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Walton Middle 4-H Tropicana Speech Winners

By Cathy Mosley

Walton Middle School (WMS) held their annual 4-H Tropicana Speech contest on Thursday November 18, 2015. Twenty-two students competed in this contest and the judges had a tough time because all the students did well.

 The top two winners will compete at the district level at Freeport High School on Thursday evening, December 3, at 6 pm. The top three WMS Tropicana Speech contest winners are 1st place McCaid Paul, 2nd place Haleigh Permenter and 3rd place Mackinnon Campbell-Work. Special thanks go to Ms. Shelley Cotton and Ms. Tara Manson for preparing these students for this contest, and to the judges and volunteers for taking time to assist with this competition.

Pictured (L to R) are Jennifer Campbell, Amy Thacker, Denise Findley, 1st Place Winner McCaid Paul, Dan Marrinkowski, 2nd Place Winner Haleigh Permenter, Eric Joyner, 3rd Place Winner Mackinnon Campbell-Work, Scott  Hulion Teacher on Special Assignment, Language Arts teachers Shelley Cotton and Tara Manson (not pictured Renee Heironimus).

 

Each year the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsors the Voice of Democracy essay competition for high school students. Walton High School student Evan Cowie placed first in this year's Walton County VFW competition.  Second place went to South Walton High School student Mia Bennett and WHS student Keegan Menser placed third.  Congratulations to all three students.  According to the VFW, each of their essays have been submitted for regional competition.

Each year the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsors the Patriot's Pen essay competion for students in grades 6-8. Joshua Wilmoth, an eighth grade student at Walton Middle School is the first place winner for the 2015 Walton County VFW Patriot's Pen competition. Joshua's essay has been submitted to the regional competition. Congratulations and good luck at regionals Joshua!

The Walton County School District Transportation Department is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Transportation Educational Support Personnel of the year for the four regions.  Transportation Coordinator Jim Hicks stated, “These employees have extended themselves beyond the basic required duties by displaying initiative and creativity. Each of them consistently demonstrates exceptional skill and dedication to their job and by doing so, they have earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues and the community.  On behalf of the WCSD, I would like to congratulate all on a job well done!”

Pictured left to right:  Ann Sexton, Paxton;  Sharon Santiago, Freeport; Tammy Ramsey, DeFuniak Springs; Jim Williams, South Walton