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Updated: 07/23/2014 08:00:03AM

Bartow IB student elected as national secretary to FBLA

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Christine Roslow


Ryan Waldman finished seventh in the 2014 National 4-H Shooting Sports International in the Recurve Archery division.


The Bartow Tractor Supply Company store was recently recognized for winning the "Class Champion" award for meeting the company’s goals during the 4-H/TSC Spring 2014 Paper Clover Promotion.

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Annika Mulaney from Bartow High School’s International Baccalaureate program was installed as the 2014-2015 national secretary at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Ceremony on July 2.

The responsibilities include preparing the Program of Work, taking minutes at meetings, preparing team summary monthly reports, and coordinating national officer articles for national publications.

The election for national secretary was for one of nine seats on the organization’s leadership team. These leaders represent the 250,000 students who are affiliated with this organization and develop the strategic goals for each fiscal year. For the students elected, the national officer program is the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the elections, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, competed in competitive events, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

At the ceremony, more than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest youth traveled to Nashville and they showcased their talents for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.

Superintendent to host ‘State of the Schools’ meetings

Superintendent Kathy LeRoy is set to conduct eight community meetings in the coming weeks to present school- related issues and educational goals for the School District.

These hour-long “State of the Schools” meetings will be held in each of the seven districts across the county. The superintendent will present key achievements and future objectives for the School District followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

All meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m.

Monday, July 28, Summerlin Academy, 1500 S. Jackson Ave., Bartow.

Monday, Aug. 4, Lake Gibson Middle, 6901 N. Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland.

Monday, Aug. 11, Spook Hill Elementary, 321 Dr. J A Wiltshire Ave. E., Lake Wales.

Thursday, Aug. 14, Frostproof Middle Senior High, 1000 N. Palm Ave., Frostproof.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, Elbert Elementary, 205 15th St. NE, Winter Haven.

Thursday, Aug. 21, Davenport School of the Arts, Frank Howes Auditorium, 4751 County Road 547 N., Davenport.

Monday, Aug. 25, Highlands Grove Elementary, 4510 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland.

Thursday, Sept. 4, Griffin Elementary, 3315 Kathleen Road, Lakeland.

Bartow Tractor Supply Store wins class award

The Bartow Tractor Supply Company store was recently recognized for winning the Class Champion award for meeting the company’s goals during the 4-H/TSC Spring 2014 Paper Clover Promotion.

Store employees at the Bartow TSC store had at least 20 percent of all transactions include a 4-H Paper Clover purchase and raised more than $300 for 4-H.

They will be presented with a certificate and ribbon from Polk County 4-H to recognize this achievement.

The 4-H/TSC Paper Clover Campaign is a nationwide, in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming in the communities where a TSC store is located.

Collectively, the fall campaign raised more than $750,000 that supports 4-H on the local, state, and national level. During the twelve day promotion, the Bartow, Haines City, Lakeland, and Lake Wales TSC stores participated in the fundraising campaign. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events so that youths can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics. In Polk County, the Paper Clover funds have gone to support programming for 4-H clubs and volunteer development.

Polk 4-H’er takes seventh in archery competition

4-H member, Ryan Waldman competed in the Recurve Archery division and placed seventh overall individual at the 2014 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational.

Ryan was also a member of the Florida 4-H Recurve Archery team who placed as the third overall team.

The National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational was held June 24-29 in Grand Island, Neb.

Ryan qualified for the national competition by placing fourth at the Florida 4-H archery contest held March 8. Daily practices and team practice sessions helped him exceed his goal which was to place in the top 10 at the national competition.

“I had the time of my life at Nationals. It was an honor to represent Polk County and the State of Florida. Thank you to everyone who supported me in this adventure,” Ryan said in a press release.

Ryan has been a 4-H member for five years total with three of those years in the Bullseye 4-H Club in Winter Haven.

Sponsorship for his trip was awarded from the Polk County 4-H Foundation and the Polk County 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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