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Updated: 06/26/2013 08:00:08AM

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From left, is Khal-Hentz Gabriel from Winter Haven Senior High, Jennifer Acosta from Tenoroc High, Linsey Fischer from Mulberry Senior High and Shunequa Watson from Gause Academy. Morgan Moody from Plant City High is not pictured. Those students won $2,500 scholarships from the Ridge of League Cities.


The Florida Frontiersmen scholarship recipients for this year are, from left, Makira Johnson, Fort Meade; Cori Abbott, Fort Meade; Tabitha Rowell, Fort Meade; Keshardra Baker, Fort Meade; Lea Anne Cape, Summerlin Military Academy; Tiana Gunter, Bartow High; and Chelsea Malone, Summerlin Military Academy. Not pictured is Marcus Smith, Fort Meade.

Christine Roslow

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The 2012-13 academic school year is history. But during the summer, some Polk County Public Schools’ history teachers are preparing for next year by taking advantage of opportunities for professional development.

For example, Marcia Baali who attends Gause Academy will be in attendance to learn about history and culture that created the colonial city of St. Augustine and to explore why the historic city is often overlooked in the study of U.S. colonial history. And, Bartow International Bacalaurete history teacher Ted Wright is currently in Iran to learn about Middle Eastern culture and history.

This comes through fellowships and grants. Some are using their own personal finances to spend time enhancing their knowledge.

Other examples include Elizabeth Rasmussen from Fort Meade Middle-Senior is the recipient of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship. Each year, the foundation based in Alexandria, Va., chooses 56 recipients from across the country. The fellowship, named after the fourth president of the United States, funds up to $24,000 of each fellow’s coursework towards a master’s degree. Rasmussen is pursuing a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction-secondary education with a concentration in social studies at the University of South Florida.

Deanna Jaroszeski from Frostproof Middle-Senior will attend the George Washington’s Teachers Institute located in Mount Vernon with the help of a grant from the organization.

The competitive program, scheduled to begin in July, brings together teachers from across the country for a history immersion program that explores the presidency of George Washington, the history of government in the 18th century, and how to integrate history into English, Science, Math and Geography curricula.

Stacy Moser from Lakeland High and Michelle Hubenschmidt from Mulberry High were selected by the Society of the Cincinnati are attending the second Master Teachers Program. The program, takes place in Washington, D.C., and teaches about the American Revolution through the experiences of those who fought the war.

Eight get Florida Frontiersmen scholarships

Three of the eight Polk County students who won $500 scholarships from the Florida Frontiersman attended school in Bartow.

There were Lea Anne Cape from Summerlin Military Academy Student, will plans to attend University of Central Florida in Orlando, and major in Nursing; Tiana Gunter, a Bartow student, who plans to attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and go into the business field; and Chelsea Malone, who went to Summerlin Military Academy, who plans to attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando, to major in biomedical science.

Gunter also received the Florida Frontiersmen Liam & Mali Larrow Scholarship.

Other area students who earned a scholarship include Fort Meade students Makira Johnson, Cori Abbott, Tabitha Rowell, Keshardra Baker and Marcus Smith.

Baker also received the Florida Frontiersmen Brantly Fulbright Scholarship.

Gause student wins

Shunequa Watson, from Gause Academy was one of four students to get a Ridge League of Cities Inc. $2,500 scholarship.

There are 23 cities in six counties that belong to the RLC. The organization accepts one application from each high school and this year there were 19 applicants from students who have 24 credits and are four-year graduates. The judges consider two required essays, community service, financial need, GPA and test scores. Other scholarship winners were Linsey Fischer from Mulberry Senior High, Khal-Hentz Gabriel from Winter Haven Senior High, Jennifer Acosta from Tenoroc High and Morgan Moody from Plant City High.

Summerlin Academy
taking applications

Summerlin Academy is taking applications for the freshman class.

Those interested in applying should pick up an application at Summerlin Academy’s main office at 1500 S. Jackson Ave., Bartow.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, July 18.

The military academy is a college preparatory school for young people striving for an exceptional educational opportunity and an atmosphere of structure and discipline. Summerlin has been training JROTC cadets since it opened its doors on Aug. 7, 2006. Nov. 8 however remains the institutions’ birthday. In November of 2005, the Polk County School Board formally gave the approval of Summerlin Academy.

Parents interested can contact the school directly at 863-519-7504.

PSC extends high school application deadline

Polk State College is offering an extended application period for those interested in attending its new public charter high school.

Prospective students now have until the first day of class, Aug. 19, to apply for admission.

“This new school is going to have a huge impact on our community, putting a high school diploma and higher education within reach for those facing truly daunting life circumstances,” said Sallie Brisbane, director of the new school, Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School.

“With an extended deadline, we’re maximizing the incredible impact this school will make on individuals and the broader community.”

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School will begin classes on Aug. 19, to serve students who have dropped out of — or are unlikely to graduate from — high school. These include students who have not attended school in at least three months, who are supporting a child or are the primary caretakers of other family members during traditional school hours, or who are homeless.

To serve its nontraditional student body, Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College will offer classes during the afternoon and evening hours and provide personalized tutoring and assistance in accessing social services. Classes will also be offered both face-to-face and online for increased accessibility.

In addition, students will be required to take at least three college courses, for a jump start on their postsecondary education.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School is free to attend. The school on the campus of Polk State, Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road. For information call Brisbane at 863-669-2322 or email

Registration for fall classes at PSC open

Students currently enrolled at PSC can register for the fall term through the college’s Passport.

Prospective new students should first submit an online application to the college at After doing so, they will be scheduled for an orientation session, during which they will register for their first classes.

A complete, step-by-step guide to the admission process is also available at The guide provides students with information such as how to apply for financial aid, how to request transcripts, and when to schedule placement testing. The link also provides an online course catalog, which will help students in choosing and planning a course of study.

Priority registration for students who have completed at least 30 credits is under way.

Registration for dual-enrollment students — those who are taking college classes while still in high school — will begin July 1.

Fall classes run from Aug. 19 to Dec. 11.

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