Trevorn Hodge of Bartow High School and Randall Nicolodi of George Jenkins High School both 11th grade students, will represent Polk County at the annual State STEM Recognition and Recruiting Conference scheduled in Orlando.
Hodge and Nicolodi were chosen to represent the District after a review of their academic records and after a review of essays submitted by the district scholar finalists from each school.
The focus of the program is to recognize Florida’s top 11th grade students and expose them to future careers and opportunities available in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In the two-day program, students and their parents are given a chance to interact with industry leaders and talk with representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities. Participants also participate in workshops to learn about the latest innovations and discoveries in the STEM industry.
The hope is the program will encourage students to stay in Florida for post-secondary education and professional careers, ultimately having a positive impact on the state’s economy.
The conference is scheduled Feb. 13-14.
Other area students nominated include Anahi Arroyo from Fort Meade Middle School, Erick Meza, from Bartow High IB and Joanna Sands from Summerlin Academy.
Project Fill-a-Bag is underway
Polk County Public Schools’ Hearth Project is collecting items for its Project Fill-a-Bag campaign and collecting jackets to benefit students identified as homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Last year, the Hearth Project identified 2,591 homeless students.
During the 2012-13 school year, the Hearth Project provided 1,654 bags to students. The goal of the Fill-a-Bag Project is to provide those in need with hygiene necessities throughout the year.
Project Fill-a-Bag will be collecting individually filled gallon size bags that contain full-sized containers of 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, bath soap, deodorant, brush/combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste (in original packaging) and wash cloths.
People can send individually filled bags — not individual items — to Gause Academy Principal Mark Thomas through April 2014 at 1395 Polk St., Bartow, FL 33830.
Also, Hearth Project is collecting monetary donations to contribute towards the purchase of jackets which will be distributed before the Winter Break.
For questions, call Dee Dee Wright at 863-534-0801.