High School

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 […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Navarre High School’s 2019 Prom Court

Navarre High School’s 2019 Prom Court

Navarre High School’s 2019 Prom Court includes Steven Baker, Mitchell Hunt, David Melega, Benjamin Waschenko, Dante Wright, Ashley Becklund, Sydney Gracey, Jordan Lassiter and Kanoka Palmer. Makayla Downing is also on the prom court but is not pictured. The prom is scheduled for Saturday. As seen in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Mrs. Florida crowns Miss NHS 2019

Mrs. Florida crowns Miss NHS 2019

Nine lovely young women strutted their stuff in glamorous gowns and showcased their talents March 8 during the 2019 Miss Navarre High School pageant. The competition categories for the event were Raider spirit wear, talent, cocktail attire and evening gowns. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Navarre High has got talent

Navarre High has got talent

From Rock Hall of Fame tunes to Broadway hits, the students of Navarre High School wowed a packed cafeteria Feb. 22 in the school’s Talent Show. A total of 28 acts took to the stage, showcasing a variety of talents including singing, instrumentals, dance and more. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

Navarre Navy JROTC making a difference one hour at a time

In a typical year, Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC program puts in 10,000 hours of community service. That doesn’t even count work such as handling color guard duties at a football game or working the concessions at a basketball game. “It gives me faith in our future to see the kids’ willingness to give back to […]

Navarre JROTC takes pride in being at best for inspections

Navarre JROTC takes pride in being at best for inspections

Lined up on the football field at Bennett C. Russell Stadium on a mild Wednesday morning, the Navarre Navy Junior ROTC cadets took part in a unit inspection. Cadets were asked questions that tested their military knowledge. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Navarre High collects 150 stuffed bears for sick children

Navarre High collects 150 stuffed bears for sick children

Navarre High School students banded together to donate more that 150 new teddy bears to children hospitalized at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Senior Lauren Collier, sophomore Angelina Kostopoulos and junior Gavin Green dropped off the bears to be distributed to the children for Christmas. As seen in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Raider yuletide revelers

Raider yuletide revelers

Navarre head coach Jay Walls and members of his football team spent Thursday, Dec. 6 going around town singing Christmas Carols as a way to thank the sponsors of the team for their support during the season. Walls was joined by Chris Williams, Quinn Caballero, Jacobi Smith, Josh Carter, Matt Downey, Dante Wright and Evan […]

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

JROTC takes time to remember Pearl Harbor Day

Navarre High School’s Navy Junior ROTC Commanding Officer continued reading off the names of those who lost their lives in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor long after the remembrance ceremony ended here at Navarre High School on a crisp, sun-splashed Friday morning. The American Flag above her waved in the soft breeze, 77 years to […]

NHS Theatre brings magic with ‘Aladdin’

NHS Theatre brings magic with ‘Aladdin’

In its rendition of a Disney classic, Navarre High School Theatre brought the Arabian desert to the school’s café last weekend with a performance of “Aladdin.” Program director Jan Savage said bringing Disney to life appeals not only to the audience but to the students in the cast as well. Read the full article in […]

‘Ms. B’ brings music, positive attitude to the classroom

‘Ms. B’ brings music, positive attitude to the classroom

Walking into “Ms. B’s” classroom in Navarre High School, visitors are greeted not by the sounds of pencils on paper but of the melodious voices of her students and the chirps of a piano. Chorus instructor Caroline Buechner, or Ms. B as her students call her, was selected as Teacher of the Year for the high […]

Unity Day celebrates diversity, condemns bullying

Unity Day celebrates diversity, condemns bullying

Clad in orange, students of Navarre High School (NHS) celebrated Unity Day Oct. 24 as part of an annual national anti-bullying campaign. The event at NHS is coordinated by the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club each year. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

Caring and Sharing splits donations with Hurricane Michael relief

While rivalry week tends to be a competitive time between Navarre and Gulf Breeze high schools, this year’s food drive steered away from the traditional competition to respond to a need within the wider community. The annual Caring and Sharing rivalry canned food drive, held Oct. 17-27, moved to divide donations between the local Santa […]

First-time fundraiser for Raider swim team a success

First-time fundraiser for Raider swim team a success

With the wind blowing, the waves a little choppy, but the sun shining bright on a chilly Sunday morning in mid-October, Navarre High’s first open water swim fundraiser went off without a hitch. A total of 42 participated in the event in the Navarre Sound behind Juana’s, with some swimmers doing the entire mile-long course […]

Brown reflects on insights gained at Girls State

Brown reflects on insights gained at Girls State

On the evening of Sept. 20, Navarre High School senior Sarah Brown prepared for an evening to honor her at the American Legion Auxiliary in Navarre for making her mark as Governor alongside hundreds of Florida girls. It was one of many ceremonies that celebrated her work at the Girls State Conference this past June. […]

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Mock legislature gives girls a taste of real-life power

Few 17-year-olds understand the sometimes complicated innerworkings of Florida’s legislative process. Even fewer have lived it. But from June 9-14, four teen representatives from Navarre and Gulf Breeze made their way to Tallahassee to perform their own miniature version of a legislative session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State conference. Read the […]

Seniors Risa and Shine for Homecoming

Seniors Risa and Shine for Homecoming

The morning started on the brink of dawn Friday as Navarre High’s Student Government Association set up on the football field in preparation for more than 200 students Friday. A few early risers danced in the stands not waiting for the event to officially start at 6 a.m. before getting it into full swing. Read […]

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen

                Kanoka Palmer accepted the tiara, roses and sash as the 2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Queen. As seen in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre Press for 30 days free. Go […]

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

2018 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

Navarre High School has announced its Homecoming Court for 2018. Members of the Senior Court are David Melega, Garon Finley, Dante Wright, Nathan Lovell, Cody Register, Preston Stricklin, Chloe Reaves, Sydney Gracey, Megan Rudman, Ashley Becklund, Alexie Scroggins and Kanoka Palmer. Navarre will play Pine Forest at their Homecoming game this Friday at 7:30 p.m. […]

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