With extensive damage by Hurricane Michael to Panama City’s Jinks Middle School band room, music library and inventory, members of the Pryor Middle School band program collected money at the Fort Walton Beach Walmart. The students shared the raised funds with their fellow musicians to the east.

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Due to rainy weather earlier this month, the Walton Academy students postponed their intended fall festival until Nov. 30.

This is a closed festival, specifically for the students of the Head Start program and their families. Children will be accompanied by adults.

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The Fort Walton Beach High School robotics team continues to seek donations of hand and power tools, as well as storage and tool cabinets. The team also seeks volunteers who have experience in programming and construction or who can volunteer at competitions.

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Early in November, several Rocky Bayou Christian School students competed in the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Region 1 spelling bee.

Shep Harper placed second for grades 11-12, while Skylar Stoffel placed third for grades 9-10; Mori McCain also placed third for eighth grade.

At the elementary level, participants included McKenzie Newsom, Phoebe Riches, Kailey Yang, Calix McCune, Brandon Nosker, Briel Coley, Eleanor Gagnon, Ayush Patel, Ava Coffee, William Hanson and Colton Greer.

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Also earlier this month, 14 web programming teachers and Career and Technical Education Program Director April Branscome, Okaloosa School District, toured Fort Walton Beach software development company, Beast Code.

“One of the goals of the CTE Department is to form more partnerships with local industry,” Branscome said.

The educators listened to a presentation provided by company executives Matt Zimmermann, John Zimmermann, John Wargo, Christian Wirth, Brandon Sumner and Andrew Wirth. The presentation covered an in-depth explanation of the different jobs at the company and a demonstration of the simulation software it is developing.

A highlight for one teacher, Meg Million of Shoal River Middle School, was seeing former student Jacob Armstrong working at Beast Code.

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