2 Tampa Bay spellers to compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Dev Shah (left) and Bruhat Soma (right). Photos courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee bee-gins its 95th competition on Tuesday.

What's happening: More than 200 contestants will compete for the title over three days in National Harbor, Maryland.

Tampa Bay's brightest high school graduates take on the world

Jude and Jacob Delikat (left) and Tyler Hale at their graduations on Wednesday. Photos courtesy of Jemy Delikat and Tevia Hale

How do you one-up your valedictorian older brother? Jacob Delikat did it by becoming valedictorian and setting a school record with a 10.12 GPA.

  • Meanwhile, Tyler Hale competed with only himself — graduating high school at 15 years old.
Yacob Reyes
May 10, 2023 - News

West Tampa's Just Elementary to close despite community pushback

Illustration of a chalkboard with "Sorry We're Closed" written in chalk.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Hillsborough County School Board gave final approval to a plan Tuesday that would shutter West Tampa's Just Elementary School, where nearly 83% of students are Black.

Why it matters: Parents, educators and community leaders pleaded with the board to reconsider the decision, warning that the district's move to close the elementary school will unnecessarily disrupt students' lives.

Florida professor builds chatbot to motivate students

Illustration of a robot emoji inside quotation marks.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A University of South Florida professor is integrating artificial intelligence into training for future teachers.

Driving the news: Sanghoon Park, an associate professor in the College of Education, just wrapped up his first semester teaching a course that uses a chatbot he developed to check in on students and keep them motivated.

74-year-old USF grad hopes to pave way for "non-traditional students"

Kathleen in front of a statue of a bull at USF

Kathleen Doermer at USF. Photo: Courtesy of the University of South Florida

Kathleen Doermer put off finishing college for a few years when she got married and had kids. But a few years suddenly turned into more than 50.

What's happening: At 74, Doermer is the oldest student graduating from the University of South Florida this spring — one of 7,100 students getting degrees Friday through Sunday.

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