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Event honors high-achieving minority graduating seniors

More than 400 graduating seniors of Polk high schools were honored at the 21st Annual Minority Achievement Awards event held May 12 at Polk State College in Winter Haven. 

The event honored minority students for achieving a 3.5 grade point average and above in regular education classes.

The event also included the naming of each school’s minority graduate with the highest GPA and each school’s “most improved” minority graduate. Most improved minority graduates made significant academic improvements from their freshman to senior years.

Bartow International Baccalaureate won the Vivien Lillian Postell Award for having the largest percentage of high achieving minority graduates among its student enrollment.

The event was organized and coordinated by the Minority Achievement Program committee of the Polk Public Schools.

Honorees with a 3.5 grade point average in regular education classes are listed alphabetically by school. Minority students with the highest grade point averages by school are noted in parentheses. Most improved graduates are listed separately.

Auburndale High: Daniel Alvarado (highest GPA),  Javaris Baker,  Rylie Barrett,  Falloodney Bernard,  Jennifer Campos,  Gabriela Cortez,  Cesar Cruz,  Miguel Cruz,  Bruno Da Silva,  Pooja Desai,  Telisa Edwards,  Shaquille Glover,  Priscella Gomez,  Chelsea Harris, Taquania Irving,  Timothy Kendrick,  David Nieves,  Nancy Ramirez,  Noemi Ruiz,  Amberly Singh,  Ariana Valle.  Auburndale Most Improved-Bibiane Exantus.

Bartow High:  Jeanette Bravo (highest GPA), Yesenia Bravo, Malea Carter, Porcilla Charlton, Charley De Jesus, Quinteise Douglas, Clifton Garcia, Amanda Garza, Chelsey Greer, Nabil Harb, Brittany McNeil, Analeigh Navarro, Danielle Pryce, Janelle Pryce, Ashlee Small, Ashari Taylor, Melissa Thammavongsa, Robert Trejo, Keyontaye Williams, Andrea Young.  Bartow Most Improved – Kashari Johnson

Bartow International Baccalaureate: Janelle Botardo, Jasmine Eapen, Hiral Jivanji, Jessica Joseph (highest GPA), Hannah Kim, Stephon Mikell, Kyna Patel, Prashil Patel, Christina Philip, Leena Philip, Alyssa Ren, Karun Rivero,  Neha Shah.

Chain of Lakes High (Winter Haven): Roxana Aguilar, Flavio Arana, Cecilio Guardado, Princess Harris, Amy Head, Harry Holzhauser, Elwine Jeanpaul, Joseline Kelle, Alexis Kirkland, Joshua Loftin, Milton Marcus, Vincent Nguyen, Christian Pecina, Vishal Ramdass, Christian Rodriguez, Steven Spencer, Shantel Walker, Shelice Walker, Brandi Whitten. Chain of Lakes Most Improved- Edwin Colon.

Fort Meade Senior: Euphmia Allen, Anna Armijo (highest GPA), Edgar Arroyo, Kaitlin Brown, Perla Campos, Lilibeth Ocampo, Brandon Ortiz, Chelsea Whitehurst. Fort Meade Most Improved- Kaitlin Brown

Frostproof Senior:      Martin Avellaneda, Char’Nise Cobb, Graciela Cordero, Jazzmine Dixon, Carmen Espinoza (highest GPA), Fabiola Hernandez, Briana Hunter, Joykeria Swackard. Frostproof Most Improved- Viviana Cisneros

George Jenkins High(Lakeland): Izabela Algave, Zoe Benjamin, Ebonie Carter, Unyoung Chavez, Derek Falcon, David Garate, Kristine Gonzales, Alexis Gonzalez, Brittany Hicks, Karan Issar, Ashley Kelly, Dian Mae Limosnero, Jarrett Link, Jessica Maldonado, Vincenzo Marconi, Vivek Mistry, Marina Ortiz, Ankush Patel, Jaldhi Patel, Kishan Patel, Shivangi Patel (highest GPA), Liz Portal, Gabrielle Quinones, Jessenya Ramirez, Ryneth Sok, Valentina Tschischke, Miguel Vidal. George Jenkins Most Improved – Marisela Allen.

Haines City High: Pamela Bultron, Leola Campbell, David Castillo, Johanna Cerna, Mayra Chaidez (highest GPA), Kiarah Escalera, Johnathan Floyd, Shamica Gonzalez, Alexandria Guiang, Rolonda Hill, Eduardo Martinez, Michelle Mendoza, Erika Moyano, Octavia Page, Shanora Pitts, Terrell Pritchett, Brianna Raggs, Erika Reyes,  Isabeliz Rivera, Kendyhl Rodgers, Daniel Samnang, Alfredo Sandoval, Crystal Stewart, Akeem Vickers.

Haines City International Baccalaureate: Sarah Castro, Shimul Chowdhur, Bryan Cordova, Santiago Del Rio, Marcus Degnan,  Tiffany Fogleson, Alejandra Gomez, Aaron Honculad, Hoa Francisco Ngo, Elaine Peralta, Logan To, Shirley Vazquez, Katherine Yau.

Harrison School for the Arts (Lakeland): Marissa Barnes, Raymond Clark, Maria Cuervo, Gerard Dorve-Lewis, Jeannette Fiallo, Valerie Jean-Bart, Jasmine Johnson, Jahlinda Jones, Keidra Lamont, Angel Lee (highest GPA), Sabrina Morby, Parker Ovalle, Shikira Saul, Carlos Vila. Harrison Most Improved- Darius Hall.

Kathleen High (Lakeland): Ruben Aponte, Telaya Bease, Yesenia Estrada, Nia Gaines, Shalymov Isaac, Olivia Lisbon, Alexis London, Savion McKenzie, Dayanira Melendez, Tiana Mitchell, Iqra Niazi, Rene Perez, Stephanie Rodriguez, Thuy Hang Vo (highest GPA), Woodrica Washington, Ashley Williams, Lou Xiong. Kathleen Most Improved – Javier Serrano.

Lake Gibson High (Lakeland):Nervialide Aucul, Theodore Bomar, Alex Brown, Marie Brutus, Antoneashia Clemons, Jessica Fonseca, Jorge Gavillan, Jamillah Hammond, Errin Joe,  Ashley Johnson, Mishka Kerr, Devante McFarlane, Albert Munroe, Michael Price, Jasmine Ray, Joey San Javier, Hector Sanchez, Tiffani Simmons, Joseph Soto, Danny Sue, Autumn Tinsley (highest GPA),  T’Jean Tomlinson, Mick Zubiller.

Lake Region High (Eagle Lake): Fernando Alejandro, Diane Baires, Vashad Chatman, Laura Cruz, Lissett Davila, Sebastian Echemendia, Anna Lopez-Taylor, Anjani Patel, Deep Patel, Shetal Patel, Sunny Patel, Christina Persad, Nazia Rahman, Samantha Ram, Anusha Reddy (highest GPA), Yolanda Sanchez, Arcelia Santamaria, Rupa Soni, Phuong Tran, Kristian Trevino, Andrea Yebra. Lake Region Most Improved – Joseph St. Pierre.

Lake Wales High: Reyna Angeles, Heisen Bonilla, Hector Cano Garcia,  Tamese  Christian, Adriana Condry, Shaquille Cox, Christopher Dawson Jr., Gerardo Dudamel, J’Nai Fair, Eshan Johnson, A’Mary Leslie, Vanica Marc (highest GPA), Andrea Nunez, David Perez, Shacandice Pierce, Michael Roberts, Ana Rodriguez, Damonesha Sanchious. Lu’Nesha Witherspoon. Lake Wales Most Improved – Angelina Alonso.

Lakeland High: William Acevedo, Samantha Armenteros, Chloe’e Avila, Shakondra Brown, Luong Chau, Omar Diaz, Jocelyn Escobar, Lillian Lugo, Ramika Mann, Ajay Metla, Thompson Mouayly, Gregory Rivera, Tony Rivera, Phitsamy Sariyavong, Joshua Tao, Kashara Thomas, Elizabeth Thompson (highest GPA), Tyauna Woods, Kevin Wortman. Lakeland Most Improved – Jamari Leak. 

McKeel Academy High (Lakeland): Phillip Cuervo, Zoe’ Dennis, Toni-Ann Lue, Dhara Patel(highest GPA), Tom Philip, Renard Thomas, Jessica Umanzor. McKeel Most Improved – Jasmine Hundley.

Mulberry High: Samantha Andrews, Jessica Aparicio, Melvin Aparicio (highest GPA), Rene Blas, Carlos Bolanos, Anthony Boyd, Javier Castillo, Krisomar Crispin, Louis Gomez, Alexander Rodriguez, Maryangel Serrano,  Katia Thaxter, Stephanie Torres. Mulberry Most Improved – Dwayne Bryant

PSC High (Lakeland): Martin Balderas Olalde Jr.,  Robert Boyd,  Arielle Burton, Raquel Cabrera, Jessica Concepcion, Eric Esquivel, Carolina Garcia,  Mayra Garcia,  Alex Gomez, Danisha Henderson, Rachel Hernandez, Tilman Monsanto, Sabab Osmani, Monette Solomon (highest GPA), Juan Soto-Avella, Nicholas Spencer, Anaberta Toribio, Hannah Uppal, Manuela Zuluaga. PSC Most Improved-Jasmine Pray.

Ridge Community High: Natali Avelino, Naomi Hope Balingcongan, Alonzo Barrera, Jennifer Beltran, Cristine Bonilla, Crystal Bonilla, Yankiel Camaraza, Justin Chu, Sarinis Chu, Yubelisky Contrera, Monivette Cordeiro, Timothy Cortes, Irvin Cruz Rodriguez, Desirae Dickens, Jorenz Marie Estillore, Marcelo Farias, Slade Fernandes, Claudia Garcia,  Nicolas Garcia (highest GPA), Alfredo Guzman,  Arline Herrera, Cierra Johnson, Rose Legros, Alejandra Martin, Stephanie Martinez, Lexine Marquez,  Kelly McClure, Jean Paul Melendez, Zoraya Meneses, Ernesto Miranda, Viviana Mondragon, Orlando Murphy, Kimberly Noil, Emiro Olivares Velez, Isha Ortiz,  Jessica Ortiz, Sabastein Overbay,  Aquaysha Parks, Ashley Rodriguez, Ashley Rolon, Yarinet Rubero, Jackeline Sanchez, Janeth Sanchez, Sergio Sanchez, Sandra Santana, Vandana Singh, Kadeem Smith, Jomal Soto, Alexandra Stewart, Yady Tinoco, Erika Torres,  Juan Torres, Yvette Trejo, Emma Zengotita, Elisa Zeron. Ridge Community Most Improved – Ken Ossam.

Summerlin Academy (Bartow):Lacy Baker, Kianna Biggs (highest GPA), Jarrod Castillo, Carlos Giraldo, Keaira Mitchell.

Tenoroc High (Lakeland): Briana Allen,  Alex Bell, Raeven Broadnax,  Roberto Guerrero, Tacarra Hill, Kimberly Jimenez, Ian Khaw, Maurece Parrish,  Estephany Rodriguez (highest GPA),  Emmanuel Traverso. Tenoroc Most Improved – Jasmine Strong. 

Winter Haven High: Rodney Carroll,  Dicson Collazo, Vashawn Ealey, Dinahlee Fabre, Carla Graham, Kali Harris (highest GPA), Lekathryn Henry, Maranford Johnson, Brandon Karl Ladia, Tiare Leon, Victoria Lew, Jonathan Lopez, Mousimy Misha, Keonia Parrish, Hayat Shalabi, Jamesha Tarver, Kari Taylor,  Blanca Villarreal, Courtney Wallace, Faneeza Yassin.

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