The Fort Walton Beach High School leadership students collected toiletry and hygiene items to be taken to victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina.

In award news, student Jonathan Allen has been recognized as the ACE student of September by the city of Fort Walton Beach for demonstrating success in and out of school.

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As part of the United Way’s annual Day of Caring, the Paxton School Key Club members completed beautification projects on campus. Joining the students in their efforts were Key Club advisor Laurie Gilbert and CHELCO marketing manager Bryan Gilbert.

The bulk of the work focused on pulling weeds and updating the landscape.

In science class news, several students participated in the Coastal Cleanup, but they also picked up debris on their own campus. In all, the Bobcats collected 1,694 pieces of trash, which weighed 46.8 pounds.

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The Santa Rosa School District recognizes its National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, all who attend Gulf Breeze High School: Michaela O’Grady, John Ratkowiak and Benjamin Van Sleen.

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South Walton High School benefited from the United Way Day of Caring when several volunteers worked on the softball field. The volunteers pressure washed the dugouts and walkways, painted the backstop and pulled weeds.

Thanks goes to volunteers Scott Broad, Mike Speicher, Michelle Gladysz, Florencia Branagan, Allyson Gore, Jennifer King and Angie Sunseri.

In Advanced Placement statistics, Christin Barnhart’s students collected data on the number of rubber bands needed by Barbie or Ken to bungee jump.

Students were allowed no more than seven bands per group, and their predictions focused on how many bands would be needed for either of the dolls to jump off the roof. To prove the students’ predictions, Barbie and Ken would make their jumps in the school’s gym.

In recognition for work completed last academic year, sophomores Jessie Miller, Victor Gallo, Emma Marks and Joseph Sills were honored for earning a Level 5 on their AP Human Geography test. They earned college credit as freshmen. Sean Libby was their teacher.

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