OCEA Awards Scholarships

Journey Washingtonhigh is the daughter of Yolonda Washington.  She is graduating with AP honors from Fort Walton Beach High School.  She has also completed her AA at Northwest Florida State College.  She was very involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities at FWBHS.  Journey was a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team, Student Government Association, FBLA, NHS, BETA Club, Science National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Key Club, FIRST Robotics,  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, ASCEND/CAP Program, Minority Council, and Art.  She is an accomplished cellist – performing with the Santa Rosa Strings.  Journey was president of the FBLA her junior and senior years, captain of the FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge, Captain of the Varsity Track and Field her junior and senior years, Student Government Association Class Vice President her freshman, sophomore and junior years, and she was the Student Government Association – Okaloosa Youth Ambassador and School Advisory Council Representative 2018-2020.  She is 3rd in her class of 424 with a weighted GPA of 4.76 and is graduating Summa Cum Laude. 

Some of Journey’s many awards and distinctions in her high school career include being selected as the Sunshine State Scholar in 2019 selected as the top STEM student in Okaloosa County; MIT MathROOTs Scholar; Anne T. Mitchell Award; school record holder for pole vault (2017 & 2018); being a member of a State level Championship competition in both high jump and pole vault, Team Captain and Lead Driver of the FWBHS FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge Team; FIRST Robotics Dean’s List; first place in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Competition in 2018 and 2019; National Silver Medalist in the NAACP-ACT-SO competition for her sculpture Growth Mindset in 2019; and in 2020 received an Honorable Mention for this art piece from the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the Southeast Region-at-Large; HOBY Youth Leadership; traveled to Antarctica in March 2018 to participate in a Citizen’s Science studying Microplastics, and in December 2019 she traveled to Madagascar to deliver dresses made for members of the Barre-Bury tribe. 

Journey was described in her recommendation letters as positive, inquisitive, hard-working, persistent, conscientious, thorough, supportive, and well respected by coaches, teachers and peers.

Along with her clubs, extra-curricular activities and accumulating over 800 hours of community service/volunteer hours Journey worked various jobs including AFRL Scholar requiring secret security clearance on Eglin Air Force Base through August 2019.

Journey will be attending Stanford University.

Clara Beth LaFollette is the daughter of James & Elizabeth LaFollette.  She is graduating with honors from Niceville High School.  She was very involved in clubs and extra-curricular activities at NHS.  Clara Beth was a member of the Varsity Cross Country team, Varsity Track team, Key Club, Science National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Yearbook, and was on the Academic Team.  She participated in the NaGISA program.  Clara Beth was Yearbook editor her sophomore year, Key Club vice president in her junior year and president in her senior year, Science National Honor Society founding member and president her senior year, and captain of the cross country team.   Clara was Head of Analysis in her junior year and Head Extern in her senior year for the NaGISA Project.  She is fifth in her class of 499 students at Niceville High School with a weighted GPA of 4.72 and scored a 34 on her ACT.   

Clara Beth received many awards and distinctions in her high school career including the HOBY Youth Leadership Representative and Presidential Service Award, Anne T. Mitchell Academic Honors Awards, Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Awards, First Place William and Caroline Herschel Award in Astronomy for the Regional Science Fair, Class of 2020s Hall of Fame, and was a member of a State Championship Varsity Cross Country Team.

Clara Beth was described in her recommendation letters as an ambitious, hard-working, focused, and determined young lady.  She was also said to be dependable, of high moral character, and well respected by peers and teachers.

Along with all her clubs, extra-curricular activities and accumulating over 200 hours of community service/volunteer hours, Clara Beth worked as a cashier and front service clerk at Publix until February 2020. 

Clara Beth plans to attend Emory University.