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National Merit Semifinalists

Three Gulf students have been named semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit® Scholarship Program. They are Shree Sundaresh, Oliver Chang, and Corey Palermo. Dr. Knobl announced the names today. About 1.5 million students entered the program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 16,000 students were named semifinalists, and will continue […]

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New science teacher joins the Gulf faculty

James Aulisio joined the Gulf faculty on Monday, replacing Ms. Peek, who recently retired. Mr. Aulisio will teach 10th grade pre-IB chemistry and 11th and 12th grade IB chemistry. Before coming to Gulf, Mr. Aulisio taught for 25 years in Hillsborough County, at Gaither, Freedom, and Sickles high schools. He retired in June 2010 but […]

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Miss Florida Junior Teen

Michaela Abelgas, a sophomore at Gulf, was named Miss Florida Junior Teen at a competition in Orlando on July 25. About 150 girls competed for the title. Dr. Knobl presented her with a congratulatory letter from state Sen. Michael Fasano today.

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Science teacher Margaret Peek retires

Long-time Gulf High School science teacher Margaret Peek will retire, effective tomorrow. Ms. Peek joined the GHS faculty in the 1973-74 school year, when Gulf High School was on Louisiana Avenue in the building now occupied by Gulf Middle School. She has for many years been the chair of the science department, and has taught […]

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CMDR Nesthus, head of our NJROTC unit, leaves Gulf

Stephen E. Nesthus, the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Gulf for the last four years, has accepted a similar position at Spoto High School in Riverview. Dr. Knobl said in his weekly podcast that CMDR Nesthus had done a terrific job and that Gulf will miss his leadership and his dedication to his cadets and […]

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Ann Cuttler, retired math teacher, dies at 59

Margaret (Ann) Cuttler, who taught math at Gulf High School for 22 years, died yesterday. She was 59 years old. She had been diagnosed with cancer shortly after she retired in June 2009. She had been the department chairperson for five years. Before coming to Gulf she taught math at Bayonet Point Middle School for […]

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Three Gulf wrestlers sign for colleges

Three Gulf wrestlers signed for colleges today. In the photo above are Coach DeWalt, Gulf’s head wrestling coach and athletic director, with Austin Hayes, who will attend Buena Vista College; Anthony Ayers, who will attend Notre Dame College of Ohio; and Ladarious Jackson, who will attend Indiana Tech.  

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Debi Pitcock retires after 37 years of teaching

Debi Pitcock, who has taught Geometry Honors to our pre-IB students, has retired after teaching in Pasco County for 37 years. Ms. Pitcock began her teaching career in 1974 at Gulf Junior High School, teaching Spanish and French. In 1980 she transferred to Land O’ Lakes High School, becoming the department chairperson for the foreign […]

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Carol Hlad to retire after 43 years of teaching

Carol Hlad, who has taught Family and Consumer Science at Gulf since 1996, will retire at the end of the school year. Ms. Hlad began her teaching career in 1968 at Donora Junior High School in Donora, Pa. She taught Home Economics there. She subsequently switched to Ringgold High School in Monongahela, Pa. She recalls […]

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Nicholas Baker named a National Merit Scholar

Nicholas Baker has been awarded a scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In February, Baker, Kelly Hallisey, and Lauren Kanapka had been named National Merit Finalists. This photo shows Dr. Knobl congratulating Nick on March 28, when we learned that he would be named a National Merit Scholar. The news was released to the […]

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Boys State / Girls State

The names of the Gulf students who will be attending Boys State and Girls State has been announced. The students are Regina Pascali, Alec Cranford, Corey Palermo, and John Vann. Each program spends a week in Tallahassee studying the local, county, and state government. The students develop leadership skills and become knowledgeable individuals in the […]

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Three Gulf girls make FACA All-State Soccer Team

Three Gulf seniors have made the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State girls soccer team. They were honored this afternoon. They are, left to right: Melissa Morlan, goalkeeper; Dani Schulman, center back; and Chelsea Foster, forward. Melissa has been playing soccer for 10 years, Dani since she was 6 years old, and Chelsea for seven years. […]

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National Merit Scholarship Program Students

Six Gulf juniors who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test have met the requirements to enter the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants out of about 1.5 million program entrants. Of these 50,000 students, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program Semifinalists, representing the top […]

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Barbara Starkey to retire

Longtime Gulf English teacher Barbara Starkey will retire at the end of the school year. She has taught 9th grade English for most of her career, but has also taught honors English and other grade levels, and she has taught Reading. Mrs. Starkey has the distinction of being the last Gulf teacher who taught here […]

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2011 valedictorians and salutatorians

Zachary Ivanac, Marí Mercado, Lauren Kanapka, Brandi Taylor, Nicholas Baker Pictured above are the valedictorians and salutatorians of the Gulf High School Class of 2011. Because of a tie in GPA’s, there are two IB valedictorians this year. Zachary Mark Ivanac is the valedictorian. He is a son of Jill and Mile Ivanac. He was […]

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A decade of band uniforms

GHS Band Director Bill Rutherford revealed the first photos of the new band uniforms yesterday on the band web site. The photo on the right shows the new uniform, although black gloves will be added. The center photo, taken on Dec. 11, 2002, shows a band member modeling the new uniforms that had just arrived. […]

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Athletes of the Year

Three Gulf students have been named Athletes of the Year by the Sunshine Athletic Conference. Ladarious Jackson is the wrestler of the year, Nicole Adams is the girls basketball player of the year, and Dani Schulman is the girls soccer player of the year.

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Gulf NJROTC places 4th in the state

The Gulf NJROTC unit placed 4th in the state competition at Oviedo High School today. The unit had placed 5th last year, and 6th earlier. In an email, Dr. Knobl wrote, “I would like to congratulate Commander Nesthus, Chief Rodriguez, and the 110 cadets for their accomplishments. They work all year long and have earned […]

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