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May 10, 2024

Karen Cody named Navarre High ESOL Teacher of Year

Navarre High School has named their ESOL Teacher of the Year! Karen Cody, who has taught at the school on and off again since 1996, has been recognized as the 2024 ESOL Teacher of the Year. ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. In 2023, Cody was named Teacher of the Year for Santa Rosa District Schools.

May 3, 2024

Santa Rosa Elementary schools face off in ‘Battle of the Books’

Elementary students from 16 schools across Santa Rosa County gathered at the Santa Rosa County Auditorium in Milton on April 26 for “Battle of the Books.” Each school was represented by a team of five students. 

May 3, 2024

School board updates library policies around book challenges

The process to challenge a book in Santa Rosa County District Schools has been centralized thanks to changes approved at April’s school board meeting on April 11.

May 1, 2024

Santa Rosa County 4-H crowns district speech champs

Around 75% of people have a fear of public speaking. While many people might dread having to speak or give a presentation in front of an audience, it is a skill necessary to develop for a person’s work and social life.

Apr 30, 2024

West Navarre Intermediate class chosen by NASA to plant ‘moon tree’

Something interstellar has taken root at West Navarre Intermediate School. On Friday, April 26, a handful of students got to be a part of history when they planted a seedling “moon tree.”

Apr 26, 2024

Interdisciplinary team of UWF faculty help write the rules on cancer prevention in Florida

An interdisciplinary team of faculty from the University of West Florida has served as the program evaluation team for the Florida Department of Health’s Cancer Prevention and Control Implementation Program since 2018. The team’s contract was recently renewed after it received strong feedback from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which funds the initiative.

Apr 25, 2024

Construction Career Days offers students hands-on experience

In recent years, the state of Florida has pushed for greater educational opportunities for trade and vocational training. On April 16 and 17, students from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties were given the opportunity to go to Milton to take part in Northwest Florida Construction Career Days.

Apr 16, 2024

Raider Games set for April 19, need donations

A Galaxy far, far away will be a little closer to home for Navarre High School’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students this April.

On Friday, April 19, Bennett C. Russell Stadium, where the Navarre Raiders play football, will become the site of ‘Raider Wars 2024.’ The Raider Wars, which is “Star Wars” themed, is the latest installment of the annual Navarre High Raider Games.


Apr 4, 2024

Up on Williams Creek

Just a few hundred yards from Holley Navarre Middle School lies Williams Creek, which runs from wetlands near Naval Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Holley to Santa Rosa Sound.

Mar 29, 2024

UWF College of Business gets new name with legacy gift from The Bear Family Foundation

On Friday, March 15, University of West Florida President Martha D. Saunders announced a gift of $5 million from The Bear Family Foundation, which will rename the UWF College of Business. The college is slated to be named the Lewis Bear Jr. College of Business, contingent on UWF Board of Trustees approval at its quarterly meeting in June. This is the third college to be named in the University’s history.
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