Congratulations to Mia Daldine, a St. Mary Catholic School alumna and Fort Walton Beach High School student. She earned an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mia’s mother serves as band director for St. Mary.


In Match 8 of the Cox Communications/Okaloosa Schools Academic Tournament, Collegiate High School defeated Crestview High School, 305-30.

Coach De Cook fielded Capt. Gabe Seabrook, Eric Fowler, Collin McGovern, Teertho Bhattaacharya, Kasey Rigby and Peyton Sims.

Crestview Coach Joey Lester brought Capt. Everett Schweig, Meghan Saueressig and Elizabeth Cumberland.

Match 9 found Rocky Bayou Christian Academy besting Choctawhatchee High School, 290-10.

Rocky Bayou coaches Mike and Julie Mosley led Capt. Elijah Suh lead Devon Lewis, Josh Barkman, Caroline Seeling and Gideon Riches.

For Choctaw, Kathy Moore coached Capt. Justin Barraca, Ethan Fekety, Mason Newman, Erick Chavez and Emma Borders.


Paxton High School's AVID program is hosting a March Madness 5K on Saturday, March 10 at the school. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the race at 9 a.m.

The race costs $30 per non-student and $20 per student. Proceeds benefit the Advancement Via Individual Determination scholarships, which are earned by AVID seniors.


The Arts and Design Society presented awards in February to students who entered the annual Van Porter Artist of the Year show, which features work by high school seniors and eighth-grade students.

The Van Porter Artist of the Year, high school, went to Fort Walton Beach High School’s Angela DeJesus, while the middle school award went to Mya Shekitka, Ruckel Middle School.

The Arts and Design Society presented the Art Center awards, with first place going to Crestview High’s Bailey Hall for her scratchboard, “Cat in a Strawberry Bed.”

Other top finishers included: second place, Choctaw High’s George R. Hass, mosaic on wood, “Mama Duniani”; third place, FWB High's Kairah Johnson, clay bust, “Jimin”; and honorable mention, Niceville High's Abiageal Ketchersid, photograph, “Wyatt.”

Ruckel Middle’s Payton Lacanilao took first place among middle schoolers with a colored pencil drawing, “Piglet Days.” Liza Jackson Preparatory School’s Emily Wood took second with her marker drawing, “Lion Zentangle." Third went to KayLeigh Music at Ruckel Middle, Batik, “Pandas.”

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