SCHOOL SCOOPS: St. Mary science teacher earns grant

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The Krystal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the fast-food restaurant, awarded a $750 grant to St. Mary School science teacher Laura McNeill, who intends to purchase a high-intensity digital light microscope to teach students about cells and cell structures.

In other St. Mary science news, five students placed at the Florida Science and Engineering Fair: Katie Casey, second, microbiology; Maura Liles, second, physics; Ashleigh Perry and Alysha Miner, fifth, mathematics; and Rachel Daldine, sixth, cellular biology.

As an outreach program, the students held a second food drive to replenish the food bank at Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida in Fort Walton Beach. More than 1,000 items were collected.

The Eglin Air Force Association Chapter 365 presented Northwest Florida State College with a gift of $25,000 to establish AFA’s fifth scholarship endowment at the college, named after Col. Robert E. Patterson and Shirley Pigott.

The scholarship applications are available to graduating seniors attending Niceville, Choctawhatchee, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview or Walton high schools. The recipient must be enrolled in a field of study that supports Aerospace Education Foundation objectives of advancement of scientific, mathematical or technological knowledge or enrolled in a vocational field of study that directly supports the Air Force mission.

For information on this endowment , call the NWF State College Foundation at 729-5357.

Eight South Walton High School students in the Web Applications Development and Programming Program passed the certified internet webmaster site development associate industry certification exam: Connor Cross, Jacob D’Aleo, Julian Slater, Tyo Smith, Black Shipp, Alex Nguyen, Ben Sirmans and Steven Dersy.

Early in March, the Eglin Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization hosted a rock-painting night, with families painting rocks in a variety of bright colors. The rocks will be placed in a flower bed for everyone to enjoy.

The Okaloosa Arts Alliance invites all Okaloosa students to participate in the annual OAA Okaloosa County School Poster Contest, with students divided into K-4th, 5th-7th and 8th-12th.

Prizes will be awarded. The submission deadline is April 26.

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