For the second year in a row, Elliott Point Elementary School sent its archery team to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We are so proud of our archers, and appreciate the coaches, parents, and volunteers that have helped our students make nationals,” said Principal Kathy Gates Ard.

On May 8, the school will participate in National Bike to School Day, when students and family members may meet before school to ride bikes to the school.

All riders, even parents, must wear helmets. The Okaloosa Health Department has fitted and supplied students with helmets.


Pryor Middle School and the Women United/United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties have teamed together to form a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Club for girls who attend Pryor.

The GLOW Club meets twice a month after school and focuses on encouraging girls to discover their potential.

“So far we have had a great time learning about how we can glow in this world, and we will continue to focus on all sorts of topics and fun activities that the students have chosen, such as self-confidence, hygiene, careers, makeup/hair and more,” said Pryor’s STP monitor Amy Rynearson.


The Destin Middle School boys and girls teams each brought home Okaloosa County Class 1A golf championship titles.

Boys team members include Wesley Hall, Jaden Puello, Will Porter, Cooper Hall, Palmer Lindsley, Bowden Rowell, Miller Lindsley, Noah Crites, Isaiah Batario and Coach Terry Gulledge.

Girls team members are Camryn Lux, Juliana Hock, Aaliyah Miille, Marlee Roundtree, Darbi Fraser and Coach Patricia Malpass.


Relay for Life, which benefits cancer research, received a donation exceeding $1,100 from the Ruckel Middle School team, which raised funds through “Sweet Sounds for Life.” More than 150 people attended this chorus presentation.

The Ruckel Relay Team will be at the Relay for Life Niceville-Valparaiso at 6 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Twin Oaks Park, Mullet Festival site.

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