students, and (c) sustaining or overturning appeals of decisions rendered by the Executive Director.

September 2015.  High school Language A teacher, Philip Dailey was featured in the September 2015 issue of IB World Magazine for his project "Our Virtual Classroom Helped Us Collaborate." 

August 2015.  Ryan Kelly, head of school, is embarking on his second year of doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Kelly is in the early stages of his dissertation, which will be conducted at Carrollwood Day School.  His research will be a mixed-method study, focusing on the STEEM initiative and its impact on our female students and their future interest and pursuit of STEEM careers.  After successful defense of his dissertation, Mr. Kelly anticipates graduating in May of 2017.

August 2015.  Fifth grade teacher, Barbie Monty, is one of the teachers tapped by to contribute to their extensive collection of resources for IB teachers. 

March 2014Barbie Monty, fifth grade teacher, has been awarded a Reflex Educator Grant. The grant program awards exceptional educators with an opportunity to use ExploreLearning Reflex, a revolutionary math fact fluency program, with a classroom of students for one year.

January 2014.  Once again, the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) reached out to CDS high school humanities teacher, Sabrina McCartney, to assist with an innovative program development project. Ms. McCartney was one of three social studies/individual and societies teachers and three math teachers from across programme levels and regions invited to work with the IB curriculum managers to develop new instructional materials. These premier educators formed a ‘language and learning’ working group that traveled to the IB office in The Hague for three days.

July 2012.  A high school science teacher was awarded a fellowship to work at the Fermilab near Chicago. She worked on a project designed to ultimately discover the Higgs-Boson particle, the most fundamental building block of matter.

April 2012. Sabrina McCartney, 8th grade humanities teacher/PYP coordinator, was recommended by the University of South Florida's Stavros Center to serve on an educator review committee for the Council for Economic Education to write a set of national standards for teaching financial literacy in the K-12 classroom.

March 2012.  Head of School, Mary Kanter, is invited to visit China for two weeks on an educational exchange program and to recruit Chinese students to attend CDS.

February 2012. Kelly Benedetti, high school humanities department chair, traveled to The Hague, The Netherlands to develop a new global politics course for the International Baccalaureate Organization. CDS is one of eight schools that were selected from a pool of 80 applicants to help develop and pilot this course for the 2012-2013 school year.

February 2012. John Burton, high school humanities teacher, attended a Paper (exam) editing meeting in Cardiff, UK, to edit the November 2013 examination for the IB Diploma Programme. He then traveled to The Hague to attend an Extended Essay curriculum review meeting.

October 2011.  Ryan Kelly, high school principal, was appointed Assistant Head of School. 


Click here to read Athletic Highlights from the 2016-2017 school year.

November 2016.  Emma Frost ('17) was the first athlete-scholar from the Class of 2017 to receive an athletic scholarship to play a collegiate sport; she signed her letter of intent to play softball at FIU. 

October 2016.  Gabby Quarles ('18), varsity volleyball player,  was named Bright House Sports Athlete of the Week.

August 2016. Katrina Lenis ('18) advanced to the final four on the Nickelodeon reality show, Soccer Superstar! 
March 2014
.  This was the first time in school history that CDS competed in the team portion of the regional competition.

Winter 2014.  Varsity Boys Soccer won the District Championship for the first time in program history and advanced to the Regional Final - one game from the final four.

Winter 2014.  Varsity Girls Soccer won the District Championship for the first time in program history.  

Winter 2014.  Varsity Girls Basketball finished as District Runner-Up and advanced to the Regional Quarter-Finals for the first time in program history.

Fall 2013.  Inaugural season for the CDS Varsity Swim Team.

November 2012The Varsity Football Team made history by winning the District Championship and securing their first playoff berth. They also are the first team in CDS history to win a Bay Conference Championship.

April 2012. In their first visit to the FHSAA Championship State Finals as a team, the CDS Girls Varsity Tennis Team advanced to the final round, with a freshman earning the runner-up Singles Championship title.

March 2012.  A member of the CDS Equestrian Team qualified to compete at National in New York. This is the first year CDS fielded an Equestrian Team.

December 2011. The Varsity Wrestling team got its first win in their inaugural season.

September 2011. High school students organized the first school intramural cricket club league in the Tampa Bay area.

May 2011.  For the second year in a row, the Florida West Coast League presented Carrollwood Day School with the Rick Stowell Sportsmanship Award.

May 2010.  Good sportsmanship rules at CDS! For the third year, the middle school athletic program received the Rick Stowell Sportsmanship Award from the FWCL for exemplary sportsmanship. The high school athletic program was nominated for the third time to receive the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award from the FHSAA for exemplary sportsmanship.

April 2008 In only its second year as a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), Carrollwood Day School received the 2007-08 FHSAA/Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award, one of the highest honors in the state for high school athletics.  The Patriots’ athletics program was selected the winner for Class 1A, Section 3 and the overall winner for Class 1A.

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