Bartow High’s FFA team of Hunter Westmoreland, Taylor Ross, Rachel Locke, Brett Wasden, and Jessica Clark won the State Forestry Contest.
The team placed first place in general knowledge, dendrology, pest/disorders, compass and pacing. The team placed third in the tools category.
In the individual competition, Brett received a first place ribbon in every category except for compass and pacing.
The competition was held in Perry, Florida in November.
for reading workshop
READ Polk has a free training workshop to volunteers who would like to teach adults how to read from 9:15 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at Polk State College, in the Lakeland Technology Building, LTB Building, Room 1310,
3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland.
Lunch will not be provided, however, there is a restaurant in the building that will be open until to 2 p.m.
No experience is necessary and volunteers get the training and materials to become tutors. The class size is limited.
The workshop is sponsored by READ Polk and hosted by READ Lakeland.
Register by calling 863-802-1512 or email at READLakeland@aol.com by noon Wednesday, Jan. 16. For information, call Diane Oropeza, Program Coordinator, READ Lakeland, 863-802-1512.
Two Bartow natives
graduate in honors program
Two Bartow residents graduated from Polk State college in the honors program on Dec. 13 in its 107th commencement ceremony.
They are Warner Squire and Krista Workman. Squire is also in the Leadership Bartow class. Workman is a graduate of Bartow High School.
There were a total of 18 people who graduated in the honors program. It offers smaller, more rigorous classes, field trips, priority registration and numerous scholarship opportunities. To qualify students must meet certain GPA requirements or score highly on tests such as the ACT or SAT. Graduates of the program have completed at least 18 credit hours with the Honors Program designation. Graduates receive the Honors Program designation on their transcripts and diplomas, as well as recognition during commencement.
gets $1,000 mini-grant
Laura Holland, a teacher at Bartow Middle, received a grant from the Industry Community Advisory Panel of Polk County.
The grant called Let’s Do a Scientific Investigation. The fund covers a trip for 845 students, grades 6-8 for computer equipment and programs. The students will focus on the Scientific Method. As a result of this grant, student assessment results are expected to improve in the area of Scientific Thinking.
This is the third year Laura has earned the grant. The businesses that support these grants are A-C-T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.; ArrMaz Custom Chemicals, Inc.; Ashland, Inc.; Clark Environmental Inc.; Mosaic; Progress Energy; and TECO. ICAP activities are facilitated by the Corporate College at Polk State College (PSC).
Christine Roslow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org