We Do So Much … it doesn’t all fit in the book
Class of 2017 says goodbye
Students adorned in the school’s colors parted like the Red Sea as organizers told them to line up for a photo. The phrase “back up” rang through the air countless times as teachers attempted to make the line less crowded. Excited murmurs filled the room at the Florida State Fairgrounds on May 26. This was what students work 12 years for. The day where everything changes. This was gradua...
Video Story: H Patio Four Square
A game first played in elementary school days flooded Hillsborough High School's campus. On any given day, you could see your fellow Terriers playing a game of Four Square on the H Patio. Every day after school, about seven to ten people lined up along the dog house on the H and waited their turn to play. As the time passed, more and more people joined in. We've asked two of these students a few...
Photo Story: IB senior sendoff
Viaje al Zoológico
In May, English Language Learners, students whose first langue is not English, went on a field trip to the Lowry Park Zoo.
Band and orchestra concert
After a long season for the Big Red Band and Orchestra, the two have come together to perform their final concert for the year. With the outcome being a successful concert, they performed a variety of pieces that appealed to almost everyone in the room. Together, the different sections orchestrated their own performances with little help from their teacher and had a great night....
Seniors celebrate sendoff with water, music
Seniors celebrated their sendoff with the help of their underclassmen. Excitement, tears and happiness filled the field and spilled into the parking lot. They danced and participated in water wars on their final day, May 5.
Video Story: Songs of the year
Photo Story: E’Mani Johnson, 10
E'Mani Johnson does more than just softball, she plays baseball too. This year Johnson visited California where she tried out and made an all-girls baseball team. In California Johnson was able to work with some of the USA's best female baseball players, and worked at becoming a trailblazer in the sport.
Video Story: Charlton sheep heart lab
As the seniors days on campus came to a close, those in IB Biology had a few remaining labs to complete in order to prepare for their final exams. In Judy Charlton's Block 24, the first task was the dissection of a sheep heart, led by brave volunteers Margaret Kratzer (12), Denzel Pierre (12) and Lauren Reigal (12). The surrounding seniors joked about one student stepping up and licking the heart,...
DECA goes Hollywood Fashion Show
DECA members put together a fashion show, showcasing different styles of clothing (casual, formal, party, etc.) based on the themes of different Hollywood movies. The movies included Jurassic Park, The Purge and Men in Black, with a special appearance from the Big Red Band and Red Carpet celebrities.
Video Story: IB Senior Send-Off
Video Story: Best Buddies Prom
Student Government hosted its second annual Best Buddies Prom on April 21. This event was created to give the best buddies program the opportunity to dress up and dance. Kat Sotolongo (12) planned the prom as her senior project for SGA. "I wanted to do something for them where they could look and feel nice... The outcome was such a success and it was really fun," said Kat Sotolongo.
Video Story: Rappers Daniel Wimpee and Michael Simmons
How did you get into music and how has it influenced your life today? “I started music because I watched my dad a lot, he was really into music too. He was super influenced by the people of his generation, so that made him interested in music. I basically wanted to pick up what I got from him, I’ve always loved music and it has always been a way to express myself. I met him freshman year, and I saw ...
HELM Coffee House
The annual Helm coffee house showcased many talented terriers and raised money for the HELM magazine.
HHS Crew FSRA Sculling States 2017
HHS Crew attended the annual FSRA Sculling State Championships on April 8-9, 2017. The 1500 meter sprint race was held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL. The men's freshmen double, which included Vivek Kondapavuluru (9) and Duncan McEwen (9) finished third overall in petite finals with a time of 6:33.900. The men's junior double, which included Savion Fordham (10) and Nicholas Jeske (10),...
Video Story: IB Senior Lock-In
IB seniors kept the tradition alive by spending the night at LaFleur’s Gymnasium. The IB Senior Lock-In is a tradition that has been cherished by seniors as their one last night of fun before they crack down and start studying for IB exams. The night was filled with gymnastics tricks, bonding and even a homeroom dodgeball tournament. The homerooms went head-to-head to see which one would be...
Photo Story: Nadia Uthayakuma, 12
Classical Indian dancing isn't seen everyday, but for Nadia Uthayakuma, it is a huge part of her life . However, her talents don't stop there; Uthayakuma can also sing. She has taken advantage of her talents and showcased them, and has even used her talent to benefit others in need. She not only put on a three hour solo Classical Indian dance recital, but also organized and a charity concert and...
Photo Story: Philip Steiner, 11
Video: Biology classes get CPR instruction
Judy Charlton's biology classes were given the opportunity to learn CPR and how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The school nurse and two other nurses gave students instruction on how to use the accessible AEDs that are available at school and other public places. Hopefully, this is the just beginning of a school wide instruction on cardiac resuscitation to enable students to help...
Photo Story: Judy Harrison, student nutrition manager
Part time lunch lady, Part time beekeeper. When she isn't fulfilling her long list of duties as the head student nutrition manager, Judy Harrison harvests honey from her hives that she keeps in Ruskin. She often finds herself training other prospective managers at other schools, as well as her colleagues here. Harrison has worked at Hillsborough for 16 years, and is planning to retire in May.
Photo Story: Nate Dantley, 12
Nate Dantley's main goal in life is to have a fit lifestyle. Working out with his father is what he looks forward to after school every day. When he works out alone, Dantley puts in 10 times as much work as he does with his father. “I started working to be as big as my dad; I wanted to be better than him in every way,” said Dantley.
Photo Story: Catherine Discenza, 10
After quitting gymnastics, due to the many injures she sustained from it, Catherine Discenza has spent her time focusing on other sports and volunteer activities to fill the void. Throughout the school year Discenza has committed her time to swim and softball. Although never before having done either, Discenza gave it her all and worked to improve herself through the sport. If she's not at swim ...
Photo Story: Morgan Vandall, 12
For senior Morgan Vandall, there was so much more than school. On top of completing her work for the IB Program, she managed to make time for being a president of the Model United Nations, the treasurer of National Honor Society, and a swim instructor at Seal Swim School. While it could be difficult to have time for all of that, Vandall said, “When I know I have to be somewhere or do something I...
Photo Story: Nicola Moreland, 10
Nicola Moreland began playing tennis around the time she was in middle school. Track and field wasn't for her, basketball definitely wasn't her sport, but she found a home in tennis. Moreland tried out for the girl's tennis team at Hillsborough in her ninth grade year and has been playing ever since. This season, she was made the captain of the team, despite the fact that many other players had sen...
Photo Story: Andrew Schweitzer, 11
Sitting at the start line, Andrew Schweitzer (11) exhaled and the horn blew. The race that would determine whether Schweitzer went to the national competition hosted at in New Jersey at the Rutgers University water arena in May. Schweitzer has been rowing since freshman year and has aspirations of rowing in college. He is a team captain as just a junior and next year plans to check y...
Photo Story: Selwyn Strong, 11
Making a decision not to be taken lightly, Sergeant Major Selwyn Strong (11) just recently made up his mind on the branch of military he wishes to enlist. After taking a lot of time and consideration, Strong recently decided he will enlist in the Army after he attends West Point Academy. With a family background of servicemen, Strong’s inspiration to enlist was the world he saw around him and the...
Perfect attendance field day
As a result of a heavy emphasis being put on school attendance, students who had perfect attendance were awarded with a field day on Thursday, March 23. Students got to get out of their last two periods of the day to enjoy the inflatable obstacle courses, food, music and games.
Alex Lankford, 11
Alex Lankford, three year member of band, and captain of the drum line not only plays the drums, but knows how to play other instruments like the piano. Last year under the leadership of Lankford, he lead the marching band to receive a superior rating at the Kings Lionspride marching competition, and also placing 3rd in their division.
Are cat ears the newest trend on campus?
A new trend has come to Hillsborough and it comes in the form of a headband. All around campus sparkly cat ear head bands can be seen sticking up and being worn with pride. A few students speak about their thoughts on the new item.
Josh Carpenter is a senior at Hillsborough and he does more than just go to school. He has a passion to play guitar and plays it frequently in his free time. If he has time, he also teaches lessons to anyone willing to learn.
Photo Story: Volleyball Senior Night
In celebration of their last year on the volleyball team, seniors walked down the court with their parents by their side. As each individual walked, a fellow teammate said a speech about the experience they had with that person and how they impacted the team.
Photo Story: Serena Jonas, 11
Serena Jonas participates in two sports, swim and track. For swim, she competes both individually and in one medley. Individually, she does the 50 yard freestyle, the 200 free relay and the 100 freestyle. In the 200 medley relay, she swims the 50 back-stroke. For track, she does the high jump, discus, 110 hurdles and sprints. Jonas has been participating in both of these sports for a very long time....
Photo Story: Jalen Chambers, 12
Jalen Chambers competed in cross country and track. On the side, he worked to better a hobby of his, photography. Considering Chambers' background with sports, he focused his photography skills on sporting events and often was found walking around campus taking pictures of student athletes, both on and off the field. Chambers even started his own Instagram page dedicated to his photography.
IB senior homeroom college posters
There are many traditions that come with being an IB senior: lock-in, senior send off and paper plate awards. Perhaps the most inspiring, however, are the homeroom college posters. Each year, the senior homerooms make posters to display the colleges that they are accepted to and/or decide to attend. Each poster usually has a catch phrase or pun related to the homeroom teachers’ names. After four...