One-day trainings

The Costa Leadership Institute at Northwest Florida State College is accepting enrollment for a series of one-day business and professional skills trainings offered January through June at the college’s Niceville campus. The open enrollment, non-credit courses cover a variety of topics from Sales for Successful Business, to Microsoft Excel, Creating a Company Website, Performance Appraisals, Team Building and more.
Registration is accepted until the session date — space permitting — and fees range from $12 to $175 per course. A four-day course to prepare for the Medical Coding and Billing certification exam is also offered for $350 with limited scholarships available.

Enroll online or in-person at any NWFSC campus or center. See complete course descriptions in the Costa Leadership Institute Spring 2013 schedule of classes on the college website at or or request a full brochure by email at

Students named to Clemson University Dean's List

Destin students Emily Kyle Lyerly, majoring in accounting; Gregory Alan Stegall, majoring in electrical engineering; and Tori Amber Heritier, majoring in secondary education (math), have been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2012 semester.

To be named to the Dean's List, a student must achieve a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Sarah Faye Frasier graduates from Samford

Sarah Faye Frasier of Destin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Samford University during fall commencement. She earned a Bachelor of Arts.

Founded in 1841, Samford is the largest private university in Alabama with more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled annually. Samford attracts students from around the world and has an extensive international studies program.

DYW scholarship program

The second annual Distinguished Young Women of Okaloosa County will begin taking applications for contestants immediately. Sign-up deadline is March 1. Interested girls in their junior year of high school who live in Okaloosa County are eligible to participate in this prestigious scholarship program, formerly known as Jr. Miss. Girls enjoy an experience of fun, events and practices leading up to a production that will showcase their talents and other skills.

Out of state judges will evaluate them in five categories: grades, interview, fitness, talent, and self-expression. Cash scholarships are awarded to the overall winner and the alternates, as well as the top scoring girls in all five categories as well as a spirit winner.

Last summer more than $10,000 was awarded in cash scholarships and a total of $203,000 was awarded in specific college scholarships.

To apply, girls should visit and click on participate. For more information, email