Education news in Polk – Entertainment & Life – The Ledger

Education news in Polk – Entertainment & Life – The Ledger


Champlain College

Cortney Kittsmiller of Haines City was named to the Champlain College dean’s list for the fall 2018 semester.

The University of Alabama

Morgan Aubrey Bush of Lakeland was named to The University of Alabama president’s list for fall 2018.

University of Alabama

Andrew Chapman of Davenport received his bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama on Dec. 15.

Mary Rogers of Babson Park received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama on Dec. 15.

Clemson University

Emily Kathryn Daniel of Winter Haven was named to the president’s list at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester. Daniel is majoring in genetics.

Kennesaw State University

Zaleigh Richardson of Lakeland graduated in December from Kennesaw State University.

Mount Mercy University

Eric Johnson of Davenport was named to the Mount Mercy University fall 2018 dean’s list. Johnson is majoring in business.

Cleveland Court Elementary

Second-grade students at Cleveland Court Elementary in Lakeland observed Arbor Day on Jan. 25. Students helped plant a young tree that was gifted by the city of Lakeland, and were educated about the importance of trees to the environment. Smokey Bear made a guest appearance.

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University recently was named a Top 10 Gold-level Military Friendly School Award recipient for 2019-2020 in the category of private institutions offering doctoral degrees. Saint Leo is ranked seventh in the nation as a Military Friendly School. The Lakeland Education Center is at 315 Granada St., and serves students in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Haines City and other parts of Polk County as well as Plant City in Hillsborough County. For more information, visit

The 2019 H.B.C.U. Jump Off

The Virgil Hawkins Bar Association and the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Polk County will host the annual college and university recruitment event 2019 H.B.C.U. Jump Off for all students interested in attending one of Florida’s Historical Black Colleges and Universities: Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, Florida A&M University, Florida Memorial University. The Jump Off will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Coleman Bush Building, 1104 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland. Recruiters from Florida’s four HBCUs will be on site along with financial aid specialists to give seniors, juniors and middle school students information about college and university opportunities. Parents are encouraged to attend. Free admission, continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, email Nicholas Merriweather at [email protected].

Albright College

Laynee Vaughn of Fort Meade earned a $12,000 annual Founders Scholarship to Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania. A senior at Fort Meade Middle Senior High School, Vaughn is interested in studying pre-medical and public health. Albright College awards $12,000 Founders Scholarships to high school students with outstanding academic records. Founders Scholars generally rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to service.

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