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On Thursday, March 29th, the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association gave a hands-on presentation to Walton Middle School eighth grade science students about the sun and other stars.  The group brought four different telescopes so students could look at the sun safely.  They brought a hydrogen alpha telescope that only allows red light in to view the prominences and granulation of the sun.  The second telescope was a spectroscope for viewing elements in the solar atmosphere.  Another telescope allowed students to view the sun's outline and used the power of the sun to start a fire through the lens.  A fourth telescope used a stainless steel lens to filter light, allowing students to see sunspots.  Students were also given special glasses, which allowed them to look directly at the sun.  Walton Middle School graciously thanks the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for taking time to give students this phenomenal opportunity. Submitted by Kristen Rhodes.

If you see a Stingray smiling this week, you may have come across one of our outstanding Track and Field athletes! Our Emerald Coast Middle School Track and Field Stingrays were victorious at their meet with Baker Middle School on Tuesday (3/28). Congratulations to the students, coaches and families who continue to support each other and motivate us all with these outstanding achievements! You make us proud to be Stingrays of WCSD! Submitted by Angela Vance.

Erin Miller, Cosmetology Instructor, advertising programs offered by The Emerald Coast Technical College at the Little League Opening Day.  For additional information about ECTC programs please call 850-892-1241 or visit their website at www.ectc.edu.  Submitted by Laura Smith.

As part of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Gaetz Institute aerospace courses at Paxton High School, students built underwater robots known as Seaperch robots. This year’s regional competition at Gulf Coast State College included an obstacle course challenge and a “finesse” challenge in which students designed an “arm” for the robot to successfully slide a pipe while underwater. Paxton’s team of, from left, Devon Stokes and Dylan Norris, utilized an arm that was designed in a computer aided design program and 3D printed. The team was able to move all five pipes while working 8-12 feet underwater in the timed challenge and earned third place out of seventy teams for their time. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

Earlier this month, our Emerald Coast Middle School 8th graders attended an orientation at South Walton High School.  They toured the school, listened to very informative presentations, and prepared their class registration forms for their upcoming freshman year.  While we hate to see them leave us at ECMS, we know they are eager and prepared to meet the challenges of high school.  We wish our future Seahawks the best of luck as their journey continues. Submitted by Angela Vance.

Coach Nick, Deputy McCormick and Mr. Drake all received pies in the face from the Jump Rope for Heart Winners. Everybody raised so much money for JRFH. Awesome job! Submitted by Sherrie Binkowski.

The Wedding of “Q” and “U”

Congratulations to Mr. Q and Little Mrs. U on their beautiful marriage! Once upon a time, in Alphabet land, Mr. Q was without a sound of his own. Mr. Q met Little Miss U and their fairytale began; they learned they could make so many words together.

What a wonderful event! Mrs. Redfern’s kindergarten class prepared for the Q and U wedding! The students created fancy attire with crowns and top hats. The class decorated a wedding runner for the letters to walk down the aisle. Mr. Q and Little Miss U exchanged vows to promise to stand by each other in words like quarter and quack. At the reception, the students ate wedding cake and danced. Submitted by Elizabeth Gaither.