Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott recently honored SPC Early College Program student Michaela Polmann as the high school winner of the 2016 Black History Month Student and Teacher Contest.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade submitted art and essays around the 2016 theme “Honoring African American Heroes.”
Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s encouraged contest participants to honor past or present heroes who have helped make Florida a safe place to live, work and raise a family.
Polmann, a senior at Dunedin High School, submitted an essay honoring Valdez (Val) Demings, the first female chief of police in the Orlando Police Department. The quote, from Demings, that resonated the most was “I can break up the fight and never put my hands on anybody because I am using my best weapon . . . The most important weapon that we have, we bring to the job, and that’s the good mind and brain that we have. That’s what makes you a great law enforcement officer.”
“She is a truly admirable woman and was the perfect topic for my essay,” said Polmann.
Polmann – headed for success
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the honorary essay winner was invited to the governor’s mansion and received a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
This May Polmann will be graduating from SPC with an Associate in Arts, then from Dunedin High School in June. After graduation, she plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and then attend medical school
“Early College has prepared me to enter a 4-year university and has inspired me to apply for scholarships such as Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Black History Month Essay Contest,” said Polmann. “My Early College counselor, Ms. Hall, and Dunedin High School counselor, Ms. LaMondra, have encouraged me to work hard to reach my goals.”
“After working as a counselor/educator for the past 33 years, I would say that Michaela is in the top 2 percent of all students I have worked with in my career,” said Early College Academic Counselor Alice Hall. “She is exemplary in all ways. She is brilliant academically but has impeccable character as well. She has a wisdom, strength and competence concerning life that is far beyond her years.”