- Scholastic Achievements
- Leadership and Community Service
- Artistic Achievements
- Athletic Achievements
- Faculty and Administration
November 2020. Upper School computer science students scored well above the national and Florida averages in the Bebras® Computing Challenge. Matthew D. ('22) scored "Best in School" at the Senior Level and Nathan F. ('23) scored "Best in School" and "Best in Florida" at the Junior Level for the second year in a row with an impressive score of 148. (The national average is 61 points.)
November 2020. Hailee S. ('23) finished 2nd place in Declamation Speech, Vikram B. ('23) finished 2nd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Carter C. ('23) finished 3rd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Speech and Debate Team's second tournament of the year.
October 2020. Carter C. ('23) and Vikram B. ('23) took 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Speech and Debate Club's first virtual meet of the year..
September 2020. National awards were earned by 74 CDS juniors for their performance on the National Spanish Exam in April 2020. Six CDS students earned the Gold award, 16 won Silver, 18 were awarded Bronze, and 34 received an Honor Recognition.
May 2020. Sophomores, Dhillon P., Avery Z., and Julian A. placed 1st in the Gulf region and Laney H. and Mia S. placed 2nd in the Gulf region in the Florida Council of Economic Education's Spring Stock Market Challenge. This was a 10-week online investment simulation where students manage a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio that mirrored current financial market conditions. Both teams placed 24th and 25th respectively out of over 4,300 student teams that participated across our state. Their portfolio resulted in returns close to 7%, which considering what happened in our markets in March, is an amazing feat.
May 2020. After the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) March state competition was canceled, the CDS students set to compete quickly pivoted and completed their events virtually. Simon H. ('21) won second place in Entrepreneurship and Kareena D., Katie F., and Simran S. ('21) earned fifth place for their Public Service Announcement.
April 2020. Rohan K. ('22) and Laney H. (’22) were named Conrad Innovators and qualified to compete to be named Pete Conrad Scholars in the prestigious Conrad Challenge for their social business concept, BrEathe HAPPY - an interactive and hands-on program targeted to prevent of teen vaping.
March 2020. Sarina P. (’20) was awarded TWO national awards: GOLD medal and AMERICAN VOICES award for her poetry collection. She is one of only 49 students in the nation to earn this distinction. They are hoping to hold the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June.
March 2020. CDS Robotics Team Nova competed at the Florida State Championships for the first time this year. They advanced to the semi-finals and came away with a 14th place overall finish making CDS history.
February 2020. Five Speech and Debate Team students advanced to the NCFL National Finals Tournament to be held in May in Chicago! Congratulations to Carter C. ('23) and Katie M. ('21) [Lincoln-Douglas Debate], Hailey A. ('23) and Maddie B. ('23) [Duo Interpretation of Literature], and Akash P. ('21) [Original Oratory].
February 2020. CDS History Club competed in the Hillsborough County History Fair. Five middle school students and 18 upper school students are headed to the state competition in May. Congratulations to MS students: 1st Place winners, Katie T. & Anika S. ('24) and Zaim S. ('24) and 2nd Place winner, Meagan C. & Maeve I. ('24). First Place US winners were: Kay W. & Winnie A. ('21), Samantha A. ('22), Hanna G., Madeline M., & Julia Z. ('21), and Hanna M. & Sarah M. ('22). US 2nd place winners heading to the state competition are: Kaylee S., Aidan G., & Yasmine R. ('21), Evan B. & Aidan O. ('21), and Eric O., London B., Max M., Ryan A., & Neel S. ('21).
February 2020. Sarina P. (’20) won the Gold Key award in the Hillsborough Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poetry collection. She was also nominated for the American Voices award. There were 1,680 submissions at the regional level and only 52 students were awarded the Gold Key (highest-scoring entries), and only the top five of the Gold Key awards were nominated for the American Voices award.
February 2020. CDS had 11 aspiring health professionals place at HOSA'a regional Winter/Spring CE Conference in Tampa. Taking 2nd place in Community Awareness were Juniors Sonya T., Simran S., Kareena D., and Katherine F. Seniors placed 3rd for their Public Service Announcement: Krish P.; Nisanth A.; Anjali B.; Neha P.; and Alisis G. Also placing 3rd for their Health Career Display were Sophomores, Alexandra G. and Abigail A.
February 2020. CDS Robotics Team NOVA was selected to compete at the State Championship.
January 2020. 13 CDS students in grades 3 - 12 entered projects in the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair. Three upper school students placed first in their categories and qualify to be members of Team Hillsborough at the Florida State STEM Fair: Aksheta K. ('20) placed 1st in Senior Physics and Astronomy for her project, "Model to Measure the Power of the Sun at Different Locations on Earth;" Elizabeth M. ('21) took 1st place in Senior Earth and Environmental Sciences for her study of "The Effectiveness of Solar Powered Electrocoagulation - Flotation Cell for the Removal of the Algae Chlorella Vulgaris and Phosphates From Water Bodies;" and Katherine M. ('21) won her 1st place award in Senior Engineering and Materials Sciences for her project, "Graphene Nanocomposite Strain Sensors for Physiologic Monitoring." Katie also was awarded the Grace Abbott Memorial Award and Yale University Science & Engineering Award. These girls have earned 1st place recognitions for their projects at the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair every year since they have been in 9th grade.
December 2019. Ten Early Decision (binding) college applicants from the Class of 2020 have heard from their respective schools and will be matriculating in the Fall of 2020: Emily F. (Emory University); Annie F. (Pace University - Dance Program, Top 15 in the US); EJ J. (Drew University - Athlete: Fencing); Jared J. (Syracuse University); Aksheta K. (Dartmouth College); Reece K. (University of Virginia); Tiasia M. (Colgate University - Athlete: Basketball); Maliyah P. (Rollins College - Athlete: Basketball); Ty S. (Rollins College); and Frank V. (Cornell University). One applicant was deferred and we are waiting on several more Early Decision applicants.
December 2019. Carrollwood Day School has earned membership in the Cum Laude Society (translation: “With Honor”), which is the secondary equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa for colleges. Earning membership in the Cum Laude Society is the ultimate hallmark of academic excellence for a secondary school. Of the approximate 27,000 secondary schools in the United States (independent, public, charter), only 382 since 1906 have achieved this distinction. This represents the top 0.014% of all secondary school in the United States.
October 2020. The CDS Kindergarten Classes sold socks to raise money to provide a well with clean water for a school in a developing country.
September 2020. Ava G. ('21) was presented the 2020 Anne Frank Humanitarian Award awarded by the Florida Holocaust Museum to a junior who has made a conscious decision to better the lives of others either within or outside the school through specific actions and activities.
August 2020. James C. ('22) graduated from the Youth Fire Introduction Resources and Education (Youth F.I.R.E.) program developed by the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa) in collaboration with the Tampa Fire Department. James was exposed to first responder careers in firefighting, emergency medicine, and law enforcement through instructor-led virtual training and group tasks and earned certifications in First Aid, Fire Safety, CPR, and AED.
July 2020. Chloe M. ('21) and Chloe W. ('21) members of the CDS AV League answered the call to lend their video production skills to help Faces of Courage manage their YouTube channel to provide programming for the women and children touched by cancer who would not be able to attend their camps this summer. Chloe and Chloe edited videos, created graphics, and made the content entertaining and appealing to their audience.
Since late May, both Chloe's have been manning and organizing the Faces of Courage YouTube channel. This includes editing the videos, creating graphics (thumbnails, openings, etc.), and making the channel and all its content entertaining and appealing to the campers.
May 2020. While separated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley M. ('22) reached out to her classmates and teachers to contribute "Quarantine Quotes" that would bring smiles to each other's faces that she compiled into a "Positivity Project" video. The Positivity Project partners with schools across the country with the mission to "empower America's youth to build positive relationships and become their best selves."
April 2020. National Placement Winners at the Virtual National Beta Club Annual Convention were Ellen J. (’21) - 11th grade Language Arts, 8th Place; Chloe W. (’21) - Technology, 5th Place; Katie M. (’21), Meredith S. (’21), Sydney D. (’21), & Reece K. (’20) - Quiz Bowl, 9th Place; and Katie M.(’21) & Meredith S. (’21) - Service Learning, 6th Place.
January 2020. The CDS Chapter of National Beta Club took home 1st place honors in Technology, Language Arts, and Quiz Bowl at their state convention. CDS also placed 3rd in Engineering and Service.
January 2020. Carrollwood Day School was recognized by the National Consortium for Entrepreneurial Education as an Entrepreneurial School. To earn this designation, a school must provide an entrepreneurship experience to every student in a given year. At CDS every student engages in multiple entrepreneurial experiences every year.
December 2020. In this most bizarre year, Upper School Thespian Troupe #7235 performed their craft virtually for the Florida Thespian One Act competition. They scored 6 superiors and 4 excellent! And a special shout out to Keira O. ('22) for receiving superiors in all 3 pieces, including a first time superior pantomime.
December 2020. Stirred by the COVID Pandemic, DP theatre students conceived, wrote, choreographed and performed A Heartbeat in the Darkness sharing their emotions and a message of hope through poetry, dance and dialogue.
November 2020. Violinist, Cathy P. ('25) was selected for the Florida Music Educators All-State Middle School Honors Orchestra.
September 2020. Samantha H. ('25) won the September 2020 Scholastic Scope's writing contest for her poem Questions for the Clouds.
July 2020. Different Just Like Us has been chosen as one of three finalists in the Children's Nonfiction category of the National Indie Excellence Awards. Lexi L. ('21) collaborated with author Tammi Croteau Keen and illustrators Eddie Yeung and Joycelyn Guerra, to create this children's book that promotes kindness and acceptance.
December 2019. Middle School Thespian Troupe #89245 received straight superiors from the judges (only two points shy of a perfect score) at the District 5 One Act Competition for their performance of Hoodies and was chosen to represent their District at the State level in February.
December 2020. Six members of the Varsity Wresting Team competed at the 39th annual Kiwanis Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Hernando High School in Brooksville this past weekend. The tournament is a large two-day tourney with 25 teams from all over Florida. Overall CDS finished seventh as a team in the tournament. Special shout-outs to: Mason A. ('21) and Desmond M. ('21) each won their weight classes over the weekend. Mason pinned his way through the tournament winning four matches by fall in less than 5 minutes cumulative mat time. Desmond pinned three opponents before defeating a returning State Qualifier from Hernando High School in overtime to win the heavyweight title. Both Mason and Desmond remain undefeated on the year. Brendan P. ('21) was also a finalist, winning four matches before falling in the finals to a returning 2A state champion from Tampa Jesuit.
December 2020. The Middle School Cheer Team came in 1st place at the UCA Competition!
November 2020. First grader, Slayde T. placed first in his bracket at the SETA racing day with his Jr. Dragster,
November 2020. The Varsity Swim Team had an amazing season this year, breaking 16 team records.
November 2020. Equestrian, Mackenzie T. (third grade) made the Top 10 in the finals for both her 7-8 Walk Trot Equitation Class as well as her 7- 8 Walk Trot Pleasure Class at the Academy National Horse Show 2020 in Murfreesboro, TN.
April 2020. Chris S. ('20) committed to Wofford College for track and field.
April 2020. Haley W. ('20) was named to the United Soccer Coaches Association FL HS All-State team. Haley was also was named to the United Soccer Coaches Association HS Winter All-Region honors. These honors were both voted on by high school coaches in the state of Florida.
April 2020. Jonathan C. ('22) was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 1A state wrestler of the year. The winners were selected by a panel of wrestling coaches and media representatives. Jonathan has been competing at the varsity level since he was in middle school. He has won state titles in his weight class each of the past two seasons. This season he finished 47-4 having faced a series of state and nationally ranked wrestlers.
April 2020. The Patriots girls basketball coach, Karim Nohra, was selected the 2020 Florida Dairy Farmers Class 3A Coach of the Year following balloting by a statewide panel of high school girls basketball coaches and media members. This year, Nohra led the Patriots to a 27-2 record and our first-ever Class 3A state title.
March 2020. Jonathan C. (’22) won his third state championship in wrestling! This year CDS had an amazing field of 7 wrestlers competing at the regionals with four advancing to the State Championship Tournament.
February 2020. The Varsity Girls Basketball team made school history by winning their first State Championship! This was the fourth year in a row for the team to make it to the State Championship game!
February 2020. Emma A. signed to play soccer with Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and EJ J. signed to join the fencing team at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
January 2020. Senior Varsity Girls Soccer players, Emma A. and Haley W. were both selected by Hillsborough County coaches to be members of the 2020 Senior Soccer Challenge Hillsborough All Star Team.
January 2020. Haley W. ('20) was named State Player of the Week by MaxPreps.com and UnitedSoccerCoaches.org.
December 2019. Taylor L. (’24) an 8th grade player on the CDS girls varsity soccer team was selected to attend the Youth National Team ID Center, representing the State of Florida.
November 2020. Scott Sandoval, 8th grade language and literature teacher was awarded an Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership & Administration by St. Leo University.
June 2020. 5th grade teacher, Barbie Monty, received a COVID-10 grant from Unruly Studios for training and a set of Unruly Splats, programmable floor buttons that students code using an iPad or Chromebook to create their own active, recess-style games.
May 2020. For Teacher Appreciation Week, the Council for Economic Education created a “This Teacher Rocks” campaign to celebrate teachers for going above and beyond. CDS 8th grade Mindy Gilbert was selected as one of five lucky teachers to win an Amazon gift card.
April 2020. While teaching from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, elementary Maker Lab and Science Lab teacher, Barbara Hawkins retrieved the Maker Lab's two 3-D printers and created 72 face shields and 144 surgical mask extenders that were donated to the medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital-North.
March 2020. Middle school PE coach, Julie Nohra was inducted into the Academy of Holy Names Athletic Hall of Fame for her amazing accomplishments on the basketball court during her years as a student there.
February 2020. Barbie Monty assumed her role as a Coach for the Harvard Graduate School of Education course Differentiated Instruction Made Practical after completing their Coach Training Program. She is thoroughly enjoying this incredible opportunity mentoring educators from around the world as their coach. She is committed to working with these participants sharing her experience differentiating instruction for ALL learners in a variety of contexts within this course. With the current situation in the world, Differentiated Instruction is now necessary more than ever!
February 2020. Lisa Vicencio, PYP Co-ordinator, and Ruth Piazza, kindergarten teacher and ECC PYP Lead Teacher, presented at the February FLIBS Quarterly meeting for coordinators and principals. They presented on the new PYP standards and practices and how it relates to site authorization and evaluation visits.
January 2020. Barbie Monty, 5th grade teacher, was invited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to participate in their Differentiated Instruction Made Practical Coach Training Program.
January 2020. 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 Evidence Learning.
December 2019. Michelle Robinson, Director of Advancement, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Tampa Bay. She will serve a one year term as Chair of the Scholarship Committee.
December 2019. Kelly Benedetti [US Humanities teacher], Mindy Gilbert [MS Language A teacher], Barbie Monty [5th Grade teacher] Ana Maria Morillo [US Spanish teacher], Alison Richards [MS Science teacher], and Danielle Theriault [5th Grade teacher] completed an intensive 12-week course, Differentiated Instruction Made Practical through the Harvard Graduate School of Education.