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Updated: 07/17/2013 08:00:28AM

BHS student wins top 10 award at national conference

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Christine Roslow


Winners of the James E. Stephens Elementary 2013 Spelling Bee are Kindergarten: First place; Trey St. Lois, Second place Anthony Leon. First Grade: First place Dayana Avalos; Second place Olyvia Rasmussen. Second grade: First place Samuel Garcia, Second place Juan Hurtado. Third Grade: First place Terrance Burgess, Second place Esequiel Castillo. Fourth Grade: First place Ana Romero, Second place Brianna Everett. Fifth Grade: First place Nicholas Satterfield, Second place Jalandra Patterson.


James E. Stephens Elementary ended its school year with their annual Bicycle drawing. During the school year, students are rewarded for good behavior throughout the month and at the end of the month, students take part in an activity to celebrate their good behavior. A name is drawn at the end of the school year from each grade level for a new bike. This year’s winners are from, from left: Nick Wetherington, Adan Ramirez, Damien Haley, Luis Perez-Duarte, Dayana Avalos, Damarion Jones and Markiesha and Marquise Atwater.

Dylan D. Mitchell

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Bartow High’s Robert Gerber was among the county’s students who earned a top 10 finish in the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in June in Anaheim, Calif.

His team finished 10th for the Professional Clothes Closet, a community service project that provides students with work-appropriate attire. Alicia Cunningham of Lakeland and Nathan Herbig of Eagle Lake were also on the team.

Jim Harmon, of Lakeland finished in ninth place in Macroeconomics.

Gerber was one of seven students from Polk to go the conference representing Polk State College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda.

Gerber earned his spot when he got a second-place award inan Impromptu Speaking contest at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda state leadership conference in March in Orlando.

At the conference, students from colleges and universities across the country compete against one another in a number of events focused on topics such as accounting, business law and public speaking. In addition to competing in various events, the students attended educational workshops and networked with other students from across the country, Simpson said.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is the nation’s oldest and largest education association, with 250,000 student members preparing for careers in business or business-related fields. FBLA-PBL has four divisions; PBL is the division for postsecondary institutions.

Crossing guards won’t
be at these stops

A number of spots where crossing guards were last year were stopped this year. Two of them include Maple Avenue and Ansley Avenue, and Shumate Drive and Clower Street.

There are three in Lakeland, one in Frostproof, one in Winter Haven and five in Poinciana that will not have crossing guards this year.

The decision to remove these school crossing guards was made by the School Crossing Guard Committee following traffic surveys of the locations and confirmation that students can cross safely without assistance. The committee is comprised of representatives from the School Board, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Board of County Commissioners Traffic Engineering Division, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and a number of the municipalities within Polk County.

School starts on Monday, Aug. 19

Mitchell graduates
from basic training

Air Force Airman Dylan D. Mitchell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Mitchell is the son of Duane Mitchell of Bartow. He graduated in 2011 from Auburndale High School.

BHS grad makes Dean’s List at Washington University

Benjamin Allen Misch of Bartow was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Washington University in St. Louis.

Misch is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

To qualify for the Dean’s List in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

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