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.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the 23rd annual About-Face Awards recognized nearly 50 middle and high school student honorees.
The keynote speaker was Deric C. Feacher. The Polk County native serves as the Assistant City Manager of Haines City, is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in public administration.
Entertainment ws provided by the cast of "The Sound of Music" from Rochelle School of the Arts.
Other special guests included 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.
Auburndale High - Gustavo Santana
Bartow High - Danielys Garcia Santiago
Bartow Middle - Josias Ramirez
Compass Middle Charter School - Theodore Rogers
Crystal Lake Middle - Abigail Scott
Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology- Karla Garduno Arroyo
Denison Middle - Jelani Johnson
Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center - Sadie Moore
Dundee Ridge Middle Academy - Colby Dixon
Fort Meade Middle/Senior - Adam Mincey
Fort Meade Middle/Senior - Amando Venegas
Frostproof Middle/Senior - Layla Travis
Frostproof Middle/Senior - Eli Balleza
Gause Academy/Middle - Christopher Anderson
Gause Academy/High - Jarvis Williams
George Jenkins High - Jayden Santiago
Haines City High - Carmeisha Worth
Jewett Middle Academy Magnet - Huy Pham
Karen M. Siegel Academy - Emmanuel Tolentino
Kathleen High - Robert Lewis Jr.
Kathleen Middle - Carlisle Johnson
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle - Gerardo Nunez
Lake Gibson High - Megan Howard
Lake Gibson Middle - Tyrese Smith
Lake Marion Creek Middle - Sarai Delgado
Lake Region High - Marquise Dorcent
Lakeland Senior High - Te'Keisha Light
Lakeland Highlands Middle - Bianca Johnson
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy - Joshua Veloso
McLaughlin Middle - Ryan Rivera
Mulberry High - Da'Von Lamar Barr
Mulberry Middle - Jaheim Ward
Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College High - Quashebris Washington
Ridge Community High - D'Eonta Bugg
Ridge Technical College - Charles Johnson
Rochelle School of the Arts - Jairus Randall
Roosevelt Academy - Tiara Hempstead
Sleepy Hill Middle - Kaleb Einzig
Southwest Middle - Tye Harriell
Summerlin Academy - Lyn Castillo
Tenoroc High - Sauvelson Clercius
Traviss Technical College - Cherri Scott
Union Academy - Robert Maxwell
West Area Adult - Robin Rent
Westwood Middle - Janaria Johnson
Winter Haven High - Breairra Foster