Maude Saunders Elementary School in DeFuniak Springshas scheduled an EPIC Science Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8. The event will feature free admission to the hands-on science activities provided by the Emerald Coast Science Center.

In addition, visitors may visit the Northwest Florida FIRST LEGO League Expo, where area robotic teams will display Aqua Adventure team models, located in the school’s multi-purpose room.

The opening ceremony for the expo begins at 5:30, and closing takes place at 7.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


The Rocky Bayou Christian Academy high school academic teams placed first and second at the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools annual State Brain Bowl academic competition in January.

The A team, captained by Elijah Suh, included Devon Lewis, Josh Barkman and Caroline Seeling.

The B team, under captains Gideon Riches and Adam Mistretta, worked with teammates Jessica Fortenberry, Ethan Rodriguez and Micah Wyn.

Team C made it to the finalist round with Capt. Mary Brannon, Lauren Householder, Hannah Suh and Samantha Gear.

The middle school teams also placed well, with B team taking first under Capt. Jackson Mallick, Aden Hudson, Michael Kelly, Jeremiah Suh and Christopher Seeling.

A team placed second under Capt. Skylar Stoffel, with Jacob Fortenberry, Moriah Lynch, Miriam Riches and Ryan Warner.

Dr. Mike and Julie Mosley coach the high school teams, while James and Holly Riches coach the middle school teams.


The fourth-graders in Shani Hicks’ West DeFuniak Elementary School class explored food chains and webs by dissecting owl pellets.

“They found out that owls swallow their prey and then regurgitate the fur and bones,” Hicks said. “Through this dissection, students were able to compare bones from their pellets to the bone chart to determine the types of prey owls feed on.

“By doing this, they were able to trace the flow of energy from the sun to producers and consumers, and classify owls in the food chain,” Hicks added.

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