In a lesson in horticulture and environment, West DeFuniak Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Jessica Daniel had her class observe parts of a flower by dissecting tiger lilies.

First, they separated the sepal to discover the protection it provides for the stamen and pistil.

They extracted pollen on their fingers from the stamen to support the concept of pollination.

Finally, they located the pistil of the flower in order to understand fertilization.

In first-grade news, the students used personal family photos to create their own timelines. Each individual timeline provided a visual tool for studying time: a day, a year or an individual life.

Researching the timelines appealed to the students and promoted a mathematic theme as they counted days and years focused on their personal memories and family stories.


The Edge Elementary School K-Kids recently elected officers: President Justus Donahoo, Vice President Lillian Howard and Secretary Hadley Fay.

The club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Niceville-Valparaiso, promotes core values such as caring, leadership and character-building through community service projects. Members are in the fourth and fifth grades.


Rocky Bayou Christian School senior Alicyn Grete earned Commended Student status in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program, announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The honor recognizes Alicyn as a student who sits among the top 5 percent of the more than 1.6 million who participated in the scholarship competition.


South Walton High School also recognizes its Commended Student, senior Max Johnson.

The National Merit Scholarship program was established in 1955 to provide financial opportunities for students to attend colleges and universities around the nation.

Parents and students interested in learning more about the National Merit Scholarship program can visit


Fort Walton Beach High School digital and web design instructor Anthony Bryant earned a $5,000 grant from Motorola for a project he designed for his students to implement.


Paxton School recognizes its Kiwanis Students of the Month: Emma York, eighthgrade, and Autumn Braxxell, fifth grade.

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