The recent Van Porter Artist of the Year Show brought together creations by students in grades eight to 12, with several earning recognition.

Students submitted three pieces and wrote essays expressing “What Art Means to Me.”

Sam Miller of Fort Walton Beach High School received the Van Porter Award, while fellow FWBHS student Ora Wolfgram earned the Arts and Design Society Best of Show. At the eighth-grade level, Lewis School student Calypso Coarsey earned the Van Porter Artist of the Year Award.

Second and third-place recipients included Lindsea Taylor and Jeremiah Sexton of Crestview High School, and Delaney Cook and Anna Keim of Ruckel Middle School.

Honorable mentions went to Savannah Bailey, Chari Romero, Issac Conrad, Olivia Mead and Rayna Lowery.

The City of Fort Walton Beach awarded its March ACE to FWBHS student Katelyn Balent for showing success in and out of school.

The FWBHS STARs dance team placed 11 in the nation among the large varsity hip hop category at the National Dance Alliance competition earlier this month in Orlando.

Donna Timmons’ West DeFuniak Elementary School kindergarteners worked on a STEM project that encouraged building and balancing.

Students discovered ways to make a balance, using one cup, a craft stick and one box of candy.

The Seaside Neighborhood School students participated in The Amazing Shake, a national competition that places emphasis on teaching manners, discipline, respect and professional conduct as they prepare themselves for careers.

The event takes small groups of students through competitive activity stations that include interviewing, table manners, public speaking and other areas.

A second round, of which 20 qualified, took the students through more interviews, with eight finalists advancing to the school’s final round: Annie Rose Allen, George Bailey, Piper Kurfirst, Gigi O’Connell, Emily Rovner, Lola Sennett, Jaime Sumpter and Lainy Whitten.

The champions of the final round — George Bailey, Piper Kurfirst, Gigi O’Connell and Lola Senett — competed at the national level in February.

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