Early this month, the St. Mary School kindergarten through fifth-grade performed a musical Christmas celebration directed by Sandra Day.

On Dec. 15, the prekindergarten held a La Posada precession, a traditional Mexican celebration that reenacts the story of Mary and Joseph as they look for an inn during their journey into Bethlehem.

To round out the celebration, all kindergarteners and preschool students honored St. Nicholas on Dec. 7. Students placed their shoes outside their classrooms to receive special treats and to learn about holiday traditions from other parts of the world.


Late in November, the West DeFuniak Elementary School Tropicana Speech Contest produced school winners: fifth-grade, first-place Addie Ingle; second, Emma Lathinghouse; third, Daisy Proffitt.

Also in first-through-third order are fourth-graders Chandler Shoaf, Gracelyn Daniel and Rhiannon Fountain.


On Dec. 1, Butler Elementary School also held its Tropicana Speech Contest, with fourth-grader Lauren McMurphy taking first, followed by Alexander Koehler and Jacob Colletta.  


The Fort Walton Beach High School sailing team, under Capt. Cameron Farrah, competed against high school sailing teams from around the country in the New Orleans Great Oaks National Invitational.

Crew members Chloe Sweeting, Dalton Edeker and Zach Lambert along with Farrah placed eighth out of 13 teams in their division.


The Shalimar Elementary School archery team and Coach Keith Oliver took a statistical approach with the students by enlisting assistance from math expert Chris Sadler.

Sadler developed lessons on mean, median and mode. After each tournament, Oliver and the students use their scoring data to determine personal averages, which can be tracked over time.

Additionally, the students use team data to determine improvement and success in tournaments.


Join United for a Good Cause, Inc., this Sunday for Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle in the Emerald Coast Convention Center. The Latin-flavored event is family oriented.

Children with learning and physical exceptionalities will be welcome from 1-2 p.m., while the mainstream public may join the celebration from 2-7 p.m.

The event focuses on children from families who face financial challenges, but everyone is invited.

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