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Updated: 04/04/2013 08:00:03AM

Bartow students win honors at Science and Engineering Fair

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Christine Roslow

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Three Bartow students won top honors Thursday, March 28, at the 58th annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida.

The students, Annika Mulaney, Divya Ravinder, Riley McDanal and Saher Kidwai are all students at Bartow International Baccalaureate.

Annika won first place in engineering and honorable mention in biochemistry. Divya won third place in environmental science. Saher won second place in computer science. Riley was named a finalist for her earth and space project.

The Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony was held at the Lakeland Center. The two-day event included a visit from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The Polk region had the Best of Show in the junior biological sciences division, three first-place award winners and five second-place winners. In addition, students from Polk won numerous other place awards and special awards.

Area students get military nominations

Summerlin Academy student Nicholas Taylor is among four Polk County students to get military nominations with the help of U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross.

Taylor was nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy; U.S. Military Academy.

Other students from Polk who were nominated to military academies include Kelsey Ashbrook from Auburndale High, Jordan Kendall from Winter Haven High and Clayton Logsdon from McKeel Academy of Technology.

To attend a United States military academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Naval Academy, a student must receive a nomination from his/her Member of Congress. This is a highly competitive nomination process.

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