About-Face AwardsThe About-Face Award recognizes secondary students who have made a significant turn around in their behavior, academic achievement and attendance in school. One student from each middle and high school in the district receive the award annually at the Awards Program. Students are nominated by their school and receive a medallion for their success.

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of TECO Energy.

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the 23rd annual About-Face Awards recognized nearly 50 middle and high school student honorees.

The keynote speaker was Deric C. Feacher. The Polk County native serves as the Assistant City Manager of Haines City, is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in public administration.

Entertainment ws provided by the cast of "The Sound of Music" from Rochelle School of the Arts.

Other special guests included Polk Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Copeland and Polk State College Winter Haven campus Provost Martha Santiago.

The About-Face Awards are sponsored by TECO.


2017 Honorees

Auburndale High - Gustavo Santana

Bartow High - Danielys Garcia Santiago

Bartow Middle - Josias Ramirez

Compass Middle Charter School - Theodore Rogers

Crystal Lake Middle - Abigail Scott

Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology- Karla Garduno Arroyo

Denison Middle - Jelani Johnson

Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center - Sadie Moore

Dundee Ridge Middle Academy - Colby Dixon

Fort Meade Middle/Senior - Adam Mincey

Fort Meade Middle/Senior - Amando Venegas

Frostproof Middle/Senior - Layla Travis

Frostproof Middle/Senior - Eli Balleza

Gause Academy/Middle - Christopher Anderson

Gause Academy/High - Jarvis Williams

George Jenkins High - Jayden Santiago

Haines City High - Carmeisha Worth

Jewett Middle Academy Magnet - Huy Pham

Karen M. Siegel Academy - Emmanuel Tolentino

Kathleen High - Robert Lewis Jr.

Kathleen Middle - Carlisle Johnson

Lake Alfred-Addair Middle - Gerardo Nunez

Lake Gibson High - Megan Howard

Lake Gibson Middle - Tyrese Smith

Lake Marion Creek Middle - Sarai Delgado

Lake Region High - Marquise Dorcent

Lakeland Senior High - Te'Keisha Light

Lakeland Highlands Middle - Bianca Johnson

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy - Joshua Veloso

McLaughlin Middle - Ryan Rivera

Mulberry High - Da'Von Lamar Barr

Mulberry Middle - Jaheim Ward

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College High - Quashebris Washington

Ridge Community High - D'Eonta Bugg

Ridge Technical College - Charles Johnson

Rochelle School of the Arts - Jairus Randall

Roosevelt Academy - Tiara Hempstead

Sleepy Hill Middle - Kaleb Einzig

Southwest Middle - Tye Harriell

Summerlin Academy - Lyn Castillo

Tenoroc High - Sauvelson Clercius

Traviss Technical College - Cherri Scott

Union Academy - Robert Maxwell

West Area Adult - Robin Rent

Westwood Middle - Janaria Johnson

Winter Haven High - Breairra Foster