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.


January 2019N’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 2019Aksheta 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 2018Sarina 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 2018Speech 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 2018Nicholas 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 2018The 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 2018Two 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 2018Katie 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%!

July 2018Justin M. ('23) was admitted to the 2018-19 NDignite Connection program at the University of Notre Dame. NDignite Connection is an online enrichment program designed to help high-achieving students navigate middle and high school, develop as leaders, and prepare to attend highly selective colleges or universities such as the University of Notre Dame.

June 2018.  Sarah S. ('19) placed 4th in the Senior Division at the National History Day competition in Washington, DC for her exhibit: Margaret Sanger: Choosing a Life of Conflict to Gain Women's Reproductive Rights. She was also awarded the outstanding entry from Florida Senior Division. 

May 2018. 100% of the Class of 2018 received an offer of admission from a college or university and the class has been offered more than $9M in scholarships.

May 2018.  Fiona W.-C. ('22) was accepted to the New York Times' NYC Summer Academy. She also had an article published in TeenTampa Magazine about her experience at the DC March for Our Lives.

May 2018.  Sarah S. ('19) won 2nd place honors in the Florida History Day competition for her entry in the Senior Individual Exhibit category: Margaret Sanger: Choosing a Life of Conflict to Gain Women's Reproductive Rights.

April 2018.  Aksheta K. ('20) and Akash P. ('21) took home 1st place award in Original Oratory and Humorous Interpretation at the Pajama Invitational Tournament at Wharton High School.

April 2018.  Seventh grade students Ishaan A. ('23), Vikram B. ('23), Emily F. ('23), and Alex K. ('23) were honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT and were invited to a special state recognition ceremony.

April 2018.  Katherine M. (’21) received 4th place in Senior Chemistry for her project, “The Effect of Graphene Concentration on the Performance of a Dye Sensitized Solar Cell" and Aksheta K. (’20) received 4th place in Senior Microbiology for her project, “Production of a Recombinant Vaccine Candidate, Duffy Binding Protein (DBP) Against Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) Malaria" at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Shloke P. (’23), the only middle school student from CDS to attend the state competition, received the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Innovation Award, which includes a $300 cash award, for his project, “Psyllid Repelling Activity of Essential Oils and Calibration of Concentration of Essential Oils.”

March 2018Stefan M. (’19) was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Cybersecurity Engineering camp this summer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

March 2018.  The middle school Forensics Team took home 7 trophies from their meet in March - including two 1st place and one 3rd place honors!

February 2018. One middle school student and three upper school students took home 1st place awards at the Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair and will be members of Team Hillsborough at the State STEM Fair: Shloke P. (’23) -Psyllid Repelling Activity of Essential Oils and Calibration of Concentration of Essential Oils was awarded Junior Animal Sciences 1st Place, Katherine M. (’21) - The Effect of Graphene Concentration on the Performance of a Dye Sensitized Solar Cell won 1st place in Senior Chemistry, Elizabeth M. (’21) - Reverse Electrodialysis for Power Production from Saline Gradients won 1st Place in Senior Environmental Engineering, and Aksheta K. (’20) - Production of a Recombinant Vaccine Candidate, Duffy Binding Protein (DBP) Against Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) Malaria was awarded Senior Microbiology 1st Place.

January 2018N'Jhari J. ('19), earned several 2018 Hillsborough County Regional Awards for Writing. He won a Gold Key for his poem: "Courage Under Fire" and three Silver Key awards for his critical essay and two poems.  He also earned Honorable Mention for three additional poems. All Gold Key winning works automatically advance to national adjudication.

January 2018Akash P. ('21)  took first place in Humorous Interpretation and Aksheta K. ('22) took second place for Original Oratory in the Dixie Hollins Speech & Debate Tournament.

January 2018.  Beta Club members, Meredith S.('21) and Katie M. ('21), placed 3rd in Spanish and 2nd in the Language Arts Competition at the Florida Beta Club State Convention. This is CDS Beta Club's first year as a club, making them the first-ever awarded Beta Club winners for our school. 

November 2017.   Speech and Debate Team competed at their first National Tournament which hosted over 2,000 students from around the country. Akash P. ('21) broke into the quarter finals in Humorous Interpretation, while Aksheta K. ('20) made it to the octa finals in the highly competitive Original Oratory event.

October 2017Aksheta K. ('20) place 2nd in Original Oratory and Akash P. ('21) placed 3rd in Dramatic/Humorous Performance at the Speech & Debate Team's first tournament of the year.

October 2017. The middle school Forensics Team took home 12 trophies from their first meet - including one 1st place, two 2nd place and two 3rd place honors!


December 2018US 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 2018Parth 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. 

July 2018TC L.’s (’23) digital music composition "Patriot" titled for the CDS mascot was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the category K-8, for the 2018 NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition sponsored by the National Association for Music Education.  As a follow up to the connections TC made during his presentations at the Florida All State Music Educators conference for the past two years, TC is participating in an electronic music course in Orlando this summer.

March 2018.  Kira D. ('19), Hannah W. ('19),  Isabel M. ('21), Ava G. ('21), Shreya T. ('19), Caroline S. ('20), and Juliana P. ('21) all received Superiors for their pieces and Jake F. ('18) and Aliya O. ('19) received an Excellent for their scene at the State Thespian Festival.

December 2017. The upper school thespian troupe #7235 presented I Never Saw Another Butterfly at their district one act competition. They received some of the highest marks ever for CDS. Kira D. ('19) was awarded the All-Star acting award for her work as Raja and Jake F. ('18) won "Best Supporting Dramatic Actor" for the first time in school history! 

November 2017.  4th grader Sam Z. has been selected to participate in the All-State Orff Ensemble during the Florida Music Education Association’s annual conference in January.

October 2017The upper school Thespian Troupe broke a school record at their IE competition. Four duet scenes and one solo musical scored Superiors, the highest level, and seven pieces scored Excellent. A standing ovation to these talented thespians who qualified to compete at the State Competition: Hannah W. ('19), Kira D. ('19), Jake F.('18), Aliya O. ('19), Caroline S. ('20), Shreya T. ('19), Isabel M. ('20), Ava G. ('21), and soloist, Julianna P. ('21).

October 2017.  Emily F. ('23) sang the National Anthem with the Lumina Youth Choirs from the USF School of Music at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. 


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.

May 2018.  The Beta Club sponsored the CDS team in Relay for Life. The team received the Rookie Team Award, Silver Recognition for raising $3,500 and were the #5 team at the event.

May 2018.  Sarah M. ('22) and Suhani S('22) were recently interviewed on Great Day Tampa Bay about their Community Project to raise awareness to prevent Human Trafficking in the Tampa Bay area.

May 2018 N'Jhari J. ('19) was recognized for being selected one of 25 finalists for the national U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.

March 2018.  Through fundraising projects tied to the Middle School Shakespeare Festival, seventh grade earned $2,488.00 for their pen pal school in Cameroon. The funds will be used to provide clean water to the school.

November 2017. The Blood Drive sponsored by National Honor Society surpassed the expected amount of donations and will sustain/save the lives of 48 people!

November 2017. Middle School Spanish Honor Society held a churro sale to benefit the children and families of Puerto Rico. The money was sent to Unidos Por Puerto Rico- United for Puerto Rico to provide aid and support to those affected by the hurricane.

October 2017. N’Jhari J. (’19) was presented the 2017 Caring Award by the Caring Institute in Long Beach CA at their 30th Annual Caring Award Ceremony


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

January 2019Ashley 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 2019Tracey 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. 

December 2018. US Psychology teacher, Denyce DiCaprio was awarded 1st place for VFW Teacher of the Year by VFW Post 8108.

November 2018Elementary 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 2018Lindsey Montague, US Entrepreneurship teacher has been named Teacher of the Week by Lead2FeedShe 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.

December 2017CDS US psychology teacher, Denyce DiCaprio was selected to represent VFW Post 1339 in the VFW Teacher of the Year award contest. 

November 2017.  Jenna  Cohen and Chris Lang, 8th grade MYP teachers, presented at the 2017 FCIS Convention. Their session, Lights, Camera, Action! uses filmmaking to foster interdisciplinary learning. They will share an interdisciplinary unit that combines Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and filmmaking. The session will outline how to plan and implement an engaging interdisciplinary unit that helps students to develop their media literacy skills, creative thinking skills, and critical thinking skills. Dr. Ryan Kelly was a co-chair of the convention.

October 2017.  Madame Monique Olson, MS French teacher, was nominated for the Friedel and Otto Eberspacher Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Modern European Language. The Eberspacher Award, established by Dr. Liesolotte E. Kurth in honor of Friedel and Otto Eberspacher, is administered by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth. The goal of this award is to promote the teaching of modern languages and to recognize the dedication of educators who instill in young people the desire to better understand the people and cultures of different parts of the world.


Click here to read Athletic Highlights from the 2017-2018 school year.

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 2018Alexa 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 2018Parth 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 2018Rachael 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!

May 2018. The Varsity Baseball team won the FHSAA 3A Region 2 Championship and advanced to state final four for the first time in school history.

May 2018.  Jonathan C. ('22), was awarded the Under Armour "I Will" award at Sneaker Soiree, an annual celebration of bay area sports. Jonathan was recognized for his unwillingness to give up when he defied all odds and won the FHSAA Class A State Title in Wrestling despite a serious injury to his ankle early in the final match.

May 2018.  Hailey C. ('19) and Seth C. ('19) both medaled at the FHSAA 1A State Championships. Hayley W. ('20) set a new school record in the 300h.

May 2018.  The Varsity Softball Team advanced to their second straight FHSAA 3A Region 2 Finals. 

April 2018.  Neha P. ('20) was awarded first place, second place, and fourth place in her events at the Suncoast Spring Classic Horse Show.

April 2018.  Malcolm W. ('19) was named a First Team pick for the Class 4A All-State Basketball Team.

April 2018. Both the boys and girls varsity Tennis Teams finished the season as 2018 1A Region 2 District 7 Champions!  One girls' doubles team Vian B. ('19) and Polina S. ('22) advanced to play in the State Tournament.

April 2018.  Ty S. ((’20) was the starting driver for the Marathon Coach 4-driver team at Daytona International Speedway's Champcar 14 Hour Enduro Race.

March 2018Varsity Wrestling won their first two state titles: Brothers, Jonathan C. ('22) and Jacob C. ('19) brought home the honors. Jonathan won his match after the ligaments in his ankle were severely torn in the opening seconds. He had the ankle taped and fought on to a 5-2 victory. Inspired by his brother, Jacob went out and won the 170-pound state title with a 4-0 decision.

February 2018.  The Varsity Lacrosse team played their inaugural game.

February 2018.  The Varsity Girls' Basketball won the 4A Regional Championship, and finished their season as the state runner-up for the 2nd straight year!

February 2018.  Alec G.('18), Jack P. ('18), and Noah T. ('18) on their commitments to play soccer and baseball at the collegiate level next year. Alec G. ('18) will be playing soccer at St. Joseph's College, Jack P. ('18) will be playing soccer at Wesleyan University and Noah T. ('18) will be playing baseball at Christian Brothers University.

February 2018.  Varsity Girl’s Soccer won Districts for the second year in a row. Rachel S. ('18) broke the school record for most goals scored in a season for both boys and girls soccer

November 2017The varsity volleyball team won the Class 4A State Volleyball Title - the first state championship for any CDS sport! Tampa Bay Times Article...

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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