The Paxton School’s Spanish team spent its spring break competing in the Florida State Spanish Competition in Orlando, with students earning various awards of “sobresalientes y superiors” (outstanding and superiors). These represent the top two high ranks out of four that were awarded.

The team competed in individual impromptu speeches, poem recitations and a skit. All activities were done completely in Spanish.

Those attending included Emily Wilson, Kaitlin Kendrick, Cadence Perez, Keontae Sanders, Austin Stokes, Laura Richardson, Tabitha Snow and Christopher Lewis. Their sponsor is Micah Trinidad.

In other Paxton School news, middle school math teacher Kim Davenport, sixth-grade math/science and reading teacher Angela Ellison, fifth-grade teacher Jessica Cook and U.S. History and AVID teacher Susan Rockman earned recognition by the state as High Impact educators.

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With its competition success, the Niceville High School robotics team looks toward its next level of competition this month in Houston.

The team includes students in grades 9th through 12: Sean Bridges, Jay Bevis, Josh Bryan, Harley Campbell, Logan Charlton, Tatum Knowles, Hayden Krider, David Laird, Dylan Money, Matthew Nguyen, Audrey Oleen, Jonathan Ott, Seth Sheehan, Trent Sheehan, Tyler Striblin, Jacob Thursby, Logan Thursby, DJ Tomasetti, Zek Tyus, Andre Valdez, Jake Vernon and Matthew Vandenboom.

Coaches Al LaRoe and Ben Shuman, along with mentors Jim Barnes and Bob Baggerman, Michael Fleischer, Chris Neiger, Amy Sheehan and Joe Sheehan extend thanks to sponsors Air Force Research Lab, American Elite Molding, AT&T, DoDSTEM, Fort Walton Machining, State of Florida and United Technologies.

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Freeport High School’s National Honor Society has organized blood drives at the school, with students donating 81 pints that could help up to 243 people.

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To honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland school shooting in February, the Paxton School Builders Club challenged the student body to participate in the “17 Challenge” during the remainder of the school year.

The Builders Club met other students as they arrived to school, and the members held signs with suggestions of different acts of kindness that could be performed throughout the day.

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