Polk County students were among the top finishers in a statewide battle of the brains. The annual Commissioner’s Academic Challenge (CAC) took place last weekend at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The event, first held in 1986, is officially billed as “Florida’s premier high school academic competition.” Accordingly, the 34 participating school districts sent their best students, and Polk County fielded a squad of elite minds from public and private high schools, who recently competed in our district’s own High School Academic Tournament. At the CAC, Team Polk competed in Division One, which features the state’s largest school districts and is generally regarded as the toughest division because of the difficulty level of the questions posed to teams. Polk placed first in the initial two rounds of the CAC before ultimately finishing third in the finals, behind Brevard and Manatee counties. Polk County Public Schools would like to commend Team Polk on an excellent performance and thank them for representing our district so well. Kudos to these students and their coaches: Jimmy Barrios, Bartow IB; Jacob Gmitter, Harrison School for the Arts; Tzak Lau, Bartow IB; James Lovely, Santa Fe Catholic High; Hanley Renney, All Saints Academy; Sachin Sivakumar, Bartow IB Alternates: Abraham Medina, Haines City High; Liam Moraczewski, All Saints’ Academy Coaches: Peggy Frisbie and Chris Guice
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