Student News

Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.


On Jan. 24, three Jesse Keen Elementary students participated in the Education and Enlightenment Group Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest at Word Alive Ministries in Lakeland. They were Alyssa Reese, fifth grade; and Jean Carlos Marte and Ashton Wallace, fourth grade. Jean Carlos won third place in the elementary category and received a cash prize of $50. Ashton won first place in the elementary category and received $150.

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Clay J. Allen graduated in December with his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida. A 2006 graduate of Lakeland High School, he is the son of Gary and Debbie Allen of Lakeland. Allen accepted a job at Mosaic and will pursue his master's degree at USF.


The FAU Men's Cross Country team had the highest team grade point average, 3.3, for any of the athletic teams at this Division I school. Polk athletes on the team are Hunter Wampler of Winter Haven and Neil Coffman of Lakeland.


When the top 50 entries were selected from 573 submissions for the USF Young Innovator Competition, 10 McKeel students were chosen to proceed to the next round of judging: from McKeel Elementary Academy, Arlette Martinez, Kassidy Jones, Andrew Morales, Prerna Ravinder, Jamie Wheatcraft, Stephen Llopiz, Samuel Hash and Jennifer Solomon; and from South McKeel Academy, Liam Holton and Evan Thompson. Ten finalists will be selected from the 50 entries, and the remaining 40 will receive honorable mention medals of Science and Innovation.

Lisa Bridges, Donna Rees, Amber Schumaker and Charla Stephenson were named to the list of the Top Ten Most Prolific Educators by Invention Submissions.


Three Spessard L. Holland Elementary students recently had art work displayed at the Polk Museum of Art. Taicen Taguri (kindergarten), and Ashton Hubbard and Ryan Peavy (second grade) had artwork showcased as part of the museum's "Learning to Be Me" exhibit.


The work of two Garner fifth graders, Jon Rivera and Angelic Minjarez, was chosen for the Kid's Tag Art Program. Angelic's work was chosen for the Heart Smart Art Award for designing the best "heart healthy" license plate in all of Polk County.

This program is in its fifth year and is hosted by the Polk County Tax Collectors Office. A reception displaying this artwork will be held at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College.


John Erwin of Lakeland and Maggie Holland of Bartow were named to the dean's list at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.

This story appeared in print on page D3

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