Simrun Sharma, Forensics League Varsity State Semi-Finalist

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Simrun Sharma, Speech Captain of the NHS Debate Team, participated in a Debate Competition at West Broward High School, Pembroke Pines, FL recently. She was a Forensics League Varsity State Semi-Finalist in two events: Original Oratory, where she placed 7th in the state, and Informative speeches, where she placed 12th.

Congratulations Simrun!


Speech and Debate Team Launches Shoe Drive Fundraiser to Raise Money for State & National Competitions


Niceville High School’s Speech and Debate Team is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from February 25th to April 10th to raise funds for the speech and debate team members to compete at state and national tournaments. The NHS Speech and Debate Team will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at Niceville High School.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

"We are excited about our shoe drive," said debate team coach Pauline Buis. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for students who have been given the opportunity to compete at state and national level debate tournaments, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.” 

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the NHS Speech and Debate Team, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.


National Merit Finalist Announced for Niceville HS

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National Merit Scholarship Finalist Indira S. Mishra is now eligible for the National Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered in the spring of 2019.  She will also compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis.  Winners are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.  Indira recently earned an AICE diploma through the University of Cambridge and she is also enrolled in multiple College Board AP courses at Niceville High School.  Congratulations to Indira!


ACT-SO Oratorical Competition

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Two NHS Juniors Nominated for CHELCO Program

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Madeline Dowden and Cameron Turner, both juniors at Niceville High School, have been nominated to enter CHELCO’s Youth Tour Program. NHS Principal Charlie Marello and CHELCO representative Bonnie Whitfield recently presented them with certificates and conference bags.

CHELCO sponsors the annual contest for high school juniors that allows deserving students to compete for an all-expense paid, week-long trip to Washington, D.C. electric cooperatives all over the country hold this contest which was inspired by Lyndon Johnson in 1957 when he was a senator. That year, electric cooperatives in Texas began sending groups of young people to Washington to work during the summer in Senator Johnson’s office and learn more about their government. The program is designed for young people to increase their understanding of rural electric cooperatives, become familiar with the historical and political environment of the nation’s capital, visit elected officials and meet students from all over the country. 

CHELCO is a member-owned electric cooperative that serves the energy needs of approximately 45,000 homes and businesses in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Madeline and Cameron will be attending the area CHELCO conference in Tallahassee this spring.


NHS Students Promote AP Capstone Program to Florida House and Senate Members

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Pictured left to right:  AJ Pennington, Brendon Carter, Isabel Burley, Pauline Buis, AP Capstone Teacher, and McKenzie Miller, Class of 2018


Varsity State Qualifiers – Speech and Debate Tournament

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Congratulations to our Varsity State Qualifiers:

  • Lincoln Douglas Debate: Elva Diaz, 1st place
  • Informative: Simrun Sharma, 1st place
  • Original Oratory: Simrun Sharma, 1st place
  • Dramatic Interpretation: Carly Duvall, 1st place
  • Humorous Interpretation: Kyle Duke, 1st Place; Kevin Reece, 2nd place
  • International Extemporaneous: Eshaan Sharma, 1st place


2019 NHS Hall of Fame

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Congratulations to the 2019 Niceville High School Hall of Fame:

1st row:  Hannah Farley, Simrun Sharma, Julianna Roberts, Sydney Green
2nd row:  Courtney Faulkner, Katie Lightfoot, Taylor Strickler, Hannah Vitt, Mary Mason White
3rd row:  Liam Ordner, Martin Bouldo, Sarah Markwardt, Blayne Johnson, Campbell Taylor


Jacob Oliver Receives Distinguished Scholar Scholarship

Jacob Oliver receives a Distinguished Scholar Scholarship from Savannah College of Art and Design. Thanks for producing our weekly Soar videos!

Eaglettes Dance Team Makes Jazz Finals

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The NHS Eaglettes dance team recently attended the National competition at Disney’s ESPN in Orlando, FL.  They placed 7th in the Nation in Small Varsity Hip Hop, and 21st out of 88 teams in Small Varsity Jazz. This was the first time in school history the dance team made Jazz finals! The Eaglettes dance team also placed 1st in the State in Small Varsity Jazz, and 2nd in the State in Small Varsity Hip Hop.  Congratulations, Eaglettes!

Pictured are:
Front Row, L-R:  Makayla Jones; Jodie Miceli; Avery Wright; Kendal Wooley
Middle Row:  Libby Marion; Parker Lee; Leah Peoples; Kailey Threet
Back Row:  London Taylor; Caroline Swanick; Noel Crosby; Molly Brooks; and Coach Kendall Cragin