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.


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!

June 2017. Ria P. ('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 McC. ('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 K. ('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 P. ('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 T. ('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 McC. ('21), Nisanth A. ('20) and Aksheta K. ('20) were invited by the Hillsborough Regional to be STEM Fair Ambassadors. 

October 2016. Riley T. ('17) was named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and submitted an application for finalist status. Additionally, Walker C. ('17) and Sarah ('17) were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.


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. 

March 2017. Thespians Leah V. ('17) and Brooke B. ('17) received straight "Superiors," the highest score possible, for their duet scene at the State Thespian Festival. Basima A. ('17), Leah V. ('17), and Gagan M. ('17) received "Excellents" for their pieces and newcomer Aliya O. ('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 M. ('21) winning 1st place in Original Oratory and Haarika G. ('21) placing first in Impromptu.

January 2017. Ian H. ('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 T. (’23), Emily L. (’23), and Alma A. (’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 W. ('21) was one of 12 cellists to play in the Florida All State Honors Orchestra for 7th and 8th grade. T.C. L. ('23) performed an original musical composition which he titled Patriot as a tribute to CDS.

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

November 2016.   Nisanth A. ('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 A. ('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 K. ('20), won First Place in the Original Oratory event! 


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

September 2017. Twenty-nine upper school students traveled to Dominican Republic to volunteer with Outreach360, a non-profit organization working to transform the lives of children, families, communities and the world through the education and development of disadvantaged children.

September 2017. CDS was featured on The Today Show in recognition of their "Kids Helping Kids" initiative following Hurricane Harvey. They collected truck loads of toys and school supplies that were delivered to the children of Houston.

August 2017Following their sixth birthday last October, CDS first grade twins, Sarah and Emma G. came up with the idea of creating Birthday-in-a-Box gifts filled with birthday cake makings and assorted party decorations. They have distributed 29 boxes to agencies serving needy children and families.

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.


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.

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. 


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

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

November 2016.  Emma F. ('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 Q. ('18), varsity volleyball player, was named Bright House Sports Athlete of the Week.

August 2016. Katrina L. ('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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