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Updated: 06/12/2013 08:01:36AM

Advanced Placement
meeting Thursday

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Christine Roslow

Hunter Davenport

Gabrielle DiLullo

James E. Stephens Elementary students participated in the Sunshine State Young Readers event hosted by Media Services on May 21. The students participating were required to read 15 Sunshine State Young Readers books over the course of the school year. As part of the competition the team completed a visual art project and they developed a game based on one of the books they read. Additionally, the team prepared and competed in a Quiz Bowl based on information from all 15 books. The team brought home blue ribbons for the visual art display and the board game. They earned a red ribbon for the Quiz Bowl competition. The team consisted of students in the third to fifth grades. Pictured here are, front row Jadian Walker, Jamia O’Neal, Titus Walker, Nicolas Satterfield and Jaivonn Randolph. Back row, from left, is Principal April Sumner, Hector Garcia, Xavier Avalos.

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With the Polk County School Board mandating that all schools have an Advanced Placement parent meeting to discuss the classes next year, there is one scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

All students planning to take AP classes and their parents/guardians must attend and pick up summer reading assignments.

The meeting will address the expectations of AP classes, the goals of the program and a mandatory parent/student contract will be distributed. The contract must be signed by the parents/guardians and the student.

From 5-6 p.m. is a meeting for returning AP students and parents. From 6-7 p.m. the meeting is for newcomers to AP.

Those with more questions can contact their guidance counselor for details.

IB students named Merit Scholarship winners

Bartow International Baccalaureate’s Hunter Davenport and Gabrielle DiLullo were named as first-round qualifiers of the college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners.

Gabrielle will head to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she will study international relations. Sophia Morrell plans to attend the University of Central Florida where she too will pursue a career in engineering. Davenport will attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando where he hopes to study engineering.

College-sponsored awards
are renewable for up to four years
of undergraduate study at the sponsor institution and provide stipends that range between $500 and $2,000 per year. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship award winners are selected by officials at each college. The amount of the annual stipend is decided by the institution. Finalists who have been accepted for admission and have listed the institution as their first choice by the required deadlines are usually given the distinction.

Tallo graduates from Dickinson College’s
Class of 2013

Christine Redulla Tallo, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Raul Tallo of Lakeland, graduated from Dickinson College on May 19 with a BS in biology. Tallo is a graduate of Bartow High School.

Dickinson College in historic Carlisle, Pa., was chartered in 1783. The private, national liberal-arts college is home to 2,400 students from all around the nation and the globe.

Polk State Lakeland has first full-length play set

Polk State Lakeland’s theater on June 20, will have its first full-length play performed with “Almost, Maine.”

“Almost, Maine” is a series of nine vignettes, each of which features a different couple at a different stage of love. Set in the fictional town of Almost, Maine, the play runs the romantic gamut, from the couple that is just beginning to flirt with one another, to a long-married couple contemplating divorce.

“This production is very exciting for Polk State College. For the past year, our theater offerings at this campus have gained great momentum,” Polk State Lakeland Provost Steve Hull said.

“This first full-length play is the culmination of that growth, as well as a sign of what’s to come as that growth continues. This is the first full-length play at ourcampus — but it definitely won’t be the last.”

Polk State Theatre’s presence has traditionally been centered at the College’s Winter Haven campus, where several full-length shows are staged each semester in the Winter Haven Fine Arts Auditorium.

“Almost, Maine” is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. June 20 at the Polk State Lakeland Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.

In addition to Polk State Theatre, Polk State Fine Arts includes Music and Visual Arts, all of which enjoy outstanding statewide reputations.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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