Rocky Bayou Christian Academy student Alicyn Grete learned she is a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman scholarship program.

This program is sponsored by the Wendy’s restaurant chain, recognizing student scholar-athletes.

National winners will be announced in December.

At the individual school level, Alicyn was joined by classmate Adam Mistretta for recognition in the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.


Edge Elementary School in Niceville held its annual spelling bee on Nov. 1 for grades second through fifth, with each grade level producing first-, second- and third-place winners.

Fifth grade: Liam Rodstrom, Sasha McCraine, Carter Whitson
Fourth grade: Sophie Torres, Ben Maconi, Brooke Caruthers
Third grade: Delaney Diehl, Chase Pinto, Drake Hobbs
Second grade: Lev Magna, Rylee Torres and Maddox Smith.


Still recognizing area school that have provided assistance for hurricane assistance, the West DeFuniak Elementary School K-Kids club provided supplies to Cottondale High School for the communities of Cottondale and Alford.

The K-Kids also sponsored a school-wide effort called Pennies for the Panhandle, which brought in more than $1,000 to purchase water, nonperishable food, water and ice.

The school offers thank you's to Tractor Supply Company, which provided buckets for the collections, and to Kyle McDonald for donating ice.

Because the students could not neglect their studies while helping others, science became a large lesson for several of the WDE classes.

In Angela Fuentes’ third-grade class, students studied about the earth, sun and stars, as well as gravity.

To understand how gravity pulls objects toward the ground, they applied scientific methods to cut-out bats or ghosts. Each weight had a paper coffee filter parachute. The students learned that while a parachute will slow a descent, gravity always wins.


Late in October, Walton Middle School’s administrators delivered a trailer full of classroom supplies to help the Blountstown Tigers accommodate the arrival of the fourth- and fifth-grade students whose own classrooms suffered damage from Hurricane Michael.

Grade-level reading books, backpacks, markers and even projectors were delivered to empty classrooms.

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