Senior Information

cap:deplo                        Class of 2020

Gause Academy Graduation – June 22, 2020

4PM @ Lake Gibson High School Stadium 


Equipment Return by July 16, 2020 

 9am to 4pm

All devices must be brought back.



This page is designed to keep you informed about your Senior year. Information about graduation, Grad Night, scholarships and other Important senior info can be found on this page. Check back often as this page changes frequently.

Good afternoon Seniors and Graduating Students,

Caps and Gowns 

If you have not order your cap and gown for graduation, then please respond to Mr. Jones, Ms. Speed and/or Ms. Konkol as soon as possible (immediately). The cost is $30 for cap and gown. If you need assistance with purchasing your cap and gown, then please get with Ms. Konkol as soon as possible (immediately).

Be safe and Stay Safe,
Mr. Jones



Important Senior Information

Seniors Dates:

April 3                                   Cap and Gown Orders Due –

April 18                                    Senior Day at Busch Gardens

May 13-15                               Senior Exams

May 15                                    Senior Exam Make-Up

May 28                                    Senior’s Last Day

June 22, 2020                       Graduation – Lake Gibson High School Stadium             @ 4PM

Senior Checklist:

  • Pictures
  •  Cap and Gown – senior must purchase a picture package to sit for picture. Cap and Gown pictures are not included in the yearbook.
  • Senior Picture – Official Senior picture included in the yearbook and newspaper. Senior is not required to purchase a picture package at time of sitting. Gentlemen please bring a white t-shirt to wear under tux shirt and jacket.
  • Ladies please bring tank top to wear under drape.
  •  Applied for Florida Financial Aid –
  • Completed the FAFSA Application –
  • Ordered Yearbook – $25
  • Completed Senior Dinner Reservation form. Each senior may bring 2 guests, additional guest tickets may be purchased for $5/each.
  • Graduation Dress Code – Graduates must wear school-approved cap and gown.
  •  Ladies – dress or skirt/slacks and blouse, shoes. No flip flops.
  • Gentlemen – shirt and tie with slacks, shoes. No flip flops.
  • Caps – Nothing permitted on top of caps.
  • Bartow Civic Center Address: 2250 S Floral Ave, Bartow, FL 33830
  • Graduation Day – June 22, 2020  – Lake Gibson High School Stadium   @ 4PM

Current Scholarships

I have compiled a list of upcoming scholarships and scholarship search engines to help jump start your scholarship bulletin for the school year. Please review the scholarships below & share with eligible students.
Upcoming Scholarships:

AES Scholarship Deadline 1 Month Away – October 6th

Purpose of Scholarships

AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.

Scholarship Criteria

Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted.

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.

You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

How to Apply

Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

Amount of award: $500.00


Submit essay to

There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time.

Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.



AES Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching


The deadline for the 12th annual AES Scholarship is October 6, 2017.  


Visit our website at and please encourage your students to apply.  We wish them all good luck!


The winner(s) will be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline.

 Each winner will be personally notified by email.


·         Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Contests (Grades 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)
Contest is open to all 4th through 12th grade students in the state of Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (4-5) student, one middle (6-8) student, and one high school (9-12) student.
Awards: Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Winners will receive awards at Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to be held in Tallahassee. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the winners and one immediate family member. Winners will be notified after September 19, 2017.
·         Project Weather Scholarship
The Project Weather Scholarship Contest is a one-time award of $1,000 presented to seven high school seniors who excel in science. The scholarship is granted as a part of Bay News 9’s commitment to educating children about science and weather.
·         Back to School Scholarships – Fastweb Back To School Scholarship List
o    List of available scholarships to jump start the scholarship search
o    Counselors & Students encouraged to create a FastWeb account to receive constant updates
·         Scholarship Themes – List of FastWeb Scholarship Themes
o    List of themed scholarships to jump start the scholarship search
o    Counselors & Students encouraged to create a FastWeb account to receive constant updates
·         The Gates Scholarship (it’s back!)
Basic Eligibility
To apply, students must be:
·         A high school senior
·         From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
·         Pell-eligible
·         A US citizen, national or permanent resident
·         A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.
·         Wendy’s High School Heisman
Requirements: GPA: 3.0+; Participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized sponsored by your school :Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bobsleigh, Bowling, Boxing, Canoeing/Rowing, Cross Country, Curling, Cycling, Diving, Equestrian (Dressage/Eventing/Jumping), Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Ice Hockey, Ice Skating (Figure or Speed), Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Luge, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skateboarding, Skiing (Alpine, Biathlon, Cross Country, Free-Style, Jumping), Snowboard, Soccer, Softball, Spirit/Cheerleading, Sports Climbing, Surfing, Swimming (or Synchronized), Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Track & Field, Trampoline, Triathlon, Volleyball (or Beach), Water Polo, Weightlifting, and Wrestling. From
·         Coca-Cola Scholarship
Requirements: High School Senior pursing higher education.
Scholarship Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
·         Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
·         Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
·         Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
·         Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
·– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
·         Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
·         HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
·         Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
·         Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
·         American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
·         Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.


  • Reminders

Seniors that are applying to any 4 year university /college should have their application process completed no later than the end of October. Florida State University has an early deadline of October 17th. For Polk State College click here for a guide on how and when to register.

Testing Requirements:

  • ACT or SAT for any four year university or college.
  • PERT or CPT for Polk State College and any community college.
  • TABE for any Vocational School like Traviss or Ridge.
  • ASVAB for any branch of Military to determine job choise inside or out of the military.

Testing Information