South Walton High School’s McKenna Graham received the Outstanding Senior Award for the Walton County Take Stock in Children program. She can receive a two-year scholarship to any Florida college.


As a community service project, Southside Primary School students, staff and families contributed snacks, packs of wipes, diapers, underwear, socks and baby cereal to the Children’s Advocacy Center.


Fourth- and fifth-grade West DeFuniak Elementary School students experienced the Florida Aquifer as they visited the Water Ventures trailer with guides Carly Todd and Julianne Werts.

The students learned about 900 springs, Florida’s ecosystem and the water cycle through hands-on exercises.

They also learned about water conservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources.


The Liza Jackson Dance Project, for grades sixth through eighth, competed in Orlando at the Contest of Champions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports arena, where teams from top performing arts schools also competed.

The team earned a second place in the pompom category and a third in the novelty category.

Lauren Deep and Emily Abernathy serve as captains, with sponsors Scarlett Soska and Ashlee Robinson.


Earlier this month, the Eglin Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization hosted an afternoon of family rock painting. The activities involved the entire family.

“Rock painting was great,” said Principal Dennis Samac. “We probably had 50 families show up. They can take the rocks home or the PTO will varnish them and put it in our rock garden at the front of the school.”

In first grade news, students performed “The World of Dr. Seuss” under the direction of Eddie Steadman.

Eglin Federal Credit Union and Raytheon donated umbrellas to help students stay dry during arrival and dismissal on rainy days.


A little late but still important, Rocky Bayou Christian School student Ayush Patel placed second in the Association of Christian Schools International Spell Bee in February.

Abigail Lewis placed third; Malachi Keown, fourth; and Mikaela Weinstock, fifth.

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