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The Polk County School Board has many events and programs celebrating the accomplishments and hard work of our staff, community partners and students from both the present and the past. The following recognition events are coordinated by the Department of Public Relations & Strategic Partnerships.

Teacher and School-Related Employee of the YearTeacher and School-Related Employee of the Year

The 2018 Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year Awards Program will honor over 230 outstanding employees from across the district and will be streaming live on YouTube on Wednesday, Februrary 21 at 7:30 p.m. We encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel and ensure that notifications are turned on. This will allow you to receive automatic alerts for future live broadcasts.

Learn more and view honorees »


34TH Annual Hall of FameHall of Fame

The Polk County Schools Hall of Fame was created in 1985 to recognize former students of Polk County Public Schools who have gone on to distinguish themselves in their careers or communities. Since its inception, the Hall of Fame has inducted over 100 former students. Hall of Fame members have made significant professional contributions in the arts, business, clergy, education, entertainment, government, law, military, medicine, sports or other fields.

Nominees must have attended a Polk County public school, but graduation from a Polk County public school is not a requirement. A panel of judges evaluates each nominee using criteria such as leadership, professional excellence, innovation and their impact on local and global communities. Each inductee and their nominator will receive an invitation to the induction banquet.

Learn more and submit a nomination for 2018 »

2017 Inductees

Congratulations to oe Nathan Halman Jr., Colonel William D. McGarrity and Donald H. Wilson Jr!

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2017 Hall of Fame was sponsored by: AT&T, Publix Super Markets Charities and Suncoast Credit Union.

Complete list of inductees with biographies »

Volunteer of the Year Awards LogoOutstanding School Volunteer of the Year Program

The gift of time is precious, and volunteers are truly generous when it comes to investing this valuable resource in our schools and with our students.

This award ceremony acknowledges the crucial role school volunteers play in students’ lives and how they enrich our schools with their selfless dedication.

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of MIDFLORIDA Credit Union.

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About-Face Awards LogoAbout-Face Awards

The 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.

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Superintendent's Scholars Awards LogoSuperintendent's Scholars Awards

The top high school seniors from Polk County Public Schools take center stage at the annual Superintendent’s Scholars Awards.

The ceremony recognizes seniors for their outstanding educational achievements; Superintendent’s Scholars include graduating seniors who have earned a 3.8 GPA or higher by their seventh semester.

Each student has an opportunity to introduce themselves, announce their college or career plans, and receive a medallion as a symbol of their accomplishment to be worn at graduation.

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Wheels to Engagement LogoWheels to Engagement

Through a partnership with Jarrett-Gordon Ford, the Wheels to Engagement program recognizes parents who actively participate in the education of their student. The goal is to increase student achievement at designated low performing schools. Each designated school's Parent-of-the-Year will be entered into a drawing. The grand prize winner will receive a new Ford Fusion and a $1,000 check courtesy of CenterState Bank. Second and third place winners will receive a $2,000 check courtesy of CenterState Bank.

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