Sheppard Testimonial
Hailey Crow, Class of 2019
Akash Testimonial


Scholastic Achievements

May 2019.  Hannah M. ('22) and Sarah M. ('22) placed 3rd for group performance at the Florida National History Day competition in Tallahassee.

April 2019. Libby M. ('21) received the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission Merit Award for Academic Excellence for the STEM project she presented at the County and State science fair titled "Solar Power Electrocoagulation Cell for Removal of Nitrate and Phosphate from Wastewater Retention Ponds." 

February 2019. Three CDS students qualified and advanced to the National Catholic Forensic League's National Finals Tournament to be held in Milwaukee, WI, May 25 & 26: Katie M. ('21) advanced in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Akash P. ('21) advanced in Original Oratory, and Ellen J. ('21) advanced in Declamation.

February 2019. At a middle school math competition with local independent schools Vikram B. ('23), won 2nd place for Algebra in the team competition, Aayush P. ('24) & Zaim S. ('24) placed 3rd as a 7th grade team, and Zaim S. ('24) won 3rd place for an Individual 7th grade.

February 2019. MS Forensics students earned these honors at their Forensics Meet: Carter C. ('23) - 1st place Declamation; Vikram B. ('23) - 3rd place Impromptu; Aarnav C. ('25) - 5th place Declamation; and Hailee S. ('23) - 5th place Original Oratory. 

February 2019. Upper school journalists published the inaugural issue of their new school newspaper, Patriot Press.

February 2019. Speech & Debate Team participated in FFL Regionals and five students are heading to the State Championship Tournament on March 2nd and 3rd! Katie M. ('21) qualified to compete in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Akash P. ('21) and Aksheta K. ('20) qualified for Original Oratory; and Anjali B. ('20) & Emily F. ('20) will compete in Duo Interpretation.

January 2019. Aksheta K. ('20) placed first in Prepared Speaking and Joshua J. ('20) placed third in Sports Medicine at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Suncoast West Regional Competition.They both will be moving on to compete at states in March.

January 2019. The Speech & Debate team participated in their final local tournament at Durant High School with Akash P. ('21) winning first place in Original Oratory, Katie M. ('21) winning second place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Ellen J. ('21) winning first place in Declamation, and Simon H. ('21) winning third place in Congress.

January 2019. N’Jhari J. ('19) has been named a Regional Finalist for the 2019 class of the Coca‑Cola Scholars Program, moving to the third round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

January 2019. Aksheta K. '20, CDS Speech and Debate Team Captain, broke to the quarter finals at the Sunvite Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament. This placed her among the top 25 in a field of over 100 national competitors. 

January 2019. The CDS Patriot Bots hosted the R.O.B.O.T. League Robot Ruckus Championship and won the 'Control Award.' They missed out on a place to states by a hair but had an incredible season and will be back stronger next season.

December 2018. Sarina P. ('20) won two awards for Poetry in the 2018 Florida Writers Association's flagship Royal Palm Literary Award writing competition: 1st place for Where Light Lies, and 2nd place forThe Stadium is Wet.

November 2018. Speech and Debate competed in a tournament on November 17th in Sarasota. New contenders Alexa G. ('22) and Fiona W.-C. ('22) won 3rd place in Dramatic Duo Performance. Aksheta K. ('20) and Akash P. ('21) competed at the Glenbrooks National Tournament in Chicago with both breaking into the Quarter Final round.

November 2018. Eight CDS students earned a Distinction (scoring over 123) in The Bebras Challenge, an international computational thinking competition run by MIT in the US. Congratulations to: 9th graders: Samantha A., Matthew D., Ryan K., Tyler K., and Rylee T. and 10th graders Camilo Y. and Petra W. Special congratulations to Zoe W. ('22) who was awarded Best in School for being the top scorer at CDS.

November 2018. Nicholas F. ('27)  finished 4-0 in the 4th-5th grade division at the Roland Park one day Chess tournament on November 4th, finishing in a tie for first place. His victory automatically qualified him for the Tampa Bay All Star Chess Tournament in the Spring. Nicholas has been playing chess with the CDS Chess Club since second grade. 

November 2018. The CDS Patriot Bots FTC team competing and various alliance partners competed in six matches at the R.O.B.O.T. League of Tampa Bay competition at Middleton High School, winning all six and placing first for the day.

October 2018. The Speech and Debate team did extremely well at the October FGCCFL Tournament. Ellen J.('21) won first in Declamation, Aksheta K. ('20) won first in Original Oratory, and Emily F. ('20) and Anjali B. ('20) finished third in Duo Interpretation.

September 2018. The Speech and Debate team competed at this year's first FGCCFL All Events Tournament with these stellar individual results: Akash P. ('21) won first place in Original Oratory; Ellen J. ('21) won first place in Oratory Declamation; Simon H. ('21) won second place in Student Congress; and Katie M. ('21) won third place in Lincoln Douglas Debate. (This is the team's first ever CDS trophy in Debate!)

September 2018. Two CDS students attended the Yale Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament. Akash P. ('21) finished in the top quartile in Original Oratory, and Aksheta K. ('20) finished in sixth place out of 134 competitors in Original Oratory. 

September 2018. Katie M. ('21) won third place in her Congress Chamber at the Speech and Debate Congress Invitational Tournament at Wharton High School. This is our first ever Congress win!

July 2018.  The IB Diploma pass rate for the top 50% of the 2018 graduating class was 100%!

Leadership and Community Service

May 2019.  Carrollwood Day School was named a 2019 National Beta School of Merit. This prestigious honor is in recognition of the school’s dedication to academic excellence and commitment to celebrating students’ achievements. 

May 2019. Former students from Mrs. Monty's classes performed a song from the 2018 PYP Exhibition at Feeding Tampa Bay's fundraising event, Fork Fight.

April 2019. US Beta Club was the 3rd Place team for fundraising for the Northwest Hillsborough County Relay for Life to help save lives from cancer! In addition to raising over $5,500, the CDS team was also recognized at the "Most Spirited" team.

March 2019. BrieAnn H. ('22) competed for Student of the Year through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

January 2019. The upper school Beta Club chapter was recognized for 2nd place in service at the Florida Senior Beta Club Convention. Five CDS students received top honors at the convention and qualify to compete at the National convention this summer in Oklahoma City: Eduardo C. ('21) placed 3rd in performing arts and 2nd in Spanish; the team of Libby M. ('21), Megan C. ('21), Sydney D. ('21), Meredith S. ('21), and Eduardo C. ('21) finished 2nd in engineering; and Megan C. ('21) placed 3rd in creative writing. Mrs. Shelly Hollingsworth, our chapter's sponsor was elected State Sponsor-Elect.

December 2018. Carrollwood Day School was the 2nd place school collecting over $1,500 worth of items for the End Veteran Homelessness Challenge that was a partnership between the American Student Council Association and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs! This project was sponsored by the Elementary Student Council. 

December 2018. Both CDS's National Beta Club Chapter and National Junior Beta Club Chapter have achieved National School of Distinction status. This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. 

October 2018.  Chloe W. ('21) served on the committee for the Food Allergies Hero Walk.  Additionally, she was the speaker who kicked off the walk and was recognized for being the top fundraiser. 

June 2018. N'Jhari J. ('19) earned a Congressional Award Bronze Medal. This award recognizes voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration of a new environment or culture.

Faculty and Administration

October 2019. Five CDS teachers have been invited to showcase their expertise and innovative ideas at two FCIS statewide professional development programs. Barbie Monty [5th Grade teacher] and Jennifer Stanley [US Humanities teacher] will present sessions at the FCIS Annual Convention in November 2019 and Stephanie Piazza [Toddler teacher], Caroline Messmer [PreK-3 teacher], and Kati Jones [PreK-4 teacher] will present at the FCIS Early Childhood Institute in February 2020.

January 2019. Mrs. Shelly Hollingsworth, the upper school Beta Club chapter's sponsor was elected State Sponsor-Elect at the Florida Senior Beta Club Convention.

January 2019. Ashley Mabry, 4th grade teacher, was awarded by FLIBS a grant for PYP Professional Excellence. The grant will cover attendance at an IB workshop for Concept-Driven Learners.

January 2019. Tracey O'Neill, Upper School humanities teacher, received a Professional Excellence award from FLIBS to attend the World History Association Conference in Puerto Rico this summer. 

November 2018. Elementary teachers, Ashley Mabry (4th grade) and Julie Tippett (PE) were chosen by IBO to be part of the PYP Development Team to review the new PYP Scope and Sequence documents. They will be working on the language and (PSPE) personal, social, physical education sections representing the IB Americas region along with selected teachers from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. 

October 2018. Lindsey Montague, US Entrepreneurship teacher has been named Teacher of the Week by Lead2Feed. She uses the Lead2Feed leadership curriculum in her classes to empower her students to design creative solutions to positively impact social issues in the Tampa Bay community.
September 2018. 5th grade teacher, Barbie Monty, was accepted for the first cohort of The Empathy Project Fellowship, a joint project of Empatico and Participate, two professional development organizations dedicated to helping teachers empower learners to engage with the world around them.

April 2018.  7th grade Design Tech teacher, Simone Ferdinand, was selected by International Baccalaureate to be a Building Quality Curriculum Reviewer in Design.

March 2018. 5th grade teacher, Barbie Monty, was awarded a FLIBS Excellence Award. This grant will be used to purchase 12 Sphero SPRK Robots for her classroom that will be used to teach robotics and the basic fundamentals of programming while igniting creativity in her students. The robots will also provide opportunities for the students to collaborate with each other and students around the globe.

Artistic Achievements

May 2019.   Kourosh R. ('20) competed at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs Junior Convention at UNF. Kourosh won first place in Piano Accompaniment Very Difficult I for his performance of Sicilienne, Op. 78 by Gabriel Fauré.

March 2019. Ava G. ('21), Matheson W. ('21), and Isabel M. ('21) were awarded superiors for their events, and Juliana P.('21), Keira O. ('22), Fiona W.-C. ('22), Kira D. ('19), and Paisley G. ('22) were awarded excellents for their events at the 2019 Florida State Thespian Festival.

March 2019. Jennifer B. ('19) and Hailey K. ('20) were among the 40 students selected from all the schools in Hillsborough County to be accepted into the Congressional High School Art Competition and Exhibition. Their work was displayed in the Tampa Museum of Art and both students received a certificate of recognition from US Representative Kathy Castor. 

February 2019. Kourosh R. ('20) qualified to compete at the Florida State Division for the National Federation of Music Clubs in Piano Accompaniment by earning superior ratings in Piano Accompaniment and in Theory and an excellent rating for his Piano Solo at the local piano Festival for the National Federation of Music Clubs. 

February 2019. CDS's Jr. Thespian Troupe 89245 earned 3 Excellents and 4 Superiors in Monologue, Solo Musical, Duet Acting, & Ensemble Acting at the Jr. Thespian State Festival.

February 2019. Parth M. ('21) and Nitya M. ('25) performed Bharatanatyam dance before the tip off of game between Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets as part of Orlando Magic's India Day celebration. This is the first time that Indian classical dancing has been performed at this annual event.

December 2018. US Thespian Troupe 7235 performance of #Viral at the district one act competition won two superiors and one excellent and missed the overall superior rating by the smallest margin. Isabel M. ('21) earned the "All Star Cast" award for best performer and the entire cast won the "Best ensemble" award.

October 2018. Troupe 7235 took a record number 23 pieces and all received either Excellents or Superiors. The following students received an overall Superior and qualify to take their piece to the state competition in March: Isabel M. ('21) and Matheson W. ('21), Keira O. ('22) and Fiona W-C. ('22), Paisley G. ('22), Ava G. ('21) for their acting pieces; Kira D. ('19) for her solo musical; and Juliana P. ('21) for her choreographed dance number. Juliana P. ('21) won a prestigious Critic's Choice award as a choreographer; this is the first time this honor has been awarded to CDS.  

October 2018. Five fifth graders were selected to perform in regional and all-state honor groups by the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association. Elodie H. was chosen for the (FEMEA) Regional Honor Choir and Grace T. for the Regional Orff Ensemble. Lexie L.Addie P., and Sam Z. were selected to participate in the Florida Music Educators All-State Orff Ensemble.

September 2018. Parth M. ('21) performed his 'Arangetram', a classical Indian dance debut in the dance field known as Bharatanatyam.  In recognition of his extraordinary accomplishment, Buddy Dyer, Mayor of the city of Orlando, proclaimed September 16, 2018 as a day in honor of Parth in the City of Orlando. Parth is first male dancer to make a debut in this art field in the entire state of Florida. 

Athletic Achievements

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May 2019. Rachael W. ('21) was recognized by the US Equestrian Athlete Lettering program.

April 2019. Sarah K. ('19) rowed under Carrollwood Day School at the Florida State Sculling Championships and took first place scholastically (third overall - club teams and scholastics combined).

April 2019. Boys' and Girls' Varsity Tennis Teams were the 2019 District Championship Finalists! Vian B. ('19) and Sarah S. ('19) qualified to compete at the FHSAA State Championship tournament.

March 2019. Varsity Wrestling won two regional championships: Jacob C. '19 @ 160 and Jonathan C. '22 @ 152. 

February 2019. Varsity Girls Basketball Team finishes the season as State Runner-Up.

February 2019. Varsity Girls Basketball Team defeated Seffner Christian to become FHSAA 4A Region 2 Champions.

January 2019. The Patriots Competitive Cheer Squad made school history by advancing to the state semi-finals for the first time.

December 2018. Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Karim Nohra celebrated his 600th career win and Tiasia M. ('20) scored her 1,000th career point.

December 2018. Alexa G. ('22) and Kyle B. ('19) were named Athletes of the Week by Florida Orthopaedic Institute in recognition of their hard work on and off the field.

November 2018. Parth M. ('21) and Nitya M. ('25) competed at the World Karate Championships held in Dublin, Ireland. Parth secured the Bronze medal in the individual point sparring as well as the Bronze medal in continuous sparring for Team USA. Nitya secured the Silver medal in Korean forms, the Bronze medal in Classical Forms as well as the Bronze in continuous sparring.

October 2018. Rachael W. ('21) won a National title in western and then an unprecedented World Champion title in the senior saddle seat division. She now has earned back-to-back world championships in both the junior and senior division!