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GPSA students visited the George and Marion Miller Center
for Virtual Learning at the USF College of Nursing.

In preparation for Tampa Prep's service learning trip to Guatemala, the Public Health class took a field trip to the George and Marion Miller Center for Virtual Learning at the USF College of Nursing. While at the Center, students toured the simulation labs that represent realistic environments similar to those that nursing students would encounter in the real world.

Students check vitals on a patient simulator.

In one hospital-like room, students practiced with a stethoscope and were able to hear heart beat and lung sounds on the high fidelity patient simulator. Students also visited the lab classroom to practice some of the skills they will use in the clinics of Guatemala.

Practicing with a stethoscope to hear heart beats and lung sounds
on a high fidelity patient simulator is a great experience for the students.
Arm in arm, the seniors sing Tampa Prep's Alma Mater to begin their Graduation.

On Sunday, May 28, Tampa Prep celebrated the Class of 2017 at the school's 41st Commencement Ceremony. After outgrowing the Walter Athletic Complex last year, Tampa Prep's Commencement was held across the river at a packed Morsani Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Performing Arts. Once the trustees, faculty and graduates processed into the theater, Mr. Kevin Plummer welcomed guests to this new venue and thanked everyone for making such an incredible event happen. Following Mr. Plummer's introduction, the Class of 2017 joined together to sing the school's Alma Mater.

Natalia F. was chosen by her class to be the Student Speaker, and
she gave a wonderful and inspiring speech on what success means.

Outgoing Alumni Association President Mrs. Susannah Smith '87 welcomed the class into the alumni ranks and shared how unique the Tampa Prep spirit is. After spending time with the class at Senior Celebration, she was happy to learn that the same Terrapin spirit that she knew as a student is still experienced by current students. Student speaker Natalia Fernandez gave an amazing speech on various types of success. She encouraged her classmates to view success as a stepping stone along their journey, not the end result. She hopes that they each experience many successes throughout their lives.

Valedictorian Rammi Q. spoke to his class about how they have all influenced his life.

Valedictorian Rammi Quah shared his feelings on "goodbyes." He has never liked them. After learning that Valedictorian translates to the one who says goodbye, Rammi shared that he hopes this is not a final goodbye to the people who helped shape who he is today. After letting the Class of 2017 know that he views having to give a speech at Graduation a huge honor, he is also seeing it as payback for Declamations. He encouraged the entire class to always strive to be the most authentic versions of themselves.

Graduate Jack W. was given his diploma by his father Paul Whiting, Jr. '86 and
grandfather Paul Whiting, Sr., former President of Tampa Prep's Board of Trustees.

For the presentation of the diplomas, Mr. Carl Carlson spoke each students name while they were congratulated by President-Elect of the Board of Trustees Mr. Matt Danahy '79 and given a diploma from Mr. Kevin Plummer. Faculty members and members of the Board of Trustees were invited to come to the stage to congratulate their children after they received their diploma. Family and friends cheered on each senior as he/she walked across the stage.

Graduates celebrate the conclusion of their
Graduation ceremony by throwing their hats in the air.

After handing out diplomas, Mr. Carlson had seniors move their tassels to signify graduating from Tampa Prep. Check out a video of the new graduates throwing their hats in the air on Facebook! The entire Graduation ceremony was live streamed and can be viewed at

Following the ceremony, graduates gathered in the lobby
and along the river to take pictures and celebrate the occasion with family and friends.
Friends hang out before dinner begins at Senior Celebration.

In celebration of the Class of 2017, family members and Tampa Prep faculty gathered together for the annual Senior Celebration. This is the final opportunity for seniors to spend time together and reminisce about their time at Tampa Prep before Graduation. To kick off the evening, a video created by Mr. Doug Fox featured each senior announcing where they are headed in the fall.

Following the video, President of the Alumni Association Mrs. Chelsea Nauta Colwill '07 took the stage to present the Alumni Spirit Award to Lauren Bimonte. Next, Jordan Payne was awarded the Male Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year Award. After celebrating athletic accomplishments, Mr. Carl Carlson and Mr. Kevin Plummer celebrated academic accomplishments with the Department Awards.

Catching up before Senior Celebration begins was a highlight for many of the seniors.

Congratulations to the following students for earning the these accomplishments:

  • Harrison Lorenzen - Excellence in Arts
  • Natalia Fernandez - Excellence in English
  • Mackenzie Sheil - Excellence in History and Social Sciences
  • Xander Spriggs - Excellence in Mathematics
  • Xander Spriggs - Excellence in Science
  • Rammi Quah - Excellence in World and Classical Languages

Student Council President Carson Black took the stage to speak about the Senior Class Gift. While on stage, Mr. Carlson presented Carson Black with the Senior Class Award which is voted on by the seniors and given to that senior who represents the spirit and character of the Class of 2017.

Carson B. was presented the Wiliam A. Krusen "Left My Mark" Award,
which his brother Will received when he graduated from Tampa Prep in 2013!

Following Carson's presentation, Mr. Carlson and Mr. Plummer presented four perpetual awards named after members of our community who have been instrumental in the growth and history of Tampa Prep. Harrison Lorenzen received the Alfred S. Austin Award. This award is given to a student who excels academically and is a respected member of the community, someone who is involved in multiple activities around the School and whose presence at Tampa Prep has enriched the lives of each community member. Mackenzie Sheil received the Cathy Smith Humanitarian Award because of her compassion through service to the Tampa Prep community. Xander Spriggs received the Paul L. Whiting Award for his outstanding leadership and service to Tampa Prep. Carson Black received the William A. Krusen "Left My Mark" Award for his loyalty to the school and zest for life.

Mr. Carlson presented the Class of 2017 Valedictorian Rammi Quah with a plaque to commemorate his achievement. The final award for the evening was the 12th Grade Faculty Award given to Rammi Quah for exemplifying the moral and intellectual ideals of the school.

Rammi Q. was awarded the 12th Grade Faculty Award at the conclusion of the evening.
Congratulations to all of the award winners!

Senior Celebration is not only a celebration of achievements, but also an opportunity for students to showcase their talents to their classmates for the final time. Harrison Lorenzen, Mona Sleiman, Will Stokes, Taylor Tveten, Sheriean Carroll, Neethi Narasimha, Brittani Johnson and Robert Lower all performed beautiful songs either as solos or part of a larger group. Check out Neethi, Brittani, Sheriean, Mona, Robert and Harrison performing for the final time together on Instagram. Natalia Fernandez performed an incredible original spoken word piece about being Puerto Rican and Abagail Sponsler performed a great monologue from The Addams Family Movie. To conclude the evening, attendees watched a video created by Jordan Kelly, Katie Rutz, Olivia Acs, Caitlin Zettel, Amy Roher and Ellie Hood that featured childhood photos and pictures from throughout seniors' time at Tampa Prep.

The Sixth Grade Band highlighted many young musicians with solos, duets and trios.

Sixth grade students were showcased during their Spring Arts Share event in the Smith Black Box Theater. The show began with the the Sixth Grade Band, who impressed parents and guests with their fantastic ability to perform a variety of recognizable folk songs. After showcasing all of the songs that they have been working on, many students were featured in solos, duets and trios showing how far they have come since many students had no instrumental experience prior to band class.

The Sixth Grade Chorus performed a variety of different pieces that wowed the audience. With impressive harmonies, the sixth grade choral students sang a variety of music, including pieces from Moana and a poem written by people who were in hiding during the Holocaust. The chorus ended their segment by highlighting many soloists, who performed entire songs by themselves! The audience was very impressed by the amazing talent of these young performers.

Along with performances by the sixth grand band and chorus, beautiful art created by sixth grade students throughout the year was shown to the audience in a slideshow. With the amount of talent showcased during these performances of sixth grade students, it'll be a treat to watch these young musicians continue to perfect their craft in the years to come!

Students in the Sixth Grade Chorus wowed the audience with their impressive harmonies.

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