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Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year Awards Program Scheduled for May 17

May 11, 2016

The commitment of Polk County Public Schools’ volunteers will be celebrated Tuesday, May 17, 2016 during the annual Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year Awards program.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 South Floral Ave. The news media is invited to attend this invitation-only event. The program starts at 8 a.m.

The award ceremony acknowledges the crucial role school volunteers play in students’ lives. Polk County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Florida, with more than 150 school sites and over 100,000 students. With so many schools and students to serve, volunteers dedicate their valuable time to accomplish important tasks, and help students reach their educational and career goals.

During the ceremony, volunteer awards will be given at the elementary and secondary level in the following categories: Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year. The award recipients will be chosen from the Volunteers of the Year selected from their respective schools.

The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by The Ledger Media Group and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union. Community involvement is a critical aspect of Polk County’s approach to education. For more information about volunteering, visit or call 863.534.0636.

Please see nominees below:

Elementary School Volunteer
Alta Vista Elementary  Dyan Romano
Alturas Elementary Rosa Cavazos
Auburndale Central Elementary Judy Lott
Babson Park Elementary Suzanne Fletcher
Bartow Elementary Academy Phyllis King
Ben Hill Griffin Elementary Christina Ellis
Bethune Academy Ryane Redgrave
Blake Academy Orpha Gonzalez
Boswell Elementary Ruby Jean Giles
Brigham Academy Lori Griffin
Caldwell Elementary Connie Jacobs
Carlton Palmore Elementary Paul Parker
Chain of Lakes Elementary Melissa Morrison
Churchwell Elementary Rhonda Leones
Cleveland Court Elementary Emily Cox
Combee Elementary Doris Parker
Crystal Lake Elementary Joelle Cockrell
Davenport School of the Arts Charlene Stamper
Dixieland Elementary Yvonne Van Roo
Dr. N.E. Roberts Elementary Judith Fowler
Dundee Elementary Academy Michelle Williams
Eagle Lake Elementary Jenny Goff
Eastside Elementary Janilet Lebron
Elbert Elementary Brian Reeves
Floral Avenue Elementary Donna Wingard
Frostproof Elementary Richard Cobb
Garden Grove Elementary Mary Sue Burry
Garner Elementary Laron Rodriguez Adams
Gibbons Street Elementary  April Taylor
Griffin Elementary Mary Clarke
Highlands City Elementary Lacey Sherrouse
Highlands Grove Elementary Esther Ott
Horizons Elementary James Watkins
Inwood Elementary Shirley Covarrubias
Janie Howard Wilson Elementary Carolyn Barnhardt
Jesse Keen Elementary Jessica Boyd
Jewett School of the Arts Lenny Wheaton
Kathleen Elementary Jeanette Wright
Kingsford Elementary Jennifer Staggs
Lake Alfred Elementary Connie Barron
Lake Shipp Elementary Debra Cook
Laurel Elementary Nancy Mooney
Lena Vista Elementary Sarita Boyd
Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary Katherine Albritton
Lincoln Avenue Academy Jil Bevis
Loughman Oaks Elementary Chelsea Carrero
Medulla Elementary Carol Grimsley
North Lakeland Elementary Melissa Shank
Oscar J. Pope Elementary Bryan Cummings
Padgett Elementary Robert Delaney
Palmetto Elementary Stephan Perez
Philip O’Brien Elementary Cynthia Zimmerman
Pinewood Elementary Mary Holman
Polk Avenue Elementary Martha Blair
Polk City Elementary Johanna Cobb
Purcell Elementary  Casey Jones
R. Bruce Wagner Elementary Heather Kessler
Rochelle School of the Arts Nina Hutton
Sandhill Elementary Ladonna Teti
Scott Lake Elementary Linda Tarleton
Sikes Elementary Melissa Shelley
Sleepy Hill Elementary Carlton Pickett
Snively Elementary Susan Dantzler
Socrum Elementary Mikyong Bratton
Southwest Elementary Emily Paul
Spessard Holland Elementary Tiffany Bilbrey
Spook Hill Elementary Stacie L. Gibb
Valleyview Elementary Margarita Alvarado
Wahneta Elementary Jannet Rojas
Wendell Watson Elementary Jennifer Bath
Winston Academy Julie Roberts

Secondary School Volunteer
Auburndale High Kevin Dunn
Bartow High James Thompson
Daniel Jenkins Academy Carol Burdette
Dundee Ridge Middle Academy Dr. Susan Phillips
East Area Adult Schools Stephen Abney
Fort Meade Middle-Senior Lorenzo McCutchen
Frostproof Middle-Senior Rachel Pooley
George Jenkins High Stephanie Smith
Haines City High/IB Racheal Kirkland
Harrison School for the Arts Punam Saxena
Jewett Middle Academy Anita Cox
Kathleen Middle Emily Gray
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle Alysa Nolen
Lake Gibson High Bernard Liebrecht
Lake Gibson Middle Joanna Lewis
Lake Region High Jane Hill
Lakeland High David Dunn
Lakeland Highlands Middle Olivia Bechtol
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy Melissa Alessandroni
McLaughlin Middle Nellie Priola
Mulberry High Larry Rankin
Mulberry Middle Cherise Rose
Ridge Community High Doris McCallister
Sleepy Hill Middle Elana Coulter
Southwest Middle Susan Lynch
Stambaugh Middle Leona Blackmon
Summerlin Academy William Pfaff
Union Academy Vicky Jenkins
West Area Adult School Richard Smith
Winter Haven High William Alexander