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Paxton High School senior Zach Varnum recently signed a college commitment to continue his basketball career at Coastal Alabama Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama. Zach was a force on the Bobcats varsity basketball team, according to Coach Jeff Bradley during the signing ceremony, scoring a total 1875 points during his varsity career with a record of 99 wins and only 17 losses. He was also named the Northwest Florida Daily News Small School Player of the Year for the third time this year, the first time any player has ever received the prestigious honor three times. Submitted by Kalli McMillan.

On May 2, 2017 over 350 Walton County 4th graders joined students from Okaloosa County as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra presented “The Orchestra Moves” as part of the national “Link Up” program in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. The program included music from Offenbach’s Can-Can, Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, “Toreador” from Bizet’s Carmen, and the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.  The varied program also introduced the student audience to the sections of the orchestra, and provided opportunities for them to sing and play along with the live orchestra in an interactive concert held in the Mainstage Theater at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute Link Up national partnerships provide students the opportunity to discover how composers create musical movement using elements such as motif, melodic direction, steps and leaps, dynamics, and orchestration. Exploring a range of orchestral repertoire, students compose, sing, and play on the recorder and/or the violin.

Special thanks to the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and their sponsors for providing this exceptional opportunity for the students of the Walton County School District. 

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe.

4th gr NWFL Symphony

4th gr NWFL Symphony

CONGRATULATIONS to Tailor Hawkins (top), a senior at Freeport High School and dual enrolled student at Northwest Florida State College; to Jackson Schubert (bottom left), a junior at Freeport Senior High School and to Caleb Parker (bottom right), a junior at Freeport High School.  Both Caleb and and Jackson were one of the first from their Automation and Production classes to earn the Certified Production Technician Certification.  This certification can be articulated for college credit.  Each student is pictured with Ted Missildine, FHS's Automation and Production Instructor.  Submitted by Patty Woodard.

ECMS Science Geeks blasted out of the 2016-2017 school year with a lot of fun.

5th Grade Science Teacher, Ms. Tonia Murray reported the last meeting of the year was filled with bubbles, balloons and a super cake! With special thanks to Mrs. Forsgren (parent of ECMS & BES students), for helping out with all the fun. The Science Geeks were bubbling over with excitement, and if they could have been plugged in to an outlet...they could have powered the school for a month! Submitted by Angela Vance.

Macayla Llewellyn, both a Troy nursing student and a Freeport High School alumna, informed students at Freeport High School about the documented dangers of tobacco products. Submitted Patty Woodard.

Ms. Tonia Murray's science classes have been "down on the farm" right in the classroom. The class took great care of 14 fertile eggs and all hatched safely. The highlight of the embryology project was holding one the cute fluff balls! Pure joy! The chicks have returned safely back to the farm and will be egg layers. Submitted by Angela Vance.