June 23, 2021

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It's Your Education

Meet Hillsborough public schools’ 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians

ALONSO HIGH

Valedictorian

Angelina Phan

Angelina Phan [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.45

Parents: Thinh D Phan and Ashley Vu

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Jade Ruse

Jade Ruse
Jade Ruse [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.0

Parent: Gail Ruse

College major: Aerospace engineering

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ARMWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Dana Barakat

Dana Barakat
Dana Barakat [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.74

Parents: Ayman Barakat and Sahar Alhalis

Salutatorian

Camari Star

Camari Star
Camari Star [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.46

Parent: Natasha S. Star

College: University of South Florida or Alabama State

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COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT ARMWOOD HIGH

Valedictorian

Ivelisse Rodriguez

Ivelisse Rodriguez
Ivelisse Rodriguez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.59

Parents: Daniel and Elizabeth Rodriguez

Salutatorian

Ashley Cline

Ashley Cline
Ashley Cline [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.34

Parents: David and Susan Cline

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BLAKE HIGH

Valedictorian

Douglas Ruth

Douglas Ruth
Douglas Ruth [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.99

Parents: Douglas and Jennifer Ruth

Salutatorian

Alexandra Holliday

Alexandra Holliday
Alexandra Holliday [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.52

Parents: Reginald Holliday and Donteacia Seymore

College: Howard University

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BLAKE HIGH ARTS MAGNET

Valedictorian

Ashanti Cox

Ashanti Cox
Ashanti Cox [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.06

Parents: Ronald and Yolanda Cox

Salutatorian

Jack Stockard

Jack Stockard
Jack Stockard [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.04

Parents: Andre and Amy LaPlante

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BLOOMINGDALE HIGH

Valedictorian

Jude Delikat

Jude Delikat
Jude Delikat [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.20

Parents: Terrence and Jemy Delikat

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Salutatorian

Joseph Neidig

Joseph Neidig
Joseph Neidig [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.16

Parents: Scott and Pamela Neidig

College: University of Central Florida

Majors: Computer science/data science

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BRANDON HIGH

Valedictorian

Madison Salvog

Madison Salvog
Madison Salvog [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.89

Parents: Robert and Shannon Salvog

Salutatorian

Eileen Mengana

Eileen Mengana
Eileen Mengana [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.46

Parents: Lazaro W. Mengana and Vivia Ferro

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BROOKS DEBARTOLO COLLEGIATE HIGH

Valedictorian

Matthew Fernandez

Matthew Fernandez
Matthew Fernandez [ Courtesy of Matthew Fernandez ]

GPA: 10.1

Parents: Eric and Elena Fernandez

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Mechanical engineering

Salutatorian

Kavita Parbhoo

Kavita Parbhoo
Kavita Parbhoo [ Courtesy of Kavita Parbhoo ]

GPA: 9.3

Parents: Sejal and Jateen Parbhoo

College: University of South Florida

Major: Cell and molecular biology

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CHAMBERLAIN HIGH

Valedictorian

Jeisly Hernandez

Jeisly Hernandez
Jeisly Hernandez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.64

Parents: Alberto and Isis Hernandez

College: University of South Florida

Salutatorian

Malina Seldes

Malina Seldes
Malina Seldes [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.83

Parents: Mark and Johanna Seldes

College: University of Central Florida

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DURANT HIGH

Valedictorian

Valeria Cortes

Valeria Cortes
Valeria Cortes [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.58

Parents: Refugio Cortes and Leticia Calderon

College: Georgia Tech or University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical science or neuro science

Salutatorian

Shivani Persad

Shivani Persad
Shivani Persad [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.62

Parents: Lakichan and Savetri Persad

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical science

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EAST BAY HIGH

Valedictorian

Asia Rackard

Asia Rackard
Asia Rackard [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.63

Parents: Naki and Celeste Rackard

College: Florida State University

Major: Marketing and advertising

Salutatorian

Randi Davis

Randi Davis
Randi Davis [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.63

Parents: Randall and Suzette Davis

College: University of Florida

Major: Animal science

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FREEDOM HIGH

Valedictorian

Hannah Barrios

Hannah Barrios
Hannah Barrios [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 10.08

Parents: Luis Barrios and Stephanie Kuhns

College: Yale, Princeton, Columbia or University of Florida

Salutatorian

Alisha Bhatia

Alisha Bhatia
Alisha Bhatia [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.80

Parents: Anil M. and Nina A. Bhatia

College: University of Florida or University of Missouri-Kansas City

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GAITHER HIGH

Valedictorian

Mystique Quade

Mystique Quade
Mystique Quade [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.60

Parent: Diane Noriega

College: New York University

Salutatorian

Alexis Mariash

Alexis Mariash
Alexis Mariash [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.36

Parents: Brian Mariash and Jill Federici

College: University of California, Berkeley

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HILLSBOROUGH HIGH

Valedictorian

Nmesoma Ibewuike

Nmesoma Ibewuike
Nmesoma Ibewuike [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.58

Parent: Onyinye Ibewuike

College: University of South Florida

Major: Nursing

Salutatorian

Natalia Hess

Natalia Hess
Natalia Hess [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.84

Parent: Julie Hess

College: University of Tampa

Major: Film and media arts

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH

Valedictorian

Akil Mohideen

Akil Mohideen
Akil Mohideen [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.35

Parents: Mohideen Syed and Cuba Chidambaranathan

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer science/engineering

Salutatorian

Sanjana Srinivasan

Sanjana Srinivasan
Sanjana Srinivasan [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.32

Parents: Sundar and Deepa Srinivasan

College: Georgia Tech

Major: Computer science

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HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Trinity House

Trinity House
Trinity House [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.78

Parent: Kimberly Julien

College: University of West Florida

Major: Interdisciplinary social sciences

Salutatorian

Howard Lin

GPA: 6.43

Parents: Yiwen Lin and Xuewin Zhou

College: Undecided

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JEFFERSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Lizt Pena Castillo

Lizt Pena Castillo
Lizt Pena Castillo [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.76

Parents: Yarianna Castillo Torres and Dicdsan Pena

Salutatorian

Marcos Gonzalez

Marcos Gonzalez
Marcos Gonzalez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.73

Parents: Miguel A. Gonzalez and Yanatili Campa

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JEFFERSON HIGH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY MAGNET

Valedictorian

Valeria Yepez

Valeria Yepez
Valeria Yepez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.03

Parents: Jesus E. Yepez and Karla A. Yepez

Salutatorian

Amare Harris

Amare Harris
Amare Harris [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.79

Parents: Curtlynn K. Harris and Racheal J. Harris

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KING HIGH

Valedictorian

Noor Algoul

Noor Algoul
Noor Algoul [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.37

Parents: Khalil Algoul and Mervat Kalbani

College: University of South Florida

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Aneyce Maddox

Aneyce Maddox
Aneyce Maddox [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.21

Parent: Dana Maddox

College: Howard University

Major: Business and communication

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT KING HIGH

Valedictorian

Vaishnavi Jayakumar

Vaishnavi Jayakumar
Vaishnavi Jayakumar [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.96

Parents: Mundanat and Smitha Jayakumar

College: University of South Florida

Major: Pre-med

Salutatorian

Karin Ayad

Karin Ayad
Karin Ayad [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.42

Parents: Sherif Ayad and Randa F. Abdelmasieh

College: University of South Florida

Major: Psychology

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LENNARD HIGH

Valedictorian

Makenzie Burke

Makenzie Burke
Makenzie Burke [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.86

Parents: Brian and Daun Burke

College: Florida Atlantic University

Major: Communications

Salutatorian

Melissa Felix

Melissa Felix
Melissa Felix [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.85

Parents: Jean and Jacqueline Felix

College: University of South Florida

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COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT LENNARD HIGH

Valedictorian

Caitlin Brennan

Caitlin Brennan
Caitlin Brennan [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.51

Parents: Jim and Gayle Brennan

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Madhav Sagi

Madhav Sagi
Madhav Sagi [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.49

Parents: Sagi Goplan and Deepa Danappan

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

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LETO HIGH

Valedictorian

Royer Maldonado

Royer Maldonado
Royer Maldonado [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.70

Parents: Roque and Rufina Maldonado

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Daniel Castillo

Daniel Castillo
Daniel Castillo [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.56

Parents: Hana Mae and Maleah Castillo

College: Polk State College

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COLLEGIATE ACADEMY AT LETO HIGH

Valedictorian

Maria Olivera

Maria Olivera
Maria Olivera [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.02

Parents: Gleisis and Juan Olivera

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Minh Ngo

GPA: 7.80

Parents: Hahn T. Ngo and My Khanh Huynh

College: University of South Florida

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MIDDLETON HIGH

Valedictorian

Violie Therameau

Violie Therameau
Violie Therameau [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 4.91

Parent: Lucianie Therameau

College: University of Central Florida

Salutatorian

Gabrielle Elise Hernandez

Gabrielle Elise Hernandez
Gabrielle Elise Hernandez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 4.57

Parents: Ignacio and Joy Hernandez

College: United States Military Academy

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MIDDLETON HIGH STEM MAGNET

Valedictorian

Alisha Das

Alisha Das
Alisha Das [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.98

Parents: Akhil and Manisha Das

College: University of Florida

Salutatorian

Rishika Cherukuru

Rishika Cherukuru
Rishika Cherukuru [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.80

Parents: Harsha Cherukuru and Haritha Malepati

College: University of Florida; decision pending on out-of-state school

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NEWSOME HIGH

Valedictorian

Jacob Tracy

Jacob Tracy
Jacob Tracy [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.81

Parents: Sean and Anya Tracy

Salutatorian

Emily Valenza

Emily Valenza
Emily Valenza [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.19

Parents: Ross and Denise Valenza

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PLANT HIGH

Valedictorian

Thomas Nagle III

Thomas Nagle III
Thomas Nagle III [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.04

Parents: Thomas and Jennifer Nagle

College: United States Air Force Academy

Salutatorian

Logan Bell

Logan Bell
Logan Bell [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.82

Parents: David and Kimberly Bell

College: Undecided

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PLANT CITY HIGH

Valedictorian

Ankit Patel

Ankit Patel
Ankit Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 10.08

Parents: Rupal and Chandrakant Patel

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Om Patel

Om Patel
Om Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.69

Parent: Vaishali Patel

College: University of South Florida

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RIVERVIEW HIGH

Valedictorian

Kiersten Doll

Kiersten Doll
Kiersten Doll [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.59

Parents: John and Shannon Doll

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Andrea Portillo-Soto

Andrea Portillo-Soto
Andrea Portillo-Soto [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.79

Parents: Alvaro and Irene Portillo

College: Undecided

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ROBINSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Gabriel Gilles

Gabriel Gilles
Gabriel Gilles [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.58

Parents: Jacques and Maria Gilles

College: Georgetown University

Salutatorian

Nicole Tjahjono

Nicole Tjahjono
Nicole Tjahjono [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.56

Parents: Pit-Ling Tjay and Sukirman Tjahjono

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT ROBINSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Angelina Krinos

Angelina Krinos
Angelina Krinos [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.99

Parents: Dimitri and Melissa Krinos

Salutatorian

Shea Greenberg

Shea Greenberg
Shea Greenberg [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.08

Parents: Jeffrey and Sherri Greenberg

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SICKLES HIGH

Valedictorian

Haley Vandall

Haley Vandall
Haley Vandall [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.75

Parents: Michael and Kimberly Vandall

College: University of Florida

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Joseph Benjamin

Joseph Benjamin
Joseph Benjamin [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.04

Parents: Jon Benjamin and Lisa Kagan

College: University of Florida

Major: Sustainability and the built environment

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SPOTO HIGH

Valedictorian

Asia Nobles

Asia Nobles
Asia Nobles [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.04

Parents: Ivan Nobles and Erica Simmons

College: University of South Florida

Major: Behavioral health care

Salutatorian

Jashly Garcia

GPA: 7.21

Parents: Janet Mercado and Josue Garcia

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

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STEINBRENNER HIGH

Valedictorian

Megan Guthrie

Megan Guthrie
Megan Guthrie [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.47

Parents: Michael and Michelle Guthrie

College: Undecided

Salutatorian

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers
Emily Rogers [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.60

Parents: Jerry and Elisabeth Rogers

College: Undecided

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STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH

Valedictorian

Dua Bangash

Dua Bangash
Dua Bangash [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.08

Parents: Mehtab and Nusrat Bangash

College: University of South Florida

Major: Health science

Salutatorian

Lizbeth Arriaga

Lizbeth Arriaga
Lizbeth Arriaga [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.80

Parents: Eliodoro Arriaga and Maria Rodriguez

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Psychology

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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH

Valedictorian

Sagnik Yarlagadda

Sagnik Yarlagadda
Sagnik Yarlagadda [ Courtesy of Sagnik Yarlagadda ]

GPA: 9.34

Parents: Ashok and Prathima Yarlagadda

College: Vanderbilt University

Major: Neuroscience

Salutatorian

Srikar Parsi

Srikar Parsi
Srikar Parsi [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.60

Parents: Srinivas and Srilaxmi Parsi

College: Georgia Tech

Major/minor: Computer science/business

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TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH

Valedictorian

Pujan Patel

Pujan Patel
Pujan Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.12

Parents: Jigneshkumar and Arpitaben Patel

College: Hillsborough Community College.

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Saji Rum

Saji Rum
Saji Rum [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.90

College: University of South Florida

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TAMPA BAY TECH ACADEMY OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Valedictorian

Abdal Alogaidi

Abdal Alogaidi
Abdal Alogaidi [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.72

Parents: Rafea Alogaidi and Hend Anowar

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

Salutatorian

Daphne Matysuk

Daphne Matysuk
Daphne Matysuk [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 8.45

Parents: Kathryn and Demian Matysuk

College: University of Florida

Major: Biomedical engineering

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TAMPA BAY TECH ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE

Valedictorian

Roshanna Edwards

Roshanna Edwards
Roshanna Edwards [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 6.6

Parents: Roy and Linda Edwards

College: University of Florida

Major: Pharmaceutical sciences

Salutatorian

Casey Gonzalez

Casey Gonzalez
Casey Gonzalez [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 5.83

Parents: Samuel Rivera and Aracelli Gonzalez

College: University of South Florida

Major: Engineering

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WHARTON HIGH

Valedictorian

Siya Patel

Siya Patel
Siya Patel [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 9.10

Parents: Prakash and Aarti Patel

College: University of South Florida

Major: Finance

Salutatorian

Julianna Munoz

Julianna Munoz
Julianna Munoz [ Hillsborough County Public Schools ]

GPA: 7.84

Parents: Andres and Deborah Munoz

College: University of Florida

Major/minor: Engineering/dance