The fifth graders at West DeFuniak Elementary School enjoyed a day outdoors as they explored the school’s nature trail with a team from the Emerald Coast Science Center.

The center's field trip program, called BioBlitz, offered hands-on experiences for the students as they cataloged specimens of plants and animals.

Students observed and classified their findings, which included a box turtle, a swallowtail butterfly, dragonflies, fish, tadpoles, frogs, spiders and more.

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In November 2017, the Latin students and Junior Classical League members of Rocky Bayou Christian School took the National Classical Etymology Exam. Top finishers included:


Gold medal: intermediate, Caroline Seeling
Silver medal: advanced, Alicyn Grete and Malachi Hofman; intermediate, Josh Pruitt and Rachel Barnick
Bronze medal: advanced, Elijah Suh; intermediate, Amanda Brannon, Isaiah Dumont and Eliza Hess.

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Ruckel Middle School Multicultural Club students, supervised by educators Denise Beachem and Angela Wargo, raised $2,015.29 through the Change for Children drive, benefiting Children in Crisis.

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Eglin Elementary School’s Jump Rope for Heart brought in $5,150 for the American Heart Association. Students jumped during their physical education time, with donations for the efforts going toward heart health awareness.

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The Knights of Columbus Council 13527 and the Koechel Family Scholarships will be awarded to graduating students who attended high schools in Niceville.

Scholarships range from $250 to $1,000. Two scholarships are reserved for Catholics, while others are open to students of other faiths.

For information, talk to a guidance counselor or email Kevin Knebl at kknebl@cox.net.

The deadline for submission is April 14.

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FSU Panama City offers merit scholarships to students who transfer from Northwest Florida State College.

Scholarships have been set aside for high-achieving students who have earned their A.A. degrees, specifically from NWFSC, as well as from Pensacola State College, Chipola College and Gulf Coast State College.

For information, contact the NWFSC Financial Aid Office at 729-5370.

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The second-graders of Butler Elementary School enjoyed a visit by WJHG Channel 7 Meteorologist Chris Smith, who spoke about weather.

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