Middle school students create autism awareness mural


Sharon Dooley

To bring attention to autism, Donnita Carroll’s class at Emerald Coast Middle School created a mural representing autism awareness.

Students and staff completed puzzle pieces for the wall and created a cohesive art installation for ECMS that was maintained throughout April.

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Now for the final results for Rocky Bayou Christian School students who placed in the art-related categories of the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools High School Fine Arts Competition.

Polychromatic drawing: Gabe Fidler, second, junior varsity; Blade Loyd, first, and Sarah Whaley, third, varsity Cartooning: Emily Bishop, first, and Sarah Whaley, second, varsity   Watercolor painting: Rachel Barnick, second, JV Oil painting: Rebakah Sung, third, JV Mixed media: Emily Bishop, first, varsity Sculpture: Ethan Parks, second, and Mercy Pettis, third, varsity Digital photography/color: Alicyn Grete, second, JV Old Testament knowledge: Elijah Suh, first and Josh Hale, second, varsity. New Testament knowledge: Patrick Jackson, first, JV; Caitlin Fidler, third, varsity Male vocal solo: Sam Cannon, first, varsity Sacred piano solo: Emily Black, first, JV; Amber Grete, first, varsity Percussion solo: Parker Athearn, first, JV Humorous interpretation: Faith Birdsong, second, JV













Congratulations, Rocky Bayou students.

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In West DeFuniak Elementary School Kindergarten news, the students made birdfeeders as they learned about Earth Day. The feeders consisted of ice cream cones, bread, peanut butter and bird seed, which are all consumable.

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St. Mary Middle School students, under art teacher Renee Wilbas, took home awards from the Okaloosa County Middle School art show in April.

In sixth grade, top finishers included:

3-D book sculpture: Aidan Beaty, first; Grace Hebson, third; Sara Smith, honorable mention Paper relief sculpture: Eva Mullis, second; Tyler Isahaq, honorable mention Drawing/marker: Catarino Esparza, first



In seventh grade, top finishers included:

3-D paper relief sculpture: Maura Liles, third; Payton White, honorable mention

In eighth-grade, top finishers included:

3-D wire relief sculpture: Emma Daldine, third Drawing/pen and ink: Mary Brandt, third; Lailah Madison, honorable mention Painting/acrylic, Jessica Pratt, second




Congratulations to all students.

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Longwood Elementary School received a $2,000 grant offered by Whole Foods with the purpose of expanding the school’s existing garden.

“Longwood has had a garden for a number of years, which has transformed over time into different focus points,” said Assistant Principal Angela Beebe. “Over the last three years, an emphasis has been placed on a sustainable garden where students can learn life and the nature of science through the plant cycle and the ecosystems that support it.”

The food from the garden will be harvested, and students will have the opportunity to try new fruits, herbs, and vegetables.

Whole Foods marketing field associate Jessica Foy and six additional Destin Whole Foods employees spent time in April with third- through fifth-grade students as they planted seeds. The pre-K through second-grade students also had a planting day.

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