NHS Junior Selected for Chinese Immersion Program

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Jackson Cook, a junior at Niceville High School, will travel to Xi’an, China for six weeks this June as part of the National Security Language Initiative Youth program.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

Jackson is a member of the Eagle Pride band drum line, and is currently enrolled in Chinese 3 Honors, as well as four other Advanced Placement courses at Niceville High School.  He will also be performing in the NHS theater production of Mama Mia, which opens April 4 at the NHS auditorium.


Eaglette Dance Team Tryouts

Tryouts for the Eaglette Dance Team will be held April 17-19. All paperwork for tryouts must be turned in by 2 pm on Friday, April 12. Please e-mail dance.niceville@gmail.com if you are interested in trying out in order to make arrangements to pick up a tryout packet. Remember, all completed paperwork is due by April 12.


Blacks in Government Oratorical Competition

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Download the official entry form here.


Senior Superlatives

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Seniors! Vote for Maroon and White superlatives below!  You must use your student email, and only nominate seniors. Nominations will close March 29th!



Two NHS Students Recognized by College Board

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Halle Bright and Joseph Moore, both juniors at Niceville High School, were recently invited by the College Board to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP).  They both scored in the top 2.5% on the October 2018 PSAT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in our region. 

Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT.   The College Board’s NHRP program is an academic honor that can be included on college applications.  Colleges may use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students.  Halle and Joseph are both enrolled in Advanced Placement courses at NHS.

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.