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Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School

Walton Middle School seventh grade science teacher Greer Harvell spent her spring break attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  While there, Mrs. Harvell earned the honor of receiving the Vernier Technology Award for using probeware to monitor water quality at Lake DeFuniak.  Also, while at the conference, Mrs. Harvell had the opportunity to meet Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Greer Harvell Receives Vernier Technology Award

Submitted by Kristen Rhodes, Walton Middle School

Walton Middle School's Science Club took a trip to WonderWorks in Panama City Beach, on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.  Students and staff had a spectacular time!

Freeport High School, South Walton High School, and Walton High School youth leadership students participated in a "Shark Tank" event sponsored by the Walton Chamber of Commerce.  The event was held at 4Cs BBQ Restaurant for the Chamber's First Friday Breakfast on April 8th.  A group from each school presented a business plan that they collaboratively developed.  All of the students should be commended for their hard work as it was evidenced by their presentations. However, based on the financial numbers presented by Freeport High School, the Chamber determined their business plan was most feasible. Congratulations FHS!

Pictured left to right:  junior Kaylen Rhodes, senior Ashley Knight, Youth Leadership Teacher Jamey Goddin, senior Shelby Corbitt, and senior Kerrigan Herret

Freeport High School, South Walton High School, and Walton High School youth leadership students participated in a "Shark Tank" event sponsored by the Walton Chamber of Commerce.  The event was held at 4Cs BBQ Restaurant for the Chamber's First Friday Breakfast.  A group from each school presented a business plan that they collaboratively developed.  All of the students as well as their youth leadership teachers should be commended for their hard work as it was evidenced by their presentations. The Chamber members were very impressed with the students!

Submitted by Krisy Spence, Maude Saunders Elementary

The Defuniak Springs Woman's Club recently donated $500.00 to the art program at Maude Saunders Elementary School.

Pictured left to right:  MSE Principal Mr. Dickey, Woman's Club Members Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Doxey, MSE Art Teacher Ms. Harrah.

Submitted by Cindy Stewart, Bay Elementary School

BES is proud to announce the BES Kiwanis Students of the Month for April!

They are Finn Wiggins and Sophia Simms.

Submitted by Angela Vance, ECMS

Emerald Coast Middle School's Academic Team had another stellar year, defeating all other Walton county middle schools. Next they head to the Lewis Middle School Academic Invitational Tournament on April 9th, in Valparaiso, FL. The team is comprised of 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders. Members include: (l to r) Front - Dane Johnson, 2nd row - Ava Razavi, Cole Pettit , Santiago Botero,  Eric Plunk, Lily Jamison. Back row - Matthew Meadows, Elise Plunk, Nadia Bock, Sophia Bock, Luke Messer, Georgia Hunter.

Submitted by Christy English

This was an incredible weekend for the Walton High Jazz Band and Winter Guard!

On Saturday, our Winter Guard finished up their season at Circuit Championships at Tate High School in Pensacola.  The Guard bounced around in placement from 2nd to 3rd and even 1st at some point throughout the season, but on Saturday they gave their BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!  Their efforts did not go unnoticed as they placed FIRST IN THEIR CLASS!  This will serve us well as we are having open auditions for next year's Guard during the last week of April.


On Sunday, our Jazz Band performed at Pensacola Jazzfest and did GREAT!  They received compliments from many other jazz directors, audience members, and event coordinators.

You may view a 4-minute video from the Winter Guard Championships at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX_0VTxNbBE.

 WHS Winter Guard Accomplishments