- Scholastic Achievements
- Leadership and Community Service
- Artistic Achievements
- Athletic Achievements
- Faculty and Administration
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 2019. Seven seniors scored perfect scores on at least one of their standardized tests: Frank V. ('20) - Perfect SAT II scores (Math II and Physics), Nisanth A. ('20) - Perfect ACT subscore (Science), Aksheta K. ('20) - Perfect ACT subscore (Science), Reece K. ('20) - Perfect ACT subscores (Science and Reading), Evan M. ('20) - Perfect ACT subscore (Science), Sarina P. ('20) - Perfect ACT subscores (Writing and Reading), Joseph J. ('20)- Perfect ACT subscore (English).
October 2019. Akash P. ('21) won 2nd place in Original Oratory, Suhani S. ('22) and Brooke S. ('22) placed 3rd in Duo Interpretation of Literature, and Dhruv K. ('21) and Eduardo C-O ('21) placed 4th in Duo at their tournament at Southeast High School in Bradenton.
September 2019. Simon H. ('21) won second place at the Congress Tournament at Hillsborough High School, and on September 28, Akash P. ('21) won first place in Original Oratory at the FGCCFL tournament at Dixie Hollins High School.
September 2019. Emily F. ('20) was named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist and has the opportunity to continue onto finalist status with an opportunity to earn a National Merit Scholarship. Three more seniors qualified to be designated National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Students: Aksheeta K., Reece K., and Frank V.
May 2019. Hannah M. ('22) and Sarah M. ('22) placed 3rd for group performance at the Florida National History Day competition in Tallahassee.
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."
January 2020. The CDS Chapter of National Beat 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.
November 2019. Moved by the devastation caused in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, three 4th grade entrepreneurs launch School Supplies for Kids (SSK) a social venture to benefit the Red Cross.
October 2019. Upper School's India Culture Club hosted "A Taste of India" showcasing Indian music, dance, and cuisine.
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.
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. Upper School Thespian Troupe #7235 on another outstanding performance at the Florida Thespian One Act competitions and a special congratulations to Keira O. '22 for her "all star cast" award.
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.
November 2019. Emma H.-M. ('31) was awarded the first place prize for grades K-2 in all of Hillsborough County for her submission to “Our Hispanic Heritage” 2019 Bookmark Contest.
November 2019. 59 talented CDS Art & Design students and alumni had works on display at MOSI.
October 2019. Upper School Thespian Troupe #7235 had a record-breaking showing at their District Individual Events competition bringing home 10 Superiors and 5 Excellents! Bravo Thespians!
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.
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 2019. Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Donna Holyman earned her 100th win at CDS.
November 2019. Six CDS scholar-athletes signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports: Haley W. - Jacksonville University for Soccer; Danny V. - Florida Institute of Technology for Baseball; Weeyah M. - Texas A&M Corpus Christi for Basketball; Tiasia M. - Colgate University for Basketball; Tarriyona G. - Towson University for Basketball; Maliyah P. - Rollins College for Basketball.
October 2019. Keanu P. ('23) makes CDS history as the first Patriot golfer to qualify to compete at the State Tournament.
October 2019. Middle school and elementary runners, Connor M. (’26), Elyse M. (’27), Matthew N. (’28), and Griffin A. (’27) placed in the top 20 in their categories to win medals at the FWCL State Cross Country Meet.
October 2019. Rachael W. ('21) competed in 6 classes Saddle Seat Equitation at the annual Morgan Grand National and World Championship Horse Show and finished 4th in the world. In her Hunt Seat Equitation division she earned both a National title and a World Title.
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.
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.
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.