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Updated: 04/11/2013 08:00:41AM

Students honored at About Face awards

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From left is Brian Craven from Bright House Networks, Divya Ravinder, Elizabeth Weisstein, an Orlando Science Center Competitions Specialist and Fred Curtis, the Orlando Science Competitions Committee Chair.

Christine Roslow

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Seven Bartow students were honored for making positive changes in their lives at the annual About Face awards.

Those students were Austin Welch from Bartow Middle School, Kathleen Greene at Bartow High, Jeremiah Ussery at Compass Middle Charter, Deja Baker and Hudson Koon at Gause Academy and Jacob Benning at Union Academy.

They were among hundreds of students in the school system recognized at the banquet Wednesday, April 3 at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven. They were recognized for making positive changes and noticeable improvements in grade point average, attendance, general disposition and attitude toward school or themselves.

Speaker Sheldon Katsoff, mentor to 2009 About Face honoree Tyrik Johnson, spoke to students about modeling behavior that would inspire their peers to be better people.

William Harris earns master’s degree

William Harris of Bartow graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Animation.

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers.

IB student wins
environmental award

Divya Ravinder, a Bartow High International Baccalaureate student, placed first in the Senior Division Environmental Science category during the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge in March at the Orlando Science Center.

She joined other high school students from surrounding Central Florida counties who placed first in physical science competitions at the county-level.

BHS student gets second place award

Bartow High School student Robert Gerber got a second place award in Impromptu Speaking contest at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda state leadership conference in March in Orlando.

Gerber was one of five Polk County students who earned awards at the conference. Others included Alicia Cunningham, Lakeland who won second place in Sales Presentation; fourth place in Justice Administration; fifth place in Retail Management; Jim Harmon of Lakeland, who won second place in Help Desk; third place in Accounting Principles; third place in Macroeconomics; Sally Rugg of Winter Haven, who earned first place in Database Design; Cedriss Saint-Louis of Winter Haven who won third place in Networking Concepts; fifth place in Cyber Security; Rugg and Saint-Louis who won second place in Desktop Publishing; and Diane Thomas of Lakeland and Brent Wiseman of Davenport who won second place in Business Decision Making.

Cunningham, Gerber, Harmon, Herbig, Rugg, Saint-Louis, Thomas, and Wiseman all qualified to compete at PBL’s National Leadership Conference in June in Anaheim, Calif.

Schools seeks Hall of Fame nominations

Polk County Public Schools Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the community for individuals who attended a Polk County public school and made significant professional and career contributions in the arts, business, clergy, education, entertainments, government, law, military, media, medicine, science, sports or other fields.

The 2013 inductees will be honored during the June 7 event along with valedictorians and salutatorians from each high school’s graduating class of 2013. New members will be announced in May. The deadline is Friday, April 12 and to nominate someone contact the Polk County Public Schools Community Relations Department at 863-534-0699 or visit and click the Community tab. Then click Recognition Programs and Hall of Fame.

For profiles of the 103 members, visit

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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