Local residents inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Students include Rashida Chatani of Freeport, initiated at University of South Florida; Vanessa d'Aquin of Defuniak Springs, initiated at University of West Florida; Laura Ham of Freeport, initiated at Troy University; Kaleigh Miller of Freeport, initiated at University of West Florida; and Amy Saxer of Rosemary Beach, initiated at University of West Florida.

Schrobilgen inducted into Blue Key

Alexandra Schrobilgen of Miramar Beach was inducted into The University of Alabama’s Blue Key Honor Society during the Tapping on the Mound ceremony April 6 during Honors Week.

Blue Key Honor Society is a premier honor society that recognizes college students for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Bogart wins Memorial Scholarship award

Keara Bogart of Defuniak Springs was among the students recognized for outstanding achievements in academics, leadership and service during Troy University's annual Honors Convocation.

Bogart received the Ray S. Baggett, Ed. D., ATC Memorial Scholarship.

The Honors Convocation was held on April 16 at the Troy Campus with Dr. Glenda Curry, rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Homewood and former president of Troy University's Montgomery Campus, serving as keynote speaker.

Local students graduate from Cedarville University

Jesse Thompson of Santa Rosa Beach graduated May 5 from Cedarville University with a degree in international studies. Janelle Thompson of Santa Rosa Beach also graduated with a degree in nursing and Vanessa Wyn of Freeport graduated with a degree in marketing.

Cedarville University, located between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study.

NWFSC announces nursing graduates

Northwest Florida State College recognized students on May 7 who successfully completed the associate degree in nursing and bachelor of science in nursing programs during the Spring 2018 academic semester.

The students were presented pins by loved ones, family and friends. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the students and all nurses in the audience were invited to stand and recite the nursing pledge. The history of this rite of passage can be traced back to the 19th century when Florence Nightingale presented medals for nursing excellence.

Local spring 2018 associate of science degree in nursing graduates are Angela Betts, Miramar Beach; Peyton Grace Eaton, DeFuniak Springs; Krisztina Matheny, Santa Rosa Beach; Matthew Reale, Santa Rosa Beach; Truman Rink, Santa Rosa Beach; Zula Swanson, Freeport; and Brigitte Unger, Freeport.

Local spring 2018 bachelor of science in nursing graduates are Donna M. Chiavoli, RN, BSN, Rosemary Beach; and Pamela M. Ross, RN, BSN, Santa Rosa Beach.