Dancers, young scientists recognized with awards—

Dancers from the Alfonso Academy competed at the Stageone National Dance Competition in Mobile midway in January.

Addison Jenrich, 13, placed first overall in Teen Solo for her contemporary dance, "The Evicted Soul." Addison also earned the Special Achievement Award for Technical Excellence for her lyrical solo, "Gold."

Placing second in the Overall Teen Solo category was Elle Danjean, 15, for "Personify," as well as the Special Achievement Award for Precision. A second solo, "Falling Short," earned Elle a scholarship to One Dance Intensive in Oklahoma.

Together, the dancers placed first for their contemporary piece, "Interlaced," and second overall for a lyrical dance, "Beautiful Things."

The Alfonso Academy combines a homeschool education program with dance instruction.


The Milton High School band hosts a mattress fundraiser on Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. The event showcases beds in a variety of sizes and styles. Some brands will offer up to a 50 percent discount, with proceeds helping the band.

"The bands average between 50- to 60-percent from the sales," said Joli Jones, who owns Custom Fundraising Solutions with her husband, Adam Jones. "The band pays no upfront costs."

CFS assists area schools with such fundraisers, with Joli and Adam covering the western part of lower Mississippi and heading east into Walton County.

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