Ashlan Harigel Named Miss NHS 2017 (With Photo Gallery)

February 26, 2017

Ashlan Harigel was crowned Miss NHS 2017 Saturday night at Northview High School.

Brianna Smith was named first runner-up, while Morgan Myrick was named second runner-up from among 11 contestants. Other members of the Top 5 were Ashtyn Carnley and Hadley Woodfin.

Other awards were presented as follows:

Miss Congeniality – Alyssa Borelli
Miss Hospitality  – Brianna Smith
Miss Physical Fitness – Brianna Smith
Miss  Poise and Appearance – Morgan Myrick

For a pageant photo gallery, click here.

A freshman, Harigel is the 15-year old daughter of Dr. Sheldon and Kimberly Harigel. She is currently ranked academically at the top of her class.

Pictured top: Top 5 members Ashton Carnley (left) and Hadley Woodfin, (bottom) second runner-up Morgan Myrick, Miss NHW 2017 Ashlan Harigel and first runner-up Brianna Smith. Pictured inset: Harigel reacts to being named Miss NHS 2017.

Sawmill Pageant Registration Underway

February 25, 2017

The Century Lions Club will present the 25th Annual Sawmill Pageant on March 18.

Registration dates will be held March 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Southern Treasures (across from Whataburger) in Century. Ages 0 through high school.

Registration forms are available at Byrneville Elementary and Southern Treasures.

Miss NHS: Meet The Girls Part I (With Photos)

February 24, 2017

Today  is part one of our annual multi-part series “the road to the crown” as we follow 11 young ladies at Northview High School in their quest for the crown and the title of “Miss NHS 2017″.

Today we introduce you to the first half of the contestants. Their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below along with their photos. You can click any photo below to enlarge.

Our series “the road to the crown” will continue tomorrow with biographies and photos of the second half of the contestants. The pageant is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and will have the new Miss NHS and all the pageant photos Sunday morning.

Advance tickets  are $7 in the Northview front office. Tickets will be available for $10 at the door.

Hadley Marie Woodfin

Hadley is the 17 year old daughter of Robert and Beth Woodfin. She is being sponsored tonight by Maggie Quimby, Accessory Stylist for Premier Designs since 1994. At Northview, Hadley has been a member of SGA for four years, Beta Club for three years, a three year Academic All Star, and a JV cheerleader for one year. She has received various academic awards at Northview including Highest Academic Average in English I and exemplary performance in both English II and Digital Design 3. Hadley participated in the school’s 2016 production of “Into the Woods” and is the lead in this year’s “Band Geeks.” She has Adobe certifications in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign and Microsoft certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This year, she is a part of the Business Educational Directed Studies program where she creates pamphlets, posters, and programs for Northview’s school activities and functions.

In her community, Hadley works at Carter’s Burgers & Jimmy’s Grill, and attends Hillcrest Baptist Church. She also spends her summers and free time volunteering at Florida Baptist Children’s Home where she tutors and mentors the children. She also is a member of the Class of 2017 Youth Leadership of Pensacola.

Her hobbies include digital design, going to parks and museums with her sisters, and attending car shows with her grandfather.

Her future plans are to attend UWF and obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Education Leadership. She hopes to one day become a principal. Upon graduation, Hadley hopes to settle down and have a family.

Olivia Paige Seals

Olivia is the 15 year old daughter of Crystal and Shane Seals. She is being sponsored tonight by Rhonda’s Hair and Nail Salon. During her freshman year at Northview, Olivia was a JV cheerleader. This year, she is a varsity cheerleader and received the Best Showmanship award.

She has been a member of FBLA for two years. Olivia was selected to represent the Sophomore class on the homecoming court. Olivia is also a certified Microsoft specialist in Word, Excel, and Access.

Her hobbies include shopping, going to youth conventions with the First Assembly of God, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach.

Her future plans are to attend a four year university to obtain a degree in physical therapy and work in a children’s hospital.

Allison Mercedes Rice

Allison is the 15 year old daughter of Justin Rice and Amanda Seales. She is being sponsored tonight by Your Little Pink Boutique. During her freshman year at Northview, Allison was a JV cheerleader and received the Most Flexible award. She also played on the JV softball team and received Microsoft specialist awards. This year, Allison cheered on the varsity team, is on the track team, FCA, FBLA, Spirit Club, and SGA. At the FBLA competition, Allison placed 5th in agribusiness.

In her community, Allison attends Hillcrest Baptist Church and takes gymnastics and tumbling classes with Quantum Cheer in Davisville.

Her hobbies include shopping, hanging out with friends, and mud riding.

Her future plans are to make it to state in track during high school. Upon graduating from Northview, Allison hopes to attend Auburn University and pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Jessica Lauren Stacey

Jessica is the 17 year old daughter of Allen and Cheryl Stacey. She is being sponsored tonight by Escofab, Inc. Jessica has been a member of the Tribal Beat band for four years; playing the clarinet for three years and a majorette for one year. She has also been a member of the Beta Club and theater for three years. This year, she will be playing the role of Nicole in the production “Band Geeks.” Jessica has been a member of the Art Club, FFA, and Battle of the Books for one year and has also been an Academic All Star. She is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has been a dual enrollment student for the past two years. Jessica was also recently accepted into Mississippi State University.

In her community, Jessica has been a volunteer at the Century Branch Library for the past six years.

Her hobbies include Netflix marathons, listening to music, and reading.

Her future plans are to attend Mississippi State and major in anthropology and english. She then plans to obtain her doctorate and become a forensic anthropologist and one day teach english in South Korea. Jessica also hopes to become a sponsor for Compassion International.

Ashtyn Brooke Carnley

Ashtyn is the 15 year old daughter of Eddie and Kristy Carnley. She is being sponsored tonight by her parents. During her freshman year at Northview, Ashtyn was class secretary, a member of FBLA where she received 3rd place in the District One competition in Financial Math, a JV cheerleader where she received the Most Dedicated and Most Improved awards, a member of FCA, and the recipient of the highest academic average awards in English I Honors, Intro., To Informational Tech, and Geometry Honors. She also received the exemplary award in Physical Science Honors. Ashtyn became a certified Microsoft Office specialist in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and was an Atmore Rotary Academic All Star. Ashtyn was also selected to represent her class on the homecoming court and was voted class maid. In last year’s Miss NHS pageant, Ashtyn placed in the top five. This year, Ashtyn is a member of FBLA, FCA, FFA, Beta Club, SGA, the yearbook staff, and she is also sophomore class president. She was also selected to represent her class on the homecoming court. Ashtyn is a member of the varsity volleyball team and was the recipient of the Best Attitude Award. Ashtyn is an Adobe certified associate in Photoshop and is currently ranked number one in her class.

Her hobbies include singing, dancing, working out, playing the ukulele, and taking online classes.

Her future plans are to graduate as valedictorian of her graduating class, attend Auburn University for a masters in Medical Science and earn her doctorate at Harvard Medical School and pursue a career as an Anesthesiologist. photos, click to enlarge.

‘Golden Cow Dung Award’ Presented To EWMS Assistant Principal

February 24, 2017

Ernest Ward Middle School Assistant Principal Virkeisha Palmer received the eighth annual “Golden Cow Dung Award” from members of the Ernest Ward FFA. The award presented Thursday afternoon featured a large piece of cow dung, painted a golden color and mounted on a board painted in school colors.

(Cow dung, in case you did not know, is what you are probably thinking it is. It’s that natural byproduct that cows drop in the field. The award is 100 percent real dung spray painted a golden color. The golden piece presented Thursday is actually the first award piece created and painted eight years ago.)

Palmer received the award from the school’s FFA members as a “thank you” for supporting FFA. The same Golden Cow Dung Award was presented last year to teacher Laura Chavers. Previous awards were presented to Barbara Ryals, Betty Coon, history teacher Kenneth Hicks, teacher’s assistant Lindsey Kelley, Family & Consumer Science teacher Kathy Ellis and Principal Nancy Perry.

More than half a million members around the nation participated in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels this week.

Pictured: Ernest Ward Middle School FFA Golden Cow Dung Award presentation to Virkeisha Palmer Thursday afternoon. photos, click to enlarge.

Ernest Ward Celebrates FFA Week With Breakfast

February 23, 2017

FFA students at Ernest Ward Middle School did their part to celebrate National FFA Week with a Wednesday morning breakfast for faculty, staff and invited guests.

Students prepared a breakfast of French toast sticks, grits, biscuits, sausage, fresh fruit and more for the EWMS faculty and staff.

For more photos, click here.

Pictured: FFA students at Ernest Ward Middle School provide breakfast for the school’s faculty and staff Wednesday morning. photos, click to enlarge.

Miss NHS Pageant Set For Saturday Night

February 23, 2017

The annual Miss NHS pageant will be held Saturday night at Northview High School in the theater.

There are 11 young ladies competing for the crown this year.

Pre-sale tickets are available in the school office or at the door until sold out.

Contestants are (pictured above, front) Alyssa Borelli and Morgan Myrick, (back, L-R)  Ashtyn Carnley, Autumn Albritton, Olivia Seals, Gabrielle Hawkins,  Allison Rice, Hadley Woodfin and Ashlan Harigel. Not pictured:  Brianna Smith and Jessica Stacey. photo, click to enlarge.

Honey Bee Workshop To Be Held Saturday In Molino

February 22, 2017

“Keeping Our Bees Alive” will be the main emphasis for the North Escambia Beekeepers Association’s Annual Honey Bee Workshop Saturday in Molino.

Aimed at helping prospective and experienced beekeepers succeed, the event will be held from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Molino Community Complex, 6450 Highway 95A North.

Considered the most successful beekeeper in the Pensacola area, Shelby Johnson, president of Escarosa Beekeepers Assn., will explain the necessity of annual re-queening, and how to prevent swarming. Most beekeepers are losing their bee colonies while Johnson continues to maintain his hives in good health. Johnson produces nucleus colonies for new beekeepers as well as to replace those which others have lost. He will discuss skills to keep bees alive while enjoying ever-increasing honey production.

Workshop speakers include Dr. Jamie Ellis, Associate Professor of Entomology at University of Florida, who will address what is killing bees, controlling honeybee pathogens, and nutrition. Andrew Finch, Florida State Apiary Inspector, will discuss Varroa mite and SHB control.

Last year over 165 people attended, so registration is required. Lunch and door prizes are included in the cost of $25 for adults; $12.50 for ages 13-18; and under 12 is free. Paypal accepted at or call Danny Woods at 850-777-4129 or file photo, click to enlarge.

Northview Celebrates National FFA Week With Breakfast

February 22, 2017

FFA members at Northview High School are celebrating National FFA Week with a variety of events.

Tuesday morning, the FFA officers and members prepared a homestyle breakfast for teachers, staff and invited guests that support the FFA program. Northview’s FFA program has been recognized as one of the top chapters in both the state and the nation. photos, click to enlarge.

Good Day! It’s National FFA Week

February 21, 2017

It’s National FFA Week in the Escambia County School District, according to a proclamation issued by the Escambia County School Board.

“Escambia County FFA and the agriscience programs in the Escambia County School District are tremendously successful and extremely valuable in improving the quality of life for Escambia citizens,” the proclamation stated.

Photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview Majorette Smith Is ‘Superior’ – Headed To State Next Month

February 19, 2017

Northview High School majorette captain Brianna Smith received solo superior ratings Friday afternoon in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association district competition at Escambia High School She will now head to the state assessment in March. Smith, a senior, received superior ratings at the FBA state level the past two years.

Pictured top: Smith performs during a Friday night football game last season, photo. Pictured inset: Smith at Escambia High School on Friday. Submitted for, click to enlarge.

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