Parent Community

Destin High educators, advisors, coaches, students, and parents work together closely and openly to create remarkable outcomes for our Sharks.

Every year, hundreds of parents volunteer their time and donate their resources for the benefit of our students and teachers. Through volunteerism, friendships are forged, great work is done, and all aspects of our school community is enhanced. By finding rewarding ways to engage with the school, our parents find their place at DESTIN HIGH, develop a sense of community, and fuel student talent and passion.

The DESTIN HIGH community includes an exceptional network of parents who are an integral part of our school. Parent volunteer groups support our students through the generosity of their time and resources, and they help strengthen student programs, build community, and provide additional support through fundraising.

Parent Advocate/Representative: Stephanie Larabee, larabees@destinhigh.org

Counselor’s Corner

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Athletic Links & Information

ALL students MUST be cleared via Athletic Clearance in order to tryout, practice or play.
For more information on Athletic Clearance & details on what is needed please visit the athletics page CLICK HERE

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Reporting of Absences

To excuse an absence, parents must call the attendance office at (850) 204- 4044 or email the school at cordelln@destinhigh.org to report a student’s absence the day of the absence. Parents should send a note explaining the nature of the absence the day the student returns to school. The note should be submitted to the front office.

Students will have five (5) school days, including the day they return, to bring in written verification for an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the school does not receive written verification or a phone call for the excused absence within that time frame.

School Notification of Absences

After each absence, excused or unexcused, parents will be called by the automated phone system. In addition, after the fifth, ninth, and fifteenth absences, excused or unexcused, the parent or legal guardian will be notified by mail of the attendance policy and of the possibility of consequences for any additional absences.

Requesting Assignments

Please email teachers to request assignments for extended absences. The teacher emails can be found on the DHS Contact list. Please allow one school day for teachers to makeup work.

Please see the Faculty & Staff page HERE for the up to date list of all of our administration, teachers & coaches

Please see the Activities & Clubs page HERE for the up to date information on clubs & activities at Destin High School.

Scholarship Information

  •  The new 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on October 1, 2022. Use the FAFSA form to apply for financial aid for college. To begin your application, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov.
  • The Florida Bright Futures application for 2022-2023 will be available October 1, 2022. Seniors should register for Bright Futures before graduation, even if they are not currently planning to attend a Florida university. Please visit www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org to apply.
  • All students are encouraged to visit www.floridashines.org and register. Students should verify their name, address, date of birth, and social security numbers are accurate. A wealth of information is available, including the ability to check Bright Futures Scholarship status, see high school summary and grades, research colleges and scholarships in Florida, learn about higher education opportunities in Florida, determine career objectives, apply to colleges online, and much more!
  • The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but still have the drive to succeed. There is no GPA requirement, however, applicants are evaluated based on their personal statement and letters of recommendation. This scholarship awards up to $1,000 and is eligible to applicants who are current high school seniors and plan on attending a two or four year college next school year. For more information, please click here.
  • Student Scholarships has a monthly newsletter that sends out information and links to scholarship opportunities. To sign up for the newsletter, please go to https://studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php.
  • The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study including history, economics, law, political science, medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, elementary and secondary education, chemistry, math, science, and English. Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. Awards are based on academic excellence, commitment to the field of study, and/or financial need, or other restrictions on specific scholarships. For more information, go to https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships. The scholarship application portal is open through January 31, 2023.
  • Farm Credit of Northwest Florida is excited to share information regarding their 2023 AgVocator Scholarship Program. One $24,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior, college freshman or sophomore with plans to pursue a career in agriculture. Preference will be given to students who plan to seek a career in production agriculture, ag education, ag economics, agri- business, or another field related to agriculture. Information and application materials are available at www.gorural.net or in the Guidance office. The application deadline is February 10, 2023.
  •  P.E.O. Sisterhood is a Philanthropic Educational Organization. It was founded more than 150 years ago by seven women as a college society, similar to later sororities. P.E.O. sisters take great pride in providing educational opportunities to women in their communities. Chapter DH, Florida was the first P.E.O. Chapter formed in our local area more than 50 years ago. Through the generosity of our sisters, we have established a scholarship fund which enables us to select deserving young women from our area to be awarded scholarships. This is a non-renewable $1,000 scholarship for graduating high school senior women which must be used in the academic year following graduation for continuing education at an accredited post-secondary institution. A woman is considered to be eligible for the Chapter DH, FL Memorial Scholarship provided she: is in her final year of her secondary education and is 20 years old or younger at the end of the calendar year 2023, has a minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, is a United States citizen whose current residence is in Okaloosa or Walton County, is planning to pursue a degree at an accredited post-secondary institution (which may be a community college or four-year college) full-time or part-time in the fall of 2023, and exhibits excellence in community service, leadership, meaningful extracurricular activities, and academics. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is February 17, 2023.
  •  The Eglin Spouses Club (ESC) annually sponsors scholarships for students who exhibit potential and desire to complete a program leading to a college degree. At the time the scholarship application is due, students must be of good character and must meet the following criteria: planning to seek undergraduate, associate, or similar degree/diploma from an accredited 2 or 4- year college, university, or vocational-technical school; AND be a dependent of an active duty, retired, or deceased military member; AND be in possession or eligible for possession of a military ID card allowing full benefits (that does not expire before May 31, 2023); AND reside within a 40-mile radius of Eglin Air Force Base OR be the dependent of a sponsor stationed at Eglin Air Force Base. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is March 1, 2023.
  • Part of the International Test and Evaluation Association’s (ITEA) charter is to further interest in science and engineering through familiarization with the career field of ground and flight test and evaluation. The Emerald Coast Chapter (ECC) or ITEA promotes this endeavor by offering scholarships to college-bound, graduating seniors. Award of these scholarships will be based on academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular and community activities, demonstration of a basic knowledge of test and evaluation, as well as overall communication skills. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office and online at https://www.itea.org/regions/emerald-coast-chapter. The application deadline is March 1, 2023.
  •  The Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club is offering three $1,000 scholarships for three deserving female students in the Senior Class of 2023. The scholarship will be available for females who will be attending a Florida college, university, or technical school. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is March 3, 2023.
  •  The Okaloosa County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. once again will be offering scholarships to outstanding high school seniors. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 or higher GPA, and who will be enrolled in a college or university during the 2023-2024 academic years. Applicants must also attend a high school within

Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa Rosa counties. Applications and additional information are available online at www.dstokaloosacounty.org and in the Guidance office. The application deadline is March 6, 2023.

  •  The Hurlburt Spouses Club offers two different scholarships for graduating 2023 seniors. The High School Merit Scholarship is for Class of 2023 graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are dependents of a current HSC member OR Hurlburt Field military member to include both active duty and retired. The High School Turnaround Scholarship is for Class of 2023 graduating seniors who are dependents of a current HSC member OR Hurlburt Field military member to include both active duty and retired, and who had a GPA below a 3.0 for their first year of high school, but made significant improvement throughout the remainder of their high school career. See application for more details. Applications are available online at www.hurlburtspousesclub.com. The application deadline is March 10, 2023.
  •  The Emerald Coast Public Relations Foundation provides two $1,000 scholarships to worthy high school students who intend to pursue a higher education field of study in public relations, communication, marketing, or journalism. To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors residing in Okaloosa, Walton, or Santa Rosa counties, be a U.S. citizen, planning to pursue a college or university major course of study in public relations, communication, marketing, or journalism. Applications and additional information are available online at www.ecpro.org or in the Choctaw Guidance office. The application deadline is March 15, 2023.
  • The Destin Water Users, Inc. of Destin, Florida, as part of its continuing commitment to higher education efforts to ensure that the community and the County of Okaloosa will continue to enjoy the benefits of an educated citizenry, has established a scholarship fund to provide an educational resource for eligible students to draw upon while pursuing a scholastic discipline which will lead to an undergraduate college degree. (While not of paramount importance, a major in a program in the fields of ecology, environmental protection, water management, and related scientific and engineering endeavors will be given added weight in any evaluation.) Eligible candidates are Destin students who will be graduating seniors of any high school in any given year and who are resident in the area serviced by Destin Water Users. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is March 15, 2023.
  •  Scholarships are awarded by the Fort Walton Beach-Destin Hospital Auxiliary for study in human health related fields. For 2023, the Auxiliary will be awarding five scholarships of $2,000 each to graduating seniors who plan to obtain a college degree in a human health profession. Applicants must be graduating seniors attending either Choctawhatchee High School or Fort Walton Beach High School and demonstrate an interest in a human health care career. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is March 17, 2023.
  •  The 2023 Michele W. Hill Foundation Academic Achievement Community Service Scholarship is open to graduating seniors with a minimum 3.0 weighted GPA. The most critical factor in determining scholarship winners is based on the applicant’s description in their 500-word essay of how they have achieved a balance between academics, community service, and have promoted diversity in their environment. Applications and additional information are available

in the Guidance office and online at https://michelehillraiderrun.com. The application deadline is March 17, 2023.

  •  The Order of Daedalians is a professional order of American military pilots (all services, active and retired), with a mission to advocate for air and space power, honor those who flew and fly in defense of our nation, and inspire young Americans to pursue careers as military aviators through college scholarships, flying instruction, and other educational opportunities. The Bud Day Flight Scholarship Committee will base their selection on the following criteria. The successful applicant must be an American citizen, be a graduating senior from an accredited public/private high school, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and an ACT score of 26 or better (or the SAT equivalent), have applied for and been admitted to a four-year college/university, commit to enroll in and complete a four-year ROTC program, and if physically qualified, commit to seeking entrance to a military aviation training program (pilot navigator, combat systems officer, naval flight officer, air battle manager, astronaut, RPA pilot, or flight surgeon), or to pursue a career in one of the STEMM disciplines on completion of schooling. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is March 24, 2023.
  • The Better Business Bureau Student Ethics Scholarship award program recognizes college and trade school bound students who personify honorable ethics as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity, and academic history. $1,000 scholarships will be awarded on behalf of the scholarship recipients to an accredited college, trade, university, or vocational school of their choice. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office or online at www.bbb.org/nwfltorchaward. The application deadline is March 31, 2023.
  •  The Niceville Republican Women Federated Scholarship has been established to assist a high school graduate pursue her college education. The recipient must show a high degree of motivation in pursuit of her education. NRWF will be awarding a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Selection of the recipient will rest with the Niceville Republican Women Federated Scholarship Committee. To be eligible, applicants must be a Class of 2023 graduating Okaloosa County high school senior, be female, be accepted to a college of her choice, be a registered Republican voter (if 18 or over) OR pre-registered as a Republican voter (if under the age of 18), have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. citizen, attend school in the fall semester of 2023, and not be a family member of the NRWF Scholarship Committee. Applications and additional information are available in the Guidance office. The application deadline is April 12, 2023.
  •  The 2023 Student-View Scholarship Program is offering $12,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college, community/junior college, or career school. Simply log on to www.student-view.com and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. The scholarship will be awarded via a random drawing of all completed applications. The application deadline is April 23, 2023.
  • The MANDY STOLL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD is to honor the top senior male and female high school scholar-athletes in Florida. The scholarship is $1500. Requirements: Student must be a senior,3.0 unweighted GPA,Minimum of 1200 on SAT or 26 on ACT. https://fiaaa.net/awards/mandy-stoll-niaaa-scholarships-applications/

WALMART.COM | SPARKGOOD

You can now support Destin High School through #WalmartSparkGood! Find us on walmart.com/sparkgood, and you can round up your change to donate to us when you shop at walmart.com or in the Walmart app. From now until September 4, Walmart will match your Round Up donations to schools 2:1! Your donations help us support students and purchase much-needed supplies for our classrooms.