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Pictured left to right:  Teofilo Tundidor (2nd Place Junior Biological Science), Lilli Arthur (Honorable Mention Junior Physical Science), Selina Li (1st Place Junior Engineering), Olivia Rodgers (3rd Place Junior Biological Science), Taylor Pankow (Honorable Mention Junior Physical Science). Submitted by Sharie Smith.

On Friday, December 8, 2017, three Walton County High School Leadership classes participated in a Mock Trial at the Walton County Courthouse.  Freeport High, South Walton High and Walton High each had students who experienced the roles of Prosecuting Attorney, Defense Attorney, or Witness for the Mock Trial of Frances Mallory v. Taylor Smith.  Participants enlisted the assistance of local attorneys in our area in preparation for the Mock Trial.  Judge Kelvin Wells presided while four judges observed the proceedings.  The four judges were Dan Marcinkowski, retired lawyer; Bailey Rushing, Walton County Public Defender’s Office;  Matthew Richardson, Walton County State Attorney Office; and Cindy Anderson, Emerald Coast Technical College and former Paralegal. A special thank you is extended to each judge for their participation in this event. 

Walton High School won the overall school award after three rounds and received a trophy for their accomplishment.  Certificates were also awarded for Best Witness for the Defense, Best Witness for the Plaintiff, Best Prosecution Attorney, and Best Defense Attorney.  Those were awarded as follows:

Best Witness for the Defense:
William Huff (far left)
Kayla “Cheyenne” Cordle (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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Best Witness for the Plaintiff:
Aniston Grabowski (third from left)
William “Billy” Hubbard (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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Prosecution Attorney:
William Campbell (far left)
Jessie Messer (second from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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Defense Attorney:
Krislynn McLaney (far left)
Sarah Jackson (third from left)
(pictured with Dan Marcinkowski and Cindy Anderson)

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FHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Jamey Goddin (far right).

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SWHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Mandy Rodriguez (far right).

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WHS Leadership class with Judge Kelvin Wells (back center) and instructor, Kelley Stephenson (far right).

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Submitted by Donna Honish.

West DeFuniak Elementary is pleased to announce that Tammy Goodman has been awarded a grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of Amerian Military Engineers.  Ms. Traci DeWar, grant coordinator,  was on-hand to present the grant check.  Out of thirty-one applicants eleven grants were awarded.  Mrs. Goodman's grant titled "Taking Flight" revolves around inspiring students to learn more about the field of aerospace engineering. Students will be learning to fly unmanned aerial vehicles and challenged to extend their knowledge through STEM related books. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Walton High's DCT students recently completed EVERFI's Financial Literacy Course, which included modules on savings; banking; payment types; interest rates; credit cards; credit scores; financing higher education; renting vs. owning; taxes & insurance; consumer fraud; and investing. These students earned 70% or higher on each module and were awarded the EVERFI Financial Literacy certification through Hancock Bank Financial Cents Program.
Pictured left to right:

Michael Kelly

Ethan Norris

Rachel Smith

Michaela Wallace

Lexie Key

Miranda Matthews

Willow Motley

Skyler Cooper

Way to go, Braves!

Submitted by Christy English

Mrs. Cook’s third grade class participated in a festive Christmas tree STEM challenge. Students worked in teams to create the tallest Christmas tree using gumdrops and toothpicks. 

Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither

 

                                                                        

 

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Teacher and Educational Support Personnel of the Year! 

Teacher of the Year: Mr. Dan Bump (7th Grade Civics)

ESP of the Year: Ms. Kim Dier (Paraprofessional)

Submitted by Chelsea Ellison.

Walton High’s Jazz Band performed last night (Dec. 7) for the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab residents during their 2nd annual Tree Lighting ceremony.  The Jazz Ensemble played a variety of music which included holiday music to help the residents celebrate the winter holidays in their facility.  All staff and residents were very appreciative of our students as they performed in the main dining hall for about 35 minutes.  

The Jazz Band will perform again this Saturday night (Dec. 9) in front of St. Agatha's Church during the Reflections Lights Around the Lakeyard to conclude their week-long canned food drive to help the church.  The ensemble will play from 5-7:30pm.  

WHS Jazz Band @ Nursing Home

Maude Saunders Elementary School students discovered the power of music through visual arts, classical performance, and classroom presentation on Friday, November 17 when the  Lux Quartet:  Violin (Robin Tozzie & Maggie Ernst), Viola (Amanda Hamilton), Cello (Todd Humphrey) performed while the students painted to the music.  

Presented by the Rosemary Beach Foundation, Music in Pictures is an educational art initiative and juried art contest created in collaboration with professional musicians and university faculty.  Music in Pictures encourages lifelong appreciation of symphonic music, enhances learning and provides educational enrichment. 

Submitted by Krissy Spence and Kathy Harrah