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About Face Awards honor students making positive changes
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About Face Awards honor students making positive changes

Middle and high school students were honored May 11 at the school district’s About Face Awards ceremony for making positive improvements in areas that include grade point average, attendance, disposition and attitude toward school or themselves. Individual schools or sites nominated students for an About Face Award.

The event was held at Winter Haven’s Nora Mayo Hall and was attended by About Face honorees, their families, school district staff and administrators, school board members and community members. The event was also attended by honorees’ mentors who helped each honoree make the positive changes and turnaround. The event’s sponsor was Tampa Electric and guest speaker was Polk Sheriff Grady Judd. The event included a special presentation by Tenoroc High’s award-winning Theta Sigma Tau step team.

About Face honorees are listed according to school location.

Auburndale High: Vanessa Soto
Berkley Middle: Melanie Pares
Stambaugh Middle: Jyeraynea Leblanc

Bartow High: Leah Crawford
Bartow Middle: Shawn Davis
Compass Middle: Christina Witmer
Gause Academy: Quintearus Bell
Summerlin Academy: Barrett Sathiananthan
Union Academy: Sefe Wences
Youth Villa: Amber Thompson

Davenport School of The Arts: Remell Bowens
Ridge Community High: Abraham Thompson

Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center: Shanyce Black

Eagle Lake
Lake Region High: Darius Jennings

Fort Meade
Fort Meade Middle: Emma Gay
Fort Meade Senior: Jerome Cooper

Frostproof Middle: Kaleel Gaines
Frostproof Senior: Giselle Abarca

Haines City
Boone Middle: Emilio Rodriguez

Lake Alfred
Karen M. Siegel Academy: Brisley Joseph
Lake Alfred Addair Middle: Quintin James

Lake Wales
Lake Wales High: Oshey Washington
McLaughlin Middle And Fine Arts Academy: Shadarius Thompson

Bill Duncan Opportunity Center: Freddie Roberts
Blake Academy: Codey Johnston
Doris Sanders Learning Center: Kaitlyn Duncan
Dwight Smith Center: Destiny Hampton
George Jenkins High: Victoria Albertini
Harrison School for the Arts: Allyson Lewis
Kathleen High: Quentin Graham
Kathleen Middle: Donte Scurles
Lake Gibson High: Sabree Bennett
Lakeland High: Lexie Ramirez
Lakeland Highlands Middle: Shayla Bell
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy: Bryanna Pope
Sleepy Hill Middle: Yazmen Haynes
South McKeel Middle: Caleb Teesdale
Southwest Middle: Elida Mainez
Tenoroc High: Andrew Honecker
West Area Adult School: Ray Tyree

Mulberry Middle: Julio Medina

Lake Marion Creek School: Michael Carrasquillo

Winter Haven
Denison Middle: Conchita Fortuna
Jewett Middle Academy: Tyler West
Jewett School of the Arts: Koelin Scarvers
Ridge Career Center: Katrice Conoly
Westwood Middle: Widlande Senatus
Winter Haven High: Nadepe Arius

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