Today’s School Scoops focuses on better-late-than-never February news.

Heading the news is a donation of $3,000 by the Paxton School Athletics Department to a local charity, Cancer Freeze.

The funds were raised during the school’s annual Cats Against Cancer basketball tournament.


At Lewis School in Valparaiso, fifth-grader Selicia Nunez placed fourth in the Knights of Columbus state spelling bee held in February, fifth-/sixth-grade division. She placed first at the local and regional levels to earn the state spot.

On Feb. 9, the school hosted an academic tournament, with its junior varsity team going undefeated for the day. Team members included Ava Rush, William Aldridge, Selicia Nunez, Aoife Nolan, Liam Jennings and Lincoln Wilbur.


Going back to January, the Rocky Bayou Christian School and Academy teams saw success in the regional Mu Alpha Theta math competition in Tallahassee.

The pre-calculus team took fifth with Cynric Chen, Steven Zhu, Stephen Tian and Frank Choi.

The schools’ teams also ranked sixth out of 18 schools in algebra I, algebra 2 and calculus.

In RBCS fifth-grade news, Bella Farran won the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest, with the topic of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and women’s suffrage.


Early in February, the Niceville High School debate and forensics team saw several members qualify during a district tournament for the state level.

Taking first places were Elva Diaz, Lincoln/Douglas debate; Simrun Sharma, informative and original oratory; Carly Duvall, dramatic interpretation; Kyle Duke, humorous interpretation; and Eshaan Sharma, international extemporaneous.

Kevin Reece took second in humorous interpretation.


At Fort Walton Beach’s Edwins Elementary School, the K-Kids sold candy grams the week before Valentine’s Day, with proceeds donated to Children In Crisis. To date, Edwins Elementary has raised $734.78.


In Crestview, Davidson Middle School students participated in a critical thinking collaborative learning activity, reading “The Epic of Gilgamesh.” They created and developed their own superheroes, providing explanations of the heroes and a storyline of the heroes’ journeys.

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