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Updated: 11/23/2013 01:50:02PM

53 inducted into POPS

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

If you dream and if you achieve, you can accomplish, Monique Jones-Floyd told people Saturday at the POPS induction ceremony.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Lake Wales High Principal Donna Dunson with Lake Wales High teacher Jane Jackson said that it is unbelievable to think that when she went to school in Winter Haven, this "incredibly bright woman would not have been able to sit next to me in class."

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Jamelia Gunter, a student at Bartow High, gets a pin for being a inducted into the POPS program from Polk State College President Eileen Holden Saturday.

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Inductees and returning students from POPS were recognized in a ceremony Saturday at the Carver Recreation Center. The 53 members stood in front of the crowd that gathered. From left is Polk State College President Eileen Holden, Lake Wales High studentArmani Gregory, Bartow High grad Laquill Mason and in back is POPS executive director Joyce Bentley.

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Joslyn DeRiso tells how her experience with POPS taught and prepared her so much she didn't know exactly what to talk about at Saturday's induction ceremony

By JEFF ROSLOW

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In its three years in existence, 94 percent of the students who graduated from high school and were in the POPS program went to college. That’s 33 of 35 students from Bartow and Lake Wales High Schools.

These are at-risk students are in a program that is designed to mold them for future success and is to reduce the at-risk factors through mentoring, counseling, character education, money management and workforce development training.

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