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Elrod Vo was recognized for winning the distinction of being an Achieve3000 WorldWide winner in Mrs. Amy Bennett's eighth grade reading class. He won the most points by completing reading texts and tasks and receiving points for passing scores. Two years ago, Elrod won the most points nationwide when he was a sixth grader in Mrs. Bennett's class. This year, Elrod entered the new school year determined to advance from being the nationwide to the worldwide level winner. Remarkably, Elrod accomplished his goal before the end of the first semester. Walton Middle School is very proud of Elrod's accomplishments.  Submitted by Kristen Rhodes/Laura Smith.

At the January 3rd School Board meeting, Wade Wilmouth, Commander VFW Post 4437, presented the winners of the Voices of Democracy competition for high school students and the Patriot's Pen competition for middle school students with their awards. 

Pictured left to right are as follows: Deseria Boyer of WMS (2nd place), Wade Wilmoth of VFW, Atterol Walters of WMS (3rd place), Andrew Ellis of WMS (1st place), Zachary Seay of FHS (1st place), Wendy McCormick of FHS (2nd place), Melanie Nowell of WHS (3rd place), and Superintendent Russell Hughes.

Congratulations to each of these students!

Submitted by Donna Honish.

Mrs. Mills’ and Mrs. Carroll’s fourth grade classes at West DeFuniak Elementary raised money for the Walton County Animal Shelter. Students earned $0.25 for an A, $0.20 for a B and $0.10 for a C. They earned the money for math and science grades taught by Mrs. Mills. They also earned money for behavior grades. “E” or Excellent conduct earned $2.00 and “S” or Satisfactory earned $1.00. In addition, students who had straight A’s in all 4 subjects earned an extra $5.00 for the project. The students earned a total of $91.05 and one student donated $5.00 of her own money, so we ended up with $96.05 to buy items for the shelter.

With that we were able to purchase the following:

30 pound bag of dry cat food, 50 pound bag of dry dog food, a case of wet cat food (24) & a case of wet dog food (12), a 25 pound case of cat litter, a container of treats for the dogs and one for cats, cleaning supplies for the shelter, including paper towels, disinfecting wipes and magic erasers.

The students were very excited to get to do a good deed for the shelter and hope their hard work helps the animals in need this holiday season.

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.

Second graders in Mrs. Jersey’s class have been researching weather/climate in Brazil as part of the Interdisciplinary study BES is participating in this year. Students created Christmas cards based on their research. The cards were displayed throughout December & then sent home to parents. “Feliz Natal” , Merry Christmas in Portuguese! Submitted by Cindy Stewart.
Left to Right:
6th Grade -
Ellie Wilder - Most Entertaining, Sierra Petty - 1st Place
5th Grade -
Collin Stewart - 2nd Place,
Makalynn Cassidy - 3rd Place
4th Grade -
Clara Martin - Honorable Mention,
Carson Leddon - Most Entertaining
Submitted by Samantha Martin.
Makayla Galloway of Mossy Head School was recommended by her music teacher, Krystina Lyon, to attend the Kids at the Symphony Program.  On December 9, 2016, at 7:30 PM, Makayla attended the Holiday Pops performance with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center.  Makayla was recommended to attend due to her good behavior and involvement in the Mossy Head Choir Program.  Makayla is pictured with Superintendent Russell Hughes.  Congratulations on your recognition. Submitted by Laura Smith.

Janet Greeno, representing the St. Joe Community Foundation, presented a check for $20,000 to SWHS Assistant Principal Jimmy Ross and Principal Alexis Tibbetts to be used to expand and beautify the outdoor eating area at SWHS. Submitted by Barbara Stratton.