Immediately after Hurricane Michael hit, St. Mary Church and St. Mary School began collecting supplies, with truckloads already distributed.

The school now collects school supplies for St. John Catholic School in Panama City, which saw significant damage and will have to relocate.

The St. Mary students wrote notes of support, hope and love to be sent to the displaced students of St. John School.


A year ago, the Center for Lifelong Learning in Fort Walton Beach wanted an updated website. A call to Niceville High School’s web design program allowed the NHS students to design the site, which was approved by the CLL board in August.

Each web design student worked on a different area of the process toward project completion. Participating students included Martin Bouldo, Katie Lightfoot, Dylan Hammond, Jordan Richardson, Miguel Malayto, Dhruvi Contractor, Nathaniel Willard and Nathan Willard.

Kayla Koger, Josie Jacks, Alexandria McCraine, Grayson Kramer and Brittney Sposito worked on the logo concepts.


West DeFuniak Elementary School rewarded its fifth-graders who maintained good behavior during the first nine weeks of school. They enjoyed a trip to Hurricane Lanes in Destin for bowling and a lunch.


Paxton School’s seventh- and eighth-grade technology students learned about coding by using the Information and Communication Technology Essentials program, which teaches students how to edit existing algorithms and how to create their own.

Instructor Kalli McMillian took her students through an activity in which they used block segments to create their own small obstacle course for LEGO figures. The students wrote an algorithm that others could follow in order to complete the course.

A little late, but still important is to recognize are the Kiwanis Students of the Month for September: Emma York, eighth grade, and Autumn Braxxell, fifth grade.


Fort Walton Beach High School student Brooke Sanders earned Commended Student status in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program. Brooke placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students entered in the nationwide scholarship competition.

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