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Updated: 10/23/2013 08:00:01AM

Bartow IB students recognized for outstanding promise

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Christine Roslow

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Eight students — four from Bartow International Baccalaureate — were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their outstanding academic promise.

The Bartow IB students were Amanda Giggy, Sheajea Naseer, Shefali Patel and Sarah Valenti.

Each September, thousands of students nationwide receive Letters of Commendation for receiving high scores on the P reliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although commended students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, they continue to be high academic achievers who oftentimes become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Tickets to LEGOLAND to help students go to Tallahassee

Fort Meade Middle-Senior is asking people to buy tickets to LEGOLAND on Halloween and help students there get an opportunity to attend the school’s ILEAD Academy. The Polk Academy links leadership abilities with 21st century business skills by providing schooling in current career practices and training in professionalism, which all lead to hands-on career experiences. The students are also part of the newly formed youth branch of Leadership Fort Meade. It is an extension of Leadership Fort Meade, but the goal of the organization remains the same: to develop long-term leadership in the Fort Meade community. One way in which leadership skills of the participants are enhanced is through field trips that allow participants to gain exposure to various business organizations and interact with fellow community leaders.

People can buy tickets for $30 to LEGOLAND at

“We’re hoping to sell enough tickets to offset the expense of taking several students who are involved with the newly formed branch of Leadership Fort Meade to Tallahassee for a three day trip,” Polk County Commissioner Melony Bell explained in a press release. “We want the students to experience how the capital works. We need the help of community members to make this happen. We hope to open up a whole new world for the students at the county and state level.”

Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Fort Meade Middle-Senior, Amy Hardee, explained further about the expectation for the trip.

“This will afford the students an opportunity to see the state government beyond Fort Meade. In the long term, it will benefit them beyond measure.”

For information about the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce call 863-285-8253.

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