Fundraiser: Blake High School student government will host Blake-a-Boo, a charity drive for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Blake High School, 1701 N Blvd. The family event includes live entertainment, food, music, games, a haunted hall and trick-or-treating. Tickets are $5 per person.
Open house: The Academy of the Holy Names will hold an open house on Nov. 4. Elementary and middle school registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with school tours beginning at noon. High school registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with tours beginning at 1 p.m. Tours will include classroom activities, fine arts exhibits, student panels and athletic demonstrations. The Academy of the Holy Names is located at 3319 Bayshore Blvd. Call (813) 839-5371.
Philanthropy award: The Academy of the Holy Names volleyball and swim teams will receive the Youth in Philanthropy Award from the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at its Nov. 14 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at A La Carte Pavilion. The teams were nominated by the AHN and Moffitt Cancer Center for their efforts in fundraising for breast cancer awareness and research through Spike & Splash for the Cause. Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit High School held Spike & Splash for the Cause on Oct. 10 in honor of AHN faculty member and swim coach Mara Toole Schultz and others affected by breast cancer. The event raised $7,400 for Moffitt Cancer Center through entry fees, donations, merchandise and food sales, a school-wide bake sale and $1 donations to wear pink to school.
Debate awards: The Jesuit High School speech and debate team won two awards in the National Forensics League debate competition on Oct. 13. Junior Ryan Bianco won a fourth place award as best overall speaker in his chamber. Senior Paul Sempe won a gavel as presiding officer. Freshmen Jackson Moffett and Tyler Ballehr qualified for the forensics league district competition.
The team will travel to the University of Florida for the annual Blue Key tournament Oct. 26-28.
Academy of the Holy Names students competed in the National Junior Forensic League debate competition on Oct. 17. Rachel Saunders placed first in the individual drama category and Hira Khan placed second in declamation.
National Merit honors: Thirteen Jesuit High School students were named commended students by the National Merit Scholarship Program: Thomas Dil, Vincent Indelicato, Richard McClintock, Robert Minton, Michael Musumeci, Benjamin Parker, Joshua Shapiro, William Sheridan, Alexander Soler, Daniel Sullivan, James Sullivan, Brandon Tehan and Frank Wamsley.
Three students were named National Hispanic Recognition Program recipients: Ryan Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Alexander Soler.
Earlier this year, three Jesuit students were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists: Jake Parente, Gary Rabenold and Brian Smith.