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High-achieving students recognized at the 38th Annual Dr. Joseph L. Carwise Academic Achievement Awards

March 25, 2022

Carwise Award Winners

At the ceremony, 130 elementary, middle and high school students were honored, including 45 scholars with a GPA of 4.0 or higher, and five students who received scholarships. The ceremony took place at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo on Thursday. 

The event is one of several award ceremonies aimed at recognizing the accomplishments of high-achieving minority students.

Dr. Valerie Brimm, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Family and Community Relations, served as emcee, and Area Superintendent Dr. Dywayne Hinds delivered the keynote address.

The event pays tribute to the late Dr. Joseph Carwise, a longtime Pinellas educator and former Clearwater city leader. Dr. Carwise served 36 years as an educator for Pinellas County Schools. He began his teaching career as a mathematics teacher at Pinellas High in Clearwater before working in the district's Research Department. He also oversaw the pupil assignment office and was responsible for enforcing the federal court order of desegregation. Dr. Carwise was the first black member of the Clearwater's City Commission, where he served from 1971 to 1976. The Pinellas County School Board named Carwise Middle School in his honor in 1991.

The ceremony was organized by the Superintendent's North County Minority Advisory Committee along with the district's Office of Strategic Partnerships.

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