PHS News

Going Virtual

Hillsborough County Public Schools announces classes going online for remainder of school year

Salena Kahassai, Staffer

April 24, 2020

As Hillsborough county public schools gradually pushed back the return date for students from spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that all K-12 schools would be going virtual for the remainder of the year.  Hillsborough County Public Schools soon foll...

He housed his smile in his eyes

Mourning the loss of sophomore Travis Carney, there will be a small service live streamed in his honor. Carney was hospitalized for a two days before he passed away on April 15.

Alexis Perno, Print Editor

April 23, 2020

Sophomore Travis Carney passed away April 15 after being hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital April 13.   Sophomore Emma Hill described Carney as her best friend, brother and rock for the past three to four years.   “He affected everyone around him and changed my life for the better in so many ways,” Hill said. “He was the strongest person in...

Altered Spring Fling held due to virus concerns

Showing off their creations, students create crafts at the anime club table. This year was the first time the club participated in Spring Fling.

Graham Hill, Editor in Chief

March 13, 2020

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, colloquially known as the coronavirus, the annual Spring Fling event on March 13 was altered.   Instead of being held at the baseball field with visiting first graders, several clubs were invited to set up on the patio area during the day to create their produ...

Meet the candidates

A look at the 2020 election and candidates on both the Democratic and Republican sides.

Jessie Larrinaga, Social Media Manager

March 13, 2020

Source:, respective campaign websites   The Florida primary voting will take place on March 17, and the remaining candidates have varying views on the issues that will affect the public should they take office. Things like the economy and social views held by the candidates may affect voter...

“His sweetness and his ever-present smile will never be forgotten”

Photo courtesy of the Panther Yearbook. Remembering junior Carlos Medina.

Salena Kahassai, News Editor

March 12, 2020

Carlos Medina, junior, passed away Jan. 20 following a car accident. Born Nov. 25, 2003 in Tampa, Medina is remembered by friends and family for his hardworking and friendly personality.   “He was a hard-worker and I don’t say that lightly,” junior Solange Sai said. “He would spend hours at swim the...

Coronavirus concerns

With fears of coronavirus spreading, sophomore Mariah Alvarez demonstrates proper handwashing technique. Multiple cases of the virus have been reported in both Florida and Hillsborough County.

Alexis Perno, Print Editor

March 9, 2020

Two cases of coronavirus confirmed in Florida by CDC, third case found  According to the Tampa Bay Times, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed two COVID-19 cases in Florida: one, a 20 year old Hillsborough county woman, and the other, a man in his 60s in Manatee county.   The Hillsborough woman, who is quarantined and receiving trea...


At lunch, students sit with Margaret Drumsta while on blankets and hammocks. Drumsta came prepared with the hammock because of her many times visiting the site.

Graham Hill, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2020

AP Environmental Science students were able to engage in a variety of labs at the Crystal Springs Preserve and were able to explore several areas of the park.   This trip, currently in its eighth year, was led by teacher Margaret Drumsta and several members of the preserve’s staff.   ...

A note-able concert

Trumpet in hand, freshman Jack Bricklemyer performs. The concert was held before the jazz band’s Music Performance Assessment, known as MPA, where the band was judged on a scale of poor to superior.

Cole Morgan, Staffer

March 6, 2020

The jazz band held a concert in the auditorium Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. before their Music Performance Assessment, which was Feb. 6.  “I think the concert went great,” junior Josh Frye said. “We played Tuesday night and got feedback from a judge, and I think we really used a lot of that fine tuning to mak...

Chorus performs Rick’s Cafe

 Fan in hand, senior Kennedy Logan portrays a resident of River City during Varsity Chorale’s performance of “(Ya Got) Trouble” from “The Music Man.” Logan sang in several other acts, including her solo performance of “Joshua Noveck” and a group act of “Don’t Tell Mama” from “Cabaret.”

Kate Bernstein, Staffer

February 21, 2020

Students donate blood to save lives

To provide students with the opportunity to give blood, the Oneblood donation bus came to school. Students were able to donate during second through seventh periods and were escorted back to class by helping students.

Audrey Taylor, Staffer

February 20, 2020

With the help of Oneblood and the senior committee, students were given the chance to donate blood during school Jan 29.   Students could donate anytime during 2nd through 7th period and were given snacks and sugary drinks to help them recover.  “I wanted to get over my fear of needles,” junio...

Orchestra attends All State

Hugging each other, senior Eve Larkin and sophomore William Mathangani stand outside the Tampa convention center. Larkin placed 12th chair for first violin at all state and Mathangani placed eighth chair for viola.

Kate Bernstein, Staffer

February 4, 2020

Eve Larkin (12)  Q: Can you describe your experience at the All State competition?  A: It was definitely something that I haven’t really experienced before, just like the level of playing. All of the people there were really focused, really determined just to make music. It was a rea...

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