We're running a little behind on January news but it's still important. The Longwood Elementary School annual Literacy Night incorporated a book review, with individual students, small groups and grade-level classes reading a book and presenting displays.

For this Jan. 25 event, the staff, parents and students voted on best presentations.

Individual winners included: Craig Smith for kindergarten through second grade: Anna Williams, third/fourth; and Vania Mendez, fourth/fifth grades.

The group winner consisted of Kristyn Frederick, Flor Gonzales, Jaedon Boatner, Osman Valle and Lillian Mollenbrink.

Arlene Byrd and her class earned first in the grade-level category, kindergarten through second, while Courtney Wall and her students earned the honor for third- through fifth-grade.


Fort Walton Beach High School’s Viking Band sent 15 members to the Okaloosa All-County Honor Band: Jason Albert, Lyndsey LaBorde, Jeremiah Best, Melissa Leathem, Hannah Brownsberger, Kayla Lemak, Grace Earles, Riane Neal, Jaylen Eason, Jeremiah Ogilvie, Jakob Hockman, Marina Tobias, Clayton Jowers, Jennifer Zapotocky and Bethany Jowers.


Kenwood Elementary School’s annual Jump Rope for Heart raised $3,327 for the American Heart Association and heart health research.


Rising Meigs Middle School sixth-graders, along with newcomers in seventh and eighth grades, may attend with their parents or guardians the Meigs Showcase of Excellence from 6-7:15 p.m. Thursday in the gym. The event provides information about academics, sports and other activities.

Along with the showcase, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the media center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


In match 4 of the Cox Communications/Okaloosa schools academic tournament, Choctawhatchee High School bested Crestview High School, 300-50.

Coach Kathy Moore brought Capt. Cole Browning, Justin Barraca, Mason Newman, Emma Borders and Erick Chavez.

Crestview Coach Joey Lester fielded Capt. Everett Schweig and team member Patricia Wisenbaker.

In a nail-biter match 5, Rocky Bayou Christian Academy scored 195 over Niceville High School’s 185.

Capt. Elijah Suh led Devon Lewis, Josh Barkman and Caroline Seeling, under coaches Dr. Mike Mosley and Julie Mosley.

Niceville Coach Justin Reichard fielded Capt. Ryan Erickson, Josh Mills, Liam Ordner, William Rood and Ella Joslin. 

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