In a shockingly magnetic science lesson, the West DeFuniak Elementary School fifth graders constructed electromagnets, a device in which current produces the magnetism.

Students observed how the electricity can make a magnet and how a magnet can make electricity.

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Two schools recently participated in Change for Children, a campaign which benefits Children in Crisis. Walton High School raised $1,223.70, Maude Saunders Elementary School accumulated $803.78.

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The Freeport High School Anchor Club sent 10 members to the state Anchor Convention, where they earned three awards for community service projects:


First place: Community Service, donating $1,200 to Relay for Life
First place: Patriotism Award, hosting the school’s Veterans Day reception
Third place: Anchors for Kids Award, raising money and shopping for six children from the Angel Tree at Christmas.

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The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach showcased works by South Walton High School art students. More than 50 pieces created by 36 students were displayed.

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Paxton High School seventh-grader Samantha Lee placed third in the Florida State Poets Association Student Poetry Contest. Classmate Kaylee Aplin received an honorable mention. The FSPA received 611 entries, with 30 awards presented statewide.

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In business software student news, Koby Harrison and Jared Cain earned certification in Microsoft Office Specialist: Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

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The fifth-annual YOUth LEADership Conference, initiated by United for a Good Cause, has been scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21 in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. All students in grades seven through 12 who are in public, private or home-schools may attend.

Keynote speakers are Jeremiah West, 12, and Joshua West, 10, who are entrepreneurs and published authors. For cost and detail information, visit www.unitedforagoodcause.org.

The conference is designed to cultivate leadership skills, empower attendees with tools, resources and inspiration to live and model civic action in their community while helping them discover their purpose and potential.

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