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Updated: 03/21/2013 08:00:03AM

Bartow students shine in History Fair

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Christine Roslow


The Saint Thomas Aquinas counsel 12314 of the Knights of Columbus on Friday, March 15, gave to checks totalling $582 to the Jean O’Dell Learning Center in Bartow. It is proceeds from the counsel’s Tootsie Roll drive and will be utilized to support the educational programs for students at the Center. From left to right presenting the check is Father Eugene Grytner from the Saint Thomas Aquinas parish, David Wood, principal of the school, Leon LaClair, counsel treasurer, Jack Daubert, counsel trustee, Mike Brown, counsel activities director, and Rick Davila, counsel trustee.


Second place Group Exhibit winners were Bartow Middle students Mckenzie Braaten (left), Guissepe Page (middle) and Grace Eckman (right).

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Twenty-one students attending schools in Bartow won awards at the Annual Polk County History Fair which was Friday, Feb. 22 in Bartow.

Students demonstrated their research skills by writing historical papers, by giving history-based performances, creating exhibits, documentaries, history focused web pages and other vehicles. Hundreds of entries were placed and those who placed first or second will represent Polk County in state competition in May.

In the junior division, McKenzie Braaten, Grace Eckman and Giuseppe Page, who attend Bartow Middle School; won third place in group exhibit.

In the senior division, for historical paper, Zachary Sandoval, who attends Bartow International Baccalaureate won first place and Mason Gore, who attends Bartow International Baccalaureate won third place.

For group exhibit Bartow High IB students Ashley Matthew and Sujaya Kajgaru won first place.

For individual documentary Bartow High IB student Gabriella Liwanag earned second place.

For individual exhibit Andrew Noonan, a Bartow High IB student, won third place.

In the individual web page category second place went to Cindy Wang, who attends Bartow High IB.

For group web page first place went to Neel Shah, Amal Patadin and Jay Khatri, of Bartow High IB; and third place went to Samantha Kunin, Annika Mulaney and Alexis Gann, Bartow High IB.

In military history, Bartow High IB students Noah Stephens, Noah Sims, Hannah Townsend, Allana Rachid and Emma McPhee Bartow High IB were named with a group of students as were students from South McKeel Academy and Berkley Accelerated Middle. Places were not named for this category.

Misch named to Dean’s List Benjamin Allen Misch

was named to the Dean’s List for fall 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Misch is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences. To qualify students must have a grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

Misch graduated from Bartow High School.

Kindergarten registration has begun and it can be done online

For the first time, Polk County Public Schools will allow parents and guardians the option to register their kids online over the course of a month-long registration period.

The registration lasts until April 1 for students who are entering kindergarten.

To register online parents or guardians must gather the necessary documents, log in using an existing Parent Portal account or create an account by visiting the Parent Portal website at or Keyword Search: Enroll. Then, click the menu item titled “Pre-Registration” then follow the on-screen prompts.

For help, contact the Polk County Public Schools’ IST Help Desk at 863-519-8040 or,

To enroll parents or guardians must present a legal proof of age (i.e. a birth certificate or baptismal certificate); a current physical exam dated within the last 12 months and a certificate of immunization (Florida Department of Health form 680) showing all shots including second MMR, polio, DPT/DTaP, Hepatitis B series and second varicella or signed proof of chicken pox. For information about documentation requirements, parents and guardians are being asked to contact the zoned school.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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