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Updated: 04/19/2017 08:30:02AM

Bubba Smith makes Hall of Fame

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PHOTO BY JAMES COULTER

Ken Hastings, the prsident of B.E,S.T.T., presents a plaque to Bubba Smith last week as he was elected to the Bartow High School Hall of Fame.

PHOTO BY JAMES COULTER

Also recognized at last week's B.E.S.T.T. Ceremony was the School-Related Employee of the year Cecilian Greear, left, and Bartow High School Teacher of the Year Rosalind Chan.

PHOTO BY JAMES COULTER

At the B.E.S.T.T. Ceremony 164 students were recognized, with 80 from Bartow High, 43 from Sumerlin Academy, and 41 from the International Baccalaureate program. Each student got an academic letter with a symbol of the lamp of knowledge on it, along with a gold bar indicating an additional year of academics. Here Summerlin Commandant Steven Cochran hands awards to one student as BHS principal Emilean Clemons is on the left and IB principal Dr. Brenda Hardman is in the center.

By JAMES COULTER

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BARTOW – A lifelong politician who had served on several city and county positions, including as the first county manager, was honored for his academic achievements at Bartow Senior High School during their B.E.S.T.T. Hall of Fame ceremony last Tuesday evening.

Frank “Bubba” Smith was inducted that evening as an honorary Hall of Fame member for the excellence he exhibited, not only during his academic career, but within his own life, especially within Polk County government.

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