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.


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!


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. 


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

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.


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

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.


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

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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