Education

The Crew celebrates summer

The Crew celebrates summer

Being a teenager is hard. Momentum Church student pastor Ray Millsap said sometimes folks forget that. But between social media bullying, temptations to sin online and the constant barrage of often misleading information, being a teen and being a Christian can be a challenge, he said.   Read the full article in the June 13 […]

The boy in the tree

The boy in the tree

Bus drivers in Navarre know the boy in the tree. They see him nearly every day of the school year, perched on a branch overlooking the school bus terminal on Escola Street. Pencil and clipboard in hand, 16-year-old John Fowler has a knack for keeping track of the buses. Student Transportation of America (STA) bus […]

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Former Navarre grad honored with bench dedication

Rain fell hard Thursday morning but didn’t put a damper on a bench dedication for Keifer Huhman, a 2012 Navarre High graduate who passed away in 2016. The bench sits outside the Navy Junior ROTC Building. The family of Keifer unveiled it at a ceremony at the high school in front of family and friends. […]

Take Stock in Children awards 27 scholarships

Take Stock in Children awards 27 scholarships

Take Stock in Children and the Santa Rosa Education Foundation awarded $405,000 in scholarships to 27 graduating 2019 seniors who received four-year tuition scholarships. A ceremonial event was held May 29 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.   Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

UWF showcases cybersecurity on international NATO stage

UWF showcases cybersecurity on international NATO stage

Breaking barriers as the first U.S. academic institution to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Cyber Defense project, the University of West Florida (UWF) showcased its cybersecurity initiatives this month at the fifth NATO Cyber Defense Smart Defense Projects Conference. Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, UWF Center for Cybersecurity director, presented both at the conference […]

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn robotics team rocks national competition

Woodlawn Beach Middle School’s Wild Sea Turtles took their underwater robot-building skills to national competition this weekend after securing first place at the SeaPerch Challenge regional contest earlier this year. For months the team members have been building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and practicing piloting it through a variety of challenges. Read the […]

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Middle-schoolers celebrate career skills

Digital Information Technology students from Woodlawn Beach Middle School and Holley Navarre Middle School descended on The Breeze Cinema in Gulf Breeze May 22 to celebrate their achieving at least three Microsoft certifications. Woodlawn program teacher Kim Kayser said she was incredibly proud of her students in the Digital Information Technology course.   Read the […]

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Message to grads: Look to the future, focus on God

Before the pomp and circumstance of Saturday’s graduation ceremony, a handful of Navarre High School seniors gathered with their family and friends for a night of worship at a baccalaureate service May 23 in the Navarre Conference Center. Pastor Clint Jernigan explained the service was a joint effort to help send the graduates off in […]

Holley Navarre Middle shows off artistic skill

Holley Navarre Middle shows off artistic skill

Students Elizabeth Terracciano, Julia Stephens, Alicia Wright, Liz Lambert, Jacob Herrera and Scout Belanger showed off their pencil skill with self-portraits during the Holley Navarre Middle School 2019 Art Show.             Cardboard sculptures by Alexis Vuyovich and Clayton Dawson both earned spots in the countywide middle school top 25.   […]

Career Day highlights variety of options

Career Day highlights variety of options

From firefighters to biologists, parents in a variety of careers attempted to engage and inspire West Navarre Intermediate School’s graduating fifth graders Tuesday during Career Day. Fifth grade math teacher Liz Feilner said they hoped to inspire their students for a variety of futures before sending them off to middle school.   Read the full […]

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Hard work pays off for valedictorian Downing

Hard work pays off for valedictorian Downing

At the start of the school year, Navarre High School senior Makayla Downing said there would be no senioritis here. No goofing off after putting her nose to the grindstone for four years. When class rankings were released her name started out at the very top.   Read the full article in the May 23 […]

Podojil’s commitment to education leads to salutatorian honor

Podojil’s commitment to education leads to salutatorian honor

When he talks about it, John Podojil makes it sound so simple: The road to earning the salutatorian honor of the Navarre High School Class of 2019 was as easy as solving for x in a crazy complicated math equation. “I think about all the work I did to get to where I am now.” […]

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

Legislative session a mixed bag for school district

The deadline for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign or veto bills in 2019 has passed, and the results have left the Santa Rosa County School District with more freedom than they previously had. HB 7070, a massive and complex education bill, received the Governor’s signature May 9.   Read the full article in the May […]

Lighthouse celebrates class of 2019

Lighthouse celebrates class of 2019

Friday evening was a special event for Lighthouse Christian Academy as the private school awarded diplomas to its first graduating class. The 34 graduates of the class of 2019 received their diplomas inside Pensacola First Assembly of God.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

GBHS JROTC instructor named Rookie of the Year

GBHS JROTC instructor named Rookie of the Year

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced Master Sergeant Rafael Garcia (Air Force Retired) of Gulf Breeze High School as the 2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year during their Rookie of the Year Reception May 8. Garcia is the school’s Aerospace Science and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor.   Read the […]

New private school coming to Navarre

New private school coming to Navarre

While most students are dreaming about the upcoming summer vacation, Navarre resident Gale Nicolai says she cannot wait for the end of summer. That is because August 7 her new private school located in Navarre on Military Trail will be opening its doors to the first class of students. Read the full article in the […]

2019 principals, assistant principals of the year

2019 principals, assistant principals of the year

The Santa Rosa County School District has announced recognition of its top administrators for 2019. All were singled out by a vote of their peers for their dedication to their schools, students, staff and community. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or […]

Child care experts: Make education a priority

Child care experts: Make education a priority

When parents select child care, often the top priorities are safety and proximity to the parent. This can be especially true when options are slim, said David Lawrence. Lawrence is a retired journalist and early learning advocate who helped to get universal voluntary prekindergarten launched in Florida. He said he is concerned with the trends […]

Holley Navarre Middle launches Career Fair

Holley Navarre Middle launches Career Fair

Holley Navarre Middle School hosted a new Career Fair night May 2 allowing students to ask questions with a variety of professionals. Environmental Protection Agency research assistant Kelly McCaffrey talked to students about science and showed students the glass shrimp used in experiments. Musical artist Love Brynnevere hosted a jam session with the students, discussing […]

Five locals initiated into national Honor Society

Five locals initiated into national Honor Society

University of West Florida students and staff from Navarre and Gulf Breeze received special academic recognition in May as initiates into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. These individuals are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi […]

Parents have tools for children’s success

Parents have tools for children’s success

The human brain experiences its greatest period of development during the first five years of life, according to child development experts. By capitalizing on this spongy state, parents and teachers can help children to succeed well into adulthood, scientists have found. Read the full article in the May 9 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ […]

Leggett helps former teacher with science video

Leggett helps former teacher with science video

West Navarre Intermediate teacher Ryan Duphiney figured it was a long shot, but he reached out to Jordan Leggett about helping with a science video for his class. Leggett was in the middle of finalizing everything for his wedding in Santa Rosa Beach but agreed to drive over to Navarre the Tuesday after spring break […]

GBHS brings ‘Matilda’ to the Saenger

GBHS brings ‘Matilda’ to the Saenger

This year’s award-winning troupe of Gulf Breeze High Theatre performers is bringing the musical “Matilda” to the Saenger Theatre in Pensacola Thursday and Friday. Sarah Rushing is playing the lead role of Matilda and has been seen in several Gulf Breeze High Theatre productions over the past few years.   Read the full article in […]

NHS Theatre brings ‘The Three Musketeers’ to life

NHS Theatre brings ‘The Three Musketeers’ to life

After months of sword training, stage fight lessons and practice runs, Navarre High School Theatre brought “The Three Musketeers” to the Ashmore stage in Pensacola last weekend. Leading the cast was Cooper Wright as D’Artagnan alongside the musketeers Jack Lackey as Porthos, Ryan Frank as Aramis and Seth Clement as Athos.         […]

Is freedom of speech up for debate?

Is freedom of speech up for debate?

This piece is written with the intent to look at freedom of speech in a high school setting and see how the constitutional right is being exercised among Navarre High School students. In this past school year, Navarre High School’s newly founded debate program has presented an opportunity for students in all grade levels to […]

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

Prom Promise reminds students they matter

A night meant for young celebration can turn to a nightmare in an instant. Juniors and seniors of Navarre High School received a reminder Tuesday to make good decisions as part of Prom Promise. This joint effort of first responders and the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club showcased just what can happen when […]

Gaetz hosts military night at Navarre

Gaetz hosts military night at Navarre

When U.S Rep. Matt Gaetz is having a tough day at the nation’s capital, he turns to the folder containing the stories of candidates for the military academies. One of his jobs as a member of Congress is nominating students from Northwest Florida for the honor of attending West Point, the Air Force Academy or […]

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