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Polk to honor distinguished alumni

Polk to honor distinguished alumni

Lakeland mayor Gow Fields, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D – North Carolina), education official Ron Jeffries and law enforcement crime scene expert Edgar Pickett, Jr. are 2011 inductees to the Polk County Public Schools Hall of Fame.

They will be honored at a June 10 event at the Lake Ashton Country Club in Lake Wales along with the 2011 Polk high school valedictorians and salutatorians. The June 10 event is invitation only.

The Hall of Fame was started in 1985 and inductees are individuals who attended Polk Public Schools and made significant professional and career contributions in the arts, business, clergy, education, entertainment, government, law, military, medicine, sports or other fields.

Three Polk Seniors named "Outstanding Volunteers" in Teen Trendsetters Program

Three Polk Seniors named "Outstanding Volunteers" in Teen Trendsetters Program

Three graduating seniors from Polk high schools have been named Outstanding Volunteers in Volunteer USA’s Teen Trendsetters Reading Mentors program.

Chosen for this honor were Roxana Aguilar of Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes High, Audra Jordan of Lakeland High and Jasmine McKnight of Bartow High.

Volunteer USA’s Teen Trendsetters reading mentors program has 45 high school students at 4 Polk high schools tutoring 60 at-risk second and 3rd graders in reading. Frostproof Senior is the fourth Polk high school to have the program in addition to Bartow, Chain of Lakes and Lakeland.

Update: Runaway hospital patient located

Update: Runaway hospital patient located

Winter Haven, Florida -- A woman who abruptly left the Winter Haven Hospital this morning has been located.

Sandra S. Yorski is reported in good condition.

Earlier story:

Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven police need the public's help to find a woman who ran out of a hospital while triage nurses were working with her.

47-year-old Sandra S. Yorski came to the emergency room at Winter Haven Hospital Tuesday asking for help. According to police, while nurses were working with Yorski, she suddenly ran out of the hospital.

Police: Man kills baby rabbits with hands

Police: Man kills baby rabbits with hands

Winter Haven, Florida -- Winter Haven Police say a 34-year-old man killed the family rabbits in a fit of rage.

Reginald Sear, Jr. is being charged with three counts of animal cruelty and two counts of child abuse.

Detectives say Sear got into an argument with his wife, Christina Sear, over the scheduled feeding of the baby rabbits.  

Reginald proceeded into the bathroom where he killed the three pet baby rabbits with his bare hands.M

She Knows Awards Luncheon this Thursday

She Knows Awards Luncheon this Thursday

Lakeland, FL -- Girls Inc. will host their, "She Knows Awards Luncheon" on May 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Women throughout the community will be honored for serving as positive role models for girls and women.

In addition, they will be honored for their contributions to the community.

Three of the honored women will receive the She Knows Award.

The event will be held at 701 W. Lime Street and for more information call 863-682-3002 x222.

Polk has winner at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles

Polk has winner at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Los Angeles

Trevor Monroe, a Lakeland resident and senior at Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes High, was a fourth place Grand Award winner at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held May 8 to 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, http://www.societyforscience.org/isef.

He won $500 for fourth place in the electrical and mechanical engineering competition for his project titled “Boosting Central Heat/Air Conditioning Efficiency Through Evaporative Cooling.” His advisor on the project was Chain of Lakes teacher Suzanne Halverson.

More on Trevor's experience

More than 1,600 high school students from nearly 60 countries competed in Los Angeles. The event included top prizes of $75,000 and $50,000.

Trevor was one of two Polk students to compete at the Intel event.

Two Polk County Science Fair winners in California at the ISEF International Science Fair: Part III

Two Polk County Science Fair winners in California at the ISEF International Science Fair: Part III

Kirstie and I concluded our California ISEF International Science Fair trip, and what an adventure it was! 

On Thursday there was a ceremony for "Special Award" presentations.  It was an exciting presentation of speakers and of course awards presented by nearly 70 scientific, professional and educational organizations and included scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants and trips.  Prizes and awards must have totaled over $1 million. 

Neither Kirstie or I received any Special Awards, but we learned a lot about what it takes to compete well, and that is a valuable lesson. 

Thursday night was an exclusive ISEF "free night" at Universal Studios, with food included.  What fun...although it did get very cold that night and I forgot my jacket.  By midnight we were exhausted and anxious about the big day to come.