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Updated: 04/16/2014 08:00:01AM

Dual language students rise above competition

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Christine Roslow


This is Taniah Tucker's Tag Art work. She is a student of Nathaniel Fountain at Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary in Fort Meade.


Angelita Patterson, a student at Gibbons Elementary School, made this for the Tag Art. People can see all the Tag Art work at and can purchase them there, too.


The Bartow High School Spanish Club.

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A 16-person team from Bartow High/Bartow High IB won first place at the Florida State Spanish Conference last month.

Team members are listed below:

The students on the team are Abigail Tamayo, Sadher Kidwai (received perfect scores in declamation and impromptu speaking), Abisola Adeyemo (received perfect score in impromptu speaking), Divya Ravinder (received perfect scores in declamation and impromptu speaking), Riley McDanal (received perfect score in impromptu speaking), Nick Christopherson, Funmi Sobowale (received perfect score in declamation), Rohan Nakka, Aaron Sandoval, Brenda Wang, Zach Sandoval (received perfect score in declamation), Amol Patadia (received perfect score in declamation), Dhara Patel (received perfect score in declamation, second place winner in regional dress-Inca princess), Stephanie Cati (received perfect score in impromptu speaking, and won $100 after placing first place in the senior division of the essay contest), Kriyanna Reddy, and Jonathan Torres.

In the event at the Orlando Wyndham Resorts, the students competed in the areas of impromptu speaking, declamation and dramatic presentations. During impromptu speeches, judges evaluate the student’s ability to communicate ideas effectively during a two-minute, non-memorized discourse on a given topic. In the declamation competition, students give an oral presentation of poetry which may not exceed three minutes. During the dramatic presentation competitions, students are given the opportunity to present a skit or short play.

A regional dress contest took place at the banquet. Students were asked to dress in an outfit that represents a Spanish-speaking country. There was also a contest where students are given a topic and asked to write a short essay about that topic in Spanish.

Local students take top prize at World Language Competition

Union Academy won the middle school division of the 2014 World Language Competition on April 4.

Held at Haines City High, the winning team consisted of Mouna Duzan, Kaitlyn Bearden, Keyanna Ashley, Jasmine Mark, Aarti Suthar, Lauren Kuhlman, Lane Edelson, Samuel Draper, Gabriella Tolento, Gerardo Meza, Joey Penas, Imani Lumpkin and Shulagra Shah.

For the competition, language teachers who are members of the Polk County Council of World Languages Teachers are invited to enroll their students in a competition that tests language proficiency in Spanish, French and German.

Haines City High won the high school division.

Kids award winning tag art for sale

Thirteen elementary school students from this area have their license plates for sale and display at the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office web site.

Those students are Jorde Jones and Hannah Lewis from Alturas Elementary, Kaley Hebb and Isabella Trejo from Bartow Elementary Academy, Leslie Pena and Jocelyn Sanches-Bardales from Floral Avenue Elementary, Laura Gonzalez and Angelita Patterson from Gibbons Street Elementary, Kailey Mullins and Heaven Stanton from Spessard L. Holland Elementary, Aaliyah Dasher and Baylee Nelson from Stephens Elementary, and Taniah Tucker from Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary in Fort Meade.

During the April 8 School Board meeting, Senior Coordinator of Fine Arts Dr. Kymberly Cruz recognized the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office and Southern Homes for their support of visual arts through programs such as the Kids Tag Art Awards. Fifth graders from Polk County were recently recognized for receiving the Tag Art Awards of Distinction during a ceremony held at the Florida Southern College-Branscomb Auditorium. The elementary school students are among the hundreds of public school students from more than 60 schools who competed for the honor.

To see or buy the artwork go to

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