Saint Mary School began its academic year with the selection of Student Council officers: President Kadi Casey, Vice President Maris Rudzki, Secretary Gia Paone and Treasure Ashleigh Perry.

The school’s National Junior Honor Society inducted new members: Cole Armstong, Anthony Ciccarello, JJ Cobaugh, Rachel Daldine, Jillian Easely, Gaby Gallego, Mikaela Groh, Grace Hebson, Andrew Kumwiang, Alysha Miller, Gia Paone, Jonathan Quiroz, Sara Smith, Angelo Villanueva and Payton White.

Eighth-grade student Maura Liles earned recognition for the Duke University Talent Identification Program, which enabled her to take the PSAT during her previous school year. Her scored earned recognition on the state level.

The school established a FIRST LEGO League robotics team. Digital Spirits team members include Cole Armstrong, Aiden Beaty, Alex Lugo, Christopher Manion, Brooke McNeill, Gennaro Smith, Sara Smith and Jake Wheaton.

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During a science unit on movement, the West DeFuniak Elementary School second-graders used marshmallow shooters, which resemble pop guns. The shooters taught that nothing moves without force, and everything can be moved if the force is strong enough.

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Welcome to this year's Maude Saunders Elementary School Morning Show producers: Laila Shipman, Lucas Arcabascio, Nayeli Guerra and Lilly Coots. These students gather stories, write content, organize special guest appearances, and operate sound and video equipment during the show.

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Paxton School Advanced Placement human geography teacher Sammie Watson has been selected as an American Geographical Society Teacher Fellow.

Watson may now attend the AGS fall symposium, “Geography 2050: The Future of Mobility,” in November at Columbia University in New York City.

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The Florida Farm Bureau Speech Contest in the Walton School District took place earlier this month, with competitors from Freeport, South Walton and Walton high schools.

First place went to Walton High School’s Shelbee Castrillo, who qualifies for the regional level of competition.

Second went to Kayla “Cheyenne” Cordle, also from Walton High School. Jenna Martin, Freeport High School, placed third.

The topic for this speech was "Today's food companies employ many tactics including food labels to gain a marketing edge. How can farmers and ranchers ensure that consumers understand these labels and have more confidence in the safety and quality of their food?"

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