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April 1, 2016
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, the 22nd 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 the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S. Floral Ave., Bartow.
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 Winter Haven City Manager Deric C. Feacher. The Polk County native began work for the City of Winter Haven in 2001. Since then, he’s served as assistant to the city manager, support services director and Winter Haven’s first public information officer.
Feacher is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in public administration. He is the first minority and one of the youngest men to be named to the position of Winter Haven city manager.
Other special guests include 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. TECO Community Affairs Manager Cindy Price will serve as the emcee.
This year’s honorees include:
Auburndale High - Kerline Metelus
Bartow High - Kali Walker
Bartow Middle - Denzil Alleyne
Berkley Accelerated Middle - Damian Wade
Boone Middle - Ahmesia Marlow
Compass Middle Charter - Willie Kisling-Darby
Crystal Lake Middle - Kalidra McKinley
Daniel Jenkins Academy - Nicholas Boatwright
Denison Middle - Jasmin Villanueva
Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center - Joseph Carter
Dundee Ridge Middle Academy - Chase Green
East Area Adult - Hayden Assante
Fort Meade Middle/Senior - Silvia Santiago Aguirre
Gause Academy/Middle - Silas Joshua Mercer Jr.
Gause Academy/High - Angel Taylor
George Jenkins High - Tyler Gallagher
Haines City High - Jaquarius Fowler
Jewett Middle Academy - Steven Stanlick-Brewer
Karen M. Siegel Academy - Emily Sinclair
Kathleen High - Kelvon Booker
Kathleen Middle - Yunor Francisco Jose
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle - Kimora M. Kinsler
Lake Gibson High - David Luis Gonzalez
Lake Marion Creek Middle - Angel Algarin
Lake Region High - Herlinda Sanchez
Lakeland High - Tyler Bivens
Lakeland Highlands Middle - Enrique Palomar
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy - T'Kouri Smart
McKeel Academy of Technology - Joshua Park
Mulberry High - Kahari Love
Mulberry Middle - Jessica Bland
Our Children's Academy - Austin Ramirez
Polk Acceleration Academy - Brian Acosta Rivera
Polk State Collegiate High - George Bing
Ridge Community High - Shakeir Jones
Rochelle School of the Arts - Aaron Webb
Roosevelt Academy - Vincent Leo
Sleepy Hill Middle - Daniella Bartolome
South McKeel Academy - Moriah Dempsey
Southwest Middle - Areiyl Jones
Stambaugh Middle - Devin Hublar
Summerlin Academy - Jacklyn Giffin
Tenoroc High - Brandie Boles
Traviss Career Center - Gavin Sanchez
Union Academy - Abigail Lynn Brabant
West Area Adult - Tristian Westberry
Westwood Middle - Salvador Boyzo
Winter Haven High - Corey V. Stanley Jr.