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Managing youth sports

Managing youth sports

When I moved to Navarre, I was amazed to hear how popular and wide-ranging youth sports are in this area. Having young kids, I had not yet been exposed to the sports mom life. Here, our children play sports year-round. Often, that’s the same sport throughout the year. It requires a lot of time, travel, […]

Raider orienteering team dominates drill meet at Camp McDowell

Raider orienteering team dominates drill meet at Camp McDowell

Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit turned in another impressive orienteering performance. Competing in the Area 8 competition at Camp McDowell in Alabama, the Raider cadets took home top honors on both the orange and green courses. The top two runners on each of those courses were from Navarre. There was a yellow course as well […]

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise attack by the Japanese, thrusting the United States into World War II. A total of 2,403 lives were lost in the attack. The tragic moment in history happened long ago, but it’s not forgotten. Thursday morning at […]

NHS collects teddies for sick children

NHS collects teddies for sick children

Children spending the holiday season at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will receive some fuzzy friends thanks to the students of Navarre High School. The NHS Student Government Association is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive next week during school. Students will be able to share the love with sick children by donating stuffed animals to the […]

Science station debuts new learning tool

Science station debuts new learning tool

When busloads of Holley Navarre Primary School students arrived at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station (NBMSS) on Thursday, they were greeted by one massive new friend. Diana the humpback whale made her debut. Diana is a life-size inflatable model that the science station will be using to teach lessons about marine mammals. Composed of […]

Holidays brightened for South Santa Rosa families

Holidays brightened for South Santa Rosa families

Hundreds of families in Navarre and Gulf Breeze were able to have a Thanksgiving meal this year thanks to Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Oriole Beach Elementary School’s cafeteria was packed Friday and Saturday night as volunteers sorted thousands of food items along the tables and prepared meal boxes for distribution. Caring […]

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

App Challenge showcases cyber careers

Eliminating threats in space, white-hat hacking and coding protection for the entire U.S. Navy were just a few of the career goals discussed with students at the Congressional App Challenge Awards ceremony Saturday at the University of West Florida. The event was the culmination of weeks of coding work for more than a dozen high […]

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

When Navarre High School teacher Jennifer Watson was named the school’s teacher of the year, she said she could not believe it. “My name was listed among the top three candidates, and I almost passed out… (When I was selected) I was stunned. I think I do a pretty darn good job, but wow. I […]

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

  There are 52 career academies in Santa Rosa County Schools. Many of them focus on technical fields and career certifications, but the newest career academy at Navarre High School has a more human goal: create new teachers. That is what motivated teacher Jennifer Watson to bring this academy to Navarre. Watson teaches the newly […]

Navarre students rally for kindness on Unity Day

Navarre students rally for kindness on Unity Day

  Anti-bullying T-shirts, tutus, body suits and even traffic cones were among the orange attire donned by hundreds of students that flooded Navarre High School’s football field Oct. 25 for Unity Day. More than 300 of the students wore the message “one school, one town, one family.” Unity Day is a national anti-bullying, inclusion movement […]

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

For the first time in any U.S. school district, Santa Rosa County has launched STEAM-centric learning into all public schools in the district. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. These are the core subjects of the school district’s STEAM Innovate program. Teachers and administrators celebrated the launch of the program’s third year […]

Navarre JROTC finishes strong at drill meet

Navarre JROTC finishes strong at drill meet

The Navarre JROTC Raider Battalion traveled to Gulf Breeze to compete in the first drill meet of the season. “This is an Air Force drill meet so our Cadets had to learn a new drill card for this competition,” Master Chief Jimmy Ethridge, Naval science instructor said. “Our teams did very well in the armed […]

Church brings fright for a good cause

Church brings fright for a good cause

As the sun went down the forest near Community of Christ Church in Navarre came alive with screams Friday and Saturday as part of the church’s Fear Forest event. The line to enter the haunted trail wrapped around the church building as more than 100 people showed up to test their courage. Church member Jack […]

The fight against bullying

The fight against bullying

We need to have a conversation. One that involves the entire community, schools, administrators, parents, students, influencers and churches. It will take every one of these groups to be present in order to have solutions. The topic? Bullying. Recently we have reported on a couple of students at our local high school who threatened other […]

Navarre spreads kindness, acceptance and inclusion on Unity Day

Navarre spreads kindness, acceptance and inclusion on Unity Day

Navarre High School students will unite Oct. 25 for a day of kindness, acceptance and inclusion as part of national Unity Day. Unity Day, a program of the Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, is an annual event designed to end bullying through the promotion of accepting practices. Members of NHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) […]

Young Brien Carter maintains positive attitude as he battles leukemia

Young Brien Carter maintains positive attitude as he battles leukemia

Brien Carter’s dad points to a photo on the wall of their Navarre home. It’s a picture of Brien decked out in wrestling gear, and a medal hangs over it. A photo of Brien wearing his football uniform is next to it. Brien looks happy. He looks healthy. He looks like any other kid his […]

Student arrested after school shooting threat

Student arrested after school shooting threat

A Navarre High School student has been arrested in connection with threats to carry out a mass shooting at the school. Brandon Lee Hawkins, 15, of Constitution Drive in Navarre, was charged with two felony counts of intimidation, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office said. The specific charges are  “Write, send threat to kill or injure” […]

NJROTC cadets of the month

NJROTC cadets of the month

Navarre High’s Raider Battalion Cadets of the Month for September 2017 are Junior Cadet Azandrya Fuentes and Senior Cadet Matthew Horton. They were nominated by their platoon leaders based on their leadership skills, NJROTC knowledge and their dedication to the NJROTC Program. Read the full article in the Oct. 12 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

  By a vote of her peers across the Florida Panhandle, Navarre High School yearbook adviser Jennifer Watson was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 District 1 Journalism Teacher of the Year. This honor is awarded annually to one teacher from each of the seven FSPA districts to recognize outstanding advisers for school journalism programs. […]

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Giving Back: Raiders strive to make a difference in community

Passes, runs, touchdowns and tackles aren’t the order of the day for a group of Navarre football players inside a kindergarten classroom on a Thursday afternoon. Nope. It is apples. And players in Cassie Nolan’s room at Holley-Navarre Primary sit at tables to work with enthusiastic students on various activities using the fruit. One of […]

Threats at Navarre High School investigated

Threats at Navarre High School investigated

For the second time in two weeks, a student at Navarre High School has made threats on social media against students at the school. The first was on Sept. 23 from a student on Instagram threatening several students under the guise of Memento.mori.mer which translated means “remember you must die.” The threat began with “To […]

Families wait for call from Puerto Rico

Families wait for call from Puerto Rico

Although Hurricane Maria was more than a thousand miles away, when the storm took aim at the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico it hit close to home for some residents of Navarre. It was the second category 5 hurricane to strike the area in the span of two weeks. Power outages were widespread. The communities […]

2017 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

2017 Navarre High School Homecoming Court

Navarre has announced its Homecoming Court for 2017. Members of the Senior Court are Dylan Porter, Natalie Duphiney, Zach McPhearson, Abby Webb, Sam Register, Emory Burda, Hanna Sisson, Aaron Williams, Nicholle Fenstermaker, Sam Jordan, Katelynn Joyner and Jaren Palmasani. Navarre will play Escambia in it Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. Featured in the […]

Fisher makes smooth transition to NJROTC program

Fisher makes smooth transition to NJROTC program

Captain Michael Fisher has been a Senior Naval science instructor for Navarre’s NJROTC program for nearly two months and noted the transition to the position has been a smooth one. “I’ve clicked pretty well with the students. No one has called me Captain Eubanks yet,” Fisher said with a laugh. Eubanks spent 16 years helping […]

Students dive into lionfish research

Students dive into lionfish research

Navarre and Gulf Breeze students cut into more than 100 lionfish last week as part of a large dissection research project. The students of Navarre High School, Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Gulf Breeze High School and others in Escambia County were partnering with the University of West Florida Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation […]

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Raider Role Models program comes to Holley-Navarre Primary

Cassie Nolan moved over to Holley-Navarre Primary this school year and has brought her popular Raider Role Models program with her. A fourth-grade teacher at the intermediate school the last three years, Nolan teaches kindergarten now and is looking forward to having Navarre High football players come to the school once a week to work […]

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Beaches to Woodlands returns early this year

Labor Day weekend marks the end of the traditional tourism peak season, and that can mean months of fewer visitors and lower profits known as the shoulder season. Bed tax collections, the money paid to the county by visitors for temporary lodging, tend to be lower. Despite July posting 32 percent bed tax growth, many […]

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

Rios rolls up sleeves to squash big tobacco

A collection of grade schoolers against a multibillion-dollar national industry: Navarre High School senior Catalina Rios likes those odds. She will be taking on “big tobacco” in the coming school year as one of four representatives of the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Youth Advocacy Board Region 1. Rios was elected to the board by […]

SADD and MADD want your shoes

SADD and MADD want your shoes

Whether the sneakers are too small, too big, too dirty or too stinky, Navarre High School SADD wants those shoes to help those impacted by drunken driving. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. This national organization has chapters at middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country all working to provide peer-to-peer education […]

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