About Face Awards LogoThe About-Face Award recognizes secondary students who have made a significant turnaround in their behavior, academic performance, and attendance in school. One student from each middle and high school in the district receives the award at the annual awards program. Students are nominated by their school and receive a medallion for their success.

This event is made possible through the sponsorship of TECO Energy.



  • Polk Education Foundation – $20 gift card to Subway for each honoree
  • McDonald’s – Breakfast for the honorees, parents and staff
  • TECO – Recognition medals

2021 Student Honorees

Bill Duncan High School – Marie Aleman
Bill Duncan Middle School – Lamont Kelly
Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy – Warren Accoo
Crystal Lake Middle – Rodney Taylor
Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology – Ethan Bork
Davenport School of the Arts – Avis Brown
Denison Middle –Ryan Velazquez
Discovery Academy of Lake Alfred – Natalia Martinez-Martinez
Donald E. Woods Opportunity Center – Kyleah Johnston
Fort Meade Middle/Senior High High School Level –Leonel Correa
Fort Meade Middle/Senior High Middle School Level –Lamario Clover
Frostproof Middle/Senior High Middle School Level– Zachary Denby
George W. Jenkins Senior High –Bryan Jones
Haines City Senior – Sunkira Williams
Haines City IB – Samuel Sosa
Jere L. Stambaugh Middle – Brandon Carter
Jewett Middle Academy Magnet – Gasford “Trey” Barrett
Karen M. Siegel Academy – Aysia Marsh
Kathleen Middle – Deontae Davis
Lake Gibson Senior High – Gabriela Cruz Alfonzo
Lake Marion Creek Middle – Joliey Hernandez
Lake Region High –Jayshaun Woods
Lakeland Highlands Middle –Kayla Rodriguez
Lakeland Senior High –Natalie Walker
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy – Jaliyah Smith
McLaughlin Middle & Fine Arts Academy –Berniylah Smith
Mulberry Senior High –David Triplet
New Beginnings High –Hunter Stephens
Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High – Paige Thompson
Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High – Hannah Pelfort
Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College –D’Nariya Jackson
Ridge Community High –Vishunti Smith
Rochelle School of the Arts –Jaiden Bano
Roosevelt Academy – Alejandro Ocampo-Cruz
Rosabelle W. Blake Academy –Kalysha Calixte
Sleepy Hill Middle –Cody Kita
Southwest Middle – JayVon Osborne
Summerlin Academy – Travis Davis
Traviss Technical College –Shannon Bishop
Union Academy –Markell Baker
West Area Adult School – Noah Gonzalez
Westwood Middle –Bissins Philstin
Winter Haven Senior High –De’Ondria Henry

2020 About-Face Awards Program

2019 About-Face Awards Program