Monday, May 6, 2013
The local high school joined 113 other Florida campuses on the magazine’s 2013 list of 2,000 schools.
South Tampa area parents and students have reason to be proud. One of the area’s high schools made it on Newsweeks’ Top 2,000 list of the best high schools in the country. Schools selected for the honor are “those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads,” the magazine’s website says. Honorees are judged on such factors as graduation rate, college acceptance rate and test scores. Plant was 371 on the list of 2,000. Chamberlain came in at 1,172. The top school in the state is the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High. The No. 1 school in the nation, according to Newsweek, is in Bowling Green, Ky. Other area schools on the list include Alonso and Sickles. What do you think makes Plant stand out…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Services are Thursday at the North Florida Avenue Church.
A celebration of the life of Amanda Pierce, a Plant High School senior who died on March 9, will be conducted Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Burial will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Amanda died from injuries suffered in a car accident in Tallahassee. A visitation was held on Wednesday. Amanda is survived by her mother, Laurie Pierce, her father and stepmother, Ronald and Tamra Pierce, her sister, Jessica, and her brother, Chase. A scholarship fund has been set up at GTE Federal Credit Union. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward a scholarship in Amanda's name for a Plant High senior planning a career in special education. Donations can be made at any GTE Financial credit …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A scholarship fund has been set up in Amanda Pierce's name to benefit a Plant High senior planning a career in special education.
Friends, family, and the school community are mourning the passing of Amanda Pierce, a Plant High School senior who died on March 9 from injuries suffered in a car accident in Tallahassee. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 13, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue. The funeral home's phone number is (813) 876-2421. There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. Burial will follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. A scholarship fund has been set up at GTE Federal Credit Union, with details available soon. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward a scholarship in Amanda's name for a Plant High senior…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Agana, 19, was a Plant High graduate who attended University of South Florida.
It's been almost a year since Michael Agana's car careened across Bayshore Boulevard, through the balustrade and into the bay, the news spreading like wildfire. Agana, who spent the day at Busch Gardens with friends and was headed to his family's home on Bayshore Boulevard, according to the Tampa Bay Times, died a few days after the May accident. That summer, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that Agana had LSD and marijuana in his system, the Times reported. Soon after, his heartbroken family released a statement. With the one-year anniversary of his death approaching, friends and family are organizing an event they hope will keep alive Agana's legacy as a Plant High alum and University of South Florida student…
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The 18-year-old student was killed when her car hit a tree. Her passenger, another student, survived.
A Plant High School senior was killed in an auto accident Friday night, when the car she drove hit a tree, according to media reports. WFla.com is reporting that 18-year-old Amanda Pierce was in Tallahassee Friday night when the accident occured. Plant senior Taylor Lazzara, a passenger in the car, was injured in the crash. Pierce's car hit a tree when she swerved to avoid an accident on Interstate 10. According to WFla.com, Plant High School Principal Robert Nelson heled a press conference at the high school Saturday: "Amanda was as fun and lighthearted a person as you could ever meet," Nelson said. "People would got to see her to brighten up here day. She was well-known and well-liked in the school." The principal said the two girls were…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Although he accepted a coaching job with USF, Robert Weiner reportedly will stay at Plant.
Tuesday, January 8
On Sunday, Coach Robert Weiner said goodbye to his players at South Tampa's Plant High School. Today, Weiner decided against a position at University of South Florida as receivers coach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He's staying put at Plant, where he led the south Tampa school's team to four straight titles, the Times said. What do you think about his decision? Tell us in the comments.
Weiner has been with Plant High since 2004.
Tuesday, January 8
On Sunday, Robert Weiner made the announcement to Plant High's players and their parents: He was leaving his post as football coach to become University of South Florida's receivers coach, according to tbo.com. Weiner helped Plant's program gain national recognition during his tenure as coach, according to MaxPreps.com, after not having a winning season in a dozen years, according to the Tampa Bay Times. What do you think about Weiner leaving Plant High? Who do you think should replace him? Tell us in the comments.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The lockdown was earlier today.
Monday, December 17, 2012
An unfounded threat caused school officials to place Plant High School on "modified lockdown" earlier today for about an hour, said Hillsborough schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. The impetus for the move was an "unsubstantiated rumor" that stemmed from a parent who told school officials that students "overheard a threat" on Friday, Cobbe said. The threat was not found to be true, Cobbe said. A call to parents was scheduled to go out at 9:30 a.m. today, but a glitch in the system caused the call to go out around 1 p.m., Cobbe said. School officials this weekend announced increased security would be evident at Hillsborough schools after Friday's mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The girls on the cheer team attend Plant High School, and will be on the sidelines at Friday's game against Armwood High.
Since she was young, Jo Anne Jagodzinski watched her little sister struggle. Jaci, now 14, can't talk. She's not potty trained. And she copes with epilepsy and autism. This summer, Jo Anne, a senior at Plant High and co-captain of the cheer team, came up with an idea to honor students at her school who had special needs like her sister's. She wanted to level the playing field for kids with disabilities by adding them to the school's cheerleading team. "If we didn't have support from the administration," said Dara Leslie, volunteer coach, "this wouldn't have happened. *** Last spring, Jo Anne's friend Lauren Leslie, Dara Leslie's daughter, sent her a story she'd read about a girl named Sarah Cronk. Cronk was 15 when she founded and coached …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
In addition to an already stout offensive line, the 2012 Plant Panthers will have a force of nature in their backfield — junior fullback Tommy "Tsunami" Rhee.
If the Plant High football team's offensive line is an earthquake, and rising senior running back Wes Bullock is a lightning bolt, then rising junior fullback Tommy Rhee is a "Tsumani." In fact, that's actually his nickname. "He is a force of nature to contend with," said Plant JV coach Jeremy Brooks. Brooks kind of discovered Rhee, a defensive lineman on the JV squad in 2011. "I was amazed at how fast and strong he was for his size," Brooks said. "I'm thinking, 'Once he grows into that frame, he's gonna be a beast.' " Now standing at 6 feet tall and weighing in at 225 pounds, Rhee has developed into that athlete the coaches had hoped for — only not as a defensive lineman. Varsity defensive backs coach Bo Puckett recalls watching Rhee line…