Time for sounds of the season with the opportunity to enjoy youthful voices from the South Walton Children’s Chorus, which performs its “Winter Wonderland” concert on Dec. 9 at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We love spreading holiday cheer, singing for our community and showing them that music education is a great way to work as a team, make friends and learn,” said SWCC Director Kara Bishop.

The free concert begins at 1 p.m., with the church located at 480 N. County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. A reception will follow.

For those unable to attend the full concert, the children’s chorus also performs at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the South Walton Fire District’s Elf Ride.

For information about the SWCC, visit www.facebook.com/southwaltonchildrenschorus.

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The city of Fort Walton Beach recognized Lauren Tasillo as its November ACE Award recipient, who demonstrates success in and out of school.

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Just before Thanksgiving, the Okaloosa County School District robotic teams competed in the FIRST Robotics Technical Challenge, with middle and high school students designing, building, programming and competing with their team robots.

Ten teams from across Northwest Florida participated in the first of three meets, with Okaloosa fielding teams from Davidson Middle School, from Fort Walton Beach High School and from two teams out of the Advanced Manufacturing Program, which includes Choctawhatchee, Crestview, FWB and Niceville High schools.

“It was an exciting day where students worked together, shared ideas, programmed robots, and supported each other’s team,” said April Branscome, Career & Technical Education program director. “This is the first year that all three schools/programs have competed in the FTC level of competition.”

After the meet, the students evaluated their robots and returned to class to make improvements before the next competition.

For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) Technical Challenge is a national program designed to promote the interest in science, engineering and technology among students in elementary through high school.

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