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Updated: 01/31/2013 07:59:31AM

Two students win Polk State scholarships

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Christine Roslow

Eunice M. Hutto


One of the blue ribbon winners from last year’s Water Conservation Art Contest. This was made by Khamari T Eastside Elementary.


One of the blue ribbon winners from last year’s Water Conservation Art Contest. This was made by Alondra F. from Eastside Elementary.

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Two Bartow students have met the requirements to be among the 18 overall students to receive Polk State College Honors Program scholarships.

They are Julie Burks and Daniel Roper.

To receive a Polk State Honors Program scholarship, students must be a member of the program, have a minimum 3.5 college GPA or 3.7 high school GPA, and complete an essay. The scholarships are worth $700 toward tuition and fees.

Magnet and Choice
applications available

Polk County Magnet and Choice School applications for the 2013-14 school year are available. Interested prospective students can apply through Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Magnet schools are public schools with specialized curriculum and draw from a pool of students across defined magnet zones. Choice schools are generally created in response to community or school interest and offers parents an alternative to traditional public schools.

For more info about these kinds of schools, see

Applications online
for academies open

Starting today (Jan. 30), applications for career academies at the high school and middle school level will be available online.

For the first time this year, students interested in the pre-academies located at the middle school level will also be allowed to apply online. The application process is open until Sunday, Mar. 31.

Polk Academies provide high school and some middle school students exposure to career-specific curriculum that prepares them for jobs and college. Through occupational courses, students gain additional training in specialty areas and are provided the opportunity to earn college credit.

For more information, visit

Achievement Academy names development director

The Achievement Academy named Eunice M. Hutto as its new Development Director.

Hutto brings with her more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit and fundraising industry. She comes from the American Cancer Society, where she served as executive director for nine years and also acquired four years of clinical experience while working at Tampa General Hospital.

Hutto has experience in fundraising, donor development, marketing and community outreach. She will oversee the Development Department operations related to capital campaigns, major gifts, annual appeals, community relations, academy fundraisers and marketing.

Hutto grew up in Polk County and holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of South Florida. She is a National Member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Polk County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Utilities division has water conservation art contest

Polk County Utilities Division started the 2013 Water Conservation Art Contest for all students in public and private schools. In it, students are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water conservation idea.

Rosette ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each of the 13 grade categories. All others receive participation ribbons. The blue ribbon winner in each category will be featured in the 2013 Water Conservation Calendar.

Submissions should be no larger than 8½-inch by 11 inches in size, and should be oriented horizontally (landscape). Students should use photographs, crayons, paints, fabrics, beads, glitter, etc., and their imagination. They should put on their name, grade, school and mailing address on the back side of their work. Any entries with incomplete or missing information may be disqualified. Each artist can only make one submission.

A pre-printed drawing to color and submit in the contest is available; however, original artwork is encouraged. The drawing is available at the BOCC Utilities Administration Office at 1011 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven. Drawings may also be obtained by either calling 863-298-4236.

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