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Updated: 06/19/2013 08:01:32AM

Bartow IB student wins bronze medal at I-SWEEP

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Christine Roslow


Gause students make a garden through a $2,000 community improvement grant they received from Lowe's.

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Andrew Noonan from Bartow High International Baccalaureate was one of a handful of students named a bronze medal winner when he competed at I-SWEEP (International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad) in Houston in May.

The international science fair focuses on energy, engineering, and environment projects that are centered on looking for alternative solutions for a sustainable world.

Andrew’s project was titled “Concentrated Solar: Creating an Improved Energy System.”

I-SWEEP’s mission is to spark interest and awareness on our planet’s sustainability challenges.

Two win prizes at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Annika Mulaney from Bartow High’s International Baccalaureate was one of nearly 25 students chosen to receive an Academic Excellence Scholarship from West Virginia University for her presentation of research and an academic aptitude that aligns with WVU’s institutional goals and research interests.

Her project entitled “Screening of Novel Drugs for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease” garnered her the renewable tuition scholarship award.

She was one of two Polk County students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix in May.

Summer Monroe from Polk State College Lakeland Collegeiate High won a $1,000 award in the microbiology category for her project entitled “Advanced Design Field Combat and Burn Bandage using Antimicrobial Copper and Bio Inhibitor Film.” She was one of only six students who received the 3rd place award.

This year, approximately 1,600 young scientists were chosen, after being selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories.

Three Bartow students honored at Minority Achievement Awards

Three Bartow High School students were among the 22 Polk County students honored at the Minority Achievement Awards on Monday, May 13, at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College.

Joseph Townes from Bartow High, Niraj Vyas from Bartow International Baccalaureate and Rachel Christle from Summerlin Academy received a 3.5 grade point average or above in regular education classes to achieve the honor.

Gause uses grant
to ‘Grow
Good abits’

Gause Academy recently got a $2,000 Lowe’s community improvement grant with the help of John Riley and Logan Muether, Florida Southern students.

The money was used toward the school’s “Growing Good Habits” project, an organic garden that served as a format to teach students leadership, team building and how to tend to an organic garden.

Gause Academy students helped plant the gardens which are partly vegetables and flowers. This summer corn, beans and sunflowers are expected to start to bloom.

Gause Academy also partnered with a local chef to develop its own cookbook, which will incorporate recipes from foods with cancer-fighting attributes. Proceeds support the American Cancer Society, as well as fund the maintenance of the organic gardens at the school.

They will be released for purchase in conjunction with Relay for Life 2014.

Seniors awarded scholarships from Floral Lakes

Each year the Floral Lakes Scoial Club awards four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. This year’s recipients were Panku Yang, Cheyenne Blaha, Jessica Wile and Lex Campbell. They were given scholarships by Gert Thompson and Jerry Hochschild of the Floral Lakes Scholarship Committee.

Volunteers needed for
READ workshop

READ Polk has a free training workshop to volunteers who would like to teach adults how to read.

It is from 9:15 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Polk State College, in the Lakeland Technology Building (LTB Building), Room 1310, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland.

Experience isn’t necessary and volunteers will get the training and materials to become certified tutors. The class size is limited.

Lunch will not be provided, however, there is a full service restaurant within the building that will be open until to 2 p.m.

To register call 863-802-1512 or email at by noon on Wednesday, July 10. For information, call 863-802-1512.

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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