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Daily Archives: January 27, 2012

Orientation offers multitude of options

Hailey Dickson and Wendi Richardson, of the Sy-Fy club, talk with an incoming freshman about the opportunities available. Photo by Kiara Aquino

Thursday night was the annual Lakeland High School freshmen orientation. The night started off in the cafeteria where LHS administrators spoke to the students about the campus and what is expected of students planning to attend the school  next year.

Tracy Collins, principal, spoke about the “endless opportunities” available for incoming students and the impact freshmen year can have on the rest of your high school years.

Freshmen orientation is only the beginning of what is to come for the eighth graders next year. Following freshmen orientation is pre-registration. If a student plans to join AP Human Geography, he/she must attend AP night as well, which gives the students an insight to what the AP class will be like.

Julia Kline, an eighth grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, attended the freshmen orientation in hopes of, “getting to know the school better and also to interact with more people.”

Following the meeting in the cafeteria the soon-to-be-freshmen moved on to the gym where clubs and electives created display boards to, “recruit members for next year,” said Sheli Owens, junior English teacher. Owens is also in charge of Teen Trendsetters, a club whose members mentor elementary students in reading.

Various clubs, organizations and elective representatives were on hand to answer questions. Attendees were also given a brochure highlighting the different opportunities.

The purpose of the event is for incoming students to see all of the opportunities that await them. After seeing all of the opportunities Lakeland has to offer Jacob Evans decided to consider playing soccer and Kayla Hancock said she is considering playing volleyball her freshman year.

Students represent at Polk County Youth Fair

by Kiyasha Horton

The 65th Annual Polk County Youth Fair is being held in Bartow this week, with more than 1,000 participants showing in areas including cows, chickens, hogs and rabbits. Students can compete in canning, preserving, bread-making, and more.

New competitions have been added as well, such as furniture building, metal working, ranch operations, special effects photography and public speaking.

While the fair is still taking place through Friday evening, some students have already placed in their competitions. Contestants are competing for a blue, red or white ribbon. Overall winners receive tri-colored ribbons.

Nicole Zimmerman, junior, has placed in “a variety of her demonstrations,” according to culinary teacher, Kim Martinez. Martinez’s culinary students compete in a variety of categories, along with Jason Butler’s agriculture students and Dotty Ivey’s fashion students.

Nicole’s sister, Ashley, took first place in one of her baking competitions, for a delectable cupcake she made.

Then, the pair teamed up for the sew-off competition, and earned second place honors. Sew-off is an on-the-spot competition in which students have just a few hours to construct a piece.

Fair competitors are made up of 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organizations. Students must be a member of one of the organizations and maintain a C average in school, in order to compete.

The event continues through this evening with a market steer sale at 7:30 p.m. Check back for more competition results.