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Walt Disney World Prize Patrol honors two students

Walt Disney World Prize Patrol honors two students

Bartow, Florida-- On April 3, two Polk County students were surprised by the Walt Disney World Prize Patrol as they were named Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars.

Photo Galley of Mickey and the Prize Patrol surprising the students

Wendell Watson Elementary school 5th grader, Tye Harrell, and Harrison School for the Arts 12th grader, Kiersten Nelson, were each visited by Mickey Mouse himself and his Prize Patrol team. 

Polk County student shines at the National Junior Thespian Festival

Polk County student shines at the National Junior Thespian Festival

Winter Haven, Florida -- Jewett School of the Arts student Jake Mitchell recently won top honors at the National Junior Thespian Festival in Denver, Colorado.

According to Polk County Schools, the 14-year-old received a superior for his performance of two monologues taken from a comedic and a dramatic piece.  This show of acting versatility provided him an opportunity to perform during the events’ closing ceremonies and guaranteed him an entry into the International Junior Thespian Festival.

Students share educational experiences at Lunch and Learn event

Students share educational experiences at Lunch and Learn event

Polk County, Florida -- On March 29, seniors from seven Polk County high schools had lunch with Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sherrie B. Nickell and Associate Superintendent of Learning David Lewis during a "Lunch and Learn" event.

"Lunch and Learn" gives the students an opportunity to share their educational and personal experiences. Their insights on how to improve the student experience are also welcomed.

Senator JD Alexander: "Tampa thinks Polk should be landfills and prisons"

Senator JD Alexander: "Tampa thinks Polk should be landfills and prisons"

BARTOW, Fla. -- "USF comes through one of the most challenging chapters in history," USF President Judy Genshaft told the Tiger Bay Club in Bartow during a luncheon at the Peace River Country Club. Genshaft and USF Polytechnic's chancellor, David Touchton, answered questions from the group about Poly becoming the state's 12th university.

Haines City High wins county academic competition

Haines City High wins county academic competition

Haines City, Fla. -- PCPS has announced Haines City High School’s academic competition team won the Polk County Public Schools academic competition held at Lake Region High in February with a team score of 231.

Bartow Senior was second in the competition with a score of 229 followed by Harrison School for the Arts with 174.  Nineteen teams competed in the county championship, and the 2012 all-county academic team was announced during the awards following the county finals.

The battle continues with a great visit

The battle continues with a great visit

Lakeland, Fla. -- Competition is fierce among players trying to grab one of the 23 open roster spots. This is where these potential Lakeland Raiders need to step up their game and impress Head Coach Michael Mink and his staff. 

When asked if anyone has secured a spot on the 2012 Raiders he commented, “No one has a guaranteed spot.  They need to work hard on every play. They can't rely on their reputation or what they have done before, they have to prove to us that they want to be a Lakeland Raider."

Polk FFA Chapters hold National FFA Week activities Feb. 18-25

Polk FFA Chapters hold National FFA Week activities Feb. 18-25

Polk County Public Schools FFA students are preparing for this year’s National FFA Week activities.  National FFA Week is Feb. 18 – 25, and more than 500,000 nationwide members will participate in local, state and national activities.