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Updated: 02/21/2013 08:00:03AM

Guerrero graduates from recruit training

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Christine Roslow

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Marine Corps Pfc. Leonardo M. Bermudez Guerrero, a 2012 graduate of Summerlin Military Academy, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

For 13 weeks, Bermudez Guerrero stayed committed during entry-level military training. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Bermudez Guerrero endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Student makes it on
Dean’s List at Washington and Lee University

Maggie Holland of Bartow, a member of the class of 2013 at Washington and Lee University, has earned honor roll status in fall 2012. Honor roll status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Early release on Wednesday

Wednesday public school students will be released from school one hour earlier than normally scheduled. For students who are picked up by parents or guardians, they have to be at the school one hour earlier than normal. Buses will take the students home one hour earlier, too.

project is under way

The Adopt-a-Senior Project is under way and the Learning Support Division’s Sunshine Committee is working in conjunction with the District’s Hearth Project to collect items for graduating students who are displaced or have no permanent home. The project has identified approximately 84 graduating seniors who are in these circumstances.

The goal has two-parts. One is to buy the seniors a graduation gift and the second is to fill a collapsible hamper with basic sets of the recommended daily living items so students can have what they need.

These items are recommended: Monetary donations and checks can be made payable to Polk County Public Schools, food gift cards in low denominations such as $5, $10, $15, rolls of quarters for laundry, pods laundry detergent, bus passes such as monthly passes that are online at, small first aid kit, washcloths, towels, sunscreen or wipes/towelettes and new twin sheet sets preferably solid colors.

Items will be collected until Monday, April 15 and all donations should be mailed to Sunshine Committee, Learning Support Division, Polk County Public Schools, 270 Bartow Municipal Airport, Bartow, FL 33831.

Free, reduced lunch
applications available

The School Nutrition Department is giving families the opportunity to fill out a 2012-13 application for free and reduced price meal program online.

The website is at

Students already approved for 2012-13 do not need to reapply. However, new students will now have the option of applying online or completing a paper application at the school.

Household size and income is used to determine eligibility.

Online applications reduce the amount of time teachers and staff members spend handling paper applications as well as the expense of printing.

Prepaid college
plan extended

The Florida Prepaid has extended the deadline, for online applications only, to purchase a Florida Prepaid College Plan at this year’s plan prices. The new deadline is to enroll is Thursday, Feb. 28.

The Florida Prepaid College Plans offers a way for families to prepay the cost of higher education. The tax-free savings tools are financially guaranteed by the state and can relieve concern for loss of investment. Families can select one of four tax-free plans that covers tuition and most mandatory fees at Florida’s 12 state universities and 28 colleges.

For information, call Ivette Faulkner or Christa Hudson at 850-668-2222, or email or

Achievement Academy
has Pigeon Pull

The Achievement Academy plans its Seventh Annual Pigeon Pull and Evening Round-Up on Saturday, Feb. 23 S-Ranch, 4098 J.A. Fenton Road, Lakeland.

The four man flurry skeet shoot will be from 2:30-6:00 p.m. The evening party will be from 6:00-10:30 p.m. where there will be cocktails, a barbecue dinner and live entertainment.

The levels of sponsorship range from a Remington Sponsorship of $500 to a Beretta Sponsorship of $3,000. Individual tickets are $50 for the evening event.

For questions contact Eunice Hutto at 863-683-6504 or visit www.achievement

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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