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King High School LogoC. Leon King High School

6815 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 744-8333
Michael Rowan, Principal

Vignesh Bhethanabotla – 3rd Place Sr. Engineering
Title: Synthesis of Silver Nanocubes for Biosenor and Photocatalytic Applications

Joshua Glow – 4th Place Sr. Botany
Title: Aquaponic Production of Oreochromis aureus and Ocimum basilicum -
Comparative De-Nitrification Effectiveness of Raft versus Vertical Gravel Systems

Boys Tennis 2014 Class 3A Region 4 Champions!
Go Lions!


The KHS Music Department had the opportunity to travel to
New Orleans for a culturally enriching experience.
This trip was educational and enlightening for our students.
The Jazz band had the opportunity to play at The Wharf,
PRIDE sang in the middle of Washington Artillery Park,
and Orchestra had a Masterclass with Dr. Montes of Loyola University!!!

4102014_91506_0.pngDear Parents:
                 Every day thousands of students walk safely
to and from school here in Hillsborough County.
                 It's a healthy habit that provides great exercise,
and it's good for the environment.

     However, sometimes students take unnecessary chances
          by ignoring some simple rules of the road,
          such as not crossing at a marked crosswalk.  
       All too often that ends in tragedy.  Though it is rare, occasionally
            a student is killed or seriously injured trying to cross a busy street.
            Most of the injuries or deaths could have been prevented.
            Here are some simple safety tips:Always cross at marked crosswalks.
          Obey pedestrian signals that indicate when and where to cross

                                        Look left, right, then left again!

That way, you make sure the road is clear in both directions.
   If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver
to be sure they see you before you cross.
Take a second look before walking past stopped vehicles.
Do not cross just because a driver waves you on.
Be sure all lanes are clear first.

                  By following some of these simple rules,
                    students can get to and from school safely and avoid becoming a statistic.
                     Please join us in working to keep children safe.

2014 KHS Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament

Principal Mike Rowan (far left) welcomes players at
Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club
Go Lions!

The KHS One Act cast of Just Girls Talking
took straight Superiors at the State Festival!
Melanie Sholl
Rennia Rodney
Kelsey Oberbroeckling
Ysis Pierson
Natalie Martinez
Katy Martel
Kayla Jodway, Stage Manager
Addy Brown, Crew
Dahlia Engram, Sound
Hannah Oberbroeckling, Lights
Ruth Kegel, Sponsor
Ruth Chiasson, Co-Sponsor

Great News!  
King High School students won the World Health Organizations Category
at a Model United Nations Conference.  
KHS received another 6 honorable mentions.
Best Delegation (1st Place) - Audrey Carroll and Chandran Venkatachalam
Honorable mention - Rohit Chari and Divyesh Doddapaneni       
Yusuf Fattah and Shaila Patel    
Hemal Prasad and Shashank Mahesh

Michael Reed
King HS 2014
'Turn Around Student of the Year!'
Ms. Sandra Vinson presenting the award.


Boys and Girls Tennis 2014 3A District 8 Champions!
Go Lions!


King High School took the following acts to State Thespian Festival
and earned a SUPERIOR (the very best) rating on EVERY performance!!!!!
Just Girls Talking--a One Act ensemble
directed by Ruth Kegel and performed by
Rennia Rodney, Katy Martel, Melanie Scholl, Natalie Martinez,
Kelsey Oberbreckling, and Y'sis Pierson
and produced by Kayla Jodway, Dahlia Engram, Adrianna Brown, and Hannah Oberbreckling
A pantomime entitled "High Seas"
performed by Rennia Rodney, Shreya Shivan, Natalie Martinez, and Kelsey Oberbreckling.
A solo musical titled "Everything Else" from Next to Normal
performed by Brianna Wylie.
A duet musical titled "Therapy" from Tick Tick Boom
performed by Melanie Scholl and Christian Pena.
A duet acting piece from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
performed by Dahlia Engram and Rudwan Soukieh
A duet acting piece from Steel Magnolias
performed by Melanie Scholl and Katy Martel

Relay For Life!
King High School was held Sat March 22!
Students and teachers have raised over $100,000
and the total is still rising.
Students fundraised, sang, danced, participated in Zumba,
competed and reflected
during the 18 hour event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.


The Florida Scholastic Press Association just announced the King High School's Scepter
as having been awarded an All-Florida rating,
the highest available to honor high school journalism in the state.
Congratulations to this talented staff!

IB Connection is pleased to announce that King Graduation Yard Signs are available this year.  
This is a great way to honor your graduating student and show school spirit!
Yard signs are 24″ x 18″ and will be customized with your student’s name.
 Signs ordered before 3/31/14 are only $20.  
Spirit logos may be added to the sign for an additional $5 per logo (up to 3 logos may be selected).  
Show school spirit and proudly display your student’s high school interests!

Standard Sign:
King Yard Sign Sample
With choice of spirit logo (many options available):
King Yard Sign wIB logo
Click HERE to order!

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your online home for HCPS resources
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King High School is now on twitter at  @KingHSLions
We will use twitter as another form of communication to our students, parents, and faculty.

Go Lions!
The following students qualified to attend the
2014 National Catholic Forensic League Tournament
on the 24 and 25th of May in Chicago.

Kireet Agrawal, Vilas Ramachandran, Mariah Cook, Jackie Yang,
Shreya Shivan, Rachna Kamath, Marina Chen, Varna Venkatachalan,
Alokika Patel, Sri Patel, Vanessa Le, Sinjana Kolipaka and Hemal Persaud.

Juniors Audrey Carroll and Enoch Kuo came in 2nd
at the 2014 Duke High School Moot Court Tournament!

2014 Boys Track Team!
Boys 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay teams finished 1st at the Steinbrenner Invitational.  

Senior Javontee Brice is ranked 9th in the state of Florida
- 17th in the nation in the 400 meter dash!

(Seniors Javontee Brice, Emerson Tyler, Darian Wright,  Dionte Poole)
are ranked 8th in the state of Florida
- 20th in the nation in the 4x100 meter relay!

(Sophmore OJ Williams, Senior Dionte Poole, Senior Darian Wright, and Senior Javontee Brice)
are ranked 13th in the state of Florida
in the 4x400 meter relay!
Go LIons!

                                                January 2014                                                    
PTSA and Suncoast Schools FCU
Teacher of the Month
Ruth Chiasson

Non-Instructional Support
Employee of the Month
Tracy Sanders

King Reflections Winners Advancing to "State"!
Kalen Vernon,  Allexus Lockett, Mark Hines-Cobb,
Lea Shaw, Kierstin Hoyt, Ronit Dastidas & Mrs. Mitchell

Hillsborough County STEM Fair!
Vignesh Bhethanabotla
Category: Engineering
Title: Synthesis of Silver Nanocubes for Biosenor and
Photocatalytic Applications
Special Awards:
Outstanding Materials Science Award (Senior)
SPIE Optics & Photonics Special Award 1st Place Senior Division
Seminole Environmental Sciences Award Second Senior Division
Grace Abbott Outstanding Physical Science Project
Bay Area Manufacturing Association Award

Josh Glow
Category: Botany
Title: Aquaponic Production of Oreochromis aureus and Ocimum basilicum -
Comparative De-Nitrification Effective
Special Awards:
Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists Senior Division 3rd Place
FSEA Excellence in Environmental Science Senior Division 1st Place
FSEA Excellence in Environmental Science Senior Division 1st Place
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Big Cat Rescue "Conservation Award"

Both Vignesh and Joshua will go on to compete
at the State of Florida Science and Engineering Fair in April.

Great showing of performances from your KHS Music Department!!
 PRIDE traveled out to Steinbrenner High School
to perform for their solo and ensemble music performance assessment.
For the first time in 4 years, they earned a SUPERIOR rating on their performance!

The KHS Jazz Bands performed at the Florida State Fair Grounds.
As the only school to take 2 jazz bands that does not have a jazz band class,
we had some of the strongest performances of the evening!
Our 2nd jazz band earned STRAIGHT EXCELLENT ratings with only A's and B's on their sheets -
which was one of the best ratings of the second jazz bands!
Our top jazz band earned STRAIGHT SUPERIOR ratings!

King HS at 2014 Florida State Fair!
 This booth features Origami, Wrapped Animal Portraits and Op Art.  

King hosted Region IV, Mu Alpha Theta math competition on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
More than 500 students from 27 schools participated, coming from Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Lee counties.
King students winning top honors included:
  • Keyshav Shah (algebra 2)
  • Haoqing Wang (Statistics)
  • Wei-Wei Chen (Calculus)
  • Calculus team: Wei-Wei, Elaine Hou, Mahesh Tummala, Kevin Zhou
  • Statistics team: Haoqing, Tianbo Chen, Michael Cory, Kireet Agrawal
In all, King won 22 individual and team trophies, earning 2nd place for Sweepstakes.
Our next competition is March 1, in Cape Coral. Go Lions!

Jamie Dawson 3rd Place at SDHC District Poetry Slam!
Media Specialist Barrett Zebos and Jamie Dawson accept
School and Individual trophies from poets Nyssa Hangar and WallyB!

King FFA finishes 9th in the state in the Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event. 
The team was led by Jacki Ryan, Brooke Hunter, Sam Strickland and Jennifer Hayhurst. 
King FFA was the highest finishing Hillsborough County School.

A Bookmark Slogan from King High Dr Ed students won this years
2013-14 Traffic and Safety Commission Contest!
Click HERE to see the Texting Bookmark to be distributed throughout the School District!

King High School is now on twitter at  @KingHSLions
We will use twitter as another form of communication to our students, parents, and faculty.

Tampa Tribune Fall Sports All-County 1st Team!
Congratulations to KHS Athletes
Girls Golfer Steffi Yo and Girls Cross Country Runner Sneha Sathish!

Sugar Shack at King High School!
SGA Sponsor Stephanie Piotrowski and various KHS Clubs hosted a
Winter Holiday Celebration on Fri Dec 20th with Lewis and McDonald Elementary schools.

King High School's FBLA members did a phenomenal job on the District Competitive Events.
King had 57 students placing,
 thus making them eligible to attend the FBLA State Leadership Conference.  
King was selected  "Chapter of the Year" and won the "Battle of the Chapters" competition!
In addition to all those accomplishments,
three members will be District Officers for the 2014/2015 year.


KHS Asst Principal Jay Blavatt and Math Dept Head Virginia Roebuck
enjoy Tacky Sweater Day Dec 17th !

The King High School Thespian Troupe 2217's One Act competition piece, "Just Girl's Talking"--a new play by Robert Wing--earned a superior rating at the festival Friday December 13, 2013.
Troupe 2217's performance was also selected as one of the top five in the entire county and has consequently earned an opportunity to be presented at the Florida State Competition!!!!
Miss Melanie Scholl--a senior in our IB program--earned an award as the best overall leading actress!!!! And Rennia Rodney--another IB senior earned the all star cast award for our performance!!!
 Congratulations to Mrs. Kegel,  Mrs. Chiasson and  the cast and crew of "Just Girl's Talking:"
Rennia Rodney, Melanie Scholl, Natalie Martinez, Katy Martel, Ysis Pierson, Kelsey Oberbreckling, Addrianna Brown, Dahlia Engram, Kayla Jodway, and Hannah Oberbreckling!


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Tampa Community!

2013 KHS Poetry Slam!
Local Poet Ranney, Winner Jamie Dawson, Judge Patrick Manteiga

KHS Marching Lions lead  the Holiday Parade at University Mall!
Mr. Dre' Graham - Director

2013-14 King High School Winners!
Principal Mike Rowan congratulates
Ida S. Baker winner Tijuana Bass-Darns
and the Teacher of the Year Annette Lasley....
Great Job Ladies!


Parents: The 2014-15 KAPS applications are now available!
Please apply through the SDHC Choice Options website.
Click here for information link.
Click here for application.

Congratulations to KHS Orchestra members
Lynn Chen and James Park.
They were picked to be on the
2013-14  Florida All-State Ensemble!

El Camino al Futuro!
Click HERE for more Information

Go Lady Lions Volleyball!
2013 Western Conference All-County

Mercedyz Mitchell - 1st Team
Michayla Williams -  2nd Team
Arielle Allen -  2nd Team
Coach Mitchell - Coach Of The Year

Congratulations to all!.

The King High School band performed Sat Nov 2nd
at their Marching Performance Assessment,
earning an overall superior rating, the highest possible rating,
performing their version of Les Miserables.

Boys Swimming wins 2013 Class 3A District 7 Championship!

King High was once again AWESOME at Temple Terrace Reads Saturday. Oct 12th.
Mr. Rowan would like to thank everyone that participated, performed or just came out and supported the community.
King High received many compliments about the willingness of our school to help with this event.


KHS Service Learning Club participated in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk
Sat October 19th in downtown Tampa

King Volleyball - 6A District 9 Champions!
Congratulations Coach Mitchell and the Lady Lions!

Senior Steffi Yo Finishes 2nd at Region 4 Girls Golf Tournament!

KHS Lady Lion Volleyball Player Mercedyz Mitchell was September 2013 Vanguard Student of the Month!
King HS received a $1,000 donation to the Athletic Department in her name.

KHS Relay for Life
Paint the Campus Purple!
Fri Sept 27th
This year's theme is...
Once Upon A Time In A World Without Cancer and each team is a "fairy tale."
The event will be held March 22 and 23, 2014.


King High School Opens Re-Modeled Weightroom!
Wed Sept 25th, 2013
Click here for more info

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Last Modified: Apr 14, 2014