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 By Ryan Reis    Schools 

Dr. Nelson Marquez Is New Webber International University President

Webber International University, located just south of Lake Wales near Crooked Lake, has a new president and CEO following action by the school's board of directors. Dr. Nelson... — Updated 12/7/2023


Ellen Jones Named to Stamps Scholars at Mercer University

the prestigious Stamps Scholars program at Georgia's Mercer University has welcomed a local resident to the program. Mercer's newest Stamps Scholar class includes Ellen Rose Jones... — Updated 11/29/2023


Polk State College Priority Registration Starts October 30 for Spring Semester

Currently enrolled Polk State students will have a head start opportunity fo enrolling in the Spring 2024 semester. Enrollment for the spring will begin on October 30 with priority... — Updated 11/2/2023

 By Ryan J. Reis    Schools

Webber International University Dedicates New Health Sciences Facility

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Health Sciences Center at Webber International University drew a large crowd of students, supporte... — Updated 10/14/2023


Bok North Ag Students Continue "Adventures" in Education

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was written by middle school students at Bok North Academy. Students enrolled in the Bok Academy North agriculture program are excited for the... — Updated 10/13/2023

 By Kyle Kennedy    Schools

Roosevelt Academy Educator Matthew Brojanowski Named Finalist

A local educator received a visit from the "Surprise Patrol" today and learned that he has been selected as a finalist in the Polk County School System's annual awards, which are... — Updated 10/3/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Career Academies Offer Career Pathways to High School Students

Pathways leading to college or directly to highly-paid careers are open to students at Lake Wales High School thanks to the seven "Career Academies" offered at the school.... — Updated 9/30/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Lake Wales Native Chosen as New Bok South Academy Principal

Lake Wales Charter School Superintendent Dr. Wayne Rodolfich has announced the appointment of April Barnhardt to become the new principal of Edward Bok Academy South. The... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

New Gym Pops Up at McLaughlin School

Like a mushroom after a summer rain, a beautiful new gymnasium has popped up this week on the campus of McLaughlin Middle/High School of Excellence. The building is being... — Updated 9/15/2023


Bok North Ag Students Excited for Future of Their Program

EDITOR'S NOTE: Students enrolled in the Bok Academy North agriculture program are excited for the opportunities they are being offered this year. Among those are participation in... — Updated 9/5/2023


Webber Students Earn Recognition at FBLA National Leadership Conference

For the second year in a row, Webber International University's team has left the annual Future Business Leaders of America conference with a number of awards. Twelve FBLA students... — Updated 8/24/2023


Thousands of Students Return to Classes Tomorrow

Thousands of area students will stream back to school tomorrow for an unusual Friday start to the new school year. Seven schools operated by Lake Wales Charter Schools and several... — Updated 8/10/2023


Local Woman's Club Awards $5,000 to Teachers This School Year

Area teachers are now eligible to apply for individual grants of up to $250 that can fund special classroom activities or programs that can enhance the educational process for their... — Updated 8/9/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Beauty Not Forgotten in McLaughlin Expansion

An aggressive facilities expansion to add a high school to the campus of McLaughlin School of Excellence has been devastating to the landscape at the school, but help is coming... — Updated 8/5/2023


Lake Wales Chrysler Dealership Celebrates Highlander Graduate Hannah Battles

A Lake Wales High School graduate bound for college will be honored at a special celebration hosted by a local auto dealership Friday. Hannah Battles, a 2023 graduate, will be... — Updated 8/4/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Bok South Principal Resigns, Interim Appointed

The sudden resignation of Bok Academy South Middle School Principal Damian Rosado has resulted in the quick appointment of Dr. Julio Acevedo to fill the role on a temporary basis.... — Updated 8/3/2023


Democratic Club Offers Thanks, Abundant Pizzas to Spook Hill Teaching Staff

Teachers and staff preparing for a new school year at Spook Hill Elementary were the happy recipients of a complimentary "thanksgiving" lunch this week in gratitude for their... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

New Life for the Old School: Charter Foundation Plans $1.5 Million Fund Drive

Lake Wales' first school building could become its newest as well if the efforts of the local Charter School Foundation are successful. They are preparing to launch a fund drive to... — Updated 7/26/2023


McLaughlin Receives Dyer Difference Grant Award

As McLaughlin Academy of Excellence completes its transformation from a middle school to a middle-high school, community organizations are stepping up to support the effort.... — Updated 7/24/2023


Babson Park Student Wins Tag Art Contest

Babson Park Elementary student Grace Sullins now has the special honor of having her license tag design mounted on the front of Polk County Tax Collector Joe Tedder's truck.... — Updated 5/6/2023

 By Belinda Kramer    Schools

Lake Wales Pre-School Teacher Helps Literacy Skills Soar With Poetry

Lake Wales preschool director and owner of Blessed Child Daycare Vivian Lewter Loydd understands the literacy dilemma in the United States, and resolved to do something about it.... — Updated 3/27/2023

 By Robert Connors    Schools

Bok Academy North Classrooms Near Completion, But Funding Remains an Issue

Lake Wales newest middle school campus is set to benefit from a $6 million construction project, but Lake Wales Charter Schools is working to find the resources to pay for the new... — Updated 3/13/2023


Polk State College Enrollment Opens March 27

Enrollment for the Summer 2023 Semester and the Fall 2023 Term at Polk State College will start on March 27 with priority registration for students who have completed at least 50%... — Updated 3/7/2023


School Superintendent Rodolfich and Staff Read to 59 Classes in Marathon Effort

Teaching children to read is one of the most important steps in the life-long project of learning. Getting them started early is critical, many educators believe. Among those who... — Updated 3/3/2023

 By Rachel Harris    Schools

Scholarships Offered By Elections Chief Lori Edwards to Area Students

Four $1,200 scholarships will be offered to Florida students in 2023 by Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards. Edwards has offered the scholarships each year for a... — Updated 1/21/2023


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