Earlier this month, the Fort Walton High School JROTC earned an overall unit assessment score of Exceeds Standards during its headquarters evaluation.

Col. Mark J. Batcho and Chief Master Sgt. Jacquelin V. Houston have created dynamic and supportive learning environments that enhance leadership skills among the students.

The school’s cadets scored exceptionally well in drill, leadership, logistics, community service and unit goals.


Also earlier in October, the South Walton High School’s Marching Band received an overall superior score at the Blackwater Classic Marching Band Festival in Milton.

The band wore their new uniforms, made possible through donations from Stephen Dugas, the St. Joe Foundation, Silver Sands, VIE magazine, Seabreeze Jazzfest and other community members.


Anyone interested in helping children may want to look into the annual Witches of South Walton bike ride at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

Advanced tickets are $30, or they are $40 on the morning of the ride, which runs from Gulf Place to Stinky’s Fish Camp.

Proceeds benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, dedicated to providing care for children.

The Witches of South Walton began among a few friends who dressed as witches and rode their bicycles on Halloween as a fun activity. It grew into a fundraiser with sponsors such as Sunrise Coffee, Pizza by the Sea, Shunk Gulley, Modus Photography, Classic Luxury Real Estate, YOLO and the merchants at Gulf Place.

To purchase a ticket in advance or for information, visit www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com or www.Facebook.com/WitchesOfSouthWalton.


Late in September, members of The Youth Village attended World Ballet Stars, courtesy of Todd Allen, artistic director and CEO of the Northwest Florida Ballet.

The Youth Village offers before- and after-school care and education enhancement.

The Youth Village also works with parents and guardians by offering methods that can enhance education at home. An emphasis on reading at home increases student vocabulary skills.

For information about The Youth Village, visit www.nelliesyouthvillage.org.


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