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Congratulations Emerald Coast Middle School Girl’s Basketball Team who earned the title as champions at the Northwest Florida Middle School Athletic Conference on December 10th! They finished their season undefeated! Way to go Stingrays! Submitted by Angela Vance.

Congratulations to WDE Media Specialist Mrs. Tammy Goodman! She was selected to receive a STEM Education Grant from the Emerald Coast Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, in the amount of $897. Mrs. Goodman will use the funds to purchase STEM books and programmable robots. Mrs. Goodman is pictured with WDE principal Mrs. Darlene Paul. Submitted by Jessica Dawkins.
Nearly 200 students brought their parents to Math and Science Night at Maude Saunders December 1st.  The students had an opportunity to play math games and participate in hands-on Science activities throughout the evening.  Parents left with new strategies to help their children at home, and the students left feeling very excited about math and science! Submitted by Krisy Spence.
The ECMS Boy's Soccer Team completed an undefeated season, 12-0. They won their tournament games on Saturday, December 10th in Freeport by scores of 8-0 over Seaside and 5-0 over Lewis Middle School of Niceville.  The final goal total was 85 goals scored by ECMS and ( just as astounding is that) they only allowed 4 goals ALL YEAR!  They are the Northwest Florida Middle School Champions!  Congratulations to the team and Coach Shost who represented WCSD and made us all proud! Submitted by Angela Vance.
Walton High School would like to thank the Walton County Democratic Women's Club for donating books to the library this morning.  Karen McGee and Victoria Dwyer presented the books.  Ms. Currid and Ms. Stephenson's leadership students were excited to be the first to get their hands on the new books, which will soon be cataloged and available for check-out.  In addition to the donations, they also provided pizza for the students.

Thank you again to the Walton County Democratic Women's Club for their generosity.  We sincerely appreciate your kindness and know these books will be enjoyed for years to come. Submitted by Christy English.

The Florida High School Mock Trial Competition is an academic competition in which a team of 6-8 students simulate the roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious trial situation. Students have roughly five months to organize for their roles; case materials, questions and answers, and other resources are posted on-line by FLREA, Inc (Florida Law Related Education Association). Students compete against other teams in their judicial circuit, and the victor of that competition comes to the state competition which is typically held in March at the Orange County Courthouse, Orlando, Florida. This is the most hands-on, intensive learning simulation about the trial process available to high school students.

 

Walton County Schools, through its Youth Leadership Program, have a county competition in December/January each year, organized by local contacts, and held at the Walton County Courthouse, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. A county winner will be named each year and a traveling trophy will be presented to the winning school.  Special thanks to Dan Marcinkowski, former lawyer and Chamber of Commerce Representative, and Judge Kelvin C. Wells for assisting with this activity for the students of Walton County.  Please see Walton County School District's Facebook Page for additional photos of this event. Submitted by Kelly Stephenson and Donna Honish.