- Scholastic Achievements
- Leadership and Community Service
- Artistic Achievements
- Athletic Achievements
- Faculty and Administration
April 2021. Los Patriotas Chapter of La Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad, the Middle School Spanish Honor Society welcomed 18 new inductees this year.
April 2021. Carrollwood Day School is proud to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2021, the 13th graduating class from CDS. The valedictorian is Ellen J. and the salutatorian is Katherine F.
April 2021. National Honor Society welcomed 38 new members at their induction ceremony.
April 2021. National awards were earned by 36 CDS 9th and 10th graders for their performance on the National Spanish Exam in 2021. Eight CDS students earned the Gold award, ten won Silver, and 18 were awarded the Bronze medal.
April 2021. 17 students were inducted into the Carrollwood Day School upper school chapter of Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the Spanish National Honor Society.
April 2021. Two members of the Class of 2021, Juliana P. and Chloe W. each received more than $1 million each in collegiate scholarship offers.
April 2021. The local PBS station, WEDU, took note of the History Day Project by Melanie D. ('22), and is now featuring Melanie and her project on the WEDU PBS website and the station's YouTube channel. Melanie's project, "Mr. Rogers' Methods of Communication and Understanding Children" placed first in the Individual Performance category at the Hillsborough County History Fair and is headed to the state competition.
April 2021. Pirates from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla invaded Carrollwood Day School looking for senior, Matheson W. to present her with a four-year scholarship from the Krewe.
April 2021. Aarnav C. ('25) placed 4th in the Middle Level Business Math and Financial Literacy category of the FBLA State Competition held last month.
April 2021. Middle School welcomed 12 inductees into the MS French Honor Society.
April 2021. Ellen J. ('21) had her independent research "Analyzing Timbres of Various Musical Instruments Using FFT and Spectral Analysis" was published in Volume 10, Issue 1 (2021) of the Journal of Student Research - High School Edition.
April 2021. Junior Beta Club brought home 6 state-level awards at their first time ever competing at the Junior Convention! 1st Place: Aarnav C. - Social Studies; Cathy P. - Color Photography; and Samantha H., Adassa P., Aarnav C. - Book Battle. 2nd Place: Samantha H. - Creative Writing. 3rd Place: Samantha H. - Science and Jago S. - Math
Senior Beta Club brought home 7 state awards. 1st Place: Katie M. - Language Arts, Chloe W. - Technology (2nd year!). 2nd Place: Ellie C. - Speech; Ava O. - B&W Photography; and Dylan S. - Color Photography. 3rd Place: Carly E. - Poetry and Hailee S. - Drawing. All state-level award winners are eligible to compete at the National Beta Club Convention in Orlando this summer.
March 2021. CDS is very proud to have had 11 students participate in the 2021 HOSA (Future Health Professionals) Virtual State Leadership Conference on March 25 - 27. Aditi K. ('24) placed 1st in Veterinary Science and will be moving on to compete at the International Leadership Conference.
March 2021. 2nd graders, Nico G. and Elar H., represented CDS in last week. The CDS team took first place at the SCA Kids Chess Championship. They competed against 15 kids from the age of 7 to 10. Individually Nico earned 1st place and Elar earned 4th place.
March 2021. CDS middle school students won special recognitions at the 41st Annual Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair. Cash C. ('26): “Supercool Waters” placed 3rd in Junior Chemistry and won the Nelda Mason Memorial Award. Bryce W. ('27): “Co-Track: COVID-19 Tracking Wristband” placed 2nd in Junior Engineering and received the Broadcom Masters Inventor Award, BAMA Manufacturing Award, and the Lemelson Early Inventor Prize. Swara P. ('27): “Innovative Approach to Terraforming Mars using Cyanobacteria” placed 2nd in Junior Microbiology and won the Bristol-Myers Squibb Innovation Award, Broadcom Masters Nominee, 4 Tickets to Zoo Tampa, qualified to be a member of Team Hillsborough at the Florida State STEM Fair.
March 2021. Carter C. ('23) and Vikram B. ('23) both qualified to compete in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate category at the National Level for TWO different leagues. They are national qualifiers in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL) Grand National Tournament and they are also national speech and debate qualifiers for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Tournament.
February 2021. Carter C. ('23) made it to the Doubles Round and Vikram B. ('23) broke to the Quarter finals round at the Harvard National High School Invitational Forensics Tournament, the largest and most prestigious high school speech and debate tournament in the country. The tournament was held remotely this year due to COVID-19.
February 2021. 40 CDS students competed in the American Math Competition. Congratulations to the top 3 places at CDS. AMC 12: First Place: Aidan R. ('22); Second Place: Suhani S. ('22); and Third Place: Ashna P. ('22). AMC 10: First Place (4 way tie!): Nikheel D. ('24), TC L. (''23), Murphy S. ('24), and Anika S. ('24); Second Place: Katia T. ('24), Third Place: Vikram B. ('23).
February 2021. Carrollwood Day School’s middle school and upper school Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had 7 winners at the district competition invited to compete at the virtual State competition in March: Upper School: Lillie S. (’22) - 1st Place Advertising; Courtney T. (’22) - 1st Place Business Law; Morgan A. (’24) - 1st Place Digital Video Production; Jessie G. (’22) & Laney H. (’22) - 1st Place E-Business; Rohan K. (’22) & Dhillon P. (’22) - 1st Place PSA Video Production; and Gabe M. (‘22) - 1st Place Securities & Investments. Middle School: Aarnav C. (’25) - 1st Place Business Math & Financial Literacy and Leo A. (’25) - 3rd Place Business Math & Financial Literacy.
February 2021. The following students have earned either 1st or 2nd place in their categories at the Hillsborough County History Fair and are headed to the state competition level. This year's theme was Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Middle School: Junior Individual Performance: 2nd place: The Work of a Woman, Izzy R. ('25) and Junior Individual Website: 2nd place: The Navajo Code, Evan S. ('25). Upper School: Senior Documentary: 2nd place: Ethan H., Juan G., Nikheel D. "The Voice of a Nation"; Individual Performance: 1st place: Melanie C. "Mr. Rogers' Methods of Communication and Understanding Children", 2nd place: Keira O. "Notorious RBG", Group Performance: 1st place: Hannah M. and Sarah M. "The investigative Journalism of Nellie Bly", Senior Individual Exhibit: 3rd place: Dylan S. "Fatal Communication (or lack Thereof)", Senior Group Exhibit: 1st place: Maeve I. and Brooke R., Senior Individual Web site: 1st place: Samantha A. "Noor Inayat Khan: Communication Across Enemy Lines" and 2nd place: Morgan A. " Literary Communication Throughout History".
February 2021. CDS HOSA members competed in the Suncoast West Virtual Regional Competitive Events Conference. These 20 students qualified to compete at the state-level competition. 1st place winners: Kaidyn W. (Healthy Lifestyle); Mia S. (Medical Spelling); Aditii K. (Veterinary Science); and Simran S., Kareena D., Katie S., & Sonya T. (Community Awareness). 2nd place winners: Brooke R. (Behavioral Health); Erin M. (Healthy Lifestyle); Suhani S. (Medical Law & Ethics); Anika S., (Nutrition); Camila G. (Sports); Rachael W. (Veterinary Science); Bhuvi R. (Clinical Specialty); and James C. (Heath Career Photography). 3rd place winners: Abigail A. & Alexa G. (Health Care Display) and Rohan K., Dhillon P., & Danyal H. (Public Service Announcement.
December 2020. This fall students in FBLA, Entrepreneurship and Business Management classes were invited to participate in a budgeting contest sponsored by the Florida Council on Economic Education. Students were invited to play "Lights, Camera, Budget!", an online game designed to help high school students learn, study, and review financial literacy topics while also practicing their budgeting skills. Jake L. ('22) won the high school contest and a $100 Amazon gift card for himself and his teacher!
November 2020. Upper School computer science students scored well above the national and Florida averages in the Bebras® Computing Challenge. Matthew D. ('22) scored "Best in School" at the Senior Level and Nathan F. ('23) scored "Best in School" and "Best in Florida" at the Junior Level for the second year in a row with an impressive score of 148. (The national average is 61 points.)
November 2020. Hailee S. ('23) finished 2nd place in Declamation Speech, Vikram B. ('23) finished 2nd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Carter C. ('23) finished 3rd in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Speech and Debate Team's second tournament of the year.
October 2020. Carter C. ('23) and Vikram B. ('23) took 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Speech and Debate Club's first virtual meet of the year..
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.
January 2021. CDS seniors, Libby M., Meredith S., Katie M., and Chloe W. were announced as National qualifiers in the Leadership Challenge competition at the Southern Virtual Leadership Summit. For this competition Beta Club members were tasked with submitting a 2-minute video addressing a real-world challenge. The National Beta Club Convention will be held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida during Summer 2021.
December 2020. Carrollwood Day School has been granted a charter to host a chapter of the National Business Honor Society. Sponsored by the National Business Education Association (NBEA), this new honor society acknowledges CDS' commitment to Entrepreneurship, Computer Science, Engineering, Economic and Business Management curriculum that is aligned with the National Standards for Business Education.
October 2020. The CDS Kindergarten Classes sold socks to raise money to provide a well with clean water for a school in a developing country.
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."
April 2020. National Placement Winners at the Virtual National Beta Club Annual Convention were Ellen J. (’21) - 11th grade Language Arts, 8th Place; Chloe W. (’21) - Technology, 5th Place; Katie M. (’21), Meredith S. (’21), Sydney D. (’21), & Reece K. (’20) - Quiz Bowl, 9th Place; and Katie M.(’21) & Meredith S. (’21) - Service Learning, 6th Place.
January 2020. The CDS Chapter of National Beta 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.
March 2021. TC L. ('23) aka Tsoysauce is the 2020 Grand Prize winner (Session I) for his song "Planet ZERO" in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Competition (Electronic Music category). Beginning April 1, he competes head to head with the session II winner for the 2020 Lennon Award in Electronic Music. The Lennon Award winners will be announced on May 1. In July, the 12 Lennon Award Winners will compete for the Song of the Year and an award package that includes a $20,000 cash award.
March 2021. Artwork by two CDS upper school students, Kaylee S. ('21) and Angelina B. ('22), has been selected to compete at the 14th Congressional District and Next Generation High School Art Competition hosted by the Tampa Museum of Art.
This year, CDS is proud to share that two of our upper school students, Kaylee S. '21 and Angelina B. '22, have been selected to have their artwork featured at the Tampa Museum of Art from March 4, 2021 - April 4, 2021.
January 2021. CDS Alumna, Sarina P. ('20) has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) Finalist in Spoken Word, the organization’s highest honor.
January 2021. TC L. ('23) (or Tsoysauce as he is known on Spotify and YouTube) was one of only four students to be featured at the annual Florida Music Educators Convention (FMEA) with an original composition.
December 2020. In this most bizarre year, Upper School Thespian Troupe #7235 performed their craft virtually for the Florida Thespian One Act competition. They scored 6 superiors and 4 excellent! And a special shout out to Keira O. ('22) for receiving superiors in all 3 pieces, including a first time superior pantomime.
December 2020. Stirred by the COVID Pandemic, DP theatre students conceived, wrote, choreographed and performed A Heartbeat in the Darkness sharing their emotions and a message of hope through poetry, dance and dialogue.
November 2020. Violinist, Cathy P. ('25) was selected for the Florida Music Educators All-State Middle School Honors Orchestra.
September 2020. Samantha H. ('25) won the September 2020 Scholastic Scope's writing contest for her poem Questions for the Clouds.
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. 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.
May 2021. The Varsity Girls Beach Volleyball Team won the Silver Bracket at the State Tournament.
April 2021. Jonathan C. ('22) finished in 2nd place at NHSCA in Virginia Beach, one of the premier national wrestling tournaments.
April 2021. Elyse M. ('27) won the Girls 10-11 division at the 2021 Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.
March 2021. Gia P. ('21) signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Division 1 University of Akron.
March 2021. Katie F. ('21) and Ella W. ('21) were named to the Hillsborough County All Star Soccer Team. Ary D. ('21) was named to the Hillsborough County All Star Basketball Team.
March 2021. Carrollwood Day School wrestling capped a very strong season by crowning two individual 1A state champions at the FHSAA State Wrestling Championships. Jonathan C. (’22) and Mason A. (‘21) won titles at 170 lbs. and 220 lbs. respectively and the Patriots registered a top 10 finish by finishing 7th overall out of 61 schools at the 1A level. This is the fourth consecutive title for Jonathan C.
February 2021. CDS finished the 1A District 9 tourney 14 points ahead of the team in 2nd place to win the District Champion title.
January 2021. Five seniors have accepted Division I/II athletic opportunities to attend college (as of January): Aryana D. (Women’s Basketball): University of Vermont: Desmond M. (Football): Virginia Tech University; Michael T. (Football): USC; Jalyn B. (Volleyball): American International College; and Mason A. (Football): The Ohio State University.
December 2020. Six members of the Varsity Wresting Team competed at the 39th annual Kiwanis Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Hernando High School in Brooksville this past weekend. The tournament is a large two-day tourney with 25 teams from all over Florida. Overall CDS finished seventh as a team in the tournament. Special shout-outs to: Mason A. ('21) and Desmond M. ('21) each won their weight classes over the weekend. Mason pinned his way through the tournament winning four matches by fall in less than 5 minutes cumulative mat time. Desmond pinned three opponents before defeating a returning State Qualifier from Hernando High School in overtime to win the heavyweight title. Both Mason and Desmond remain undefeated on the year. Brendan P. ('21) was also a finalist, winning four matches before falling in the finals to a returning 2A state champion from Tampa Jesuit.
December 2020. The Middle School Cheer Team came in 1st place at the UCA Competition!
November 2020. First grader, Slayde T. placed first in his bracket at the SETA racing day with his Jr. Dragster,
November 2020. The Varsity Swim Team had an amazing season this year, breaking 16 team records.
November 2020. Equestrian, Mackenzie T. (third grade) made the Top 10 in the finals for both her 7-8 Walk Trot Equitation Class as well as her 7- 8 Walk Trot Pleasure Class at the Academy National Horse Show 2020 in Murfreesboro, TN.
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.
November 2020. Scott Sandoval, 8th grade language and literature teacher was awarded an Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership & Administration by St. Leo University.
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.