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Updated: 11/15/2012 08:01:14AM

IB student named Sunshine State Scholars

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Christine Roslow

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Youlei Li, a junior at Bartow International Baccalaureate, is one of two Polk County students who will represent the county at the annual State STEM Recognition and Recruiting Conference next year in Orlando.

Li and Alexandra Rhodes of George Jenkins High were named Sunshine State Scholars for the school district. Li and Rhodes scored the top two marks on math and science examinations which were administered to 11th grade students from various high schools in Polk County.

The focus of the Sunshine State Scholars program is to recognize Florida’s top 11th grade students and expose them to future careers and opportunities available in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

In the two-day program, students and their parents will interact with industry leaders and talk with representatives from Florida’s Colleges and Universities. Participants also participate in workshops to learn about the latest innovations and discoveries in the STEM industry.

The annual State STEM Recognition and Recruiting Conference is scheduled Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22.

Knights spelling bee
coming Nov. 17

Who are the best young spellers in the area? Knights of Columbus Council 7091 of Cypress Gardens hopes to answer this question by encouraging students in grades 5-10.

The K of C Youth Spelling Bee is set Saturday, Nov. 17 in the Winter Haven Public Library at 325 Ave. A, NW in Winter Haven. It is free to students who attend public and private schools or are home schooled and they can get a list of sample words before the spell off in local schools and at the Winter Haven Public Library.

According to William “Billy Bob” Morris, chairman of the event, it begins with registration at 10 a.m., followed by the competition at 10:30 a.m. Students will compete in three divisions: Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-10. K of C members are judges.

Every winner will get a ribbon and automatically advance to the district round and then the regional round of competition if they win at the district level. Regional winners will go on to compete in the state K of C Youth Spelling Bee.

Call Morris at 863-289-2784 or Bob Connell at 863-294-9184 for information.

More than 200 teachers
visit the idea expo

The Polk Education Foundation hosted its annual Idea Expo on Nov. 6 at Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven to showcase teachers from Polk and Hardee counties who were awarded classroom grants based on innovative programs.

All programs were developed to help increase student achievement. More than 200 people attended including Polk County School Board member Dick Mullenax.

The teachers presented their programs to other teachers and education students. Teachers from Polk and Hardee counties who attended are encouraged to apply for an adaptor grant for one of the programs seen at the expo. Adapter awards will provide $200 in classroom and $800 in school project money to adapt already developed programs into classroom projects.

Open registration for
spring semester under way

Students currently enrolled at the Polk State College can register for the spring term online through the College’s Passport. Prospective new students can first submit an online application to the college. After doing so, they will be scheduled for an orientation session, during which they will register for their first classes.

The college’s Steps to Admission guide provides students with information such as how to apply for financial aid, how to request transcripts, and when to schedule placement testing.

The college’s online course catalog will help students in choosing and planning a course of study. Registration for dual-enrollment students — those who are taking college classes while still in high school — begins Monday, Nov. 19. The spring term runs
Jan. 7-May 6.

For information visit Christine Roslow can be reached at