Polk County Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Eleven Polk County area high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists. More than 1.4 million students entered the 2008 National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), and about 15,000 students nationally attain National Merit Scholarship finalist status. The 2008 National Merit finalists, including the 11 Polk students, represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The high school seniors selected are:
These students will now compete for more than 8,200 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $34 million. National Merit Scholarships will be awarded in the spring and summer of 2008. National Merit scholarships are sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporations and colleges.
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Monica Bhutiani - Winter Haven
Kaleb D. Delk - Winter Haven
Chrisopher B. Lioi - Winter Haven
Jaclyn M. Nelson - Lake Wales
Jasmina A. Ouhri - Lakeland
Richard J. Schuler - Lakeland
Emily A. Trogolo - Lakeland
Caitlin E. Howell - Lakeland
Elizabeth J. Young - Lakeland
Tyler E. Bias - Lakeland
Barbara J. Dinkins - Lakeland
Seminole Community College Professor and Student Win State Awards
A Seminole Community College (SCC) professor and a student were named Teacher of the Year and Student of the Year by the Florida African American Educators Association (FAAEA). Dr. Heather Edwards, a mathematics professor at SCC, was chosen among finalists from more than a dozen colleges and universities in Florida. Edwards, a third year professor, teaches calculus, statistics and differential equations.
Carl Runyon, an Associate of Arts student, plans to graduate
from SCC with a Science Merit diploma, which is awarded to students who
complete eight science and math courses and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher in
The FAAEA awards are designed to applaud the advancements,
accomplishments and successes of minority students, teachers, administrators
and community leaders in the areas of science, technology, engineering and
math. For more information, visit
"LIFE"Program Engages Middle School Students in Beach Nourishment Project
The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program recently hosted middle school students from Clearwater's Kennedy Middle School at Honeymoon Island State Park for a three-day series of labs centered on the park's recent beach nourishment project. The students conducted science-based field labs as part of the on-site educational program, including bird observations and adaptations, ecosystem ingredients and a dune movement lab.
Since 2004, nearly 3,500 future scientists and stewards have
participated in the LIFE program. The LIFE initiative seeks to establish a
series of field-based, environmental-science education programs around the
state. Each of the nine existing programs is a partnership between the DEP and
a local school district. The goal of each LIFE program is increased student
achievement and teacher professional development in science, with the content
and delivery varying from site to site. For more information on the LIFE
program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/.
Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference
April 24-25, 2008
Florida's 3rd Annual Bullying Prevention Conference, sponsored
by the Florida Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools,
will be held April 24-25, 2008, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, to raise
awareness and provide prevention information and tools about bullying.
Prevention specialists, school guidance counselors, teachers,
principals, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Coordinators, school health educators,
school psychologists/social workers, School Resource Officers (SROs)/law
enforcement, staff development directors, etc., are encouraged to attend. To
register, please visit
Advanced Placement Summer Institute for Administrators
June 25-27, 2008
The Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute for Administrators
will take place at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort on June 25-27, 2008.
Teachers, principals and district personnel are invited to participate to
discuss a variety of topics about AP programs. This year's institute will focus
on building equity in AP programs, teaching strategies and the relationship of
the course to the AP Exam. For more information, please e-mail
7th Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference
June 29 - July 2, 2008
The Just Read, Florida! office is pleased to announce the 7th
Annual Just Read, Florida! K-12 Leadership Conference to be held June 29 - July
2, 2008 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
This year's Leadership Conference will also combine forces with the Division of
K-12 Public Schools and the Office of Mathematics and Science to present a
strand of curriculum sessions focusing on innovative best practices for K-12
curriculum and implementation of the new standards (in lieu of the annual fall
K-12 Conference). This year's conference is expected to be the largest ever
with an audience of more than 5,000 educators.
Registration and additional information on the conference is
available at www.justreadflorida.com/conference/.