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March 20, 2018
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the 24th annual About-Face Awards will recognize nearly 50 middle and high school student honorees who have made positive changes and noticeable improvements in their academic careers.
The invitation-only ceremony will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow. Members of the media are welcome to attend.
Polk County Public Schools hosts the event to encourage students who have made an “about-face” in their schools by improving their grade point average, attendance, or attitude. The honorees and their mentors will be served breakfast at the ceremony.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Angela Falconetti, president of Polk State College. Dr. Falconetti became Polk State College’s fifth president in July 2017. A native Floridian with nearly two decades of service in three states, she has extensive experience in all aspects of higher education administration.
Other special guests include Tampa Electric Company Regional Manager Nick Plott, and Polk Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Copeland. Rachel Pleasant, Senior Director of Communications for Polk County Public Schools, will emcee the event.
The About-Face Awards have been proudly sponsored by Tampa Electric Company for 24 years.
This year’s honorees include:
Berkley Accelerated Middle
Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy
Compass Middle Charter
Crystal Lake Middle
Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology
Davenport Community Campus
Davenport School of the Arts
Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center
Dundee Ridge Middle Academy
East Area Adult School
Fort Meade Middle-Senior
James Pullo (middle school division)
Jaywan Bush (high school division)
Nicholas Santana (middle school division)
Victoria O’Steen (high school division)
George Jenkins High
Haines City High
Haines City IB
Jere L. Stambaugh Middle
Daniel Johnson Jr.
Jewett Middle Academy
Jewett School of the Arts
Lake Alfred Polytech Academy
Lake Gibson High
Lake Gibson Middle
Lake Marion Creek Middle
Lake Region High
Lakeland Highlands Middle
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
McKeel Academy of Technology
McLaughlin Middle School & Fine Arts Academy
Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Charter High
Ridge Technical College
Rochelle School of the Arts
Rosabelle W. Blake Academy
Sleepy Hill Middle
Traviss Technical College
West Area Adult
Winter Haven HighAliyah Olmo-Saez