Tag: Education

Former NHS football stars on Jesus’s team now

Jeffrey Mattox and Gabe Davis spent four years basking in the glow of a spotlight that comes from playing sports. They worked hard and played hard, all for the purpose of helping the Navarre football team win on game day.

The former Raider football stars now seek out victory in life instead of on the scoreboard through their efforts of helping others far less fortunate, an effort inspired by their new-found relationship with Jesus.

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Windfelder ready to embrace new role as Navarre High’s principal

Kasie Windfelder is still in the midst of switching from her current office to the one reserved for the principal of Navarre High School.

Windfelder has only been in her new job for a week. There are boxes that still need to be moved – those are labeled and currently lined along a wall -- and painting that needs to be completed before she is officially settled into the principal’s office.

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COVID cancels mother-daughter graduation

Pensacola State College (PSC) President, Dr. Ed Meadows sent an email to all college employees and students Nov. 30 cancelling the graduation ceremony.

“I know that this decision will disappoint some of you, but hopefully we will be able to return to a formal graduation ceremony in the spring when we celebrate both our fall and spring graduates,” Meadows stated in the email.

Spring graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 9 at 3 p.m. at the Pensacola Bay Center.

Meadows ended his email encouraging students and faculty to continue practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask.

“Hopefully, we will soon have a vaccine available that, along with following CDC guidelines, will help us to overcome this virus,” Meadows stated at the end of his email.

The morning after the president sent an email out to the college, the nursing pinning ceremony was canceled via email as well.

“I do hope you understand that this decision is to help keep everyone safe and healthy,” stated Dusti Sluder, Dean of Health Sciences at PSC. “Hopefully we will be able to host a spring, May 2021, nursing pinning ceremony in which you will be invited to attend.”

Sluder went on to wish the nursing graduates the best of success on their post-graduate licensure exam.

Nursing students such as Navarre local Holly Bartlett were distraught when they heard the news.

She and her daughter, Aubrey Hedlund, were graduating together.  

“I am sad for my cohorts,” Bartlett said. “In nursing, we have a ‘push-through-anything’ style, so we are trying to formulate an alternate plan to honor our achievement adhering to social distancing guidelines.”

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