Polk High Students learn “How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk(ette).” Are you reminded of the old saying, “love is blind” when you see couples who are obviously mismatched become engaged and married? Students in Renee Webb’s Life Connections class at Polk County High School recently completed a program called PICK (Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge) a Partner, also known as How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk. Dr. Jon Van Epp, a marriage counselor and researcher, created the program. The multi-session program helps participants make better informed choices when it comes to relationships. The PICK program delves into the most important areas to explore that foreshadow what a partner will be like in a long-term relationship and particularly a marriage. These compatibility factors include family, personality, emotional style, energy level and humor. Donna Calhoun, University of Tennessee extension agent in Polk County, who is a certified instructor, facilitated the program. Completing the program are Tonya Garrett, Ryan Mitchell, Kasey Staton, Tabitha Wilson, Ashley Lewallen, Felicia Bowers, Beth Herron, Julia Foley and Sydney Sloan.